1903 Alabama Crimson White football team

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1903 Alabama Crimson White football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1903 record 3–4 (3–4 SIAA)
Head coach W. A. Blount (1st year)
Captain W. S. Wyatt
Home stadium The Quad
West End Park
Seasons
← 1902
1904 →
1903 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Clemson + 2 0 1     4 1 1
Cumberland + 4 1 1     6 1 1
Sewanee 5 1 0     7 1 0
Vanderbilt 5 1 1     6 1 1
Mississippi A&M 2 0 2     3 0 2
Georgia 3 2 0     3 4 0
Mississippi 1 1 1     2 1 1
Texas 0 0 1     5 1 2
Central 0 0 0     3 0 0
Kentucky State 0 0 0     7 1 0
Alabama 3 4 0     3 4 0
Auburn 2 3 0     4 3 0
Tennessee 2 4 0     4 5 0
Georgia Tech 2 4 0     3 5 0
Tulane 0 1 1     2 2 1
Mercer 0 1 0     0 1 0
Nashville 0 2 0     2 2 0
LSU 0 4 0     4 5 0
SW Presbyterian            
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1903 Alabama Crimson White football team[A 1] (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1903 college football season. The team was led by head coach W. A. Blount, in his first season, and played their home games at The Quad in Tuscaloosa and at West End Park in Birmingham, Alabama. In what was the eleventh season of Alabama football, the team finished with a record of three wins and four losses (3–4, 3–4 SIAA). Alabama did not have another losing season until their 1951 season.

Alabama opened the season with a pair of shutout losses on the road. After their loss at Vanderbilt, they were defeated by Mississippi A&M at Columbus in what was their first all-time win against Alabama. They then won their first game against Auburn at Montgomery. Alabama then played back-to-back Monday games and lost to Sewanee at Birmingham and defeated LSU in the first Tuscaloosa game of the season. They then closed the season with a loss to eventual SIAA co-champion Cumberland and their first all-time victory over Tennessee in their final game on Thanksgiving.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 10 at Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN L 30–0   1,000
October 16 at Mississippi A&M Columbus Fairgrounds • Columbus, MS (Rivalry) L 11–0   5,000
October 23 vs. Auburn Riverside ParkMontgomery, AL (Iron Bowl) W 18–6   1,200
November 2 Sewanee West End ParkBirmingham, AL L 23–0   2,400
November 9 LSU The QuadTuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) W 18–0    
November 14 Cumberland The Quad • Tuscaloosa, AL L 44–0    
November 26 Tennessee West End Park • Birmingham, AL (Rivalry) W 24–0    
*Non-conference game.
  • Source: Rolltide.com: 1903 Alabama football schedule[3][A 2]

Game summaries[edit]

Vanderbilt[edit]

1 2 Total
Alabama 0 0 0
Vanderbilt 18 12 30
  • Date: October 10
  • Location: Dudley Field
    Nashville, TN
  • Game attendance: 1,000
  • Referee: Crawford

Alabama opened the 1903 season with a 30–0 loss against Vanderbilt in the first all-time meeting between the schools at Dudley Field.[5] Vanderbilt took a 18–0 halftime lead after first half touchdowns were scored twice by Ed Hamilton and followed by John J. Tigert.[6] The Commodores then closed the game with two touchdowns in the second half scored by Dan Blake and Bob Blake for the 30–0 victory.[6] Tigert converted all five PAT's in their victory.[7] Frank Kyle starred for the Commodores in the contest with runs of 30, 35, 48 and 50-yards against the Crimson White.[6]

The starting lineup was: R. L. Lodge (left end), Aubrey Boyles (left tackle), W. C. Oates (left guard), James C. Gwin (center), J. C. Fortune (right guard), John Roberts Peavy (right tackle), W. S. Sherrill (right end), W. S. Wyatt (quarterback), Auxford Burks (left halfback), Truman Smith (right halfback), Frank B. Clark (fullback).[4]

Mississippi A&M[edit]

1 2 Total
Alabama 0 0 0
Mississippi A&M 0 11 11
  • Date: October 16
  • Location: Columbus Fairgrounds
    Columbus, MS
  • Game attendance: 5,000

