LSU Tigers football, 1893–99

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1893[edit]

1893 LSU Tigers football
Conference Independent
1893 record 0–1
Head coach Charles Coates
Home stadium State Field
Seasons
1894 »

Overview[edit]

1893 was the first year that LSU sponsored a football team. The Tigers were coached by university professor Dr Charles E. Coates against in-state school Tulane University of New Orleans. The game sparked a rivalry between the Tigers and the Green Wave that has lasted generations. Future Louisiana governor Ruffin G. Pleasant was the quarterback and captain of the LSU team. In the first game against Tulane, LSU football players wore purple and gold ribbons on their uniforms. According to legend, purple and gold were chosen because they were Mardi Gras colors, and the green of Mardi Gras was sold out. An LSU baseball team had also worn purple and gold in its first varsity game against Tulane earlier in 1893, even though LSU's official colors at the time were actually blue and white.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
November 25, 1893 at Tulane* Sportsman's Park • New Orleans, LA (Battle for the Rag) L 0–34  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

1894[edit]

1894 LSU Tigers football
Conference Independent
1894 record 2–1
Head coach Albert Simmons
Home stadium State Field
Seasons
« 1893 1895 »
1894 LSU Football Team.

Overview[edit]

The Tigers adopted a new coach, Albert Simmons, for the three-game 1894 season. This season marked LSU's first ever victory with the 26–0 win over Natchez Athletic Club. The team's captain, Samuel Marmaduke Dinwidie Clark, became the first LSU player to ever score a touchdown during the game against Natchez A.C. The first football game played on the LSU campus was on December 3, 1894, against Mississippi. LSU's only touchdown in that game was scored by the head coach, Albert Simmons.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
November 30, 1894 at Natchez Athletic Club* Natchez, MS W 26–0  
December 3, 1894 Mississippi (Ole Miss)* State FieldBaton Rouge, LA L 6–26  
December 21, 1894 Centenary* State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 30–0  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

1895[edit]

1895 LSU Tigers football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1895 record 3–0 (2-0 SIAA)
Head coach Albert Simmons
Home stadium State Field
Seasons
« 1894 1896 »
Undefeated 1895 LSU Football Team

Overview[edit]

Coach Albert P. Simmons, in his last year at LSU, helped the Tigers to an undefeated season in 1895. 1895 was the first unbeaten season in LSU football history. The season also featured the first home victory in LSU history with a win over Tulane in front of 1,500 spectators.[3] This was LSU's first season playing as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA).

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 26, 1895 Tulane State FieldBaton Rouge, LA (Battle for the Rag) W 8–4  
November 2, 1895 vs. Centenary* Jackson, LA W 16–6  
November 18, 1895 Alabama State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 12–6  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

1896[edit]

1896 LSU Tigers football
SIAA Co-Champions
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1896 record 6–0 (4–0 SIAA)
Head coach Allen Jeardeau
Home stadium State Field
Seasons
« 1895 1897 »
Undefeated 1896 LSU Football Team

Overview[edit]

The 1896 Tigers, with coach Allen Jeardeau, went undefeated and were the SIAA co-champions. The 1896 team was the first LSU team to use the nickname "Tigers". The Tulane game of this year was forfeited during the game due to Tulane having fielded an ineligible player. At the time that the game was declared forfeit, Tulane was leading with a score of 2 to nothing. Due to the forfeiture, the official score was set at LSU 6, Tulane 0 by the game's referee.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 10, 1896 Centenary* State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 46–0  
October 24, 1896 at Tulane New Orleans, LA (Battle for the Rag) W 6–0  
November 13, 1896 vs. Mississippi (Ole Miss) Vicksburg, MS W 12–4  
November 16, 1896 Texas State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 14–0  
November 20, 1896 Mississippi A&M (Mississippi State) State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 52–0  
November 28, 1896 at Southern Athletic Club* New Orleans, LA W 6–0  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

Tulane forfeited the October 24 game in New Orleans.

1897[edit]

1897 LSU Tigers football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1897 record 1–1 (0–0 SIAA)
Head coach Allen Jeardeau
Home stadium State Field
Seasons
« 1896 1898 »

Overview[edit]

Coach Allen Jeardeau returned for his second but final year at LSU in 1897 for two games in Baton Rouge. A yellow fever outbreak throughout the South caused the postponement of LSU's classes starting, and the football season being cut back to only two games.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
December 20, 1897 Montgomery Athletic Club* State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 28–6  
January 8, 1898 Cincinnati* State FieldBaton Rouge, LA L 0–26  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

The 0–26 loss to the Bearcats is disputed.

1898[edit]

1898 LSU Tigers football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1898 record 1–0 (1–0 SIAA)
Head coach Edmond Chavanne
Home stadium State Field
Seasons
« 1897 1899 »

Overview[edit]

The Tigers, with new coach Edmond Chavanne, played only one game for 1898 season. Another outbreak of yellow fever similar to the one in 1897 caused LSU to play only one game. By the time LSU was able to play its only game of the season, Allen Jeardeau had departed from the school as head football coach, and no provision had been made to replace him. The job of coach then fell to the team's captain, Edmond Chavanne. He holds the distinction of being the only player-coach in LSU football history.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
December 14, 1898 Tulane State FieldBaton Rouge, LA (Battle for the Rag) W 37–0  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

1899[edit]

1899 LSU Tigers football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1899 record 1–4 (1–3 SIAA)
Head coach John P. Gregg
Home stadium State Field
Seasons
« 1898 1900 »
1899 LSU Football Team

Overview[edit]

New coach John P. Gregg led the 1899 Tigers to a 1–4 season. The only wins were in an exhibition game against a high school team (which LSU does not officially record as a win) and against rival Tulane along with the huge win against Ole Miss.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
November 3, 1899[4] vs. Mississippi (Ole Miss) Meridian, MS (Magnolia Bowl) L 0–11  
November 10, 1899 at Lake Charles H.S.* Lake Charles, LA W 48–0  
November 13, 1899 Sewanee State FieldBaton Rouge, LA L 0–34  
November 30, 1899 at Texas Clark FieldAustin, TX L 0–29  
December 2, 1899 at Texas A&M* College Station, TX L 0–52  
December 8, 1899 Tulane State FieldBaton Rouge, LA (Battle for the Rag) W 38–0  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Vincent, Herb. "LSU Football Vault, The History of the Fighting Tigers". Whitman Publishing, LLC. Atlanta, GA. 2008. page 7.
  2. ^ Vincent, Herb. "LSU Football Vault, The History of the Fighting Tigers". Whitman Publishing, LLC. Atlanta, GA. 2008. page 9
  3. ^ Vincent, Herb. "LSU Football Vault, The History of the Fighting Tigers". Whitman Publishing, LLC. Atlanta, GA. 2008. page 9.
  4. ^ Ole Miss lists game played on November 1, 1899