William & Mary Tribe football, 1920–29

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The William & Mary Indians football[a] teams represented The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States. Now known as the William & Mary Tribe, the program was established in 1893. Their long-time football rival is the University of Richmond. Their annual meeting is dubbed the I-64 Bowl, so named for the highway connecting the two nearby schools.

Contents: 1920 - 1921 - 1922 - 1923 - 1924 - 1925 - 1926 - 1927 - 1928 - 1929 - Decade totals - Notes


1920[edit]

1920 William & Mary Indians football
Conference Independent
1920 record 4–5
Head coach Dexter W. Draper (4th year)
Seasons
« 1919 1921 »
Date Opponent Site Result
September 25 at Virginia Lambeth FieldCharlottesville, Virginia L 0–27  
October 2 at Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Virginia L 0–21  
1920 vs. Gallaudet Richmond, Virginia W 14–7  
1920 Lynchburg Williamsburg, Virginia W 36–0  
1920 Union Theological Seminary Williamsburg, Virginia W 34–0  
1920 vs. Richmond Norfolk, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) L 0–13  
November 6 at N.C. A&E (N.C. State) Raleigh, North Carolina L 0–81  
1920 vs. Randolph-Macon Richmond, Virginia W 34–0  
1920 vs. Hampden-Sydney Newport News, Virginia L 7–14  

1921[edit]

1921 William & Mary Indians football
Conference Independent
1921 record 4–3–1
Head coach Bill Fincher (1st year)
Seasons
« 1920 1922 »
Date Opponent Site Result
October 1 at Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Virginia L 0–14  
1921 at Trinity (Duke) Durham, North Carolina W 12–0  
1921 vs. George Washington Norfolk, Virginia T 7–7  
October 22 vs. Wake Forest Norfolk, Virginia W 21–14  
1921 Randolph-Macon Williamsburg, Virginia W 35–0  
1921 vs. Catholic Newport News, Virginia L 13–27  
1921 Union Theological Seminary Williamsburg, Virginia W 76–0  
November 24 at Richmond Richmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) L 7–17  

1922[edit]

1922 William & Mary Indians football
Conference Independent
1922 record 6–3
Head coach Bill Ingram (1st year)
Seasons
« 1921 1923 »
Date Opponent Site Result
September 30 at Penn State State College, Pennsylvania L 7–27  
October 7 at Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Virginia L 6–20  
October 14 Randolph-Macon Williamsburg, Virginia W 33–7  
October 21 vs. Trinity (Duke) Norfolk, Virginia W 13–7  
October 28 vs. Hampden-Sydney Richmond, Virginia W 32–6  
November 4 vs. Wake Forest Norfolk, Virginia W 18–0  
November 11 Roanoke Williamsburg, Virginia W 14–0  
November 18 vs. Gallaudet Newport News, Virginia W 45–0  
November 30 Richmond Williamsburg, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) L 3–13  

1923[edit]

1923 William & Mary Indians football
Conference Independent
1923 record 6–3
Head coach J. Wilder Tasker (1st year)
Seasons
« 1922 1924 »
Date Opponent Site Result
September 29 at Navy Annapolis, Maryland L 10–39  
October 6 at Syracuse Syracuse, New York L 3–63  
October 13 Guilford Williamsburg, Virginia W 74–0  
October 20 vs. Trinity (Duke) Rocky Mount, North Carolina W 21–0  
October 27 Randolph-Macon Williamsburg, Virginia W 27–0  
November 3 vs. Hampden-Sydney Norfolk, Virginia W 20–0  
November 10 Delaware Williamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry) W 14–0  
November 17 at Roanoke Roanoke, Virginia L 7–9  
November 29 Richmond Richmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 27–6  

1924[edit]

1924 William & Mary Indians football
Conference Independent
1924 record 5–2–1
Head coach J. Wilder Tasker (2nd year)
Seasons
« 1923 1925 »
Date Opponent Site Result
October 4 at Navy Annapolis, Maryland L 7–14  
October 11 at Syracuse Syracuse, New York L 7–24  
October 18 Randolph-Macon Williamsburg, Virginia W 27–7  
November 1 vs. Trinity (Duke) Norfolk, Virginia W 21–3  
November 8 vs. King Richmond, Virginia W 27–0  
November 15 Albright Williamsburg, Virginia W 27–0  
November 22 Roanoke Newport News, Virginia T 7–7  
November 27 at Richmond Richmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 20–6  

1925[edit]

1925 William & Mary Indians football
Conference Independent
1925 record 6–4
Head coach J. Wilder Tasker (3rd year)
Seasons
« 1924 1926 »
Date Opponent Site Result
September 26 Lenoir-Rhyne Williamsburg, Virginia W 44–0  
October 3 at Navy Annapolis, Maryland L 0–25  
October 10 at Syracuse Syracuse, New York L 0–33  
October 17 vs. Randolph-Macon Richmond, Virginia W 54–0  
October 24 vs. Duke Norfolk, Virginia W 35–0  
October 31 at Harvard Cambridge, Massachusetts L 7–14  
November 7 Albright Williamsburg, Virginia W 27–0  
November 14 vs. Haskell Richmond, Virginia L 13–14  
November 21 at Roanoke Roanoke, Virginia W 23–0  
November 25 at Richmond Richmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 14–0  