A week after their loss to Vanderbilt, Alabama was defeated the Aggies of Mississippi A&M (now known as Mississippi State University) 11–0 at the Columbus Fairgrounds in Columbus, Mississippi.[7] The game was played before 5,000 fans in a light drizzle with the Aggies scoring all of their points in the second half after a scoreless first.[9] The loss brought Alabama's all-time record against Mississippi A&M (Mississippi State) to 3–1.[10]

Auburn[edit]

1 2 Total
Alabama 6 12 18
Auburn 0 6 6
  • Date: October 23
  • Location: Riverside Park
    Montgomery, AL
  • Game attendance: 1,200

After being shut out for their first two games, Alabama upset the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now known as Auburn University) 18–6 before 1,200 fans at Riverside Park in Montgomery.[13][14] J. V. Boyles scored a touchdown for Alabama to cap a 19-play, 79-yard drive on their opening possession and with the extra point took a 6–0 lead.[13]

In the second half, Alabama extended their lead to 12–0 after Truman Smith scored on a 45-yard touchdown run.[13] After Auburn cut the lead to 12–6 with a W. G. Boyd touchdown run, Alabama scored the final points of the game on a 25-yard Smith run for the 18–6 victory.[13] The victory brought Alabama's all-time record against Auburn to 2–6.[15]

The starting lineup was: R. L. Lodge (left end), Aubrey Boyles (left tackle), W. C. Oates (left guard), James C. Gwin (center), J. C. Fortune (right guard), John Roberts Peavy (right tackle), W. S. Sherrill (right end), W. S. Wyatt (quarterback), Auxford Burks (left halfback), Truman Smith (right halfback), Frank B. Clark (fullback).[11][12]

Sewanee[edit]

1 2 Total
Sewanee 18 5 23
Alabama 0 0 0
  • Date: November 2
  • Location: West End Park
    Birmingham, AL
  • Game attendance: 2,400

Playing Sewanee for the first time since the 1896 season, Alabama was shut out 23–0 at West End Park in Birmingham.[18] John Schaffer starred for the Tigers with three separate runs of 40-yards in the victory.[17] The game was originally scheduled to be played in Tuscaloosa, but was subsequently moved to Birmingham in an effort to increase gate receipts.[7] The loss brought Alabama's all-time record against Sewanee to 1–3.[18]

The starting lineup was: R. L. Lodge (left end), Aubrey Boyles (left tackle), W. C. Oates (left guard), James C. Gwin (center), Guy Redden (right guard), John C. McCorquodale (right tackle), W. S. Sherrill (right end), W. S. Wyatt (quarterback), Auxford Burks (left halfback), Truman Smith (right halfback), W. McMahon (fullback).[16]

LSU[edit]

1 2 Total
LSU 0 0 0
Alabama 12 6 18
  • Date: November 9
  • Location: The Quad
    Tuscaloosa, AL

Alabama secured their first all-time victory over LSU with its 18–0 win at Tuscaloosa.[7] Both John Roberts Peavy and W. S. Sherrill scored first half touchdowns, and Truman Smith scored on a fake punt returned 65-yards for the 18–0 victory.[7] The victory brought Alabama's all-time record against LSU to 1–2.[21]

The starting lineup was: R. L. Lodge (left end), Aubrey Boyles (left tackle), W. C. Oates (left guard), James C. Gwin (center), Guy Redden (right guard), John Roberts Peavy (right tackle), W. S. Sherrill (right end), W. S. Wyatt (quarterback), Auxford Burks (left halfback), Truman Smith (right halfback), W. McMahon (fullback).[19][20]

Cumberland[edit]

Against Cumberland University of Lebanon, Tennessee, Alabama lost 44–0 on The Quad in Tuscaloosa.[3]

The starting lineup was: W. S. Sherrill (left end), John Roberts Peavy (left tackle), W. C. Oates (left guard), James C. Gwin (center), Guy Redden (right guard), Aubrey Boyles (right tackle), R. L. Lodge (right end), W. S. Wyatt (quarterback), Auxford Burks (left halfback), Truman Smith (right halfback), W. McMahon (fullback).[22]

Tennessee[edit]

1 2 Total
Tennessee 0 0 0
Alabama 24 0 24
  • Date: November 26
  • Location: West End Park
    Birmingham, AL

