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Oldest College Football Game on Film 1903 Here is four minutes of the 1903 Yale-Princeton contest--the oldest known college football game on film. It was a matchup of two undefeated teams watched by about 50,000 spectators. Princeton won the game 11-6.
Tags: Yale  Princeton  football 
Added: 24th December 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-12-24 
I love the referees working the game in their civilian clothes.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-12-24 
I wonder if Keith Jackson announced this game.
Posted by: Sophia on 2007-12-25 
They didn't have much protection in those uniforms did they?
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-12-25 
They wore very little padding and primative helmets. Serious injuries and even deaths on the field were not all that uncommon. Theodore Roosevelt threatened to ban the sport after the 1905 season unless rules were amended to make the game safer.

On the brighter side, these players were true student athletes. None of them were taking courses in underwater fire prevention.
Posted by: Classico on 2007-12-27 
``these players were true student athletes.``

This was certainly true in the Ivy League back then (as it is today). But you would be surprised to see how much corruption there was in the college game with semi pros playing in the game disguised as students or students moon lighting in semi pro games.

Say, I have a question for some of you who know 1940s movies --- there was a college football movie made around 1941 in which gamblers attempt to disrupt a game; they drug up the half back who runs back and forth from one end of the field to the other; and he finally falls over the goal line and the good guys win.

Anybody remember such a movie?
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-12-27 
Can't say I recall such a movie, Classico.

You're right about coorution in early college football. I read that Knute Rockne used to play for Notre Dame on Saturdays and then play semipro under an assumed name on Sundays.
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