Cornell Football History

Cornell University is one of the oldest Universities in the country. The same goes for their football team. In 1869, a year after the educational institute was founded, the schools football team played their first game. Since that first game, the school has won three Ivy League Conference championships and gone unbeaten five times, all of those seasons ended with National Championships.

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Their biggest moment came in 1940 for an act of sportsmanship. They defeated their rivals, Dartmouth but voluntarily forfeited the game after reviewing the film that showed that Cornell had unintentionally used a fifth down. Their forfeit ended a three season unbeaten run but was named the second greatest football moment in college football history.

Cornell’s most storied player in the history is arguably running back Ed Marinaro, who came in second in 1971 in the Heisman Trophy. He broke multiple NCAA records that season by scoring 24 touchdowns on 1,881 rushing yards. He was a unanimous All-American selection, Cornell’s only unanimous selection in their history.

Ryan Michael Kuhn of West Palm Beach is a graduate of Cornell University. He graduated with a degree in Applied Economics and Management. During his time at Cornell, he played for the school football team where he was the starting quarterback during his junior and senior seasons. He is one of the 11 quarterbacks in NCAA history to post 1,000 yards passing and rushing in the same season. He amassed a 9-6 win/loss record as the school’s starting quarterback. He is currently the manager of International Craft Beer Distribution LLC.

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