1882 Yale Bulldogs football
Consensus national champion
ConferenceIndependent
1882 record8–0
Head coachNo coach
CaptainRay Tompkins
Home stadiumHamilton Park
Seasons
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1882 college football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Yale         8 0 0
Colorado College         1 0 0
Navy         1 0 0
Richmond         1 0 0
Harvard         7 1 0
Fordham         7 1 0
Princeton         7 2 0
Wesleyan         3 1 0
Rutgers         6 4 0
Stevens Tech         1 1 1
Dartmouth         1 1 0
Minnesota         1 1 0
Lake Forest         1 1 0
Northwestern         1 1 0
Amherst         2 3 0
Penn         2 4 0
CCNY         1 2 0
Clifton A. C.         1 3 0
MIT         1 4 0
Randolph–Macon         0 1 0
Lafayette         0 2 0
McGill         0 2 0
Massachusetts         0 3 0
Columbia         0 5 0
Michigan         0 0 0

The 1882 Yale Bulldogs football team represented Yale University in the 1882 college football season. The team compiled an 8–0 record, shut out seven of eight opponents, and outscored all opponents, 51 to 1.[1] The team was retroactively named as the national champion by the Billingsley Report, National Championship Foundation, and Parke H. Davis.[2]

Henry Twombly, the team's quarterback, became a lawyer who participated in the incorporation of General Electric and Otis Elevator Company.[3]

Ray Tompkins was the team captain of the 1882 and 1883 teams.[4] He became the president of the Chemung Canal Trust Company.[5]

Halfback Wyllys Terry went on to set a college football record in 1884 with a 115-yard run against Wesleyan.[6]

Rusher Louis K. Hull was also captain of the rowing team and was credited with winning more athletic letters than any Yale student.[7]

Back Benjamin Wisner Bacon became a noted theologian and leader of the Yale Divinity School.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
October 7[[{{{school}}}|Wesleyan]]W 9–0[8]
October 21Rutgers
  • Hamilton Park
  • New Haven, CT
W 9–0[9]
October 28at RutgersNew Brunswick, NJW 5–0
November 4MIT
  • Hamilton Park
  • New Haven, CT
W 6–0
November 8at AmherstAmherst, MAW 8–0
November 18Columbia
  • Hamilton Park
  • New Haven, CT
W 11–0600[10]
November 25at Harvard
W 1–03,000–4,000[11]
November 30vs. PrincetonW 2–16,000–7,000[12]

Source: SR/College Football [1]

Roster[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "1882 Yale Bulldogs Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/yale/1882-schedule.html. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  2. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2015). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. p. 107. http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/2015/FBS.pdf. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  3. "H. B. Twombly, Yale Grid Hero, Attorney, Dies". Chicago Tribune: p. 30. March 1, 1955. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/16310219/h_b_twombly_yale_grid_hero/.
  4. "Tompkins, Old Yale Grid Star, Dies". The Pittsburgh Press: p. 27. July 19, 1918.
  5. "Elmira Banker Expires". Democrat and Chronicle: p. 2. July 1, 1918.
  6. "Old Yale Blue Terry, 84, Who Once Ran 115 Yards Against Wesleyan, Succumbs". Hartford Courant: p. 11. April 23, 1949. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/16310786/old_yale_blue_terry_84_who_once_ran/.
  7. "Louis K. Hull Funeral Is Set for Wednesday". The Minneapolis Star: p. 11. November 23, 1931. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/16310928/louis_k_hull_funeral_is_set_for/.
  8. "Foot Ball at Yale". The Times (Philadelphia): p. 1. October 8, 1882. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/16309394/foot_ball_at_yale/.
  9. "Foot Ball". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle: p. 1. October 24, 1882. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/16309460/foot_ball/.
  10. "Yale Defeats Columbia". The New York Times: p. 2. November 19, 1882. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/16309564/yale_defeats_columbia/.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 "College Foot-Ball: A Lively Match Between The Harvard and Yale Teams". The New York Times: p. 9. November 26, 1882. https://www.newspapers.com/image/20351441/?terms=yale%2Bharvard.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 "Yale's Great Victory". The New York Times: p. 1. December 1, 1882. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/15269615/yales_great_victory/.

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