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Wabash Forfeits 1891 Gridiron Match to DePauw

Wabash Forfeits 1891 Gridiron Match to DePauw

November 21, 1891

1890 football-melon-style-1.jpgNovember 21, 1891, Greencastle, Ind. - A telegram from Manager Evans of the Wabash College football team, received by DePauw Manager Smith yesterday, declares that the men from Crawfordsville are unable to play today's scheduled game at DePauw and are thus forfeiting the contest. It will go down in the record books as a 1-0 victory.

There had been some controversy in recent days amid claims by DePauw that one of the Wabash players is not enrolled as a student at the college.

DePauw has now logged three wins against one loss for this season. The triumphs include a 62-4 drubbing of Indiana University's football squad earlier in the fall. (at right: 1891 DePauw football team)

1891 DePauw Fball Team 1.jpgView a "Monon Memory" of the 1891 season -- featuring historic photos -- here: Video Link [Download Video: "1891 Monon Memory" - 3212kb]. A complete roster of the video clips -- written, produced and narrated by 1982 DePauw graduate Ken Owen -- can be accessed by clicking here.

For comprehensive information on one of America's greatest and longest-running college football rivalries -- which in 1932 introduced a 300-pound locomotive bell as the winning team's prize -- visit the Monon Bell web page.