1891 Yale Bulldogs football
National champion
IFA champion
ConferenceIntercollegiate Football Association
1891 record13–0 ( IFA)
Head coach
CaptainLee McClung
Home stadiumYale Field
Seasons
← 1890
1892 →
1891 Eastern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Yale     13 0 0
Harvard     13 1 0
Princeton     12 1 0
Tufts     7 1 0
Penn     11 2 0
Colgate     4 1 0
Army     4 1 1
Navy     5 2 0
Cornell     7 3 0
Geneva     4 2 0
Washington & Jefferson     4 2 0
Amherst     8 4 3
Lehigh     7 4 0
Delaware     5 3 1
Rutgers     8 6 0
Dartmouth     2 2 1
Brown     4 6 0
Fordham     1 2 1
Syracuse     4 7 0
Massachusetts     2 5 0
Western Univ. Penn.     2 6 0
Lafayette     2 9 1
Columbia     1 5 0
Wesleyan     1 6 0

The 1891 Yale Bulldogs football team represented Yale University in the 1891 college football season. The team finished with a 13–0 record and a 488-0 season score. It was retroactively named as the national champion by the Billingsley Report, Helms Athletic Foundation, Houlgate System, National Championship Foundation, and Parke H. Davis.[1][2] Yale's 1891 season was part of a 37-game winning streak that began with the final game of the 1890 season and stopped at the end of the 1893 season.

Five Yale players were selected by Caspar Whitney to the 1891 All-America college football team: halfback and team captain Lee McClung; ends Frank Hinkey and John A. Hartwell; tackle Wallace Winter; and guard Pudge Heffelfinger.[3] Camp also selected the following Yale players to his second team: quarterback Frank Barbour; halfback Laurie Bliss; guard Samuel Morison; and center George Sanford.[4]

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 30WesleyanW 28–0
October 3at Crescent Athletic ClubW 26–03,000[5]
October 7at Trinity (CT)Hartford, CTW 36–0
October 10vs. Williams
W 46–0[6]
October 14YMCA Training School
  • Yale Field
  • New Haven, CT
W 28–0500[7]
October 24at Orange Athletic ClubOrange, NJW 36–0
October 31Lehigh
  • Yale Field
  • New Haven, CT
W 38–0
November 3Crescent Athletic Club
  • Yale Field
  • New Haven, CT
W 70–05,600[8]
November 7Wesleyan
  • Yale Field
  • New Haven, CT
W 76–0
November 11Amherst
  • Yale Field
  • New Haven, CT
W 27–0
November 14vs. PennW 48–0
November 21vs. HarvardW 10–020,000[9]
November 26vs. Princeton
W 19–040,000[10]

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Game summaries

YMCA Training School

On October 14, 1891, Yale defeated the team from the YMCA Training School by a score of 28–0 before a crowd of 500 persons at Yale Field in New Haven, Connecticut. Yale alumnus Amos Alonzo Stagg was the coach of the YMCA team and also played at the halfback position. Pudge Heffelfinger scored three touchdowns, and Lee McClung kicked three goals after touchdown. Halfback and team captain Lee McClung suffered a broken thumb in the game.[7]

References

  1. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2015). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. p. 107. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "1891 Yale Bulldogs Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  3. ^ "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 6. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  4. ^ "2009 Yale Football Media Guide". Yale University. 2009. p. 77.
  5. ^ "Yale Defeats Crescents". The Boston Globe. Boston, Massachusetts. October 4, 1891. p. 7. Retrieved May 20, 2020 – via Newspapers.com open access.
  6. ^ "YALE SUPERIOR TO WILLIAMS". The New York Times. October 11, 1891. p. 2. Retrieved August 2, 2020 – via nytimes.com.
  7. ^ a b "Yale Given A Hard Tussle: Capt. McClung Badly Injured in Game With Stagg's Eleven". The Boston Daily Globe. October 15, 1891. p. 3 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Lively Kickers: How the Amateur Athletes Observed Election". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. November 4, 1891. p. 2 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "Yale 10, Harvard 0: And The Great Match Is Over". The Evening World. November 21, 1891. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "Yale Still Triumphant: Princeton Beaten on Manhattan Field by a Score of 19 to 0". The Sun (New York). November 27, 1891. pp. 1–2 – via Newspapers.com.