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PENN FOOTBALL: ORIGINS TO 1901
1883 University Team

University of Pennsylvania football team, 1883, team photograph

Summary:

In this year, a new scoring system was instituted. It assigned points along the formula that a touchdown counted for two points, and a safety counted for one point. This team was had no coach; students alone were responsible for the existence of the team and for all fundraising, scheduling, training and strategies on the field.

 

Team Members:

  • A.J. Gray, '84 (captain)
  • C.S. Beck, Med.
  • J.C. Bell, '84 Law
  • T.B. Bradford, Med.
  • W.S. Harvey, '84 Law
  • C.E. Lindsay, '84
  • W.W. Noble, '85
  • W.M. Price, '84
  • G. Remak, Jr., '84 Law
  • Geo. Seargeant, '84
  • S. Thayer, '86

 

DATEOPPONENTLOCATIONSCOREOUTCOME
PENNOPPONENT
Oct. 13Harvard 04Loss
Oct. 20Johns Hopkins 266Win
Oct. 27Lafayette 444Win
Nov. 3Princeton 640Loss
Nov. 10Johns Hopkins 300Win
Nov. 14Columbia 351 Win
Nov. 17Rutgers 180Win
Nov. 24Graduates 387Win
Nov. 27Stevens Institute 66Tie