1935 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

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1935 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Conference Southeastern Conference
1935 record 6–2–1 (4–2 SEC)
Head coach Frank Thomas
Captain James Walker
Home stadium Denny Stadium
Legion Field
Seasons
« 1934 1936 »
1935 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
LSU 5 0 0     9 2 0
Vanderbilt 5 1 0     7 3 0
Ole Miss 3 1 0     9 3 0
Auburn 5 2 0     8 2 0
Alabama 4 2 0     6 2 1
Tulane 3 3 0     6 4 0
Kentucky 3 3 0     5 4 0
Georgia Tech 3 4 0     5 5 0
Mississippi State 2 3 0     8 3 0
Tennessee 2 3 0     4 5 0
Georgia 2 4 0     6 4 0
Florida 1 6 0     3 7 0
Sewanee 0 6 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion

The 1935 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1935 college football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 42nd overall and 3rd season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was led by head coach Frank Thomas, in his fifth year, and played their home games at Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of six wins, two losses and one tie (6–2–1 overall, 4–2–0 in the SEC).

After Alabama opened the season with an "upset" tie against Howard, Alabama shutout George Washington at Griffith Stadium. One week later, the Crimson Tide suffered their first defeat since 1933 against Mississippi State at Denny Stadium which was also both their first SEC and loss at Denny Stadium. Following this defeat, Alabama responded with five consecutive victories over Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Clemson on homecoming and Georgia Tech before they lost to Vanderbilt to close the season.

For his performance during the season, Riley Smith was a consensus selection to the 1935 College Football All-America Team. In February 1936 Smith, Bear Bryant and Kavanaugh Francis became the first Crimson Tide players selected in the NFL Draft.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 28 Howard* Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL T 7–7   8,000
October 5 at George Washington* Griffith StadiumWashington, DC W 39–0   30,000
October 12 Mississippi State Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) L 7–20   8,000
October 19 at Tennessee Shields-Watkins FieldKnoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October) W 25–0   20,000
October 26 at Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, GA W 17–7   25,000
November 2 Kentucky Legion FieldBirmingham, AL W 13–0   14,500
November 9 Clemson*dagger Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL W 33–0   8,000
November 16 Georgia Tech Legion Field • Birmingham, AL W 38–7   11,000
November 28 at Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN L 6–14   18,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.
  • Source: Rolltide.com: 1935 Alabama football schedule[1]

Game notes[edit]

Howard[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Howard 0 0 0 7 7
Alabama 0 7 0 0 7
  • Date: September 28
  • Location: Denny Stadium
    Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Game attendance: 8,000

To open the 1935 season Alabama was almost upset by Howard College (now Samford University), but escaped with a 7–7 tie at Denny Stadium.[2][3] After a scoreless first, Alabama took a 7–0 halftime lead after James Angelich scored on an eight-yard touchdown run.[2] The Bulldogs' defense continued to hold Alabama's offense in check for the remainder of the game, and in the fourth quarter, Howard tied the game. The touchdown was made on a 32-yard Ewing Harbin pass to Dan Snell late in the game.[2][4] The tie marked the first time Alabama had not won since their loss at Fordham in 1933 and their first in an opening game since their loss at Vanderbilt to open the 1903 season.[2] The tie brought Alabama's all-time record against Howard to 13–0–1.[5]

George Washington[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Alabama 13 6 6 14 39
George Washington 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: October 5
  • Location: Griffith Stadium
    Washington, DC
  • Game attendance: 30,000

In what was the first road game of the season, Alabama shutout the George Washington Colonials 39–0 at Griffith Stadium.[3][6] Riley Smith scored the first Crimson Tide touchdown in the first quarter on a four-yard run to cap a 92-yard drive. Joe Riley scored later in the quarter on a 70-yard punt return to give Alabama a 13–0 lead at the end of the first.[6] In the second, the Crimson Tide scored on a four-yard reverse by James Nesbet for a 19–0 halftime lead.[6] After Nesbet scored a touchdown on a five-yard run in the third, Alabama closed the game with a pair of Clarence Rohrdanz touchdown runs in the fourth quarter for the 39–0 victory.[6] The win improved Alabama's all-time record against George Washington to 2–0.[7]

Mississippi State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mississippi State 13 7 0 0 20
Alabama 0 0 7 0 7
  • Date: October 12
  • Location: Denny Stadium
    Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Game attendance: 8,000

