1988 Cornell Big Red football
Ivy League co-champion
Conference Ivy League
1988 record 7–2–1 (6–1 Ivy)
Head coach Maxie Baughan (6th year)
Home stadium Schoellkopf Field
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Template:1988 Ivy League football standings The 1988 Cornell Big Red football team represented Cornell University in the 1988 NCAA Division I-AA football season as a member of the Ivy League. The Big Red were led by sixth-year head coach Maxie Baughan and played their home games at Schoellkopf Field. The Big Red finished the season 7–2–1 overall and 6–1 in Ivy League play to win Cornell's second Ivy League championship, sharing the title with Penn.[1]

Cornell began the season dubbed by sports analysts to have Ivy League championship potential[2] and coach Maxie Baughan described his team as "the sleeping giant of the Ivy League."[3] The Big Red eventually entered the final week of the season, in which they would face their undefeated rival Penn, having lost two games and tied one; Penn was the last remaining undefeated Division I-AA football team in 1988 and had won or shared the Ivy League title five times in the previous six seasons. During the game, which Cornell would have to win to share the conference title with Penn, nine personal fouls were assessed between the two teams. Cornell eventually broke a 3–3 halftime tie to deliver Penn's first defeat of the season and win a share of the Ivy League title for the first time since 1971.[4]

The 1988 season was Maxie Baughan's sixth and final season as head coach of the Cornell Big Red; he resigned in early 1989 after allegations surfaced that the married Baughan had a romantic relationship with top assistant coach Peter Noyes' wife. Baughan cited "personal tensions" as the rationale for his decision.[5] Assistant coach Jack Fouts was appointed head coach shortly thereafter.[6]


September 17PrincetonL 17–26
September 24Colgate*
  • Schoellkopf Field
  • Ithaca, NY (rivalry)
W 17–14
October 1at Lehigh*L 14–27
October 8at HarvardW 19–17
October 15Brown
  • Schoellkopf Field
  • Ithaca, NY
W 35–0
October 22at DartmouthW 24–7
October 29at Lafayette*T 21–21
November 5Yale
  • Schoellkopf Field
  • Ithaca, NY
W 26–0
November 12at ColumbiaW 42–198,308[7]
November 19Penn
  • Schoellkopf Field
  • Ithaca, NY (rivalry)
W 19–618,000[3]
  • *Non-conference game


  1. "1988 Football Schedule". Cornell Athletics. http://www.cornellbigred.com/mobile/schedule.aspx?schedule=652. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  2. "COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Ivy League; Princeton Stops Cornell by 26-17". The New York Times. 18 September 1988. https://www.nytimes.com/1988/09/18/sports/college-football-ivy-league-princeton-stops-cornell-by-26-17.html. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wallace, William N. (20 November 1988). "COLLEGE FOOTBALL; Cornell and Penn Share Ivy Title". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/1988/11/20/sports/college-football-cornell-and-penn-share-ivy-title.html. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  4. Lieber, Jill (28 November 1988). "A Big Win for Big Red". Sports Illustrated. https://www.si.com/vault/1988/11/28/118970/a-big-win-for-big-red-cornell-upset-previously-unbeaten-penn-to-win-a-share-of-the-ivy-league-title. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  5. "Head Coach Maxie Baughan Quits Cornell, Cites 'Tension'". AP. 26 April 1989. http://articles.latimes.com/1989-04-26/sports/sp-1936_1_ivy-league-maxie-baughan-cornell-coaching-staff. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  6. "Cornell Closes Book on Baughan". The Washington Post. 27 April 1989. https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/sports/1989/04/27/cornell-closes-book-on-baughan/a7206f62-694d-447a-8031-b1ebe87a3ce3/. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  7. Curry, Jack (13 November 1988). "College Football: Ivy League; Cornell Routs Columbia by 42-19". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/1988/11/13/sports/college-football-ivy-league-cornell-routs-columbia-by-42-19.html. Retrieved 12 October 2017.

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