The 1892 college football season was the season of American football played among colleges and universities in the United States during the 1892–93 academic year.

The 1892 Yale Bulldogs football team, led by head coach Walter Camp, compiled a perfect 13–0 record, outscored opponents by a total of 429 to 0, and has been recognized as the national champion by the Billingsley Report, Helms Athletic Foundation, Houlgate System, National Championship Foundation, and Parke H. Davis.[1][2] Yale's 1892 season was part of a 37-game winning streak that began at the end of the 1890 season and continued into the 1893 season.

All eleven players selected by Caspar Whitney and Walter Camp to the 1892 All-America college football team came from the Big Three (Yale, Harvard, and Princeton). The selections included center William H. Lewis, the first African-American All-American. Five of the honorees have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame: quarterback Philip King, fullback Charley Brewer (Harvard), end Frank Hinkey (Yale), tackle Marshall Newell (Harvard), and guard Art Wheeler (Princeton).

Several colleges and universities in the Deep South established football programs in 1892, including Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and South Carolina. In the first college football game in the region, Georgia defeated Mercer on January 30, 1892.

On September 28, 1892, the first football game played outdoors at night took place, between Wyoming Seminary and Mansfield State Normal. The lighting proved difficult and the game ended at halftime in a scoreless tie.[3]

Conference and program changes

Conference establishments

Membership changes

School 1891 Conference 1892 Conference
Alabama Cadets Program Established Independent
Agricultural & Mechanical of Alabama Tigers Program Established Independent
Georgia Bulldogs Program Established Independent
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Program Established Independent
Iowa Hawkeyes Independent WIUFA
Iowa State Cyclones Program established Independent
Kansas Jayhawks Independent WIUFA
Mercer Baptists Program Established Independent
Missouri Tigers Independent WIUFA
Nebraska Bugeaters Independent WIUFA
San Jose State Normal Spartans Program Established Independent
South Carolina football Program Established Independent
Utah Utes Program Established Independent

Conference standings

The following is a potentially incomplete list of conference standings:

1892 Colorado Football Association standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Colorado Mines $        
Colorado     3 2 0
Colorado Agricultural     2 2 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1892 Indiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Purdue $ 4 0 0 8 0 0
Butler 4 1 0 5 1 0
Wabash 1 4 0 1 4 0
Indiana 0 4 0 0 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1892 Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the Northwest football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Minnesota $ 3 0 0 5 0 0
Wisconsin 2 2 0 4 3 0
Michigan 1 2 0 7 5 0
Northwestern 1 3 0 6 4 2
  • $ – Conference champion
1892 New England Intercollegiate Football Association standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Amherst $ 2 0 0 9 5 0
Dartmouth 1 1 0 5 3 0
Williams 0 2 0 4 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1892 Western Interstate University Football Association standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Kansas $ 3 0 0 7 1 0
Nebraska 1 1 1 2 2 1
Missouri 1 2 0 1 2 0
Iowa 0 2 1 3 2 1
  • $ – Conference champion

Independents

1892 Eastern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Yale     13 0 0
Washington & Jefferson     4 0 0
Colgate     3 0 0
Penn     15 1 0
Cornell     10 1 0
Harvard     10 1 0
Princeton     12 2 0
Penn State     5 1 0
Tufts     8 2 0
Navy     5 2 0
Army     3 1 1
Swarthmore     7 3 0
Western Univ. Penn.     4 2 0
Franklin & Marshall     4 3 0
Brown     4 4 2
Bucknell     2 2 0
Fordham     2 2 0
Geneva     3 3 0
Stevens     1 1 0
Massachusetts     4 6 2
Rutgers     3 5 1
Lafayette     5 7 0
Lehigh     3 6 0
Delaware     1 2 2
Wesleyan     1 7 1
Drexel     0 1 0
NYU     0 1 0
Syracuse     0 8 1
1892 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Oberlin     7 0 0
Case     3 0 0
Iowa Agricultural     1 0 1
Notre Dame     1 0 1
Chicago     8 4 1
Michigan State Normal     2 1 0
Illinois     7 4 1
Ohio State     5 3 0
Washington University     3 2 0
Hillsdale     3 2 1
Doane     1 1 0
Heidelberg     1 1 0
Miami (OH)     2 2 0
Buchtel     3 4 0
Lake Forest     2 3 0
Cincinnati     1 2 0
Marquette     1 2 0
Ohio Wesleyan     1 3 0
Wittenberg     0 2 1
Washburn     0 2 0
Kalamazoo     0 2 0
1892 Southern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Centre     6 0 0
Biddle     1 0 0
VMI     4 0 1
Wake Forest     4 0 1
Furman     1 0 0
Mercer     1 0 0
North Carolina     1 0 0
Johns Hopkins     7 1 0
North Carolina A&M     5 1 0
Sewanee     5 1 1
Central     4 1 0
Navy     5 2 0
Georgetown     4 2 1
Virginia     3 2 1
Vanderbilt     4 4 0
Alabama     2 2 0
Auburn     2 2 0
Georgia     1 1 0
VAMC     1 1 0
Western Maryland     0 0 1
Richmond     2 3 0
Delaware     1 2 2
Kentucky State College     2 4 1
Tennessee     2 5 0
Trinity (NC)     1 3 0
Hampden–Sydney     0 1 0
Livingstone     0 1 0
Maryville     0 1 0
South Carolina     0 1 0
Georgia Tech     0 3 0
Maryland     0 3 0
1892 Far West college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Saint Mary's     1 0 0
Utah Agricultural     1 0 0
Stanford     1 0 2
California     2 1 1
Gonzaga     0 0 1
Washington     1 1 0
San Jose State     0 1 0
Utah     0 1 0

Awards and honors

All-Americans

Main article: 1892 College Football All-America Team

The consensus All-America team included:

Position Name Height Weight (lbs.) Class Hometown Team
QB Philip King 5'6" 154 Jr. Washington, D. C. Princeton
HB Vance McCormick Sr. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Yale
HB Harry Thayer Sr. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Penn
FB Charley Brewer 5'9" 150 Fr. Hopkinton, Massachusetts Harvard
E Frank Hinkey 5'9" 150 So. Tonawanda, New York Yale
T Alexander Hamilton Wallis Sr. Jersey City, New Jersey Yale
G Art Wheeler So. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Princeton
C William H. Lewis 175 Jr. Petersburg, Virginia Harvard
G Bert Waters So. Boston, Massachusetts Harvard
T Marshall Newell 5'7" 168 So. Great Barrington, Massachusetts Harvard
E Frank Hallowell Sr. Medford, Massachusetts Harvard

Statistical leaders

See also

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. ^ "1892 Yale Bulldogs Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  3. ^ "Mansfield eliminates Division II football program". ESPN.