Dates to Remember
November 13, 1878 - Brown plays its first game of intercollegiate football, traveling to Amherst to do battle with the Lord Jeffs.
October 8,1892 - Brown plays its first on-campus game, beating WPI 8-4 on Lincoln Field.
November 29, 1894 - The first Thanksgiving Day game in Brown’s history, a 20-4 victory over MIT at Adelaide Park, Providence.
1894 Season - Paced by its first set of touchdown twins, William Burr Hopkins and Charles D. Millard, Brown finishes the season 10-4 and is ranked fifth in the nation.
1896 Season - Brown may not have had the best team in the country, but it did have the richest manager - John D. Rockefeller, Jr. ’97.
November 6, 1898 - Willie Richardson kicks the first Brown field goal in 16-5 victory over the Newton A.C.
October 4, 1899 - At its new home on Camp Street, Brown defeats Tufts 6-0. Andrews Field was named for Brown President Benjamin Andrews, and remained Brown’s football home until the opening of Brown Field in 1925.
November 30, 1899 - In its first intersectional game, Brown meets the University of Chicago at Marshall Field on Thanksgiving Day.
October 18, 1902 - Capt. Tom Barry scores all Brown’s points on TD runs of 50 and 31 yards and on a 28-yard field goal as the Bears beat Penn for the first time, 15-6, at Franklin Field.
November 25, 1905 - Brown’s first live bear, Helen, appeared as a Brown mascot at the Dartmouth game in Springfield, MA.
September 29, 1906 - The forward pass was legalized for the 1906 season and QB Vic Schwartz throws Brown’s first pass in the opener against New Hampshire.
November 24, 1906 - Halfback Johnny Mahew scores twice on spectacular runs in a 23-0 victory over Dartmouth and becomes the first Brown player named to Walter Camp’s All-America first team.
September 26, 1908 - QB Bill Sprackling completes first Brown TD pass, a 40-yarder to end Spike Dennie vs. New Hampshire.
November 5, 1910 - Sprackling has the greatest day of any Brown back in leading Brown to its first victory over Yale, 21-0. He kicked three field goals and accounted for 456 yards.
October 24, 1914 - Brown players wear numbers on the their jerseys for the first time, in a contest with Cornell at the Polo Grounds.
January 1, 1916 - Brown meets Washington State in the first official Tournament of Roses game in Pasadena, California.
November 18, 1916 - Fritz Pollard has two TD’s and gains 140 yards rushing in leading Brown to its first victory over Harvard, 21-0. He later earned first team All-America honors from Walter Camp.
September 26, 1925 - Brown Field opens, and Brown wins, 33-0, over Rhode Island. The stadium was later dedicated at the Yale game before 27,000. A second dedication was held during the Harvard game.
October 23, 1926 - The Brown Iron Men team is born as 11 starters play the full 60 minutes in a 7-0 victory over Yale at the Yale Bowl.
November 25, 1926 - Close to 30,000 see Brown end the season undefeated after battling Colgate to a 10-10 tie on Thanksgiving Day morning at Brown Field.
1932 Season - Brown’s Cinderella team meets a previously undefeated opponent for seven straight weeks. The Bears lost their final game on Thanksgiving morning to undefeated, untied and unscored upon Colgate before 33,000, the largest home crowd in Brown history.
November 24, 1938 - In a Turkey Day thriller at Baker Field, Irving “Shine” Hall scores 27 points in leading Brown to a 36-27 victory over Columbia and its star, Sid Luckman.
October 10, 1942 - Junior Halfback Bob Margarita sets an all-time Brown record with 233 yards rushing in 28-21 victory over Columbia.
November 24, 1949 - Trailing 26-7 with 17 minutes left, Brown rallies to crush Colgate, 41-26, on Thanksgiving morning via the running and passing of Joe Paterno.
September 29, 1956 - Brown defeats Columbia, 20-0, at Baker Field in the first official Ivy League game.
November 21, 1964 - Brown limits Columbia and its All-American quarterback Archie Roberts to five yards in total offense to defeat the Lions 7-0 and complete a 5-4 season.
