1901 Alabama Crimson White football team

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1901 Alabama Crimson White football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1901 record 2–1–2 (2–1–2 SIAA)
Head coach M. S. Harvey (1st year)
Captain Earl Drennen
Home stadium The Quad
Highland Park
West End Park
Seasons
« 1900 1902 »
1901 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Vanderbilt 5 0 1     6 0 1
Clemson 2 0 1     3 1 1
Georgia Tech 1 0 1     4 0 1
Sewanee 4 1 1     4 2 2
North Carolina 3 1 0     7 2 0
LSU 2 1 0     5 1 0
Tulane 2 1 0     4 2 0
Alabama 2 1 2     2 1 2
Auburn 2 2 1     2 3 1
Texas 0 0 1     8 2 1
Tennessee 1 1 2     3 3 2
Mississippi A&M 1 2 0     2 2 1
Nashville 1 3 1     1 3 1
Furman 0 1 1     0 2 1
Cumberland 0 1 0     0 1 0
Southwestern Presbyterian 0 1 0     0 1 0
Davidson 0 1 0     0 1 0
Kentucky 0 2 0     2 6 1
Georgia 0 5 2     1 5 2
Ole Miss 0 4 0     2 4 0
Southern            
† – Conference champion

The 1901 Alabama Crimson White football team[A 1] (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1901 college football season. The team was led by head coach M. S. Harvey, in his first season, and played their home games at The Quad in Tuscaloosa and one game each at Highland Park in Montgomery and at West End Park in Birmingham, Alabama. In what was the ninth season of Alabama football, the team finished with a record of two wins, one loss and two ties (2–1–2, 2–1–2 SIAA).

Schedule[edit]

To open the season, Alabama was originally scheduled to play the University of Nashville at Birmingham on October 19.[1] Nashville subsequently canceled the game just prior to its scheduled kickoff.[1]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 26 Ole Miss The QuadTuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) W 41–0  
November 9 Georgia Highland ParkMontgomery, AL T 0–0  
November 15 Auburn The Quad • Tuscaloosa, AL (Iron Bowl) L 0–17  
November 16 Mississippi A&M The Quad • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) W 45–0  
November 28 Tennessee West End ParkBirmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October) T 6–6  
*Non-conference game.
  • Source: Rolltide.com: 1901 Alabama football schedule[2][A 2]

Game notes[edit]

Mississippi[edit]

Alabama opened the 1901 season with a 41–0 victory over the University of Mississippi in Tuscaloosa.[2] Alabama scored touchdowns in the first half on a short A. M. Donahoo run, a 60-yard W. A. Weaver run, a short Frank Houston Powe run, a short A. W. Stewart run and on a 90-yard Donahoo kickoff return.[3] In the second half, Alabama scored touchdowns on a 33-yard Weaver and a 20-yard Powe runs for the 41–0 win.[3] The victory brought Alabama's all-time record against Mississippi to 3–1.[4]

Georgia[edit]

In the second all-time meeting against the University of Georgia, the game ended in a scoreless tie at Montgomery's Highland Park.[3] In a game dominated by punts, the only score of the game was made by Earl Drennen only to be called back on a subsequent penalty.[3] The tie brought Alabama's all-time record against Georgia to 0–1–1.[5]

Auburn[edit]

Against the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now known as Auburn University) Alabama was upset 17–0 at Tuscaloosa, in a game not officially scheduled until November 11, only four days prior to the contest.[6] Auburn took an 11–0 lead in the first half on a pair of Matt Sloan touchdown runs.[6] Auburn then scored their final points of the game on a W. H. Guinn touchdown run in the second half for the 17–0 victory.[6] This was the second meeting in Tuscaloosa between Alabama and Auburn, and the next Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa was not played until the 2000 season, 99 years later.[7] The loss brought Alabama's all-time record against Auburn to 1–5.[8]

Mississippi A&M[edit]

The day after their loss against Auburn, Alabama defeated the Aggies of Mississippi A&M (now known as Mississippi State University) 45–0 on The Quad.[2] Alabama scored touchdowns in the first half on runs of 35-yards by A. W. Stewart, 15-yards by James Forman, 65-yards by W. A. Weaver and 60-yards from Daniels.[3] In the second half, touchdowns were scored on runs of 30-yards from Daniels, a short Weaver run and a short and 33-yard Weaver run.[3] The victory brought Alabama's all-time record against Mississippi A&M (Mississippi State) to 2–0.[9]

Tennessee[edit]

In what was the first game against the rival University of Tennessee, it ended early in a 6–6 tie, when fans rushed onto the field after a controversial offside call and the umpires were unable to clear out the crowd in the second half.[3] In the game, J. L. Broug scored for Tennessee and A. W. Stewart scored for Alabama.[3]

Players[edit]

Alabama Crimson White 1901 roster[3]

Guards

  • R. R. Banks
  • J. C. Granade
  • Harmon Burns

Tackles

  • R. L. Daniel
  • A. M. Donahoo
  • James Forman
  • James C. Gwin
  • H. H. Jones
Center
  • Frank Montague Lett

Ends

  • E. J. Parsons
  • Frank Houston Powe
  • Frederick Grist Stickney
Backs
  • Earl Drennen
  • W. McMahon
  • C. M. Plowman
  • E. J. Parsons
  • A. W. Stewart
  • W. A. Weaver

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Alabama football teams were not referred to as the "Crimson Tide" until the 1907 season. Prior to 1907, the team was called the "Crimson White" from 1893 to 1906 and the "Cadets" in 1892.[10][11]
  2. ^ For the 1901 season, point values were different from those used in contemporary games. In 1901 a touchdown was worth five points, a field goal was worth five points and an conversion (PAT) was worth one point.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nashville declines to play University of Alabama". The Montgomery Advertiser (NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers). October 22, 1901. p. 3. 
  2. ^ a b c "1901 Alabama football schedule". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "1901 Season Recap" (PDF). RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Alabama vs Mississippi". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Alabama vs Georgia". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c Griffin, John Chandler (2001). "1901: Tigers upset Alabama". Alabama vs. Auburn: Gridiron Grudge Since 1893. Athens, Georgia: Hill Street Press. pp. 22–23. ISBN 1-58818-044-1. 
  7. ^ Hurt, Cecil (March 6, 1999). "Vols due in fall, AU in 2000". The Tuscaloosa News. p. 1A. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Alabama vs Auburn". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Alabama vs Mississippi State". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  10. ^ "How the Crimson Tide got its name". bryantmuseum.ua.edu. Paul W. Bryant Museum. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ Kennedy, Scott (April 8, 1992). "Tide football tradition began with 1892 team". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News Archives). p. 2F. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Scoring values". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved November 16, 2011.