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.
This “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 a 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. (Note-Michigan and Northwestern do not play in 2017. However, Michigan and Northwestern will meet in Chicago in 2018).
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. Three of the teams they “first” played in 1892 (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Northwestern) are now conference rivals with hundreds of games in the record books. Please come back tomorrow to learn about another Michigan Legend who was truly “one of a kind.” Go Blue!
The first game between two of college football’s winningest teams did not take place until 1993 Yes, Michigan and Penn State first met as Big Ten opponents on October 16, 1993.
Coach Gary Moeller’s Wolverines defeated the Nittany Lions by a score of 21-13 and made a lot of people in Happy Valley, well, unhappy! Now, twenty-five years later these Big Ten East Division rivals battle each other every season for the division title.
What Michigan coach has the most wins against Penn State?