Fun fact, Iowa State is 4-0 all time against “Des Moines Y” with games dating from 1892-1896. Some of the faces we know and love from 1895 squad are still here: Van Campen, Hammer, B.W. Wilson, German and Rice.
According to Mark Pollak’s The Playing Grounds of College Football: A Comprehensive Directory, 1869 to Today, Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm played at “YMCA Field/South Ninth Street Grounds/Drake Athletic Park” in 1898, and I know for a fact (the article I’m soon going to share the recap from) that this game was played at the same location. Fun fact, the Des Moines Prohibitionists (precursor to the Oaks/Cubs) played at the same location at “Polk County Fairgrounds in front of Seventh Street along the Raccoon River.”1
Below is a preview of the game from the Des Moines Leader on November 11, 1896.
Something that sticks out to me in these old newspapers is the weights, I wonder what caused the discrepancy between the above numbers and the below numbers published in the program from the game a week prior, against Grinnell.
Hood’s Sarsaparilla advertisements are so common, I’m surprised they didn’t sponsor the first Rose Bowl.
The weather for the November 11, 1896, game featured a high of 34ºF and a low of 16ºF. For just $0.03 in 1896 ($0.90 in 2018) you could read the attached clippings.