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1905 Vanderbilt Commodores football team

The 1905 Vanderbilt Commodores football team represented Vanderbilt University during the 1905 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season.[1] The team's head coach was Dan McGugin, who served his second season in that capacity. Members of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the Commodores played six home games in Nashville, Tennessee and finished the season with a record 7–1 overall and 6–0 in SIAA, outscoring their opponents 372–22 . Vanderbilt played seven home games and won them all including six shutout victories.

1905 Vanderbilt Commodores football
1905Vandy.jpg
Michigan coach Fielding Yost sits in the center next to coach McGugin.
SIAA champion
ConferenceSouthern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1905 record7–1 (6–0 SIAA)
Head coachDan McGugin (2nd season)
Offensive schemeShort punt
CaptainInnis Brown
Home stadiumDudley Field
Seasons
← 1904
1906 →
1905 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Vanderbilt $ 6 0 0     7 1 0
Georgia Tech 5 0 1     6 0 1
LSU 2 0 0     3 0 0
Texas 2 1 0     5 4 0
Sewanee 3 2 1     4 2 1
Clemson 3 2 1     3 2 1
Alabama 4 4 0     6 4 0
Cumberland 2 2 0     4 4 0
Nashville 0 0 0     0 2 0
Auburn 2 3 0     2 4 0
Mississippi A&M 1 4 0     3 4 0
Texas A&M 0 1 0     7 2 0
Tulane 0 1 0     0 1 0
Ole Miss 0 2 0     0 2 0
Tennessee 0 4 1     3 5 1
Georgia 0 5 0     1 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion

Their only loss came on the road to McGugin's old team, Michigan, 18–0. From 1903 to 1905 Vandy won 13 consecutive games and was 22–2–1 in those three seasons. They finish the 1905 season with a 17-game home win streak. The streak reached 26 games before Michigan stopped them on November 2, 1907.

Contents

Before the seasonEdit

The team was captained by Innis Brown, later a prominent sportswriter.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 30Maryville*W 97–0
October 7Alabama
  • Dudley Field
  • Nashville, TN
W 34–01,500
October 14Michigan*L 0–18
October 21TennesseeW 45–0
October 28Texas
  • Dudley Field
  • Nashville, TN
W 33–0
November 4Auburn 
  • Dudley Field
  • Nashville, TN
W 54–0
November 18Clemson
  • Dudley Field
  • Nashville, TN
W 41–0
November 30Sewanee
  • Dudley Field
  • Nashville, TN (rivalry)
W 68–4
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming

[2]

Season summaryEdit

MaryvilleEdit

The season opened with a big win, 97–0 over the Maryville Scots. Owsley Manier scored eight touchdowns.[3]

Coach McGugin said "The boys went at it hammer and tongs, and, considering the heat and short halves, they put up a fine game."[3]

The starting lineup was B. Blake (left end), Taylor (left tackle), Stone (left guard), Patterson (center), Brown (right guard), Pritchard (right tackle), Hamilton (right end), Kyle (quarterback), D. Blake (left halfback), Craig (right halfback), Manier (fullback).[3]

AlabamaEdit

Alabama was no match for Vanderbilt, losing 34–0. Honus Craig was the star of the game.[4] Quarterback Frank Kyle was severely injured, knocked unconscious and taken to the hospital.[5]

The starting lineup was Brown (left end), Taylor (left tackle), Stone (left guard), Patterson (center), Sherrell (right guard), Pritchard (right tackle), Hamilton (right end), Kyle (quarterback), D. Blake (left halfback), Craig (right halfback), Manier (fullback).[5]

MichiganEdit

In the fifth game of the season, Vanderbilt suffered its first loss under coach McGugin, to his mentor and brother in law Fielding H. Yost and his Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor 18–0.[6] Tom Hammond, Joe Curtis, and John Garrels scored Michigan's three touchdowns. The longest was by Hammond, of 20 yards.[7] Vanderbilt did not make a single first down.[7]

The starting lineup was Hamilton (left end), Pritchard (left tackle), Brown (left guard), Patterson (center), Stone (right guard), Taylor (right tackle), B. Blake (right end), Kyle (quarterback), Craig (left halfback), D. Blake (right halfback), Manier (fullback).[7]

TennesseeEdit

Tennessee at Vanderbilt
1 2Total
Tennessee 0 0 0
Vanderbilt 24 21 45
  • Date: October 21
  • Location: Curry Field • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Referee: Bachman

Sources:[8]

Vanderbilt beat the rival Tennessee Volunteers by a score of 45–0. The Vols were coached by fellow Michigan alum James DePree. Coach McGugin remarked: "Depree was a very valuable man to Michigan athletics and has lots of friends there who are watching his work."[8] Sam Y. Parker sat out the game with injury.[8] Dan Blake made the first three touchdowns.[8]

The starting lineup was Brown (left end), Taylor (left tackle), McLain (left guard), Patterson (center), Sherrell (right guard), Pritchard (right tackle), Hamilton (right end), Kyle (quarterback), D. Blake (left halfback), Craig (right halfback), Manier (fullback).[8]

TexasEdit

The Commodores defeated the Texas Longhorns, seen as the strongest of the other contenders for the SIAA, by a score of 33–0.[9] ""Honus" Craig, whom no one has ever yet stopped, played probably the greatest game ever put up by a Commodore."[10]

