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1886 Harvard Crimson football
Conference Independent
1886 record 12–2
Head coach Frank A. Mason
Seasons
« 1884 1887 »
1886 college football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Yale         9 0 1
Princeton         7 0 1
Michigan         2 0 0
Harvard         12 2 0
California         6 2 1
Massachusetts         2 1 0
Navy         3 3 0
Dartmouth         2 2 0
Rutgers         1 3 0
Northwestern         0 1 0
Vermont         0 1 0
Minnesota         0 2 0

The 1886 Harvard Crimson football team represented Harvard University in the 1886 college football season. The team finished with a 12–2 record and outscored opponents 765 to 41 under first-year head coach Frank A. Mason.[1][2] On November 3, 1886, in a game played at Exeter, New Hampshire, the Crimson defeated the team from Phillips Exeter Academy by a score of 158-0, the highest point total ever achieved in a football game to that point.[3] The team's two losses were against rivals Princeton (0–12) and Yale (4–29). Princeton and Yale are recognized by various selectors as the 1886 national champions.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
October 6at Tufts Medford, MAW 82–0 [4]
October 9at MIT
W 54–0 [5]
October 13 Tufts
  • Jarvis Field
  • Cambridge, MA
W 46–0 [6]
October 16 [[{{{school}}}|Stevens]]
  • Jarvis Field
  • Cambridge, MA
W 44–0 [7]
October 20 MIT
  • Jarvis Field
  • Cambridge, MA
W 59–0 [8]
October 23at Andover Andover, MAW 86–0 [9]
October 30 Dartmouth
  • Jarvis Field
  • Cambridge, MA (rivalry)
W 70–0 [10]
November 3at Phillips Exeter Exeter, NHW 158–0 [3]
November 6 [[{{{school}}}|Wesleyan]]
  • Jarvis Field
  • Cambridge, MA
W 34–0 [11]
November 8 Harvard alumni
  • Jarvis Field
  • Cambridge, MA
W 38–0
November 13at Princeton Princeton, NJ (rivalry)L 0–12 [12]
November 17at MIT
  • Union Grounds
  • Cambridge, MA
W 62–0 [13]
November 20 Yale
  • Jarvis Field
  • Cambridge, MA (rivalry)
L 4–29 [14]
November 25at Penn
W 28–02,000-3,000[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1886 Harvard Crimson Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/harvard/1886-schedule.html. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  2. "Harvard Football Yearly Records". GoCrimson.com. Harvard University. http://www.gocrimson.com/sports/fball/history/Media_Center_Football_Yearly_Results. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "By Eighteen Points Harvard's Eleven Breaks the Record: Phillips Exeter Defeated by a Score of 158 Points to 0". The Boston Globe: p. 11. November 4, 1886. https://newspaperarchive.com/boston-daily-globe-nov-04-1886-p-11/.
  4. "Foot Ball at Harvard". The Boston Globe: p. 16. October 7, 1886. https://newspaperarchive.com/boston-daily-globe-oct-07-1886-p-16/.
  5. "Technology vs. Harvard: An Interesting Game of Foot Ball in Which Harvard is the Winner". The Boston Globe: p. 3. October 10, 1886. https://newspaperarchive.com/boston-sunday-globe-oct-10-1886-p-3/.
  6. "Fair Harvard Again: Their Foot Ball Eleven Defeat the Tuftonians, 46 to 0". The Boston Globe: p. 4. October 14, 1886. https://newspaperarchive.com/boston-daily-globe-oct-14-1886-p-4/.
  7. "The Harvards Again: Stevens Institute Badly Beaten at Football". The Boston Globe: p. 6. October 17, 1886. https://newspaperarchive.com/boston-sunday-globe-oct-17-1886-p-6/.
  8. "Harvards Defeat "Techs."". The Boston Globe: p. 3. October 21, 1886. https://newspaperarchive.com/boston-daily-globe-oct-21-1886-p-3/.
  9. "Harvard's Kickers Win". The Boston Globe: p. 5. October 24, 1886. https://newspaperarchive.com/boston-sunday-globe-oct-24-1886-p-5/.
  10. "Football in the Mud: Harvard's Eleven Too Heavy For Dartmouth". The Boston Globe: p. 6. October 31, 1886. https://newspaperarchive.com/boston-sunday-globe-oct-31-1886-p-6/.
  11. "A Game That Counts: Harvard's Foot Ball Players Defeat Wesleyan". The Boston Globe: p. 3. November 7, 1886. https://newspaperarchive.com/boston-sunday-globe-nov-07-1886-p-3/.
  12. "Winning A Second Victory". The New York Times: p. 9. November 14, 1886. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/15324561/winning_a_second_victory/.
  13. "Playing in a Cold Rain: Harvard Defeats the Techs on the Union Grounds, 62 Points to 0". The Boston Globe: p. 11. November 18, 1886. https://newspaperarchive.com/boston-daily-globe-nov-18-1886-p-11/.
  14. "Harvard Beaten By Yale". The New York Times: p. 9. November 21, 1886. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/15324506/harvard_beaten_by_yale/.
  15. "Harvard's Easy Victory". The Times (Philadelphia): p. 1. November 26, 1886. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/15324534/harvards_easy_victory/.
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