Against their long-time rival, the Mississippi State Maroons, Alabama lost 20–7 at Denny Stadium.[3][8] The loss was Alabama's first defeat against State since 1914, their first all-time SEC loss and their first all-time loss at Denny Stadium.[3][8] The Maroons took a 13–0 lead in the first quarter after a pair of Charles Armstrong touchdown passes, first to Ike Pickle and then to Robert Thames.[8] They then extended their lead to 20–0 by halftime after two-yard Pickle touchdown run in the second.[8] In the third, Alabama scored their only touchdown after James Whatley blocked a Pickle punt that was returned twelve-yards by James Walker.[8] The loss brought Alabama's all-time record against Mississippi State 17–5–2.[9]

Tennessee[edit]

Third Saturday in October
1 2 3 4 Total
Alabama 6 6 6 7 25
Tennessee 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: October 19
  • Location: Shields-Watkins Field
    Knoxville, TN
  • Game attendance: 20,000

Against rival Tennessee, Alabama defeated the Volunteers, 25–0 at Shields-Watkins Field and scored one touchdown in each of the four quarters in their victory.[3][10] Riley Smith scored in the first on a four-yard run and in the second on a Joe Riley run for a 12–0 halftime lead.[10] Both Riley and Smoth scored touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters respectively for the 25–0 victory.[10] The game was also notable for the performance of Bear Bryant at end, as he competed in the game in spite of having a fractured fibula in his right leg, incurred the week before against Mississippi State.[10][11][12] The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against Tennessee 12–5–1.[13]

Georgia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Alabama 0 7 0 10 17
Georgia 7 0 0 0 7
  • Date: October 26
  • Location: Sanford Stadium
    Athens, GA
  • Game attendance: 25,000

Against Georgia, Alabama defeated the Bulldogs 17–7 before a homecoming crowd of 25,000 at Sanford Stadium.[3][14] The Bulldogs took a 7–0 first quarter lead after John Bond thew a 43-yard touchdown pass to Al Minot.[14] Alabama responded in the second with a two-yard Young Boozer touchdown run to make the halftime score 7–7.[14] After a scoreless third, in the fourth the Crimson Tide took a 10–7 lead on a 14-yard Riley Smith field goal.[14] Smith then scored the final points of the game later in the quarter with his one-yard touchdown run.[14] The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against Georgia to 13–11–3.[15]

Kentucky[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Kentucky 0 0 0 0 0
Alabama 7 0 6 0 13
  • Date: November 2
  • Location: Legion Field
    Birmingham, AL
  • Game attendance: 14,500

In their first game at Legion Field of the season, Alabama defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 13–0 in Birmingham.[3][16] James Nesbet scored in the first on a four-yard run and Joe Kilgrow threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to James Walker in the third for the 13–0 victory.[16] The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against Kentucky 14–1.[17]

Clemson[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Clemson 0 0 0 0 0
Alabama 0 13 13 7 33
  • Date: November 9
  • Location: Denny Stadium
    Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Game attendance: 8,000

On homecoming at Denny Stadium, Alabama defeated the Clemson Tigers of the Southern Conference 33–0 in Tuscaloosa.[3][18] After a scoreless first, the Crimson Tide scored a pair of touchdowns in the second. The first was on a Riley Smith quarterback sneak and the second on a seven-yard James Walker run.[18] Alabama extended their lead further to 26–0 by the end of the third period with touchdowns scored by James Walker on a one-yard run and by James Angelich on a short run.[18] They then closed the game with their fifth touchdown of the afternoon on a 30-yard Red Keller touchdown reception.[18] The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against Clemson to 5–3.[19]

Georgia Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Georgia Tech 0 7 0 0 7
Alabama 6 13 6 13 38
  • Date: November 16
  • Location: Legion Field
    Birmingham, AL
  • Game attendance: 11,000

Against the Georgia Tech, Alabama defeated the Yellow Jackets 38–7 at Legion Field.[3][20] Alabama took a 6–0 first quarter lead after James Angelich scored on a touchdown run.[20] In the second quarter, both teams traded touchdowns on a Riley Smith quarterback sneak and a Clarence Rohrdanz run for Alabama and on a 37-yard E. H. Gibson reception and lateral pass to E. R. Collins.[20] Up 19–7 at the half, Alabama closed the game with 19 unanswered second half points. Bear Bryant scored on a run in the third and on a pair of Joe Kilgrow touchdown runs in the fourth.[20] The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against Georgia Tech to 9–10–2.[21]

