1914 Michigan Wolverines football team

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1914 Michigan Wolverines football
1914 Michigan Wolverines football team.jpg
Conference Independent
1914 record 6–3
Head coach Fielding H. Yost (14th year)
MVP Tommy Hughitt
Captain James W. Raynsford
Home stadium Ferry Field
Seasons
« 1913 1915 »

The 1914 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1914 college football season. In their 14th season under head coach Fielding H. Yost, the Wolverines won their first five games by a combined score of 180 to 10, including three shutouts. They then lost three of the final four games to finish with a 6–3 record.[1]

Michigan halfback John Maulbetsch was a consensus first-team selection for the 1914 College Football All-America Team.[2] Two other Michigan players, center James Raynsford and quarterback Tommy Hughitt, were named to Outing magazine's Football Roll of Honor.[3] Raynsford was the team captain, and Hughitt was selected as the team's most valuable player.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 30, 1914 DePauw Ferry FieldAnn Arbor, MI W 58–0   5,113
October 3, 1914 Case Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 69–0   5,049
October 7, 1914 Mount Union Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 27–7   5,050
October 10, 1914 Vanderbilt Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 23–3   5,282
October 17, 1914 at Michigan Agricultural College FieldEast Lansing, MI W 3–0   8,934
October 24, 1914 at Syracuse Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY L 6–20   6,404
October 31, 1914 at Harvard Harvard StadiumAllston, MA L 0–7   23,213
November 7, 1914 Penn Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 34–3   21,146
November 14, 1914 Cornelldagger Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI L 13–28   16,315
daggerHomecoming. All times are in Eastern Time.

Season summary[edit]

Week 1: DePauw[edit]

Week 1: DePauw at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
DePauw 0 0 0 0 0
Michigan 7 23 21 7 58

Michigan opened the 1914 season with a 58-0 victory over DePauw. Lawrence Splawn ran for two touchdowns, drop-kicked a field goal from the 27-yard line, and averaged 55 yards on three punts. Quarterback Tommy Hughitt threw touchdown pass to John Lyons, 20 yards in the air with Lyons running another 35 yards for the touchdown. In all, Michigan scored eight touchdowns, two each by Splawn, John Maulbetsch, and Hughitt, and one each by Lyons and Cohn.[4][5]

Week 2: Case[edit]

Week 2: Case at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Case 0 0 0 0 0
Michigan 21 20 21 7 69

On October 3, 1914, Michigan defeated Case by a 69 to 0 score. The game was played in 10-minute quarters at Ferry Field. Michigan's touchdowns were scored by Lawrence Roehm (2), John Maulbetsch (2), James Catlett (2), Tommy Hughitt (2), and Maurice Dunne. Hughitt also kicked nine points after touchdown.[6][7]

Week 3: Mt. Union[edit]

Week 3: Mt. Union at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Mt. Union 0 0 0 7 7
Michigan 10 10 7 0 27

On Wednesday, October 7, 1914, Michigan defeated Mt. Union 27 to 7. John Maulbetsch scored two touchdowns. Lawrence Splawn scored a touchdown and kicked two field goals.[8][9]

Week 4: Vanderbilt[edit]

Week 4: Vanderbilt at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 3 0 0 0 3
Michigan 7 9 0 7 23

On October 10, 1914, Michigan defeated Vanderbilt 23 to 3 at Ferry Field. Michigan scored on two touchdowns by John Maulbetsch, a touchdown and points after touchdown by Tommy Hughitt, and a field goal by Lawrence Splawn.[10][11]

Week 5: at M. A. C.[edit]

Week 5: Michigan at M. A. C.
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 0 0 0 3 3
M. A. C. 0 0 0 0 0

On October 17, 1914, Michigan won a close game over Michigan Agricultural College by 3-0 score at College Field in East Lansing.[12][13] Michigan quarterback Tommy Hughitt sustained a dislocated elbow and was believed at the time to be lost for the remainder of the season.[14] He ended up missing the following week's game against Syracuse but returned for the Harvard game.[15]

Week 6: at Syracuse[edit]

Week 6: Michigan at Syracuse
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 0 0 6 0 6
Syracuse 0 0 6 14 20

After winning its first five games, Michigan lost to Syracuse by a 20 to 6 score on October 24, 1914. After a scoreless first half, each team scored a touchdown in the third quarter, and the fourth quarter began with the score tied at 6 to 6. Syracuse scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to win the game. John Maulbetsch accounted for Michigan's scoring with a touchdown and goal from touchdown.[16][17]



Week 7: at Harvard[edit]

Week 7: Michigan at Harvard
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 0 0 0 0 0
Harvard 0 7 0 0 7

On October 31, 1914, Michigan lost to the undefeated 1914 Harvard Crimson football team by a 7 to 0 score at Harvard Stadium. Harvard's All-American halfback Huntington Hardwick scored the game's only touchdown on a six-yard run in the second quarter.[18]

Week 8: Penn[edit]

Week 8: Penn at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Penn 3 0 0 0 3
Michigan 0 23 11 0 34

On November 7, 1914, Michigan defeated Penn 34 to 3 at Ferry Field. Michigan's five touchdowns were scored by John Maulbetsch (2), Tommy Hughitt, James Catlett, and Leland Benton. Hughitt also kicked four points after touchdown.[19][20]

Week 9: Cornell[edit]

Week 9: Cornell at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Cornell 0 6 13 9 28
Michigan 6 7 0 0 13

