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The Streak Continues

Linfield Wildcats football program hits 65 consecutive winning seasons on October 16, 2021.

Linfield football player catch a pass for a touchdown

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Linfield's Archives and Special Collections is creating a digital archive featuring videos, photos and transcripts from interviews with members of the 1956 football team.

Letterman jacket embroidered with "Linfield College 1956 Football NWC Champs"

Gallery of interviews

In a series of extended interviews, hear from members of the Linfield community who contributed to the 1956 football season and earned the conference championship title that began “The Streak.”

 

Watch the videos
Coach illustration by Ward Hooper

By Matthew Hodges '06

Streaking into the history books

It wasn’t the stuff of Hollywood movie legend. There was no last-second shot to win a championship, Hail Mary pass to win the big game or inspirational halftime speech to rally a team of lovable but scrappy underdogs.

 

Regardless, what happened Oct. 6, 1956, on Maxwell Field echoes to this day through Linfield history and the college football record books.

Read the article
Aerial image of McMinnville campus
Cheerleaders hold the number 65

The game that clinched "65"

Linfield drubs Pacific 52-23, assures 65th winning season

No. 7 Linfield clinched its record-extending 65th consecutive winning season Saturday afternoon, beating Pacific 52-23 in Northwest Conference football at Maxwell Field. The Wildcats' streak, the longest ever at any level of college football, began in 1956.
 
Linfield (5-0, 3-0 NWC) used a 17-point burst at the start of the third quarter to pull away from Pacific (3-2, 2-1 NWC), turning a 14-10 halftime edge into a 31-10 advantage going into the final period and getting that 65th straight winning season within sight.
Read the game recap

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The Linfield University Archives collects, protects and promotes materials that document the history of the college and regional community, including American Baptist history, Oregon wine history and collections featuring Linfield's faculty, students, staff and alumni.

portrait of Rich Schmidt
Rich Schmidt
Director of Archives and Resource Sharing
Jereld R. Nicholson Library
503-883-2734
rschmidt@linfield.edu