1905 Stanford football team

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1905 Stanford football
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Conference Independent
1905 record 8–0
Head coach James F. Lanagan (3rd year)
Home stadium Stanford Field
« 1904 1906 »

The 1905 Stanford football team represented Stanford University in the 1905 college football season. In Head Coach James F. Lanagan's third season, Stanford went undefeated. The team played their home games at Stanford Field in Stanford, California.

The 1905 season marked the first meeting between Stanford and USC. Consequently, Stanford is USC's oldest existing rival.[1]

The Big Game between Stanford and Cal on November 11, 1905 was the first played at Stanford Field, with Stanford winning 12–5.[2]

Following the 1905 season, Stanford, responding like other American universities to concerns about the violence in football, dropped football in favor of rugby.[3][4] Despite having no knowledge of the sport, Lanagan was retained as the rugby coach, spending time in Vancouver, British Columbia to study the sport.[2] In his first season, the team ended with a 6–2–1 season. Lanagan remained as rugby coach for two more seasons.[2] He also served as Stanford's baseball coach from 1906 to 1907.[2][5]


Date Opponent Site Result
September 23, 1905 St. Vincent Stanford, CA W 10–0[6]  
September 30, 1905 Willamette Stanford, CA W 12–0  
October 7, 1905 15th Infantry Stanford, CA W 51–0  
October 14, 1905 Oregon Stanford, CA W 10–4  
October 21, 1905 Nevada Stanford, CA W 21–0  
October 28, 1905 vs. Sherman Indians Los Angeles, CA W 20–14  
November 4, 1905 USC Stanford, CA W 16–0  
November 11, 1905 California Stanford Field • Stanford, CA (15th Big Game) W 12–5  


  1. ^ "USC Football Heads To Bay Area To Face No. 16 Stanford". USC Trojans. October 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Migdol, Gary (1997). Stanford: Home of Champions. Champaign, Illinois: Sports Publishing LLC. p. 33, 36. ISBN 1-57167-116-1. 
  3. ^ "Many changes in rugby game". The Evening News (San Jose). September 14, 1906. 
  4. ^ Elliott, Orrin Leslie (1937). Stanford University - The First Twenty Five Years 1891-1925. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. pp. 231–233. 
  5. ^ "James F. Lanagan". New York Times. August 8, 1937. 
  6. ^ Results from "Stanford Football Media Guide". p. 142. Retrieved November 11, 2010.