1876 Yale Bulldogs football team

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1876 Yale Bulldogs football
Yale football 1876.jpg
National champion
ConferenceIndependent
Record3–0
Head coach
  • None
Captain Eugene V. Baker
Home stadium Hamilton Park
Seasons
  1875
1877  
1876 college football records
ConfOverall
TeamW L TW L T
Yale   3 0 0
Rutgers   1 0 0
Harvard   3 1 0
Princeton   3 2 0
Stevens   2 2 0
CCNY   1 1 0
Penn   1 2 0
Columbia   1 3 0
Canada All-Stars   0 1 0
McGill   0 1 0
Northwestern   0 1 0
Philadelphia All-Stars   0 1 0
NYU   0 2 0

The 1876 Yale Bulldogs football team represented Yale University in the 1876 college football season. The team finished with a 3–0 record and was retroactively named national champion by the Billingsley Report, National Championship Foundation, and Parke H. Davis. [1] [2] The Yale team defeated rival Harvard for the first time. Walter Camp also played for the first time. [3] The team's captain was Eugene V. Baker.

Harvard-Yale lineups 1876YaleHarvardprogram2.jpg
Harvard-Yale lineups

The Princeton-Yale matchup is considered to have popularized the tradition of Thanksgiving football. [4] It effectively decided the national championship after Princeton defeated Columbia. Thompson and Camp executed the first "legal" forward pass in football history. Early in the game, Camp ran for a good gain on a play, however when he was finally tackled, he threw the ball forward to O. D. Thompson, who ran for a touchdown. The Princeton players protested the play. Since the rules of football were still unclear in 1876, a coin toss was used by the referee to decide if the play stood. Yale won the toss and the touchdown stood.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
November 183:00 p.m. Harvard W 1–02,000 [5] [6]
November 30vs. Princeton
W 2–0>1,000 [7]
December 93:20 p.m.vs. Columbia
  • St. George's Cricket Club
  • Hoboken, NJ
W 2–0 [8] [9]

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