October 13, 1973 - Using rollout quarterback Dennis Coleman the first half and passing quarterback Pete Beatrice after intermission, Brown befuddles Yale, 34-25, for coach John Anderson’s first victory.
November, 1976 - Brown defeats Harvard, Dartmouth, and Columbia in the final three games to gain a share of its first Ivy League title.
November 5, 1977 - Ruben Chapa’s 32-yard field goal with 9 seconds left gives Brown a 13-10 victory over Dartmouth, its first win in Hanover since 1928.
1978 Season - Centennial Anniversary.
November 4, 1978 - Rick Villella snares a two-point conversion pass from Mark Whipple in the final minutes as Brown comes from behind to nip Harvard, 31-30, in Cambridge.
November 5, 1983 - The Bears battle national power Penn State before a Brown record crowd of 75,000.
September 22, 1984 - Keiron Bigby sets three and ties two other NCAA records with three interceptions for 216 yards and two TD’s. The 27-14 victory over Yale marked John Rosenberg’s debut as head coach.
September 17, 1988 - Brown kicks off the Ivy League’s National Television package on ESPN at home against Yale.
November 20, 1993 - Freshman Marquis Jessie sets a single game rushing record by running for 237 yards in 28-23 win over Columbia. He later becomes the first freshman in Ivy League football history to earn All-Ivy honors.
December 21, 1993 - Mark Whipple ’79 returns to Brown as its 18th head football coach.
November 19, 1994 - In its 1,000th game, Brown sets an NCAA Division 1AA record by scoring 56 second half points as the Bears rally from a 24-3 halftime deficit to defeat Columbia 59-27 in New York City.
November 22, 1997 - Sean Morey catches 10 passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns vs. Columbia and sets Ivy League records for single season receiving yards (1,434), touchdowns in a season (15), touchdowns in a career (29), and career reception yards (2,827).
December 18, 1997 - Phil Estes is named Brown’s 19th head football coach.
October 24, 1998 - The 109 Points scored in Brown’s 58-51 win over Penn is the most points ever scored in an Ivy League game. The two teams combined for 58 fourth quarter points, an NCAA record.
September 18, 1999 - Senior James Perry, the Ivy League’s all-time career passer, threw a 14 yard touchdown pass to sophomore David Brookman with 14 seconds remaining, and senior Rob Scholl smashed his way into the end zone for a two point conversion following a blocked extra point, to lead Brown to a 25-24 victory over Yale in New Haven. Brown would go on to share the Ivy League Championship with a 9-1 overall record and 6-1 Ivy mark.
November 18, 2000 - Stephen Campbell sets an NCAA, I-AA record with 120 career receptions, after making 14 catches against Columbia.
October 15, 2003 - Brown equals three NCAA I-AA records when quarterback Kyle Slager completes 20 consecutive passes against Rhode Island, tying the mark for consecutive completions in a half and a game, and Chas Gessner makes 24 catches, matching the NCAA record for receptions in a game.
November 22, 2003 - Sophomore runningback Nick Hartigan rushes for 201 yards against Columbia to establish a new Ivy League sophomore single-season rushing record with 1,498 yards, eclipsing the previous mark of 1,409 yards by Cornell’s Ed Marinaro in 1969. Hartigan’s 149.8 yards per game led the nation.
November 19, 2005 - Brown wins its first outright Ivy League Championship with a 52-21 victory over Columbia before a national television audience at Wein Stadium in New York City. Nick Hartigan sets three Ivy League records and 22 Brown records in the victory before a raucous Brown crowd, which packed the visitors stands.
November 22, 2008 - Brown’s Class of 2009 became the first class in Brown football history to win two Ivy League Championships, beating Columbia 41-10, at Brown Stadium for the Ivy title.
September 25, 2011 - Portable lights are brought in for the first night game in Brown Stadium history, drawing an overflow crowd of 17,360 to witness Brown defeat Harvard, 29-14.
November 22, 2008: Brown beats Columbia to win the Ivy League Championship