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Listed below are games that marked a travel first in intercollegiate football game (i.e. first team to travel west of the Mississippi River).

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.

Travel Firsts in Intercollegiate Football

First Interstate Matchup
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
NJ New Brunswick 1870 11/12 Rutgers (NJ) Columbia (NY) 6-3
First Game Between Two Schools From Non-Bordering States
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
CT New Haven 1873 10/25 Yale (CT) Rutgers (NJ) 4-1
First Game Played at a Neutral Location (Off-Campus Location for Both Schools)
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
NJ Hoboken 1873 11/15 Columbia (NY) Rutgers (NJ) 4-3
First Game Played in Neither Schools Home State
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
NJ Hoboken 1876 12/09 Yale (CT) Columbia (NY) 2-0
First Game Played in Neither Schools Home or Border States
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
IL Chicago 1891 11/28 Cornell (NY) Michigan 10-0
First Game Involving a School Crossing the Mississippi River from the East
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
MN Minneapolis 1890 11/15 Minnesota Wisconsin 63-0
First Game Involving a School Crossing the Mississippi River from the West
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
TN Nashville 1891 11/14 Vanderbilt (TN) Washington (MO) 4-0
First Game Involving a School from the East Coast Traveling to the West Coast
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
CA San Francisco 1899 12/25 Carlisle School (PA) California 2-0
First Game Involving a School from the West Coast Traveling to the East Coast
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
NY New York 1928 11/29 Oregon State New York (NY) 25-13
First School from the South to Travel to the North
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
PA Philadelphia 1883 10/20 Pennsylvania Johns Hopkins (MD) 26-6
First School from the North to Travel to the South
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
MD Baltimore 1885 11/28 Swarthmore (PA) Johns Hopkins (MD) 16-0
First School from the Deep South to Travel to New England
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
MA Cambridge 1921 10/15 Harvard (MA) Georgia 10-7
First School from New England to Travel to the Deep South
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
GA Atlanta 1921 11/27 Dartmouth (NH) Georgia 7-0
First School from the Northwest to Travel to the Deep South
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
FL Miami 1929 12/7 Florida Oregon 20-6

First School from the Deep South to Travel to the Northwest
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
OR Portland 1975 10/4 Grambling State (LA) Oregon State 19-12
First School from the Contiguous U.S. to Travel to Hawaii
State City Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
HI Honolulu 1920 12/25 Nevada Hawaii 14-0

 

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

Special thanks to Paul Land for the idea of “First School from the Northwest to Travel to the Deep South” and vice versa. Check out his site Duck Downs. There is a lot of unique content on his site (i.e. rare photos, programs, game summaries, etc) revolving around the Oregon Ducks.

  4 Responses to “Travel Firsts in Intercollegiate Football”

  1. Interesting firsts.

    You might include another first — “first team from the west coast to travel to the deep South”. (I believe this was Oregon, 12/5/1929, vs Florida, game played in Miami.)

  2. Thanks Paul for the compliments and the pointer. I’ll look into it later today. Regardless that was a long trip for Oregon back in 1929.

  3. From a technical standpoint “First Game Played in Neither Schools Home or Border States” is not orrect as Michigan and Illinois are contiguous. While there is no land border; the two states share a common border in Lake Michigan.

  4. You’re correct. I should have stipulated “land border”.

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