Courtesy Tufts Sports Information
MEDFORD, Mass. – The fall of 2006 marks the 132nd season of football at Tufts University. The program s tradition currently includes 999 games and is one of the sport s oldest and proudest. The Jumbos will play in their 1,000th game on Saturday at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
Tufts will become the second program in New England Division III history to reach the 1,000 game plateau. Amherst College passed the mark during the 2004 season. The Jumbos join NCAA Division III programs such as Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg, Mount Union, Ohio Wesleyan, Washington & Jefferson, Widener and Wittenberg as schools who have played 1,000 or more games.
Among the 1,000 games are some with national significance. Though Tufts has now found its niche in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), the football team is one of the sport's forerunners. Playing against teams such as Army and Harvard that were the prominent programs in the early 1900s, Tufts Football has played a part in shaping the game that we know and love today.
Tufts received national recognition in 2004 for the historical significance of its game against Harvard at Jarvis Field in Cambridge on June 4, 1875. While most sports historians declare that Rutgers and Princeton played in the first intercollegiate football game on November 6, 1869, that game was played with rules similar to today's game of soccer. Players couldn't run with the ball or tackle opponents.
Saturday s 1,000th game has even greater significance to the 2006 Tufts team. The Jumbos enter with a 3-0 record and look to go to 4-0 for the first time since 2001. In their way is a Trinity team that recently had the longest winning streak in the nation ended. The Bantams had won 31 straight before losing to Williams on September 30. Trinity has defeated the Jumbos in each of the last four years, including 7-0 on Homecoming Day in Medford last season.