1915 college football season

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The 1915 NCAA football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Cornell, Oklahoma, and Pittsburgh as having been selected national champions.[2] Only Cornell and Pittsburgh claim national championships for the 1915 season.

Conference and program changes[edit]

Conference establishments[edit]

Membership changes[edit]

School 1914 Conference 1915 Conference
Akron football Independent Ohio Athletic
Arkansas Razorbacks Independent Southwest
Baylor Bears Independent Southwest
California Golden Bears Program reinstated Independent
Chattanooga Mocs Independent SIAA
Catholic Cardinals Independent SAIAA
Louisville Cardinals Independent SIAA
Oklahoma Sooners Independent Southwest
Oklahoma A&M Cowboys Independent Southwest
Rice Owls Independent Southwest
Southwestern (TX) Pirates Independent Southwest
Texas Longhorns Independent Southwest
Texas A&M Aggies Independent Southwest
Transylvania Pioneers Independent SIAA

Rose Bowl[edit]

The Rose Bowl was played for the first time since its inception on January 1, 1902, following the 1901 season. Washington State would defeat Brown 14-0. The game has been played annually ever since.

Conference standings[edit]

The following is a potentially incomplete list of conference standings:

1915 Big 9 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Minnesota + 3 0 1     6 0 1
Illinois + 3 0 2     5 0 2
Chicago 4 2 0     5 2 0
Ohio State 2 1 1     5 1 1
Purdue 2 2 0     3 3 1
Wisconsin 2 3 0     4 3 0
Iowa 1 2 0     3 4 0
Indiana 1 3 0     3 3 1
Northwestern 0 5 0     2 5 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1915 college football independents records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Washington         7 0 0
Washington State         7 0 0
Georgia Tech         7 0 1
Oregon         7 2 0
California         8 5 0
Maryland         6 3 0
Oregon Agricultural         5 3 0
Montana         2 2 2
USC         3 4 0
1915 Missouri Valley football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Nebraska $ 4 0 0     8 0 0
Kansas 3 1 0     6 2 0
Iowa State 2 1 0     6 2 0
Washington (MO) 1 1 0     3 2 0
Missouri 1 3 1     2 5 1
Drake 1 4 0     2 6 0
Kansas State 0 2 1     3 4 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1915 RMFAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Utah 4 2 0     5 2 0
Colorado 0 5 0     1 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1915 SAIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Virginia + 2 0 0     8 1 0
Washington and Lee + 2 0 0     6 1 1
Georgetown + 2 0 0     7 2 0
Catholic 1 0 0     5 2 0
Johns Hopkins 1 0 0     1 0 0
Richmond 0 1 0     4 4 1
VPI 0 1 0     4 4 0
North Carolina A&M 0 2 0     3 3 1
North Carolina 0 2 0     4 3 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
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 1 0 1     1 0 1
Chattanooga 1 0 2     1 0 2
Georgia 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
1915 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Oklahoma + 3 0 0     10 0 0
Baylor + 3 0 0     7 1 0
Arkansas 1 1 0     4 2 1
Texas 2 2 0     6 3 0
Texas A&M 1 1 0     6 2 0
Rice 1 2 0     5 3 0
Oklahoma A&M 0 3 0     4 5 1
Southwestern (TX) 0 2 0     4 3 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

Minor conferences[edit]

Conference Champion(s) Record
Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association Hampton Institute 3–0–0
Inter-Normal Athletic Conference of Wisconsin River Falls Normal 5–0–0
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Albion
Alma
4–0–1
Ohio Athletic Conference Western Reserve 6–1–0
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Occidental 4–0–0
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Fisk

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

The consensus All-America team included:

Position Name Height Weight (lbs.) Class Hometown Team
QB Charley Barrett 6'0" 180 Sr. Cleveland, Ohio Cornell
HB Dick King 5'8" 175 Sr. Boston, Massachusetts Harvard
HB Bart Macomber 5'9" 183 Jr. Oak Park, Illinois Illinois
HB Buck Mayer 172 Sr. Norfolk, Virginia Virginia
HB Neno DaPrato 5'10" 185 Sr. Iron Mountain, Michigan Michigan Agricultural
FB Eddie Mahan 5'11" 171 Sr. Natick, Massachusetts Harvard
E Murray Shelton 6'1" 170 Sr. Dunkirk, New York Cornell
E Bert Baston 6'1" 170 Jr. St. Louis Park, Minnesota Minnesota
T Cub Buck Sr. Eau Claire, Wisconsin Wisconsin
G Clarence Spears Sr. De Witt, Arkansas Dartmouth
C Bob Peck 5'9" 179 So. Lock Haven, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh
G Harold White 6'6" 273 Sr. New York, New York Syracuse
T Joseph Gilman Jr. Honolulu, Hawaii Harvard
E Guy Chamberlin 6'2" 196 Sr. Blue Springs, Nebraska Nebraska
E Bob Higgins So. Corning, New York Penn State

Statistical leaders[edit]

  • Team scoring most points: Vanderbilt, 514 to 38.
  • Player scoring most points: Jerry DaPrato, Michigan Agricultural, 185
  • Player scoring most touchdowns: Jerry DaPrato, Michigan Agricultural, 34
  • Player scoring most goals after touchdown: F. Parke Geyer, Oklahoma, 56
  • Player scoring most field goals: William T. Van de Graaff, Alabama, 11
  • Longest punt: Fritz Shiverick, Cornell, 86 yards, inclusive of roll of ball
  • Longest run from kickoff: John Barrett, Washington & Lee, 101 yards
  • Longest punt return: James DeHart, Pittsburgh, 105 yards
  • Longest run from scrimmage: Dave Tayloe, North Carolina, and John R. Georgetown, 90 yards each

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.jhowell.net/cf/cf1915.htm
  2. ^ Official 2009 NCAA Division I Football Records Book (PDF). Indianapolis, IN: The National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2009. p. 70. Retrieved 2009-10-16.