Jan 102012
 

Listed below are the first intercollegiate football games by region.

Note: Keep in mind these are intercollegiate games (college vs. college).

The list below is also continuously being researched and additions will be made. The games listed are to the knowledge of this site correct. But as more documented games/locations are uncovered, there is the possibility that changes will need to be made to the list.

First Intercollegiate Football Game by Region

First Intercollegiate Game
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
NJ New Brunswick 1869 11/6 Rutgers (NJ) Princeton (NJ) 6-4
First Intercollegiate Game in New England
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
CT New Haven 1872 11/16 Yale (CT) Columbia (NY) 3-0
First Intercollegiate Game in the South
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
VA Lexington 1873 11/2 Wash. & Lee (VA) Va. Military Institute 4-2
First Intercollegiate Game in the Gulf Region
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
LA New Orleans 1893 11/25 Tulane (LA) Louisiana State 34-0
First Intercollegiate Game in the Great Lakes Region
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
IL Chicago 1879 5/30 Michigan Racine (WI) 1-0
First Intercollegiate Game West of the Mississippi
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
MN Saint Paul 1882 9/30 Minnesota Hamline (MN) 2-0
First Intercollegiate Game in the Rocky Mountains
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
CO Co. Springs 1885 4/11 Colorado College Denver (CO) 12-0
First Intercollegiate Game on the West Coast
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
CA Los Angeles 1889 ? Southern California Loyola Marymount (CA) 40-0
First Intercollegiate Game in the Northwest
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
WA Tacoma 1890 11/27 Washington Wa. College (WA) 0-0
First Intercollegiate Game in the Southwest
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
NM Albuquerque 1894 1/1 New Mexico New Mexico State 18-6
First Intercollegiate Game in the Pacific
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
HI Honolulu 1909 10/30 Punahou (HI) Hawaii 23-0
First Intercollegiate Game Played Internationally
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
Canada Montreal 1874 10/23 Harvard (MA) McGill (Canada) 3-0
First Intercollegiate Game Overseas Involving American Schools
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
Japan Tokyo 1976 9/4 Grambling State (LA) Morgan State (MD) 42-16

 

Acknowledgement: Game scores retrieved from College Football Data Warehouse were instrumental in putting together the content above.

The date of the first intercollegiate game in the south was found in Mel Smith’s Evolvements of Early American Foot Ball: Through the 1890/91 Season. Thanks to Tex Noel for the forward.

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