- Aug 26, 2011
Perusing the Buttgers board, they had a post about Rutgers possible inclusion into the Ivy League in the mid-1900's. Someone posted a 1961 video of Rutgers vs Penn. I found in interesting that the refs were using what looked to be a hand gesture similar to First Down to indicate a Touchdown. So, that set me off to see when referees switched to using the hands over head gesture for TDs. I found an article that stated the usage of consistent, standard hand signals began with a 1929 match between Syracuse and Cornell. Not earth-shattering, but interesting nonetheless. That said, I still can't find when and why they changed the TD hand signal.