1890 Purdue football
ConferenceIndiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1890 record3–3 (2–1 IIAA)
Head coachClinton L. Hare (1st season)
CaptainR. A. Lackey
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1890 IIAA football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Butler 3 0 1     3 0 1
Purdue 2 1 0     3 3 0
† – Conference champion

The 1890 Purdue football team was an American football team that represented Purdue University during the 1890 college football season. The team compiled a 3–3 record in the university's third season fielding an intercollegiate football team. Clinton L. Hare, a Yale alumnus who had been the coach of the Butler football teams that handed Purdue its sole losses in 1887 and 1889, was hired as Purdue's football coach in 1890.[1][2] On November 1, 1890, Purdue lost to Michigan, 34–6, in the first football game between two teams that would later become members of the Big Ten Conference.[3] Three weeks after losing to Michigan, Purdue defeated Illinois, 62–0. The team concluded its 1890 season with a loss to Butler, leaving Purdue 0–3 in three games against Butler football teams since 1887.[1]

R. A. Lackey was the team captain.[2]


October 18at Chicago All-UniversityL 6–10[4]
October 25WabashLafayette, INW 54–0[5]
November 1at MichiganL 6–34
November 15at DePauw
W 32–0[6]
November 22Illinois Lafayette, IN (rivalry)W 62–0[7]
November 27at Butler
L 10–12[8]


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