Happy Birthday College Football . . . I think!?

First Game - Princeton RutgersOn this day (November 6) in 1869, a game of football was played between teams from Rutgers College (now Rutgers University) and the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University).  Rutgers won the game by a score of 6–4.

This game is considered by most historians as the very first game of intercollegiate football as it appears to be the first documented college football game played between two American colleges.

The 1869 game that was played between Rutgers and Princeton was very different from what we know to be college football today.  For example, in this 1869 game there was no running with the ball, each team included 25 players, and the ball was more spherical than today’s football.

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