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1889 college football season

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Total # of teams  21
Champions  Princeton Tigers
1889 college football season

The 1889 college football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Princeton as having been selected national champions. On December 14, Wofford defeated Furman played the first intercollegiate game in the state of South Carolina. The game featured no uniforms, no positions, and the rules were formulated before the game. Wofford won 5 to 1.


This was the first season an attempt was made to recognize individuals on an All-American team.

Conference and program changes

  • The Western Interstate University Football Association began its first season of play
  • All-Americans

    The consensus All-America team included:

    Statistical leaders

  • Player scoring most points: Bum McClung, Yale, 176
  • References

    1889 college football season Wikipedia

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