1926[edit]

1926 William & Mary Indians football
Southern Champions[b]
Conference Independent
1926 record 7–3
Head coach J. Wilder Tasker (4th year)
Seasons
« 1925 1927 »
Date Opponent Site Result
September 25 Randolph-Macon Williamsburg, Virginia W 35–0  
October 2 Loyola-Md. Williamsburg, Virginia W 19–0  
October 9 at Syracuse Syracuse, New York L 0–35  
October 16 at Harvard Cambridge, Massachusetts L 7–27  
October 23 George Washington Williamsburg, Virginia W 14–0  
October 30 vs. Lynchburg Newport News, Virginia W 48–0  
November 6 at Columbia Morningside Heights, New York City, New York L 10–13  
November 13 vs. Wake Forest Norfolk, Virginia W 13–6  
November 20 at Richmond Richmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 14–0  
November 27 at Chattanooga Chattanooga, Tennessee W 9–6  

1927[edit]

1927 William & Mary Indians football
Conference Independent
1927 record 4–5–1
Head coach J. Wilder Tasker (5th year)
Seasons
« 1926 1928 »
Date Opponent Site Result
September 24 Catholic Williamsburg, Virginia L 0–12  
October 1 at Syracuse Syracuse, New York L 0–18  
October 8 Lenoir-Rhyne Williamsburg, Virginia W 19–0  
October 15 vs. Quantico Newport News, Virginia L 14–20  
October 22 Concord State Williamsburg, Virginia W 13–7  
October 29 at Princeton Princeton, New Jersey L 7–35  
November 5 vs. Chattanooga Newport News, Virginia L 7–12  
November 12 at Roanoke Roanoke, Virginia W 18–7  
November 19 vs. Hampden-Sydney Norfolk, Virginia W 33–7  
November 26 at Richmond Richmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) T 0–0  

1928[edit]

1928 William & Mary Indians football
Conference Independent
1928 record 6–3–2
Head coach Branch Bocock (1st year)
Seasons
« 1927 1929 »
Date Opponent Site Result
September 22 Lynchburg Williamsburg, Virginia W 41–0  
September 29 Marshall Williamsburg, Virginia T 0–0  
October 6 at Syracuse Syracuse, New York L 0–32  
October 13 Wake Forest Williamsburg, Virginia T 0–0  
October 20 Catholic Williamsburg, Virginia L 12–13  
October 27 Emory & Henry Williamsburg, Virginia L 0–3  
November 3 at George Washington Washington, D.C. W 24–0  
November 10 at Roanoke Richmond, Virginia W 32–6  
November 17 Bridgewater Williamsburg, Virginia W 68–0  
November 24 vs. Hampden-Sydney Newport News, Virginia W 34–0  
December 1 at Richmond Richmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 7–0  

1929[edit]

1929 William & Mary Indians football
Conference Independent
1929 record 8–2
Head coach Branch Bocock (2nd year)
Seasons
« 1928 1930 »
Date Opponent Site Result
September 28 St. John's Williamsburg, Virginia W 19–0  
October 5 at Navy Thompson StadiumAnnapolis, Maryland L 0–15  
October 12 at Emory & Henry Emory-Meadowview, Virginia W 7–6  
October 19 vs. Virginia Tech City StadiumRichmond, Virginia L 14–25  
October 26 Bridgewater Williamsburg, Virginia W 59–0  
November 2 George Washington Williamsburg, Virginia W 51–6  
November 9 at Roanoke Roanoke, Virginia W 19–6  
November 16 Catholic Williamsburg, Virginia W 36–13  
November 23 at Richmond City StadiumRichmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 25–0  
November 30 at Hampden-Sydney Hampden Sydney, Virginia W 20–6  

Decade totals[edit]

  • Final record: 42–33–5
  • Points scored: 1,543
  • Points against: 920
  • +/- point differential: +623

Notes[edit]

  • a Between 1896 and 1909 their nickname was "Orange and White," deriving that name from the school's former colors (William & Mary now uses green and gold).[1] Since white uniforms dirtied too quickly, they became known as the "Orange and Black" from 1910 through 1916.[1] Between 1917 and 1977 they were known as the Indians, and throughout this period a man dressing up as a Native American would ride around on a pony along the sidelines during games.[1] This practice was discontinued when the outcry of stereotyping Native Americans as well as the use of a live animal became controversial.[1] Since the 1978 season William & Mary has adopted the nickname "Tribe."[1]
  • b The official 2009 William & Mary football media guide provides a list of yearly results. It mentions that W&M claimed a "Southern Title" in 1926 but did not clarify what this meant. It does not indicate the Southern Conference, however, as William & Mary did not join the conference until 1936. Since the Indians were independent from any athletic conference affiliation until that point, this "championship" is not counted toward all-time titles won.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "A History of W&M Mascots and Nicknames". wm.edu. The College of William & Mary. 2008. Retrieved February 12, 2012.