On November 14, 1914, Michigan ended its season at home with a loss to Cornell by a 28 to 13 score. Michigan took the lead in the first quarter on a pass from Lawrence Splawn to Karl Staatz. Michigan extended its lead to 13 to 0 in the second quarter on a short touchdown run by John Maulbetsch who also kicked the goal from touchdown. From that point forward, Michigan was unable to score while Cornell scored 28 points. Fullback Carl Phillipi scored three touchdowns for Cornell.[21]

Roster[edit]

Letter winners[edit]

Player Position Games
started
Hometown Height Weight Class
Clyde E. Bastian Halfback 3 Williamsport, PA 5-10 178
Leland H. Benton End 4 Valparaiso, IN 5-11 165
Thomas H. Bushnell Halfback
Quarterback
1
1
East Cleveland, OH
James Bland Catlett[22] Halfback Brookings, SD
William D. Cochran Tackle 9 Houghton, MI 5-8 224
Maurice F. Dunne End 1 Springfield, IL 6-0 164
Ernest Hughitt Quarterback 8 Escanaba, MI 5-8 146
Efton James End Vandalia, MI
John J. Lyons End
Halfback
5
2
Pittsburgh, PA 6-0 180
John Maulbetsch Halfback 9 Ann Arbor, MI 5-8 168
Frank M. McHale Guard 5 Logansport, IN 5-11 212
Walter Neimann Tackle 9 Hermansville, MI
James Raynsford Center 9 Detroit, MI 6-0 187
Lewis Reimann Tackle Iron River, MI 5-11 184
Lawrence Lamar Splawn Fullback 9 Dallas, TX 5-11 167
Karl S. Staatz End 7 Tacoma, WA 6-0 178
Robert W. Watson Guard Ludington, MI 5-9 174

Reserves[edit]

Fielding H. Yost from the 1915 Michiganensian
  • Frank Millard - started 1 game at right guard
  • Frank D. Quail - started 3 games at left guard
  • Fred Rehor - started 1 game at left guard
  • Lawrence Roehm - started 3 games at right halfback
  • William Watson - started 3 games at left guard and 3 games at right guard
  • Jim Whalen - started 2 games at right guard, 1 game at right end

Awards and honors[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1914 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved November 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 4. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Football Roll of Honor: The Men Whom the Best Coaches of the Country Have Named as the Stars of the Gridiron in 1914" (PDF). Outing. 1915. p. 498. 
  4. ^ "Michigan Downs Depauw 58 to 0: Wolverines Score More Than a Point a Minute in Game with Indiana Eleven -- Yost Shows Battering Offense". The Indianapolis Star. October 1, 1914. p. 7. 
  5. ^ E. A. Batchelor (October 1, 1914). "Michigan Whips Depauw Easily in Opening Battle". Detroit Free Press. p. 8. 
  6. ^ E. A. Batchelor (October 4, 1914). "Michigan Finds Case Easy Mark, part 1". Detroit Free Press. p. 17. 
  7. ^ E. A. Batchelor (October 4, 1914). "Michigan Finds Case Easy Mark, part 2". Detroit Free Press. p. 22. 
  8. ^ "Yost's Wolverines Beat Mount Union, But Are Scored On, part 1". Detroit Free Press. October 8, 1914. p. 8. 
  9. ^ "Yost's Wolverines Beat Mount Union, But Are Scored On, part 2". Detroit Free Press. October 8, 1914. p. 9. 
  10. ^ T. Hawley Tapping (October 11, 1914). "Wolverines Romp Over Vanderbilt on Slippery Field, part 1". Detroit Free Press. p. 17. 
  11. ^ T. Hawley Tapping (October 11, 1914). "Wolverines Romp Over Vanderbilt on Slippery Field, part 2". Detroit Free Press. p. 21. 
  12. ^ E. A. Batchelor (October 18, 1914). "Michigan Beats M.A.C. in Final Quarter of Fierce Game: Splawn Boots Ball Over the Bar from Twenty-Yard Line, part 1". Detroit Free Press. p. 17. 
  13. ^ E. A. Batchelor (October 18, 1914). "Splawn Boots Ball Over the Bar from Twenty-Yard Line, part 2". Detroit Free Press. p. 17. 
  14. ^ "Tommy Hughitt Dislocates His Elbow; Out of Game for Season". Detroit Free Press. October 18, 1914. p. 17. 
  15. ^ "Hughitt Back in Game". The Washington Times. October 27, 1914. p. 10. 
  16. ^ E. A. Batchelor (October 25, 1914). "Syracuse Runs Over Michigan's Eleven In Disappointing Game, part 1". Detroit Free Press. p. 17. 
  17. ^ E. A. Batchelor (October 25, 1914). "Syracuse Runs Over Michigan's Eleven In Disappointing Game, part 2". Detroit Free Press. p. 19. 
  18. ^ "Play-by-Play Report of Harvard's Victory Over the Maize and Blue". Detroit Free Press. November 1, 1914. p. 20. 
  19. ^ "Michigan Team Completely Outclasses Pennsylvania". Detroit Free Press. November 8, 1914. p. 17. 
  20. ^ "Penn game coverage". Detroit Free Press. November 8, 1914. p. 21. 
  21. ^ T. H. Tapping (November 15, 1914). "Detailed Story of How Cornell Beat Michigan". Detroit Free Press. p. 20. 
  22. ^ James Bland Catlett, born February 21, 1893, Estelline, South Dakota. Died September 22, 1986, San Antonio, Texas.

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