NCAA Division 1AA Yankee Conference College Football Games in Europe 1988-1989


Imperial Bowl
1988Crystal Palace (Eng)U of Richmond Spiders20Boston U Terriers17
Milano Kickoff Classic
1989Milano (Ita)Villanova U Wildcats28U of Rhode Island Rams25
[References: 1-2]


The National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1AA Yankee Conference sent American Football teams over to Europe in 1988 and 1989. In 1988 the University of Richmond Spiders narrowly defeated the Boston University Terriers in the Imperial Bowl in Crystal Palace, England and the following year in one of only two College Football games played in Europe, Villanova University Wildcats defeated University of Rhode Island Rams in another close game in October. The other game played in Europe in 1989 was the Emerald Isle Classic in Dublin in December. Villanova University is the only Augustinian Catholic University in USA and has a long-standing relationship with Ireland, with numerous Irish student-athletes studying there.


Newspapers / Magazines

[1] Glen Shields (1989) “Italy: Villanova University 28 University of Rhode Island 25” World American Football. 2 November 1989.

[2] Chris Poirier (1989) “Italy: Villanova University vs University of Rhode Island” World American Football. 26 October 1989.


[3] Villanova University (2021) Ignite Change. Go Nova. [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 22 April 2021]


Thanks to Santina Farrinella.

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