1915 Auburn Tigers football team

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1915 Auburn Tigers football
AuburnTigers.svg
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1915 record 6–2 (4–2 SIAA)
Head coach Mike Donahue
Base defense 7–2–2
Captain Bedie Bidez
Home stadium Drake Field
Seasons
← 1914
1916 →
1915 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Vanderbilt $ 4 0 0     9 1 0
Alabama 5 0 0     6 2 0
LSU 4 0 0     6 2 0
Transylvania 3 0 1     7 1 1
Georgia 3 1 2     5 2 2
Chattanooga 3 1 2     5 2 2
Auburn 4 2 0     6 2 0
Mississippi A&M 4 2 1     5 2 1
Kentucky 2 1 1     6 1 1
Florida 3 3 0     4 3 0
Tulane 3 3 0     5 3 0
Clemson 2 2 0     2 4 2
Furman 1 1 0     5 3 0
Mercer 1 1 0     5 4 0
Mississippi College 2 3 0     4 4 1
Sewanee 1 2 2     4 3 2
Tennessee 1 4 0     4 4 0
Centre 0 2 1     3 5 1
Louisville 0 3 1     1 5 1
The Citadel 0 1 0     5 3 0
Wofford 0 1 0     0 1 0
Howard 0 2 0     0 2 0
Ole Miss 0 5 0     2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1915 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University in the 1915 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. It was the Tigers' 24th 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 11th year, and played their home games at Drake Field in Auburn, Alabama. They finished with a record of six wins and two losses (6–2 overall, 4–2 in the SIAA).

Before the season[edit]

Baby Taylor was the only regular left at the start of the 1915 season.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 1 at Marion Military Institute* Selma, AL W 78–0  
October 9 Florida Drake FieldAuburn, AL (Rivalry) W 7–0  
October 16 at Clemson Anderson, SC W 14–0  
October 23 Mississippi A&M Rickwood FieldBirmingham, AL W 26–0  
October 30 at Georgia Sanford FieldAthens, GA (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) W 12–0  
November 6 Mercer* Drake Field • Auburn, AL W 45–0  
November 13 Vanderbilt Rickwood Field • Birmingham, AL L 17–0  
November 25 at Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA L 7–0  
*Non-conference game.
  • Source: 1915 Auburn football schedule[2][3]

Season summary[edit]

Marion Military Institute[edit]

The season starts with a big 78–0 victory over Marion Military Institute.

Florida[edit]

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

Auburn defeated Florida 7–0. Florida played hard for three quarters, until Wren scored the winning touchdown in the final period.[4]

The starting lineup was Robinson (left end), Sample (left tackle), Taylor (left guard), Campbell (center), Fricks (right guard), Wynne (right tackle), Bonner (right end), Caughman (quarterback), Steed (left halfback), Prendergast (right halfback), Bidez (fullback).[4]

Clemson[edit]

Clemson was defeated 14–0.

Mississippi A&M[edit]

Mississippi A&M lost 26–0.

Georgia[edit]

The Georgia Bulldogs fell to Auburn 12–0.

Mercer[edit]

Auburn beat Mercer 45–0, the season's sixth straight shutout.

Vanderbilt[edit]

Vanderbilt at Auburn
1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 0 7 7 3 17
Auburn 0 0 0 0 0

Vanderbilt coach Dan McGugin had been pointing to since before the season. Auburn had dominated Southern football for the past two seasons, without a single team crossing its line.[6]

Vanderbilt jumped out to a 17–0 lead on a rain-soaked field. A Curry pass to captain Russell Cohen opened the scoring.[7] Cody personally took over from that point. In one of the greatest exhibitions of punt covering Cody smothered the receiver every time, recovering two fumbles, one across the goal line for a touchdown. Then, in the last ten seconds of play, Cody dropped kicked a three-pointer from the 33-yard line.[7] Zerfoss and Friel punted splendidly. Curry's generalship was superb, and late in the game the Vandy line rose as one to throw back three Auburn charges on the five-yard line.[5]

The starting lineup : Taylor (left end), Sample (left tackle), Ducote (left guard), Robinson (center), Frickey (right guard), Wynne (right tackle), Bonner (right end), Steed (quarterback), Wren (left halfback), Prendergast (right halfback), Bidez (fullback).[5]

Georgia Tech[edit]

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

Georgia Tech closed what was then the greatest season in its history with a 7–0 defeat of Auburn.[8] To begin the second quarter, Everett Strupper had two key plays, the last of which was the game-deciding touchdown.[8][9] First he made 20 yards around with a pass from Morrison[10] before being forced out of bounds. Next was the 19-yard touchdown. Strupper started around left end, then cut back into the center of the field, away from his blockers.[8] He juked and eluded "every man on the Auburn team." On the last move Strupper faked right and then dove left underneath the outstretched arms of Baby Taylor into the endzone.[11]

The starting lineup against Auburn: Taylor (left end), Wynne (left tackle), Campbell (left guard), Robinson (center), Frickey (right guard), Sample (right tackle), Bonner (right end), Caughman (quarter), Ducote (left halfback), Prendergast (right halfback), Steed (fullback).[8]

Postseason[edit]

Guard Baby Taylor was a unanimous All-Southern selection, and was selected third-team All-America by Walter Camp.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Auburn Loses Nine Regulars From Her Team" (PDF). Atlanta Constitution. 
  2. ^ 2009 Auburn Football Media Guide (PDF). Auburn, Alabama: Auburn Media Relations Office. 2009. p. 185. 
  3. ^ "1915 Auburn University Football Schedule". Auburn University Athletics. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Auburn Makes Single Touchdown On Fla". The Tennessean. October 10, 1915. p. 44. Retrieved July 11, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ a b c "Auburn's Goal Line Crossed; Defeat Is Administed by Rejuvenated Commodores". Atlanta Constitution. November 14, 1915. p. 3. Retrieved September 21, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "Vanderbilt Captures Contest From Auburn". The Wilmington Morning Star. November 14, 1915. p. 3. Retrieved April 6, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ a b Traughber, pp. 59-60
  8. ^ a b c d Dick Jemison (November 26, 1915). "Yellow Jackets Earn Tie To Football Championship By Defeating Plainsmen". Atlanta Constitution. p. 9. Retrieved March 2, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ "Georgia Tech Claims S.I.A.A. Championship". The Tennessean. November 26, 1915. p. 8. Retrieved March 27, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  10. ^ Blue Print, 1916
  11. ^ "A Lip-Reading Football Star". The Volta Review. Volta Bureau: 102–105. 1925. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Traughber, Bill (2011). Vanderbilt Football: Tales of Commodore Gridiron History. The History Press. ISBN 978-1-60949-423-0.