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PENN FOOTBALL: ORIGINS TO 1901
1884 University Team

University of Pennsylvania football team, 1884, team photograph

Summary:

From this year onward, the scoring system was revised to change how points were assigned: a goal from a touchdown was now worth six points, a goal from field was worth five, a touchdown was worth four, and a safety was worth two points. 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, '85 (captain)
  • C.S. Beck, '84 Medical
  • J.C. Bell, '84 Law
  • A.G. Fell, '87 Medical
  • H. Harding, '88 Medical
  • W.S. Harvey, '85 Law
  • C.E. Lindsay, '85
  • H. Mitchell, '85
  • W.T. Moffly, '87
  • W.W. Noble, '85
  • W.M. Price, '85
  • A.H. Smith, '89
  • P. Thompson, '85

Substitutes:

  • Houston, '87
  • Jefferys, '86
  • Posey, '86
  • Tunis, '86

 

DATEOPPONENTLOCATIONSCOREOUTCOME
PENNOPPONENT
Oct. 22Harvard 40Win
Oct. 25Princeton 031Loss
Nov. 1Lafayette 210 Win
Nov. 8Stevens Inst. 300Win
Nov. 15John Hopkins 330Win
Nov. 20Graduates 1616 Tie
Nov. 27Wesleyan 1412Win