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Today's Tidbit... Football Without An End Zone
Here’s a great image of the 1909 Yale-Princeton game at Yale Field during the last season football used the checkerboard field. The sharp-eyed will notice the field lacks an end line, which means it also lacks an end zone, an innovation that entered the game in 1912.
Football did not need an end line before 1912 because the only way to score a touchdown was to run the ball over the goal line. Players could score on forward passes if they caught the ball short of the goal line since forward passes thrown over the goal line resulted in touchbacks.
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