A week after their 44–0 loss to Cumberland, Alabama defeated Tennessee 24–0 at Birmingham.[3] Alabama scored touchdowns on runs of three-yards by W. McMahon, one-yard by John Roberts Peavy, one-yard by Auxford Burks and two-yards by Truman Smith.[23] The victory brought Alabama's all-time record against Tennessee to 1–0–1.[24]

The starting lineup was: R. L. Lodge (left end), Aubrey Boyles (left tackle), Guy Redden (left guard), James C. Gwin (center), W. C. Oates (right guard), John Roberts Peavy (right tackle), W. S. Sherrill (right end), W. S. Wyatt (quarterback), Auxford Burks (left halfback), Truman Smith (right halfback), W. McMahon (fullback).[23]

Players[edit]

Line[edit]

Player Position
Aubrey Boyles tackle
J. C. Fortune guard
J. C. Granade tackle
James C. Gwin center
R. L. Lodge end
W. C. Oates guard
John Roberts Peavy tackle
Guy Redden guard
W. S. Sherrill end

Backfield[edit]

Player Position
Auxford Burks halfback
Frank B. Clark
Floy Hall
W. McMahon
Truman Smith
W. S. Wyatt

Source:[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Alabama football teams were not referred to as the "Crimson Tide" until the 1907 season. Prior to 1907, the team was called the "Crimson White" from 1893 to 1906 and the "Cadets" in 1892.[1][2]
  2. ^ For the 1903 season, point values were different from those used in contemporary games. In 1893 a touchdown was worth five points, a field goal was worth five points and an conversion (PAT) was worth one point.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How the Crimson Tide got its name". bryantmuseum.ua.edu. Paul W. Bryant Museum. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Kennedy, Scott (April 8, 1992). "Tide football tradition began with 1892 team". The Tuscaloosa News. Google News Archives. p. 2F. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "1903 Alabama football schedule". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Show their mettle: Commodores stack up 30 points to Alabama's 0". The Tennessean. October 11, 1903. p. 6. Retrieved February 12, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ "Alabama vs Vanderbilt". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c "U. of A. is outclassed". The Montgomery Advertiser. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. October 10, 1903. p. 12. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "1903 Season Recap" (PDF). RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Mississippi A. and M. 11, Alabama 0". The Times-Democrat. October 18, 1903. p. 13. Retrieved February 12, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ "Alabama University loses". The Columbus Enquirer-Sun. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. October 18, 1903. p. 13. 
  10. ^ "Alabama vs Mississippi State". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "Auburn beaten by Tuscaloosa". The Atlanta Constitution. October 24, 1903. p. 7. Retrieved February 12, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  12. ^ a b "Alabama defeats Auburn". The Times-Democrat. October 24, 1903. p. 10. Retrieved February 12, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  13. ^ a b c d Griffin, John Chandler (2001). "1903: Truman Smith leads Bama to a big win". Alabama vs. Auburn: Gridiron Grudge Since 1893. Athens, Georgia: Hill Street Press. pp. 26–27. ISBN 1-58818-044-1. 
  14. ^ "Victory perched on Crimson White". The Montgomery Advertiser. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. October 24, 1903. p. 10. 
  15. ^ "Alabama vs Auburn". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  16. ^ a b "Brilliant runs beat Alabama". The Atlanta Constitution. November 3, 1903. p. 9. Retrieved February 12, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  17. ^ a b "Sewanee wins". The Tennessean. November 3, 1903. p. 7. Retrieved February 12, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  18. ^ a b "Alabama vs Sewanee". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  19. ^ a b "Alabama wins from creoles". The Atlanta Constitution. November 10, 1903. p. 9. Retrieved February 12, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  20. ^ a b "Alabama the winner". The Times-Democrat. November 10, 1903. p. 13. Retrieved February 12, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  21. ^ "Alabama vs LSU". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Alabama team under daisies". The Atlanta Constitution. November 15, 1903. p. 7. Retrieved February 12, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  23. ^ a b c "Alabama downs Volunteer team". The Atlanta Constitution. November 27, 1903. p. 2. Retrieved February 12, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  24. ^ "Alabama vs Tennessee". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved February 12, 2017.