1926 Brown Bears football team

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1926 Brown Bears football
Conference Ivy League
1926 record 9–0–1 (3–0 Ivy League)
Head coach Tuss McLaughry
Home stadium Brown Stadium
« 1925 1927 »
The "Iron Men" pose for a group photo.

The 1926 Brown Bears football team, often called "the Iron Men", represented Brown University in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) intercollegiate competition. They were led by first-year head coach DeOrmand "Tuss" McLaughry. The Bears compiled a 9–0–1 record, outscored their opponents 223–36, and recorded seven defensive shutouts.[1]

The 1926 Bears were nicknamed the "Iron Men" because of the significant play time the first squad saw in several key games. Against Yale, Brown's starters played every minute of the game without substitution and won, 7–0. The following week, the same eleven played the duration of the 10–0 win over Dartmouth, another period powerhouse. In order to rest his starters, McLaughry fielded the second string the next weekend against Norwich, and they won decisively, 27–0. A week later at Harvard Stadium, the Iron Men played 58 minutes of the 26–0 shutout of the Crimson, their third and final Ancient Eight opponent.[2] McLaughry sent in the substitutes for the final two minutes so that they would earn their varsity letters.[3] In the season's finale, Colgate held the Iron Men to a tie, 10–10.[2]

The 9–0–1 record remains Brown's only undefeated season to date.[2] Back Roy Randall and end Hal Broda were named first-team All-Americans by the Associated Press and United Press, respectively.[4] The Iron Men consisted of the following eleven players: Thurston Towle, Paul Hodge, Orland Smith, Charles Considine, Lou Farber, Ed Kevorkian, Hal Broda, Al Cornsweet, Dave Mishel, Ed Lawrence, and Roy Randall.[5]


Date Opponent Site Result
September 25, 1926 Rhode Island Brown StadiumProvidence, Rhode Island W 14–0  
October 2, 1926 Colby Brown Stadium • Providence, Rhode Island W 35–0  
October 9, 1926 Lehigh Brown Stadium • Providence, Rhode Island W 32–0  
October 16, 1926 Bates Brown Stadium • Providence, Rhode Island W 27–14  
October 23, 1926 Yale Yale BowlNew Haven, Connecticut W 7–0  
October 30, 1926 Dartmouth Memorial FieldHanover, New Hampshire W 10–0  
November 6, 1926 Norwich Brown Stadium • Providence, Rhode Island W 27–0  
November 13, 1926 Harvard Harvard StadiumCambridge, Massachusetts W 21–0  
November 20, 1926 New Hampshire Brown Stadium • Providence, Rhode Island W 40–11  
November 27, 1926 Colgate Brown Stadium • Providence, Rhode Island T 10–10  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

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  1. ^ 1926 Brown Records, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved June 19, 2009. Archived 2009-06-22.
  2. ^ a b c ESPN College Football Encyclopedia, p. 1037, New York: ESPN Books, 2005, ISBN 1-4013-3703-1.
  3. ^ Football, Martha Mitchell’s Encyclopedia Brunoniana, Brown University, retrieved June 20, 2009.
  4. ^ ESPN, p. 1158.
  5. ^ Farber's Fame, Brown Alumni Magazine, January/February 2002.