Princeton won 28 of its first 30 contests against Penn, and most games weren’t even close. So when the Quakers prevailed over captain Thomas Trenchard 1895, below, and the Tigers at the New Jersey State Fairgrounds in Trenton, the win announced their arrival among the Eastern football powers. Princeton did not take it well – the two teams would not play again until 1935.
The multitalented Michael Lerch ’93, below, caught a 75-yard touchdown pass, made a touchdown-saving tackle on a kick return, and sacked the Penn quarterback on the game’s final play. Princeton tied for the season’s Ivy League championship, while Penn finished third.