1905 Alabama Crimson White football team

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1905 Alabama Crimson White football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1905 record 6–4 (4–4 SIAA)
Head coach Jack Leavenworth (1st year)
Captain Auxford Burks
Home stadium The Quad
Birmingham Fairgrounds
Seasons
« 1904 1906 »
1905 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Vanderbilt $ 6 0 0     7 1 0
Georgia Tech 4 0 1     6 0 1
LSU 2 0 0     3 0 0
Texas 2 1 0     5 4 0
Clemson 3 2 1     3 2 1
Sewanee 2 2 1     4 2 1
Alabama 4 4 0     6 4 0
Cumberland 2 2 0     4 4 0
Nashville 0 0 0     0 2 0
Auburn 2 4 0     2 4 0
Mississippi A&M 1 3 0     3 4 0
Texas A&M 0 1 0     7 2 0
Tulane 0 1 0     0 1 0
Ole Miss 0 1 0     0 2 0
Tennessee 0 4 1     3 5 1
Georgia 0 4 0     1 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1905 Alabama Crimson White football team[A 1] (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1905 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. It was Alabama's 13th overall and 10th season as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA). The team was led by head coach Jack Leavenworth, in his first year, and played their home games at both the University of Alabama Quad in Tuscaloosa and the Birmingham Fairgrounds in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of six wins and four losses (6–4 overall, 4–4 in the SIAA).

Before the season[edit]

For the 1905 season, point values were different from those used in contemporary games. In 1905 a touchdown was worth five points, a field goal was worth four points and an conversion (PAT) was worth one point.[3]

The team was captained by Auxford Burks, the school's "first running back hero" who would "carry whole teams on his back."[4][5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 3 Maryville* The QuadTuscaloosa, AL W 17–0  
October 7 at Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN L 0–34  
October 14 Mississippi A&M The Quad • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) W 34–0  
October 21 at Georgia Tech Brisbane Park • Atlanta, GA L 5–12  
October 25 at Clemson South Carolina State Fairgrounds • Columbia, SC L 0–25  
November 4 Georgia Birmingham FairgroundsBirmingham, AL W 36–0  
November 9 Centre* The Quad • Tuscaloosa, AL W 21–0  
November 18 Auburn Birmingham Fairgrounds • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) W 30–0  
November 23 Sewanee Birmingham Fairgrounds • Birmingham, AL L 6–42  
November 30 Tennessee Birmingham Fairgrounds • Birmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October) W 29–0  
*Non-conference game.
  • Source: Rolltide.com: 1905 Alabama football schedule[6]

Season summary[edit]

Maryville[edit]

Burks starred in the opening win of 17 to 0 over Maryville. A number of Alabama turnovers kept the game scoreless through halftime. T. S. Sims scored the first touchdown and Burks added a 95-yard return for a touchdown.[7]

Vanderbilt[edit]

Alabama was no match for Vanderbilt, losing 34–0. Honus Craig was the star of the game.[8] Quarterback Frank Kyle was severely injured, knocked unconscious and taken to the hospital.[9]

The starting lineup was Lanier (left end), Neb (left tackle), McDaniel (left guard), Moody (center), Sims (right guard), Sartain (right tackle), Patton (right end), Smith (quarterback), Burks (left halfback), Ware (right halfback), Peavy (fullback).[9]

Georgia Tech[edit]

"The overworked Burks, who appeared to bear the entire brunt of Alabama's offense,"[10] collapsed on the field during the second half of a 12 to 5 loss to Georgia Tech.

Clemson[edit]

Alabama lost to Clemson for the last time until the 2016 national championship 25–0.

Auburn[edit]

Burks scored in the 30 to 0 victory over Auburn in what was then the largest crowd ever to see a game in Birmingham (4,000).[11]

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]

References[edit]

General

  • "1905 Season Recap" (PDF). RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 

Specific

  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. ^ "Scoring values". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ "BENNETT AUXFORD BURKS, JR., MD". Archived from the original on November 12, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  5. ^ "FOUNDER OF UA FOOTBALL WAS AN ΑΤΩ" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 2, 2015. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  6. ^ "1905 Alabama football schedule". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ Christopher Walsh (September 1, 2007). "Saban's first game one of the most anticipated in Alabama history". Retrieved February 12, 2015. 
  8. ^ 1905 season recap
  9. ^ a b "Vanderbilt". The Nashville American. October 8, 1905. p. 7. Retrieved June 19, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  10. ^ Wiley Lee Umphlett. Creating the Big Game: John W. Heisman and the Invention of American Football. p. 84. 
  11. ^ "Alabama vs. Auburn". Retrieved February 12, 2015.