Today’s post recalls another historic game – the first game of the Michigan vs Northwestern football series in 1892. Yes, the first game between the Wolverines and the Wildcats took place way, way, way back in the Nineteenth Century.
(Note – The 1892 Michigan Football team played the first game in their history against Northwestern on this day in 1892. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)
The “first” edition of the Michigan vs Northwestern football series took place at 25th Street Field in Chicago, Illinois on October 29, 1892. It was the final game of a 15 day “road trip.” Michigan’s record was 4 wins and 2 losses heading into the inaugural game against their future Big Ten rival.
The game was played in two 20-minute halves. Northwestern held a 10-4 advantage at the end of the first half. Michigan scored the only points of the half (four), but it wasn’t enough. Northwestern won the game by a final score of 8-10. The loss dropped Michigan’s record to 4 wins and 3 losses.
The Wolverines played five more games in November and won three of them. By the time the season ended, Michigan finished with 7 wins and 5 losses. It was the highest victory total that a Wolverine team had ever achieved in one season.
In addition to the start of the Michigan vs Northwestern football series, there were a number of important “firsts” associated with the thirteenth season of Michigan Football.
Yes, the 1892 season was an important time in the history of Michigan Football.
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