1896 College Football Summary

Pennsylvania won its first 8 games of the season all by shutout to stretch its winning streak to 34 games.

The Quakers, hoping to add its games without tasting defeat; but its next opponent, Lafayette, had hopes of becoming a part of history and they would.

After scoring in the first half, Penn missed the conversion; and as it often happens, it would come back to haunt the school.

Lafayette, having a season to remember (and would finish 11-0-1) scored following a blocked kick and made the all-important goal after touchdown.

6 15 10

Penn would finish the season with 6 games without a setback as well as all of 1897 and first 10 games of 1898 a winning streak over 30 games, 31; including a 32-0 revenge match-up with Lafayette.

Princeton met rival Harvard in game 10 and came-away with a 12-0 victory scoring 3 4-point touchdowns.

Michigan would win 9-of-10, with the lone setback a 7-6 to Chicago, as the Maroons registered a safety and Clarence Herschberger's 40-yard goal from the field which finished the season at 15-3-1.

Cornell had a 5-3-1 season; with all the wins were by shutouts (it also had a 0-0 tie).

Nebraska coach Edward Robinson led the team to a 6-3-1; he would go on to win 157 games in his career.

Ohio State scored only 102 point this season; but when the Buckeyes did score a touchdown, it need its kicker would convert the goal after touchdown; as Homer Howard converted all 19 attempts.

In a down year for Notre Dame; however, the highlight of the season (4-3-0) was a 82-0 win over Highland Views as Mike Daly converted on 11 straight goals after touchdown. Wisconsin's Pat O'Dea booted a 57-yard goal from the field to aid in his team's 24-0 whitewashing of Chicago.

  • Offensive Scoring Leader (Most Points Scored)
    Chicago (14-2-1), 368 points
  • Defensive Scoring Leader (Least Points Allowed)
    LSU, (6-0-0), 4 points
  • National Champions (Retroactive)
    Lafayette and Princeton

Writers J. Parmly Paret and Hastings Holyoke of The Outing Magazine and Walter Camp all named Princeton as the season's national champions.

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