COLLEGE FOOTBALL 150
This year marks the 150th anniversary of college
football! For decades we have enjoyed endless action on
the field from nail biters to heart breakers, epic victories to
unforgettable comebacks. As the game continues to evolve and the level of
competition increases, every season gets more and more
exciting and we owe it all to the players who first took the field so
many years ago.
On November 6, 1869 the first ever college football game was
played between Rutgers and Princeton. The game took place
in New Brunswick, New Jersey on the grounds of the current
The schools’ close proximity, and lack of other teams to play, set
the scene for an epic rivalry. A crowd of 100 spectators gathered
in school colored scarves to cheer on their teams.
Teams of 25 took the field in hopes to kick the ball into the
other team’s goal. In addition to kicking the ball, players could bat
it down with their hands, feet, head and sides. Perhaps the biggest
difference from today’s game was the rule that prevented players
from carrying and throwing the ball. Rutgers was victorious in the
first ever game with a final score of 6-4. Each point scored counted
as a “game” and the contest consisted of 10 games.
Although the game has changed over the past 150 years, it is
this game that started the Saturday tradition we all love. Here’s
to another 150!
DECEMBER 31, 2019 / OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM 29