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Historical Highlights

While the Knights have claimed 11 conference championships on the gridiron, here is a look at an assortment of other highlights throughout the 130+ years of football history at the College that make the program unique:

1883: First game played was a victory over the University of Minnesota, 4-2 (TDs were worth 2pts)

1905: First undefeated season

1927: Laird Stadium completed. It was constructed with some thought given to the idea of Carleton joining the Big Ten conference.

1931: Goat Trophy tradition established for annual battle against cross-town rival St. Olaf College

1934: First All-American, Donald “Tag” Senior

1961: All-Conference Stephen Dickinson named Carleton’s first Rhodes Scholar

1977: Carleton hosts rival St. Olaf College in the "Liter Bowl," the first NCAA sanctioned football game played using the metric system (100-meter field, 10 meters for first down, etc.)

1983: Knights rejoin the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAC)

1988: After the tragic death of great Carleton defensive lineman, Mike Stam, the MIAC named the conference’s Defensive Lineman of the Year Award in his honor

1989: Jersey #13 retired in honor of great Knight QB Tim Nielson

1998: "Book of Knowledge" tradition established for annual game against Macalester College. Knights have won 13 of the 16 meetings since the trophy was created including the last 11 meetings (through 2013 season).

2012: Laird Stadium locker room and weight room renovations come online