1909 LSU Tigers football team

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1909 LSU Tigers football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1909 record 6–2 (3–1 SIAA)
Head coach Joe Pritchard (first 5 games) (1st year)
John W. Mayhew (last 3 games) (1st year)
Captain Robert L. Stovall
Home stadium State Field
Seasons
← 1908
1910 →
1909 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Sewanee $ 4 0 0     6 1 0
LSU 3 1 0     6 2 0
Vanderbilt 3 1 0     7 3 0
Alabama 4 1 2     5 1 2
Auburn 5 2 0     5 2 0
Georgia Tech 5 2 0     7 2 0
Howard 2 2 0     5 2 1
Mississippi 2 3 1     4 3 2
Clemson 1 2 0     6 3 0
Mississippi A&M 1 3 0     5 4 0
Georgia 1 4 0     1 4 2
The Citadel 0 1 1     4 3 2
Mercer 0 3 0     3 5 0
Tennessee 0 5 0     1 6 2
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1909 LSU Tigers football team represented the LSU Tigers of Louisiana State University during the 1909 college football season. The LSU team posted a 6–2 record, losing to Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) champion Sewanee and to an undefeated Arkansas, finishing second in the SIAA. Notable victories include those over Mississippi and Alabama.

John W. Mayhew, a former halfback at Brown, took over as coach for former Vanderbilt lineman Joe Pritchard midway through the season. College Football Hall of Fame inductee Doc Fenton started at quarterback.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 2 Jackson Barracks-New Orleans* State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 70–0  
October 9 Mississippi (Ole Miss) State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 10–0  
October 16 vs. Mississippi A&M (Mississippi State) State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 15–0  
October 30 vs. Sewanee Pelican Park • New Orleans, LA L 15–6   7,000
November 4 vs. Louisiana Tech* Alexandria, LA W 23–0  
November 13 vs. Arkansas* Red Elm Field • Memphis, TN L 16–0  
November 18 Transylvania* State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 52–0  
November 25 vs. Alabama Birmingham Fairgrounds • Birmingham, AL W 12–6  
*Non-conference game.

Season summary[edit]

Jackson Barracks-New Orleans[edit]

The season opened with a 70–0 win over Jackson Barracks-New Orleans.

Mississippi[edit]

In a hard-fought game, the Tigers beat the Mississippi team 10–0.[1]

The starting lineup was Hall (left end), Hillman (left tackle), Ryan (left guard), Stovall (center), Thomas (right guard), Pollock (right tackle), Seip (right end), Allbright (quarterback), R. F. Stovall (left halfback), McCullam (right halfback), Gill (fullback).[1]

Mississippi A&M[edit]

In the third week of play, LSU swamped Mississippi A&M 15–0.[2]

The starting lineup was Hall (left end), Hillman (left tackle), Falcon (left guard), Stovall (center), Thomas (right guard), Pollock (right tackle), Seip (right end), Fenton (quarterback), R. F. Stovall (left halfback), McCullam (right halfback), Gill (fullback).[2]

Sewanee[edit]

1 2 Total
Sewanee 9 6 15
LSU 0 6 6
  • Location: Pelican Park
    New Orleans, LA
  • Game attendance: 7,000
  • Referee: Halligan (LSU)

Sources:[3]

LSU lost to SIAA champion Sewanee in New Orleans 15–6. According to Vanderbilt coach Dan McGugin, Sewanee won due to better punting.[3]

President Taft (pictured) showed up for the Sewanee-LSU game.

Sewanee scored with an Aubrey Lanier touchdown and Moise drop kick in the first half.[3] LSU scored when, after blocking a punt, Robert L. Stovall recovered the ball for a touchdown.[4] Soon after, President William Howard Taft showed up to the game for about ten minutes.[4] Sewanee added another touchdown.[3]

The starting lineup was Williams (left end), Faulkenberry (left tackle), Cheape (left guard), Juhan (center), Cox (right guard), Moise (right tackle), Gillem (right end), Brown (quarterback), Myers (left halfback), Lanier (right halfback), Hawkins (fullback).[4]

Louisiana Tech[edit]

On a Thursday, LSU beat L.I.I. 23–0, giving the team its only loss on the season.

