First Metric Football Game, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, 1977

Back in the days when it looked like there was a chance the United States might actually dump its attachment to inches, feet, yards, ounces, pounds, and the like, the colleges of Carleton and St. Olaf held the first NCAA-sanctioned metric football game. The “Liter Bowl,” played on September 17, 1977, featured a gridiron measuring 100 meters (109.36 yards) long and 50 meters (54.68 yards) wide. The expanded dimensions favored St. Olaf’s outside running game. The Oles ended up winning the contest—which was supposed to be a game of centimeters—by a score of 43-0.

Photos via Carleton College Archives