NOV. 6, 1869, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY TOOK A 20-MILE JOURNEY TO COLLEGE FIELD ON THE campus of Rutgers University to participate in the first intercollegiate football game. Played with rugbylike rules and with 25 men per side on a field 140 by 70 yards, the home team emerged with the win, 6-4. (Princeton won the rematch 8-0.) The participants in that first contest wouldn't recognize the game they played if they were to see it today. That's because of some other notable firsts in the intervening 141 years.
THE ROSE BOWL GAME WAS INTRODUCED in 1902 as an attraction at Pasadena's civic-boosting Tournament of Roses festival. West Coast power Stanford was steamrollered by Michigan 49-0.
IN 1889 YALE TACKLE ANDREW Graves purchased an English Bulldog, Handsome Dan, who quickly became a campus favorite and later the school's mascot. Yale's mascot today is Handsome Dan XVII.
IN 1896 OFFICIALS FROM CHICAGO, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin formed the Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives, which would become the Big Ten.
JAY BERWANGER OF CHICAGO was awarded the new Downtown Athletic Club Trophy on Dec. 9, 1935, as the country's outstanding college player. The trophy was renamed the following October after the death of legendary coach John Heisman.
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