The Greatest Game

Football at St. Olaf College, 1893 - 2003


Coach Tom Porter

  • Did you know the 1930 St. Olaf football team lead the country in scoring, sat with Notre Dame and Alabama as one of the nation’s few undefeated teams, and freshman Harry Newby was featured on “Ripley’s Believe or Not” for scoring on all four of his first four collegiate touches?
  • We all know that the Ole defense is built to stop the run, but did you know St. Olaf held Carleton to zero meters rushing en route to a 43 – 0 victory in 1977?   You read it correctly …meters.  Dubbed the “Liter  Bowl”, the Oles and Carls played in the first metric football game ever played.   Guess whose idea it was?
  • Now the subject of countless stories (some related to football), who could ever forget the legendary goodwill trip made by the 1986 Oles to the Norway?   Playing in the “Old Country” the Oles had plenty of time to stay in good spirits as they stomped the Westside Vikings 65 - 0 and 66 – 0, consecutively.

If you didn't know any of these snippets of Ole Football lore, don't feel too bad - we can help!  All you have to do is get your hands on a copy of The Greatest Game: Football at St. Olaf College 1893-2003, written by legendary St. Olaf coach Tom Porter '51 and former St. Olaf SID Bob Phelps. 

From Ade Christenson to Ole Gunderson to Brian Senske (word) and everyone in between, you can own the most complete history of St. Olaf Football ever compiled for only $25.   Read Coach Porter's account of each season and learn about past Ole greats, relive the memories from your own era, or, sift through the hundreds of high-quality photos to find embarassing shots of your old teammates.

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