1914 Auburn Tigers football team

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1914 Auburn Tigers football
1914 Auburn football team.jpg
SIAA co–champion
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1914 record 8–0–1 (4–0–1 SIAA)
Head coach Mike Donahue
Base defense 7–2–2
Captain Robbie Robinson
Home stadium Drake Field
Seasons
« 1913 1915 »
1914 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Tennessee + 5 0 0     9 0 0
Auburn + 4 0 1     8 0 1
Texas A&M 2 0 0     6 1 1
Mississippi A&M 4 2 0     6 2 0
Ole Miss 2 1 1     5 4 1
Sewanee 3 2 0     5 3 0
Florida 3 2 0     5 2 0
Alabama 3 3 0     5 4 0
Georgia 2 2 1     3 5 1
Clemson 2 2 0     5 3 1
LSU 1 1 1     4 4 1
Kentucky 1 1 0     5 3 0
Vanderbilt 1 3 0     2 6 0
Mississippi College 0 1 1     4 3 1
Tulane 0 3 1     3 3 1
Central 0 1 0     1 3 1
Wofford 0 1 0     1 7 1
The Citadel 0 3 0     2 5 0
Mercer 0 3 0     0 3 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1914 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University (then called the Alabama Polytechnic Institute) in the 1914 college football season. It was the Tigers' 23rd overall season and they competed as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA). The team was led by head coach Mike Donahue, in his 10th year, and played their home games at Drake Field in Auburn, Alabama. They finished as SIAA Champions with a record of eight wins, zero losses and one tie (8–0–1 overall, 5–0–1 in the SIAA) and outscored opponents 193–0.

Auburn's strong defense, which held opponents scoreless all season, helped the team garner a retroactive national title by James Howell's computer rating system.[1] Auburn University does not claim or otherwise acknowledge this title.

Before the season[edit]

"Bull" Kearley was shifted from halfback to end to add speed to the defensive line.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 26 Marion Military Institute* Drake FieldAuburn, AL W 39–0  
October 3 at Florida Jacksonville, FL (Rivalry) W 20–0  
October 10 Clemson Drake Field • Auburn, AL W 28–0  
October 17 West Alabama A. C.* Drake Field • Auburn, AL W 60–0  
October 24 Mississippi A&M Rickwood FieldBirmingham, AL W 19–0  
November 7 at Georgia Tech Grant Field • Atlanta, GA W 14–0  
November 14 Vanderbilt Rickwood Field • Birmingham, AL W 6–0   10,000
November 21 at Georgia Piedmont Park • Atlanta, GA (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) T 0–0  
November 25 vs. Carlisle* Piedmont Park • Atlanta, GA W 7–0  
*Non-conference game.
  • Source: 1914 Auburn football schedule[3][4]

Season summary[edit]

Marion Military Institute[edit]

The season opened with a 28–0 win over the Marion Military Institute.

at Florida[edit]

Auburn at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 0 0 7 13 20
Florida 0 0 0 0 0

In Jacksonville, Auburn defeated the Florida Gators 20–0. Auburn's team was nearly as strong as the season before and claims another SIAA title. In contrast to the prior season, the 20–0 loss was seen as a moral victory and sign of progress for the Gators.[6] However, the Florida also lost its captain. John Sutton left the game feeling poorly, and further examination revealed a weak heart.[7] Auburn's backfield performed well, and Florida gave way by the second half.[5] Bedie Bidez made two touchdowns.[5]

Clemson[edit]

Auburn beat the Clemson Tigers 28–0.

West Alabama A. C.[edit]

Against West Alabama Athletic Club came the season's biggest win, 60–0.

Mississippi A&M[edit]

Despite several fumbles, Auburn beat the Mississippi Aggies 19–0. One touchdown came on a delayed pass of 35 yards.[8]

The starting lineup was Kearley (left end), Steed (left tackle), Taylor (left guard), Pitts (center), Thigpen (right guard), Louiselle (right tackle), Robinson (right end), Hairston (quarterback), Prendergast (left halfback), Hart (right halfback), Harris (fullback).[8]

Georgia Tech[edit]

Auburn at Georgia Tech
1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 0 7 0 7 14
Ga. Tech 0 0 7 0 7

Sources:[9]

Auburn defeated John Heisman's Georgia Tech team 14–0. Tech would not lose to a southern team for 5 years after this.

Auburn scored first in the second quarter, Prendergast carrying the ball over.[9] Red Hart had a 10-yard touchdown run in the fourth for the other score.[9]

The starting lineup was Kearley (left end), Steed (left tacle), Taylor (left guard), Pitts (center), Thigpen (right guard), Louiselle (right tackle), Robinson (end), Hairston (quarterback), Prendergast (left halfback), Hart (right halfback), Harris (fullback).[9]

Vanderbilt[edit]

Vanderbilt at Auburn
1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 0 0 0 0 0
Auburn 6 0 0 0 6

Sources:[10]

In dreary weather, Auburn beat the Vanderbilt Commodores 6–0. In less than eight minutes of play, Red Harris made the decisive touchdown.[10]

The starting lineup was Kearley (left end), Steed (left tacle), Taylor (left guard), Pitts (center), Thigpen (right guard), Louiselle (right tackle), Robinson (end), Hairston (quarterback), Prendergast (left halfback), Hart (right halfback), Harris (fullback).[10]

Georgia[edit]

All-American David Paddock and the Georgia Bulldogs held the Tigers to a scoreless tie.

Carlisle[edit]

In final game of the season, Auburn defeated the Carlisle Indians led by Pete Calac and coached by Pop Warner. It was the first intersectional game in Atlanta.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.jhowell.net/cf/cf1914.htm
  2. ^ "Auburn's Best Defense Ever Led the 1914 Tigers to an Undefeated Season Now Recognized as a National Championship". August 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ 2009 Auburn Football Media Guide (PDF). Auburn, Alabama: Auburn Media Relations Office. 2009. p. 185. 
  4. ^ "1914 Auburn University Football Schedule". Auburn University Athletics. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Auburn 20, Florida 0". The Atlanta Constitution. October 11, 1914. p. 3. Retrieved July 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  6. ^ McEwen, The Gators, p. 58.
  7. ^ McEwen, The Gators, p. 58.
  8. ^ a b "Auburn Beats Mississippi 19 to 0". The Tennessean. October 25, 1914. p. 32. Retrieved May 10, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  9. ^ a b c d "Georgia Tech Beaten By Auburn". The Tennessean. November 8, 1914. p. 27. Retrieved May 10, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  10. ^ a b c "Auburn Defeats Vanderbilt". Greensboro Daily News. November 15, 1914. p. 6. Retrieved May 10, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read