Maryland Terrapins Highlighted in the First Commercially Televised College Football Game

In early October 1940, the Terrapins paid a visit to Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa., to tackle the mighty Penn Quakers. Competing with a relative powerhouse like Penn was a huge step towards national prominence, but the game had an even larger impact. Shown only locally, the Maryland-Penn game was the first-ever commercially televised football game.

The broadcast used only two cameras, each positioned at the opposing 25-yard lines. Thankfully for the Terps, the newness of TV meant that very few outside of Philadelphia got to watch them absorb the 51-0 drubbing that followed, a heavy price to pay to be a broadcasting pioneer.

source: University of Maryland Library Archives