1891 Vanderbilt Commodores football team

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1891 Vanderbilt Commodores football
Conference Independent
1891 record 3–1
Head coach Elliott H. Jones (2nd year)
Captain Elliott H. Jones
« 1890 1892 »

The 1891 Vanderbilt Commodores football team represented Vanderbilt University during the 1891 college football season. The team's head coach and team captain was Elliott H. Jones, who served his second season in that capacity. This was the first year that Vanderbilt had a schedule of opponents other than the school next door to them. Vanderbilt and Sewanee, charter members of the Southern Intercollegiate Conference,play their first game.[1] The rivalry, typically reserved for Thanksgiving Day, continues into WWII. When the series ended in 1944, Vanderbilt owned a 40-8-4 advantage.

The lost game[edit]

The 1892 Vanderbilt team had five games scheduled; however, the fourth was Centre College of Danville, KY. The game was set for November 21, 1891, at Nashville’s Athletic Park (later known as Sulphur Dell) at 3 p.m. Vanderbilt called the game due to excessive rain. The Centre team’s hotel bill and the game advertising was for paid by Vanderbilt. The university also paid $45.00 in cash to help pay for their return train fare.

Vanderbilt opened the short season with a 22-0 win over Sewanee, followed by its first-ever loss, 6-24 to Washington (St. Louis). The Commodores won the rematch at St. Louis, 4-0 and concluded the season by defeating Sewanee again, 26-4.


Date Opponent Site Result
November 7, 1891 Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN (Rivalry) W 22–0  
November 14, 1891 at Washington (MO) Washington, MO L 6–24  
November 26, 1891 at Sewanee Nashville’s Athletic ParkNashville, TN (Rivalry) W 26–4  
December 4, 1891 Washington(MO) Nashville’s Athletic Park • Nashville, TN W 4–0  
*Non-conference game.