Vanderbilt[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Alabama 0 0 6 0 6
Vanderbilt 0 7 0 7 14
  • Date: November 28
  • Location: Dudley Field
    Nashville, TN

In the season finale on Thanksgiving Day, Alabama lost to the Vanderbilt Commodores for the first time since 1929 with their 14–6 defeat at Dudley Field.[3][22] After a scoreless first, Vanderbilt took a 7–0 halftime lead after Paul Dixon scored on a three-yard touchdown run.[22] Alabama responded in the third with a 51-yard Riley Smith touchdown pass to James Walker, however a failed extra point kept the Commodores in the lead 7–6.[22] Byron Beard scored the final points of the game after he recovered a fumbled punt by Joe Riley in the endzone for a touchdown.[22] The loss brought Alabama's all-time record against Vanderbilt to 7–9.[23]

After the season[edit]

Awards[edit]

After the season, Riley Smith was selected by consensus to the 1935 College Football All-America Team as a quarterback.[24]

NFL Draft[edit]

Several players that were varsity lettermen from the 1935 squad were drafted into the National Football League (NFL) between the 1936 and 1938 drafts.[25][26] These players included the following:

Year Round Overall Player name Position NFL team
1936 1 2 Smith, RileyRiley Smith Blocking back Boston Redskins
4 31 Bryant, BearBear Bryant End Brooklyn Dodgers
5 44 Francis, KavanaughKavanaugh Francis Center Detroit Lions
1937 2 14 White, ArthurArthur White Back New York Giants
1938 2 13 Kilgrow, JoeJoe Kilgrow Back Brooklyn Dodgers

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

General

  • "1935 Season Recap" (PDF). RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 

Specific

  1. ^ "1935 Alabama football schedule". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Thornton, Jay (September 29, 1935). "Gallant Howard clan stuns opening crowd by tying Bama". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News Archives). p. 10. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j 1935 Season Recap
  4. ^ Goodson, Mike (May 9, 1999). "Howard shocks Alabama". The Gadsden Times (Google News Archives). p. 16. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Samford". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Crimson Tide flashes new form in smothering Colonials 39–0". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News Archives). October 6, 1935. p. 10. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs George Washington". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Brilliant Mississippi State team lashes Crimson Tide, 20–7". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News Archives). October 13, 1935. p. 10. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  9. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Mississippi State". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c d e Thornton, Jay (October 20, 1935). "Bama startles throng of 20,000 by crushing Vols, 25 to 0". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News Archives). p. 10. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  11. ^ Deas, Tommy (October 22, 2011). "Neyland, Bryant helped shape rivalry and the SEC". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  12. ^ Dunnavant, Keith (2005). Coach: The Life of Paul "Bear" Bryant. New York, New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 40–41. ISBN 9780312348762. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  13. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Tennessee". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f "Tide stages brilliant comeback to annihilate Georgia, 17–7". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News Archives). October 27, 1935. p. 10. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  15. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Georgia". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  16. ^ a b c Thornton, Jay (November 3, 1935). "Crimson Tide line shines in 13–0 triumph over Kentucky". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News Archives). p. 10. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  17. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Kentucky". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  18. ^ a b c d e Thornton, Jay (November 10, 1935). "Crimson Tide swirls over Clemson 33–0 in homecoming game". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News Archives). p. 10. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  19. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Clemson". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  20. ^ a b c d e "Crimson Tide rambles through Georgia Tech crew, 38 to 7". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News Archives). November 17, 1935. p. 12. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  21. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Georgia Tech". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  22. ^ a b c d e "Commodores upsets Alabama 14 to 6, first time since '29". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News Archives). November 29, 1935. p. 9. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  23. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Vanderbilt". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  24. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "Award Winners" (PDF). 2011 NCAA Division I Football Records (NCAA.org). p. 5. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Alabama Drafted Players/Alumni". Sports Reference, LLC. Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Draft History by School–Alabama". National Football League. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  27. ^ "All-Time Tide Football Lettermen". 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Record Book. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Athletics Media Relations Office. 2011. pp. 127–141. 
  28. ^ "All-Time Assistant Coaches". 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Record Book. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Athletics Media Relations Office. 2011. pp. 142–143.