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1885 Princeton Tigers football
Princeton Tigers football team (1885).png
Consensus national champion
Conference Independent
1885 record 9–0
Head coach No coach
Captain C. M. DeCamp
Seasons
« 1884 1886 »
1885 college football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Princeton         9 0 0
Michigan         3 0 0
Colorado College         1 0 0
Cincinnati         1 0 1
Yale         7 1 0
Massachusetts         3 2 1
Richmond         1 1 0
Navy         1 2 0
Rutgers         0 1 0

The 1885 Princeton Tigers football team represented the College of New Jersey, then more commonly known as Princeton College, in the 1885 college football season. The team finished with a 9–0 record and was retroactively named as consensus national champions by the Billingsley Report, Helms Athletic Foundation, Houlgate System, National Championship Foundation, and Parke H. Davis.[1][2] This season marked Princeton's 13th football national championship.[3]

The season was notable for one of the most celebrated football plays of the 19th century - a 90-yard punt return by Henry "Tillie" Lamar in the closing minutes of the game to beat Yale 6–5, a team Princeton had not defeated since 1878.[4][5]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
October 3at [[{{{school}}}|Stevens]]Hoboken, NJW 94–0
October 14StevensPrinceton, NJW 76–0
October 24at PennPhiladelphia, PA (rivalry)W 57–0
October 31PennPrinceton, NJW 80–10
November 7at Columbia Law SchoolNew York, NYW 64–0
November 11Johns HopkinsPrinceton, NJW 10–0
November 14WesleyanPrinceton, NJW 76–0
November 21at YaleW 6–5
November 26at PennPhiladelphia, PAW 76–10

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