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1897 Penn Quakers football
National champion (Billingsley, Helms, Houlgate, NCF)
Co-national champion (Davis)
Conference Independent
1897 record 15–0
Head coach George Washington Woodruff (6th year)
Captain John Minds
Home stadium Franklin Field
Seasons
« 1896 1898 »

The 1897 Penn Quakers football team represented the University of Pennsylvania in the 1897 college football season. The team finished with a 15–0 record and was retroactively named as the national champion by the Billingsley Report, Helms Athletic Foundation, Houlgate System, and National Championship Foundation, and as a co-national champion by Parke H. Davis.[1] They outscored their opponents 463 to 20.[2]

LegacyEdit

Head coach George Washington Woodruff and players Truxtun Hare, John Minds, and John H. Outland are all inductees of the College Football Hall of Fame. Outland is the namesake of the Outland Trophy, awarded annually to the best college football interior lineman. The Quakers' 15 wins in a single season would not be equalled until the 2018 Clemson Tigers.[3][4]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 22at BucknellLewisburg, PAW 17–0
September 25Franklin & MarshallW 33–0
September 29Washington & Jefferson
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
W 18–4
October 2Bucknell
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
W 33–0
October 6Gettysburg
  • Franklin Field
  • Philidelphia, PA
W 57–0
October 9Lehigh
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
W 58–0
October 13Virginia
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
W 42–0
October 16Dartmouth
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
W 34–0
October 20Penn State
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
W 24–0
October 23Lafayette
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
W 46–0
October 30at BrownProvidence, RI (rivalry)W 40–0
November 6Carlisle
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
W 20–10
November 13Wesleyan
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
W 22–0
November 20Harvard
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA (rivalry)
W 15–6
November 25Cornell
  • Franklin Field
  • Philadelphia, PA (rivalry)
W 4–0

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