1902 Alabama Crimson White football team

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1902 Alabama Crimson White football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1902 record 4–4 (2–4 SIAA)
Head coach Eli Abbott
James O. Heyworth
Captain James Forman
Home stadium The Quad
West End Park
Seasons
« 1901 1903 »

The 1902 Alabama Crimson White football team[A 1] (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1902 college football season. The team was led by head coach Eli Abbott, in his fourth season, and played their home games at The Quad in Tuscaloosa and at West End Park in Birmingham, Alabama. James O. Heyworth served as a co-head coach with Abbott for the season. In what was the tenth season of Alabama football, the team finished with a record of four wins and four losses (4–4, 2–3 SIAA).

Schedule[edit]

For the 1902 season, point values were different from those used in contemporary games. In 1902 a touchdown was worth five points, a field goal was worth five points and an conversion (PAT) was worth one point.[3]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 10 Birmingham High School* The QuadTuscaloosa, AL W 57–0  
October 13 Marion Military Institute* The Quad • Tuscaloosa, AL W 81–0  
October 18 Auburn West End ParkBirmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) L 0–23  
November 1 Georgia West End Park • Birmingham, AL L 0–5  
November 8 Mississippi A&M The Quad • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) W 27–0  
November 11 Texas The Quad • Tuscaloosa, AL L 0–10  
November 27 Georgia Tech West End Park • Birmingham, AL W 26–0  
November 29 LSU The Quad • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) L 0–11  
*Non-conference game.
  • Source: Rolltide.com: 1902 Alabama football schedule[4]

Game notes[edit]

Birmingham High School[edit]

Alabama opened the 1902 season with a 57–0 victory over Birmingham High School in Tuscaloosa.[4] The victory brought Alabama's all-time record against Birmingham High School to 2–0.[5]

Marion Military Institute[edit]

Against the Marion Military Institute, Alabama scored the most offensive points in the young history of the program with their 81–0 victory.[4] In the game touchdowns were scored by Frederick Grist Stickney and W. H. Arrington (with three each); Frank Montague Lett, William Swift Sherrill and James Forman (with two each); and R. L. Lodge, H. M. Smith and Gessner T. McCorvery (with one each).[6]

Auburn[edit]

Against the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now known as Auburn University) Alabama was defeated 23–0 at West End Park in Birmingham.[7] Auburn took an 11–0 lead in the first half on a one-yard H. A. Allison touchdown run and a ten-yard Bill Patterson touchdown run.[7] Auburn then scored their final points of the game on a pair of Allison touchdown runs of 75 and two yards for the 23–0 victory.[7] The loss brought Alabama's all-time record against Auburn to 1–6.[8]

Georgia[edit]

Against the University of Georgia, Alabama was shut out for the second consecutive game with their 5–0 loss at Birmingham.[6] Marvin D. Dickinson scored the only touchdown of the game for Georgia in the second half.[6] Alabama was trying to tie up the game late, but time expired as the Tide reached the Georgia twelve-yard line.[6] The loss brought Alabama's all-time record against Georgia to 0–2–1.[9]

Mississippi A&M[edit]

After consecutive losses, Alabama defeated the Aggies of Mississippi A&M (now known as Mississippi State University) 27–0 on The Quad.[4] Alabama scored touchdowns in the first half on runs by Frederick Grist Stickney, 45-yards by Auxford Burks and 30-yards by James Forman.[6] In the second half, touchdowns were scored on runs of 20-yards from Burks and a Stickney run.[6] The victory brought Alabama's all-time record against Mississippi A&M (Mississippi State) to 3–0.[10]

Texas[edit]

In the first all-time meeting against the University of Texas, Alabama lost 10–0 on The Quad.[4] In a game dominated by both defenses early, Texas scored their first touchdown with only 0:13 remaining in the first half on a ten-yard John A. Jackson. He then scored the only other touchdown in the second half for the 10–0 Longhorn victory.[6]

Georgia Tech[edit]

In the first all-time meeting against Georgia Tech, Alabama won 26–0 at Birmingham.[4] Alabama took a 5–0 halftime lead after James Forman scored the only points of the first half on a seven-yard touchdown run.[6] Alabama then scored four second half touchdown from Forman, Frederick Grist Stickney and two by Auxford Burks for the 26–0 victory.[6]

LSU[edit]

Alabama closed the 1902 season two days after their victory over Georgia Tech with an 11–0 loss against LSU at Tuscaloosa.[6] Henry Landry scored both touchdowns for LSU in the victory.[6] The loss brought Alabama's all-time record against LSU to 0–2.[11]

Players[edit]

Guards

  • W. H. Arrington
  • Harmon Burns
  • J. C. Fortune
  • J. C. Granade
  • Frank Montague Lett

Tackles

  • R. L. Daniel
  • James Forman
  • H. H. Jones

Center

  • James C. Gwin

Ends

  • R. L. Lodge
  • John Roberts Peavy
  • W. S. Sherrill

Backs

  • Auxford Burks
  • G. M. Edwards
  • Gessner T. McCorvery
  • W. McMahon
  • H. M. Smith
  • Frederick Grist Stickney
  • W. S. Wyatt
  • Cecil Hugh Young

Source:[6]

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.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How the Crimson Tide got its name". bryantmuseum.ua.edu. Paul W. Bryant Museum. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Kennedy, Scott (April 8, 1992). "Tide football tradition began with 1892 team". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News Archives). p. 2F. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Scoring values". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "1902 Alabama football schedule". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Alabama vs Birmingham High School". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "1902 Season Recap" (PDF). RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c Griffin, John Chandler (2001). "1902: The Tigers win in an upset". Alabama vs. Auburn: Gridiron Grudge Since 1893. Athens, Georgia: Hill Street Press. pp. 24–25. ISBN 1-58818-044-1. 
  8. ^ "Alabama vs Auburn". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Alabama vs Georgia". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Alabama vs Mississippi State". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Alabama vs LSU". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 18, 2011.