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
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 + 4 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
Texas 1 0 1     5 1 2
Georgia 3 2 0     3 4 0
Mississippi 1 1 1     2 1 1
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 1 4 0     2 5 0
Tulane 0 1 1     2 2 1
Texas A&M 0 1 0     7 3 1
Mercer 0 1 0     0 1 0
Davidson 0 1 0     1 4 0
Nashville 0 2 0     2 2 0
LSU 0 4 0     4 5 0
  • + – 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 1951.

Schedule[edit]

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

Game notes[edit]

Vanderbilt[edit]

Alabama opened the 1903 season with a 30–0 loss against Vanderbilt University in the first all-time meeting between the schools at Dudley Field.[5] Vanderbilt took a 12–0 halftime lead after first half touchdowns were scored first by Ed Hamilton and followed by John J. Tigert.[6] The Commodores then closed the game with three touchdowns in the second half scored by Hamilton, 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]

Mississippi A&M[edit]

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.[8] The loss brought Alabama's all-time record against Mississippi A&M (Mississippi State) to 3–1.[9]

Auburn[edit]

After being shutout 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.[10][11] 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.[10] In the second half, Alabama extended their lead to 12–0 after Truman Smith scored on a 45-yard touchdown run.[10] 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.[10] The victory brought Alabama's all-time record against Auburn to 2–6.[12]

Sewanee[edit]

Playing Sewanee for the first time since the 1896 season, Alabama was shut out 23–0 at West End Park in Birmingham.[13] 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.[13]

LSU[edit]

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.[14]

Cumberland[edit]

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

Tennessee[edit]

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.[7] The victory brought Alabama's all-time record against Tennessee to 1–0–1.[15]

Players[edit]

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.[4]

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 August 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Scoring values". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Alabama vs Vanderbilt". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  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 g "1903 Season Recap" (PDF). RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Alabama University loses". The Columbus Enquirer-Sun (NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers). October 18, 1903. p. 13. 
  9. ^ "Alabama vs Mississippi State". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ "Victory perched on Crimson White". The Montgomery Advertiser (NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers). October 24, 1903. p. 10. 
  12. ^ "Alabama vs Auburn". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "Alabama vs Sewanee". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Alabama vs LSU". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Alabama vs Tennessee". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 19, 2011.