1888 Princeton Tigers football
Conference Independent
1888 record 11–1
Head coach No coach
Captain Hector Cowan
« 1887 1889 »

The 1888 Princeton Tigers football team represented Princeton University in the 1888 college football season. The team compiled an 11–1 record. The team held its first ten opponents scoreless, winning those games by a combined 589 to 0 score. The team's sole loss was by a 10-0 score in the final game of the season against an undefeated Yale team that has been recognized as the 1888 national champion.[1]

The practice of selecting All-American football teams began the following year with the 1890 College Football All-America Team. However, Princeton's roster in 1888 included a number of star players, including fullback Knowlton "Snake" Ames, end Jesse Riggs, right tackle Hector Cowan.[2]


Date Opponent Location Result Attendance Source
September 29LehighUniversity Field, Princeton, NJW 75–0 [3]
October 7vs. Brooklyn CrescentsStaten Island A.C. Grounds, West New Brighton, Staten IslandW 31–0 [4]
October 10Penn (rivalry)University Field, Princeton, NJW 63–0 [5]
October 13[[{{{school}}}|Stevens]]University Field, Princeton, NJW 80–0 [6]
October 17at Rutgers (rivalry)College Field, New Brunswick, NJW 78–0 [7]
October 20Penn (rivalry)University Field, Princeton, NJW 38–0
October 24at Rutgers (rivalry)College Field, New Brunswick, NJW 82–0 [8]
November 3Johns HopkinsUniversity Field, Princeton, NJW 10–0 [9]
November 6vs. [[{{{school}}}|Wesleyan]]Polo Grounds, New York, NYW 44–02,500[10]
November 10at Penn (rivalry)University Athletic Grounds, PhiladelphiaW 4–0
November 17Harvard (rivalry)University Field, Princeton, NJW 18–6 [11][12]
November 24vs. Yale (rivalry)Polo Grounds, New York, NYL 0–1010,000-20,000[13]


  1. "1888 Princeton Tigers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  2. Parke H. Davis (1917). Football, The American Intercollegiate Game. Charles Scribner's Sons. pp. 238, 385.
  3. "Lehigh Defeated by Princeton: Opening the Football Season with a Game of Seventy-Five to Nothing". New York Daily Tribune: p. 16. September 30, 1888.
  4. "Football in the Rain: The Jerseymen Defeat Brooklyn Players at Staten Island". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle: p. 6. October 8, 1888.
  5. "Princeton Wins Again at Football". The New York Times: p. 1. October 11, 1888.
  6. "Princeton Beats Stevens Institute". New York Daily Tribune: p. 4. October 14, 1888.
  7. "Princeton Outkicks Rutgers". The Saint Paul Globe: p. 5. October 18, 1888.
  8. "Football by College Players". New York Tribune: p. 10. October 25, 1888.
  9. "Princeton Beats Johns Hopkins". The Times (Philadelphia): p. 6. November 4, 1888.
  10. "Princeton Has a Good Team: She Defeats Wesleyan at Football by 44 to 0". The World: p. 2. November 7, 1888.
  11. "Triumphant Princeton". New York Daily Tribune: p. 2. November 18, 1888.
  12. "'Rah! 'Rah! 'Rah!Siss-s-s-s Boom Ah! Princeton". The Boston Daily Globe: p. 4. November 18, 1888.
  13. "'Twas a Physical Cyclone: Yale Wins the Great Football Match". The New York Times: p. 2. November 25, 1888.
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