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The 1901 Stanford football team was an American football team that represented Stanford University as an independent during the 1901 college football season. The team was led by Charles Fickert, the first former Stanford player to serve as head football coach at his alma mater.[1] The team played its home games at Stanford, California.[2][3]

1901 Stanford football
Rose Bowl vs. Michigan, L 0–49
ConferenceIndependent
1901 record3–2–2
Head coachCharles Fickert (1st season)
Seasons
← 1900
1902 →
1901 college football independents records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Harvard         12 0 0
Yale         11 1 1
California         9 0 1
Stetson         1 0 0
Cornell         11 1 0
Dartmouth         10 1 0
Massachusetts         9 1 0
Princeton         9 1 1
Notre Dame         8 1 1
Kentucky U.         7 1 1
Army         5 1 2
Connecticut         8 2 0
Virginia         8 2 0
Texas         8 2 1
Arizona         4 1 0
Washington Agricultural         4 1 0
Nebraska         7 2 0
Western U. of Penn         7 2 1
Lafayette         9 3 0
Utah         3 1 0
Penn         10 5 0
Gallaudet         4 2 2
William & Mary         2 1 1
Columbia         8 5 0
Baylor         5 3 0
Penn State         5 3 0
Ohio State         5 3 1
VMI         4 3 0
Washington         4 3 0
Navy         6 4 1
Stanford         3 2 2
Oklahoma         3 2 0
Drake         4 4 0
Detroit         3 3 0
Kansas State         3 4 1
Michigan Agricultural         3 4 1
Oregon         3 4 1
Carlisle         5 7 1
Montana         2 3 0
Oklahoma A&M         2 3 0
Villanova         2 3 0
Arkansas         3 5 0
Kansas         3 5 2
Furman         1 2 1
Texas A&M         1 4 0
Missouri         1 6 1
Maryland         1 7 0
Boston College         1 8 0
Florida Agricultural         0 1 0
Kendall         0 1 0
USC         0 1 0
Rhode Island         0 2 0
Rutgers         0 7 0

Stanford compiled a 3–1–2 record in the regular season and was invited to represent the West in the Tournament East-West football game to be held in Tournament Park in Pasadena, California on New Year's Day, 1902, facing East representative Michigan, a team which had yet to yield a point all season. Stanford had no better luck, losing 49–0 in what would eventually be known as the Rose Bowl.

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ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 28Olympic ClubStanford, CAW 6–0[4]
October 5vs. Reliance Club
T 0–0[5]
October 12vs. Olympic Club
  • 16th and Folsom Street Grounds
  • San Francisco, CA
T 6–6[6]
October 26Reliance ClubStanford, CAW 10–0[7]
November 2Nevada StateStanford, CAW 12–0[8]
November 9vs. California
L 0–2[9]
January 1, 1902vs. MichiganL 0–498,500[10]

Game summariesEdit

Michigan (Tournament East–West Football Game)Edit

After the conclusion of the 1901 football season, Stanford was invited to play against Michigan in a game to be held on New Year's Day, 1902 in Tournament Park in Pasadena, California. The game was dubbed the Tournament East–West Football Game and was held as part of the Tournament of Roses event to encourage tourism to the mild climate of Southern California at a time of year when most of the nation was experiencing cold winter weather.[11]

In the game, Stanford was no match for Michigan, which had outscored its opponents 501–0 during the regular season. Led by fullback Neil Snow, who ran for five touchdowns, the Wolverines led 49–0 with eight minutes remaining before the teams agreed to end the game early.[3] The outcome of the game soured the Tournament of Roses committee on football, and it was not until 1916 that football was again included as part of the festivities.[11] The game is considered the first-ever postseason bowl game in college football.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Migdol, Gary (1997). Stanford: Home of Champions. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 15. ISBN 1-57167-116-1. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  2. ^ "Stanford Game-by-Game Results; 1901–1905". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2013-11-12. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Stanford Football Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  4. ^ "Play Commences For The Season At Stanford And At Berkeley: Cardinal Men Show Great Speed and Clever Team Work". The San Francisco Call. September 29, 1901. p. 24 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Reliance and Stanford Fail To Score Against Each Other". The San Francisco Examiner. October 6, 1901. p. 38 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Stanford Ties With The Sturdy Olympic Eleven". The San Francisco Call. October 13, 1901. p. 20 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "The Most Interesting Game of the Year on Stanford Field: Collegians Defeat the Reliance Team by a Score of 10 to 0". The San Francisco Call. October 27, 1901. p. 26 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Stanford Wins From Nevada". San Francisco Chronicle. November 3, 1901. p. 15 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "California Defeats Stanford in a Fierce Contest on a Stubborn Field". The San Francisco Examiner. November 10, 1901. pp. 1, 18 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "The First Half The Real Thing". Los Angeles Times. January 2, 1902. p. II-4 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ a b c "Tournament of Roses History". Archived from the original on 2 January 2007. Retrieved November 11, 2013.