Nov. 6, 1869
Rutgers and Princeton played the first intercollegiate football game on Nov. 6, 1869. The game was played on a plot of land where the Rutgers gym now stands in New Brunswick, N.J. The teams consisted of 25 players each. William J. Leggett, later a distinguished clergyman of the Dutch Reformed Church, was the Rutgers captain; William Gunmere, who later became chief justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, captained the Princeton squad. The game was played under rugbylike rules, and the ball could be moved only by kicking or hitting it with feet, hands, head or sides. Each score counted a "game," and 10 games were played in front of about 100 spectators. Rutgers won, 6-4. College football was born. -- Mark Schlabach
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