1895 Penn Quakers football
National champion (Billingsley, Helms, Houlgate, NCF)
Co-national champion (Davis)
ConferenceIndependent
1895 record14–0
Head coach
CaptainCarl S. Williams
Home stadiumFranklin Field
Seasons
← 1894
1896 →
1895 Eastern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Penn     14 0 0
Yale     13 0 2
Princeton     10 1 1
Washington & Jefferson     6 1 1
Harvard     8 2 1
Lafayette     6 2 0
Syracuse     6 2 2
Army     5 2 0
Bucknell     5 2 0
Colgate     4 2 0
Swarthmore     7 4 1
Tufts     8 5 0
Villanova     4 2 0
Wesleyan     6 3 0
Amherst     6 5 0
Brown     7 6 1
Carlisle     4 4 0
Drexel     3 3 1
Penn State     2 2 3
Cornell     3 4 1
Rutgers     3 4 0
New Hampshire     2 3 1
Frankin & Marshall     3 5 1
Boston College     2 4 2
Lehigh     3 6 0
CCNY     2 5 1
Buffalo     1 4 2
Temple     1 4 1
MIT     1 4 0
Trinity (CT)     1 4 0
Massachusetts     1 5 0
Western Univ. Penn.     1 6 0
Geneva     0 5 0

The 1895 Penn Quakers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Pennsylvania as an independent during the 1895 college football season. In their fourth season under head coach George Washington Woodruff, the Quakers compiled a 14–0 record, shut out 10 of 14 opponents, and outscored all opponents by a total of 480 to 24.[1]

There was no contemporaneous system in 1895 for determining a national champion. However, Penn was retroactively named as the national champion by the Billingsley Report, Helms Athletic Foundation, Houlgate System, and National Championship Foundation, and as a co-national champion by Parke H. Davis.[2]

Four Penn players were consensus first-team selections on the 1895 All-American football team: halfback George H. Brooke; center Alfred E. Bull; end Charlie Gelbert; and guard Charles Wharton.[3] Brooke, Gelbert, and Wharton were later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.[4][5][6]

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
October 1SwarthmoreW 40–0[7]
October 2Bucknell
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
W 40–0[8]
October 5Franklin & Marshall
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
W 42–0[9]
October 9at Crescent Athletic ClubW 32–0< 500[10][11]
October 14Lehigh
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
W 54–0[12]
October 16Carlisle
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
W 36–0[13]
October 19Virginia
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
W 54–01,500[14]
October 23at Duquesne Country and Athletic Club
W 30–04,000[15]
October 26Lafayette
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
W 30–08,500[16]
October 30Brown
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
W 12–0[17]
November 1Chicago Athletic Association
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
W 12–4[18]
November 9Penn State
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
W 35–45,000[19]
November 23at Harvard
W 17–14[20]
November 28Cornell
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA (rivalry)
W 46–220,000[21]

References

  1. ^ "1895 Pennsylvania Quakers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 27, 2022.
  2. ^ 2020 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). Indianapolis: The National Collegiate Athletic Association. July 2020. p. 112–114. Archived (PDF) from the original on November 1, 2020. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  3. ^ "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 6. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  4. ^ "Charlie Gelbert". National Football Foundation. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  5. ^ "George Brooke". National Football Foundation. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  6. ^ "Charles "Buck" Wharton". National Football Foundation. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  7. ^ "Football Players Warm the Gridiron". The Philadelphia Inquirer. October 2, 1895. p. 5 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Bucknell No Match For Pennsylvania". The Philadelphia Inquirer. October 3, 1895. p. 5 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "The Quaker's Goal Never in Danger". The Philadelphia Inquirer. October 6, 1895. p. 7 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "The Crescents Shut Out: University of Pennsylvania Scored 32 Points". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. October 10, 1895. p. 5 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "Penn Shuts Out the Crescents". The Philadelphia Inquirer. October 10, 1895. p. 5 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ "Largest Score of the Season: Pennsylvania Defeats Lehigh at Football, Fifty-Four Points to Nothing". The Philadelphia Inquirer. October 15, 1895. p. 5 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ "Indians Play Football But the Scalp of Pennsylvania Dangles Not From Their Belts". The Philadelphia Inquirer. October 17, 1895. pp. 1, 5 – via Newspapers.com.
  14. ^ "Penn's Colors Are Untarnished". October 20, 1895. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com.
  15. ^ "Duquesne Came Very Near Scoring". The Philadelphia Inquirer. October 24, 1895. p. 4 – via Newspapers.com.
  16. ^ "Foot-Ball on Many Fields: The Lafayette-Pennsylvania Game Was a Disappointment". The Times (Philadelphia). October 27, 1895. p. 8 – via Newspapers.com.
  17. ^ "Penn Makes Only Twelve Points". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. October 31, 1895. p. 5. Retrieved March 9, 2022 – via Newspapers.com open access.
  18. ^ "Chicago Scored on Pennsylvania". The Philadelphia Inquirer. November 2, 1895. p. 5 – via Newspapers.com.
  19. ^ "Penn's Goal Line Again Crossed". The Philadelphia Inquirer. November 10, 1895. p. 9 – via Newspapers.com.
  20. ^ "U. of P. 17, Harvard 14: Fought to the Last; Although Surely Beaten, Harvard Played Pluckily On". The Boston Globe. November 24, 1895. pp. 1, 2 – via Newspapers.com.
  21. ^ "'Varsity, 46 Cornell, 2: Pennsylvania Ends the season With a Grand Victory". The Philadelphia Times. November 29, 1895. pp. 1, 3 – via Newspapers.com.