"During the first inning, Michigan was aided by having the wind at its back and running downhill on a slightly sloped field. In the second inning, the teams switched sides. The game ended at 4:27 pm with Michigan ahead 13–6. The scoring for Michigan consisted of "one goal, two touch downs [one by halfback William Calvert], and two tries for goal, against three safety touch downs which Toronto was compelled to make."
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Thursday, November 6, 2014
TODAY IN chUMp HISTORY: NOVEMBER 6, 1880
Today is a big day in history for the Michigan Wolverines Football program. It was on this day in 1880 that the Michigan "Football Team" defeated their arch-rivals from TORONTO. Not the University of Toronto, but the Toronto Lacrosse Club. If you read the game account carefully, it's hard to ascertain whether they were actually playing lacrosse, cricket, rugby or rounders, but the UM faithful are certain it was a big win either way, by a commanding score of 13-6. Here is an excerpt from the report on this game:
This game was huge for the team-without-a-name-yet, and especially for the players-without-uniform-numbers-yet, as it clinched their first-ever undefeated and untied season. They finished the year with an overall record of 1-0. This victory established their foundation for claims that UM was the "champion of the west", since they had never defeated an eastern team prior to this hallowed day.
There was no head coach and no tackling below the waist. There were no forward passes and the main offensive play was the "flying wedge". But the Wolverines count this game result, embedded into their gaudy total, every time they claim that they hold the "all-time wins record" in college football. This is one of those many "undefeated seasons" that they like to boast about.
It's "games" like these that Michigan folks point to as the basis for their overbearing sense of self-supremacy. Good to know just exactly what they're talking about.
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