1939 Cornell Big Red football
National champion (Litkenhous)
Co-ational champion (Sagarin)
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
APNo. 4
1939 record8–0
Head coachCarl Snavely (4th season)
Offensive schemeSingle-wing
Home stadiumSchoellkopf Field
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The 1939 Cornell Big Red football team represented Cornell University in the 1939 college football season. They finished with an 8–0 record and were named national champion by Litkenhous and co-national champion by Sagarin.[1] They outscored their opponents 197 to 52.[2] After capping off a perfect season, Cornell declined a bid to the Rose Bowl so that the football players could catch up on their schoolwork.[3] The Big Red finished the season ranked #4 in the Associated Press's final poll.[4]


October 7SyracuseW 19–6
October 14at PrincetonW 20–7
October 21Penn StateNo. 12
  • Schoellkopf Field
  • Ithaca, NY
W 47–0
October 28at No. 4 Ohio StateNo. 7W 23–1449,583
November 4ColumbiaNo. 3
  • Schoellkopf Field
  • Ithaca, NY (rivalry)
W 13–7
November 11ColgateNo. 5
  • Schoellkopf Field
  • Ithaca, NY (rivalry)
W 14–12
November 18DartmouthNo. 4W 35–6
November 30at PennNo. 3W 26–0
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game


  1. 2017 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records. Indianapolis: The National Collegiate Athletic Association. July 2017. p. 112. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  2. 1939 Cornell University football scores and results Script error. College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved on October 4, 2013.
  3. 1939 Champions of All Script error. Cornell Football Association. Retrieved on October 3, 2013.
  4. 1939 Cornell Big Red stats. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved on October 4, 2013.
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