1890 Northwestern Purple football
1890 record4–1–1
Head coachNone
CaptainThomas Moulding
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The 1890 Northwestern Purple football team was an American football team that represented Northwestern University during the 1890 college football season. The team compiled a 4–1–1 record.[1] Only two of the seven games were intercollegiate games, a 22–6 victory over Beloit College on November 22, 1890, in Evanston, and a 22–10 victory over Wisconsin on November 27, 1890, in Milwaukee.[1] The game against Wisconsin was the first between Northwestern and another of the teams that would later organize the Big Ten Conference.


October 10Evanston HighEvanston, ILW 16–4[1]
October 22Evanston HighEvanston, ILW 18–0[1]
October 30South Division HighEvanston, ILT 0–0[1]
November 1Chicago University Club
  • National League Baseball Grounds
  • Chicago
L 6–26[2]
November 22Beloit
  • Northwestern campus
  • Evanston, IL
W 22–6600[3]
November 26vs. WisconsinMilwaukeeW 22–10800-1,000[4]


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