This photograph of the 1890 team may have been taken before Colgate's first intercollegiate football game, a 32-14 loss to Hamilton College on November 15, 1890. According to the Madisonensis, "The playing of our foot-ball team in the game with Hamilton College last Saturday was highly gratifying. Before the game we had calculated if our men could play well enough to keep the score down to fifty to zero in favor of Hamilton that we should be well pleased with our start."

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