1907 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

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1907 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1907 record 5–1–2 (3–1–2 SIAA)
Head coach J. W. H. Pollard
Captain Emile Hannon
Home stadium The Quad
Birmingham Fairgrounds
Highland Park
Monroe Park
Seasons
« 1906 1908 »

The 1907 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1907 college football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 15th overall and 12th season as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA). The team was led by head coach J. W. H. Pollard, in his second year, and played their home games at the University of Alabama Quad in Tuscaloosa, the Birmingham Fairgrounds in Birmingham, Highland Park in Montgomery and at Monroe Park in Mobile, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of five wins, one loss and two ties (5–1–2 overall, 3–1–2 in the SIAA).

Alabama played several games of note during the season. Their 54–4 loss to Sewanee is the last time Alabama allowed an opponent to score 50 points in a regulation game (the 2003 team lost 51–43 to Tennessee in a game that went five overtimes).[1] The victory over LSU at Monroe Park marked the first ever Alabama home game played in Mobile.[1][2]

Schedule[edit]

For the 1907 season, point values were different from those used in contemporary games. In 1907 a touchdown was worth five points, a field goal was worth four points and an conversion (PAT) was worth one point.[3]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 5 Maryville* The QuadTuscaloosa, AL W 17–0  
October 12 at Ole Miss Columbus Fairgrounds • Columbus, MS (Rivalry) W 20–0  
October 21 Sewanee The Quad • Tuscaloosa, AL L 4–54  
October 25 Georgia Highland Park • Montgomery, AL T 0–0  
November 2 Centre* Birmingham FairgroundsBirmingham, AL W 12–0  
November 16 Auburn Birmingham Fairgrounds • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) T 6–6  
November 23 LSU Monroe Park • Mobile, AL (Rivalry) W 6–4  
November 28 Tennessee Birmingham Fairgrounds • Birmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October) W 5–0  
*Non-conference game.
  • Source: Rolltide.com: 1907 Alabama football schedule[4]

1907 Iron Bowl[edit]

Alabama's 6–6 tie with Auburn was both the only tie in the history of the Iron Bowl and the last meeting between the two teams for forty years.[1][5] Auburn was a 3 to 1 favorite going into the game, due to their earlier victory over Georgia and the fact that they had lost to Sewanee by only 6 points while Alabama lost to Sewanee by 50.[6] Alabama missed a chance to win when a 15-yard field goal attempt failed.[6]

Speculation as to why the Alabama–Auburn series was discontinued was originally thought to have been done as a safety precaution due violence both on the field and amongst the fans in the 1907 game.[7] Instead, the game was canceled due to a disagreement between the schools on how much per diem to allow players for the trip to Birmingham, how many players each school should bring and where to find officials, and by the time all these matters were resolved, it was too late to play in 1908.[7] For forty years the two teams failed to play each other, even though they were in the same state and members of the same conferences. Finally, pressure from the state legislature resulted in the renewal of the rivalry in 1948.[5]

References[edit]

General

  • "1907 Season Recap" (PDF). RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 

Specific

  1. ^ a b c 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Record Book. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Athletics Media Relations Office. 2011. pp. 179–195. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Whirlwind finish beats Louisiana: Alabama wins on 75-yard run in last 20 seconds". The New Orleans Item (NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers). November 24, 1907. p. 8. 
  3. ^ "Scoring values". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ "1907 Alabama football schedule". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Rusty on early Iron Bowls?". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News). November 10, 2000. p. 14I. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b 1907 Season Recap
  7. ^ a b Norman, Geoffrey (1986). Alabama Showdown. Kensington Publishing Company. pp. 48–50. ISBN 0-8217-2157-7.