The starting lineup was B. Blake (left end), Taylor (left tackle), Brown (left guard), Patterson (center), Stone (right guard), Pritchard (right tackle), Hamilton (right end), Kyle (quarterback), D. Blake (left halfback), Craig (right halfback), Manier (fullback).[10]

AuburnEdit

The Commodores dominated the Auburn Tigers 54–0, playing the whole game in their territory.[11] Last season, Auburn and Vanderbilt disputed the SIAA title.[12]

The starting lineup was B. Blake (left end), Taylor (left tackle), Brown (left guard), Patterson (center), Stone (right guard), Pritchard (right tackle), Hamilton (right end), Haygood (quarterback), D. Blake (left halfback), Craig (right halfback), Manier (fullback).[11]

ClemsonEdit

Clemson at Vanderbilt
1 2Total
Clemson 0 0 0
Vanderbilt 17 24 41
  • Date: November 19
  • Location: Curry Field • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Referee: Bradley Walker

Sources:[13]

The Commodores beat the Clemson Tigers 41–0. Owsley Manier went through for the first two touchdowns. The third was scored by Taylor, a 12-yard run just before the end of the first half.[13]

The starting lineup was B. Blake (left end), Taylor (left tackle), Stone (left guard), Patterson (center), Brown (right guard), Pritchard (right tackle), Hamilton (right end), Kyle (quarterback), D. Blake (left halfback), Craig (right halfback), Manier (fullback).[13]

SewaneeEdit

Vanderbilt crushed a strong Sewanee squad 68–4. One publication claims "The first scouting done in the South was in 1905, when Dan McGugin and Captain Innis Brown, of Vanderbilt went to Atlanta to see Sewanee play Georgia Tech."[14] John Scarbrough made Sewanee's only points on a 35-yard field goal.[15] On the dedication of Harris Stadium, one writer noted "The University of the South has numbered among its athletes some of the greatest. Anyone who played against giant Henry Phillips in 1901–1903 felt that he was nothing less than the best as guard and fullback. Anyone who ever saw a punt from the foot of J. W. Scarbrough."[16] Honus Craig once ran 60 yards for a touchdown.[15]

The starting lineup was B. Blake (left end), Taylor (left tackle), Brown (left guard), Patterson (center), Stone (right guard), Pritchard (right tackle), Hamilton (right end), Kyle (quarterback), Noel (left halfback), Craig (right halfback), Manier (fullback).[15]

PlayersEdit

Depth chartEdit

The following chart provides a visual depiction of Vanderbilt's lineup during the 1905 season with games started at the position reflected in parenthesis. The chart mimics a short punt formation while on offense, with the quarterback under center.

LE
Bob Blake (5)
Innis Brown (2)
Ed Hamilton (1)
LT LG C RG RT
Hillsman Taylor (7) Innis Brown (4) Emma Patterson (8) Stein Stone (4) Joe Pritchard (7)
Joe Pritchard (1) Stein Stone (3) Fatty Hobbs (0) Innis Brown (2) Hillsman Taylor (1)
Clarence Fugler (0) Fatty McLain (1) Stein Stone (0) Horace Sherrell (2)
RE
Ed Hamilton (7)
Bob Blake (1)
Vaughn Blake (0)
QB
Frank Kyle (7)
Jimmy R. Haygood (1)
LHB RHB
Dan Blake (6) Honus Craig (7)
Honus Craig (1) Dan Blake (1)
Oscar Noel (1) Guy Crawford (0)
FB
Owsley Manier (8)

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Official Foot Ball Rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. American Sports Publishing Company. 1906-01-01.
  2. ^ "Coaching Records Game by Game: Dan McGugin 1905". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  3. ^ a b c "Gold and Black". The Nashville American. October 1, 1905. p. 7. Retrieved June 19, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2016-05-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ a b "Vanderbilt". The Nashville American. October 8, 1905. p. 7. Retrieved June 19, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  6. ^ "Michigan 28 – Vanderbilt 0". The Michigan Alumnus. November 1905. p. 79.
  7. ^ a b c "Wolverines Heavy Pounders". Pittsburgh Daily Post. October 15, 1905. p. 15. Retrieved May 10, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  8. ^ a b c d e "Can't Stop 'Em". The Tennessean. October 22, 1905. p. 6. Retrieved June 19, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  9. ^ "Vanderbilt 33; Texas 0". The Wilmington Messenger. October 29, 1905. p. 1. Retrieved May 10, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  10. ^ a b W. J. Ewing, Jr. (October 29, 1905). "Brilliant". The Nashville American. p. 7. Retrieved June 19, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  11. ^ a b "Vanderbilt 54, Auburn 0". The Courier-Journal. November 5, 1905. p. 30. Retrieved May 10, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  12. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 173
  13. ^ a b c "Clemson Beaten By Vanderbilt". The Atlanta Constitution. November 19, 1905. p. 2. Retrieved May 10, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  14. ^ George Allen. How to Scout Football. p. 3.
  15. ^ a b c "Vanderbilt 68, Sewanee 4". The Courier-Journal. December 1, 1905. p. 7. Retrieved May 10, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  16. ^ "Stadium Has Harris Name" (PDF). The Sewanee Purple. November 6, 1957.