1893 College Football Summary

Princeton was the dominate team this year; with a 6-0 victory over Yale which ended the latter's two-year reign as National Champion. It also defeated Pennsylvania, 4-0.

Yale's defense was again as stout as in the past, despite the setback; losing only to the Tigers and a 14-6 victory over the Quakers, as Yale shutout the others schools during a 10-1 season.

Harvard's lone defeat, a 12-6 setback not only ended its perfect record; but they also became the first team to score on Yale after 35 consecutive shutouts.

Yale would allow just 5 points the rest of the season; that coming in a 60-5 triumph over Andover.

Playing along Princeton's front wall was a player, Parke H. Davis, that later have a main contribution to college football.

It was Davis who would conceive the idea of including statistics in the annual Guides. He also would retroactively select national champions; this season he named Yale as his choice.

The state of Indiana, more known for its round ball; had a bit of excitement on the gridiron this season.

In the Purdue and Indiana contest, a district attorney, came out onto the field during the game, threatening the players with indictments for assault and battery.

Notre Dame finished the season 4-1-0, losing only to the University of Chicago in the season finale, 8-0.

This would be the start of 40 consecutive winning seasons for the Irish; as the streak would end in 1932.

The University of Texas at Austin began its long and storied history this season with a streak of its own; as it never had a losing season in its first 24 seasons.

Playing in its fourth seasons, West Point aka Army, and Yale began their series this fall; as the latter held an 18-9-8 mark in the Pre-1937 era. This year's game saw Yale shutout the Cadets, 28-0.

1893 Leaders:

  • Offensive Scoring Leader (Most Points Scored)
     Pennsylvania (12-3-0), 484 points
  • Defensive Scoring Leader (Least Points Allowed)
     Yale (10-1-0)
  • National Champions (Retroactive)
     Princeton (11-0-0) and Yale (10-1-0)
     Writer Walter Camp /The Outing Magazine named Princeton National Champion
  • Intercollegiate Football Association Standings
Team IFA Standings Full Season
Princeton 2-0-0 11-0-0
Yale 1-1-0 10-1-0
Pennsylvania 0-2-0 12-3-0

The Intercollegiate Football Association was dissolved after the season.

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