Arkansas[edit]

1 2 Total
LSU 0 0 0
Arkansas 5 11 16

Sources:[5]

The Tigers were powerless to stop the favored[6] Arkansas Razorbacks in a 16–0 loss. The game was characterized by several offsides penalties on both sides.[5]

The starting lineup was Hall (left end), Hillman (left tackle), Drew (left guard), R. F. Stovall (center), Thomas (right guard), Seip (right tackle), R. L. Stovall (right end), Fenton (quarterback), Gill (left halfback), McCullum (right halfback), Tilley (fullback).[5]

Transylvania[edit]

LSU defeated Transylvania 32–0, scoring at will in the second half.[7]

Alabama[edit]

John Seip starred in the 12–6 victory over Alabama.[8] "The consensus of opinion was that Alabama would have won but for Pratt's absence."[8]

The starting lineup was Hall (left end), Seip (left tackle), Thomas (left guard), Stovall (center), Drew (right guard), Hillman (tackle), R. Stovall (right end), Gill (quarterback), Howell (left halfback), McCollum (right halfback), Ryan (fullback).[8]

Postseason[edit]

Fenton was selected All-Southern by John Heisman.[9] End John Seip was selected such by Grantland Rice.

Roster[edit]

No. Player Position Height Weight Hometown High School
- John Albright quarterback - 135 - -
- S. W. Brannon halfback - 160 - -
- Harmon Drew guard - 175 Minden, Louisiana -
- Doc Fenton quarterback 5'9" 165 Scranton, Pennsylvania Scranton
- Reuben Gill fullback - 165 - -
- J. O. Hall end - 165 - -
- Willie Hillman center - 175 Minden, Louisiana Minden
- Levi Himes - - - - -
- Roland Howell halfback - 160 - -
- Andrew McCollam halfback - 160 - -
- Phillips end - 155 - -
- William Pollack guard - 180 - -
- Warren Ryan halfback - 180 - -
- John Seip end 6'1" 185 Allentown, Pennsylvania -
- Robert L. Stovall center - 135 Dodson, Louisiana -
- Rowson Stovall end - 140 - -
- Arthur Thomas tackle - 175 - -
- L. R. Tilly fullback - 165 - -
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Roster from LSU: The Louisiana Tigers[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tigers Win Victory After A Hard Fight". The Times. October 10, 1909. p. 10. Retrieved September 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ a b "Louisiana Won Gridiron Games". Jackson Daily News. October 17, 1909. p. 1. Retrieved September 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ a b c d Dan McGugin. "Sewanee Beats L. S. U.". The Tennessean. p. 4. Retrieved May 8, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ a b c "Sewanee Wins Splendid Game". The Courier-Journal. October 31, 1909. p. 36. Retrieved May 8, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ a b c "Arkansas Had Walkover". Houston Post. November 14, 1909. p. 18. Retrieved September 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "Arkansas Picked Over Louisiana". Arkansas Democrat. November 13, 1909. p. 2. Retrieved September 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20160701165813/http://homepages.transy.edu/~library/Catalog/HistoryFootballTransylvania.pdf
  8. ^ a b c http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/alab/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/1909-season.pdf
  9. ^ "The All-Southern Eleven Picked By Coach Heisman". Atlanta Constitution. November 28, 1909. p. 3. Retrieved March 4, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  10. ^ Hardesty, Dan. "LSU: The Louisiana Tigers". The Strode Publishers. Huntsville, Alabama. 1975. P. 334-345.
  11. ^ "How Arkansas and Louisiana Elevens Stack Up In Today's Game at Red Elm". Arkansas Democrat. November 13, 1909. p. 2. Retrieved September 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read