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Piscataway in Middlesex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

First College Football Game

 
 
First College Football Game Monument image. Click for full size.
By David Weintraub, January 25, 2021
1. First College Football Game Monument
Inscription.  
Commemorating the First Game Of
College Football Ever Played
Rutgers and Princeton
Met on the Rutgers Campus
November 6, 1869
Rutgers 6   Princeton 4
This is a gift of the Rutgers Class of 1949

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports.
 
Location. 40° 30.877′ N, 74° 27.831′ W. Marker is in Piscataway, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Sutphen Road and Scarlet Knight Way. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Scarlet Knight Way, Piscataway, New Jersey, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Raritan Landing (approx. ¼ mile away); The Historic Community of Raritan Landing (approx. ¼ mile away); Landing Lane Bridge - 1895 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Buccleuch (approx. 0.6 miles away); Buccleuch Mansion (approx. 0.7 miles away); New Brunswick Sailors (approx. 0.9 miles away); Cuban Howitzer (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Jewish Agricultural Society (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Piscataway.
 
More about this marker. The actual game took place across the Raritan River in New Brunswick. This monument is located next to SHI Stadium at Rutgers University.
 
Regarding First College Football Game.
First College Football Game Monument image. Click for full size.
By David Weintraub, January 25, 2021
2. First College Football Game Monument
The game was a mix of Soccer and Rugby. Except for the physical tackling allowed, it didn't resemble the current game of football. The Rutgers team wore scarlet head coverings to tell the two teams apart. Thus, the nickname Scarlet Knights. The Princeton team was chased off campus after the game and headed back to Princeton.
 
Also see . . .  1869 New Jersey vs. Rutgers football game (Wikipedia). (Submitted on January 30, 2021, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
First College Football Game Monument image. Click for full size.
By David Weintraub, January 25, 2021
3. First College Football Game Monument
Class of ‘56
Scarlet Walk
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 27, 2021, by David Weintraub of Edison, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Last updated on January 30, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 27, 2021, by David Weintraub of Edison, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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