This Day in History – April 9

On April 9, 1880, Kentucky University (now Transylvania) defeated Centre College 13 ¾ – 0 in the first football game to be played south of the Ohio River. The Centre Praying Colonels lost the rematch at home later that month, and it was the beginning of a long-running rivalry with their in-state opponent. Since that time, Centre ranks 12th among Division III schools with a record of 509-374-37.

The Transylvania University Pioneers ended their football program in 1941 and proudly state that the college is “undefeated”.


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