Harvard zipped through its first eight games of the season surrendering a mere 9 points; with only receiving a scare against Williams. Down 6-0 at half, Harvard rallied after the break to win 8-6.
The victory set-up the season finale against Yale, also undefeated and un scored upon through its first 9 games of the year.
Yale's 8-0 victory over Harvard gave Yale its first perfect record shutting out all comers since the 1892 eleven was 13-0-0 (435-0); it was also Walter Camp's final season as coach of his alma mater. In 1906, Yale was 9-0-1, with only a 0-0 tie against Princeton kept the team from all perfection.
Wayland Minot got-off 19 punts in the game for Harvard, which had 105 yards in penalties.
Trailing 6-5 to Carlisle, when Larry Vorhis converted on a goal after touchdown, giving Penn State an 8-6 lead. Carlisle later would tackle Vorhis on punt return in the end zone to tie the score at 8-all.
Penn finished the season 8-0-2; tying Pennsylvania (3-3) who also had a pair of ties on its ledger.
A Virginia Tech interception return for a score gave it 6-5 lead over Princeton. However, a touchdown in the last 4 minutes of the game gave the Tigers their fourth win (of 6 in 1909) of the season.
In a battle between undefeated, unscored upon team as Pennsylvania and Brown met in Philadelphia; with the Quakers winning 13-5.
Brown was shutout the following week, 11-0 against Harvard and would later lose to Yale 23-0.
In the Big Ten, Michigan defeated Ohio State 33-6; giving the Wolverines their 10th consecutive triumph over the Buckeyes. OSU, up to this year, had never defeated Michigan with only a scoreless tie in 1900 being the latter's only non victory.
In a cat fight Lafayette and Princeton played in a defensive struggle for 59:54. Lafayette's Frank Irmschler blocked a field goal in the final six seconds and returned it 92 yards for a touchdown, to win the game.
In Brown's 21-6 win over Carlisle, its star player, Bill "Sprack" Sprackling returned punts 147 yards and also returned a kick-off 105 yards and a score.
1909 Leaders (min. of 4 games) show:
Yale was named No. 1 by Caspar Whitney; while Harvard was named #1 By the New Brunswick NJ Daily News.
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