1933 Columbia Lions football
National champion
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 7–0 vs. Stanford
1933 record8–1
Head coachLou Little (4th season)
Offensive schemeSingle wing
CaptainCliff Montgomery
Home stadiumBaker Field
← 1932
1934 →

The 1933 Columbia Lions football team was an American football team that represented Columbia University during the 1933 college football season. In their fourth season under head coach Lou Little, the Lions compiled an 8–1 record and outscored opponents 179 to 45, with four shutouts.

The Lions' lone setback was a 20–0 loss to Fritz Crisler's undefeated national champion Princeton Tigers. The Lions concluded the 1933 season on New Year's Day in California with a 7–0 victory over Stanford in the mud in the Rose Bowl.[1][2][3][4] The school claims a national championship for the season.[5] This Rose Bowl, held Template:Years or months ago, remains the most recent postseason game for any member of today's Ivy League, which began league play in 1956.

Team captain and quarterback Cliff Montgomery was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.


October 7LehighW 39–0
October 14Virginia
  • Baker Field
  • New York, NY
W 15–6
October 21at PrincetonL 0–20
October 28Penn State
  • Baker Field
  • New York, NY
W 33–0
November 4at CornellW 9–6
November 11Navy
  • Baker Field
  • New York, NY
W 14–7
November 18Lafayette
  • Baker Field
  • New York, NY
W 46–6
November 25Syracuse
  • Baker Field
  • New York, NY
W 16–0
January 1, 1934vs. StanfordW 7–035,000


  1. "Gallant Columbia 'Sea' Lions vanquish Stanford in mud, 7 to 0". Milwaukee Journal: p. 6, part 2. January 2, 1934.
  2. Bell, Brian (January 2, 1934). "Columbia amazes sport world with Stanford win, 7-0". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press ((Oregon)): p. 6.
  3. "Columbia Yearly Results (1930–1934)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  4. "1933 Columbia LionsSchedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  5. "Columbia Football 2018 Record Book". Columbia University Athletics. p. 208. Retrieved January 23, 2019. ""Columbia has claimed two mythical national championships: in 1875 and 1933""
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