1916 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

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1916 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1916 record 6–3 (4–3 SIAA)
Head coach Thomas Kelly (2nd year)
Captain Lowndes Morton
Home stadium University Field
Rickwood Field
Seasons
← 1915
1917 →
1916 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Georgia Tech + 5 0 0     8 0 1
Tennessee + 6 0 1     8 0 1
Georgetown (KY) 1 0 0     2 0 0
Vanderbilt 4 1 1     7 1 1
Auburn 6 2 0     6 2 0
The Citadel 3 1 0     6 1 1
LSU 3 1 1     7 1 2
Georgia 4 2 0     6 3 0
Tulane 2 1 1     4 3 1
Kentucky 2 1 2     4 1 2
Alabama 4 3 0     6 3 0
Sewanee 2 2 2     5 2 2
Transylvania 2 2 0     2 2 0
Mississippi A&M 3 4 0     4 4 1
Mississippi College 2 3 0     4 3 0
Furman 1 4 0     4 5 0
Centre 0 1 2     5 1 3
Louisville 0 2 1     2 3 1
Howard 0 1 0     0 1 0
Wofford 0 2 0     2 7 0
Mercer 0 3 0     1 6 0
Chattanooga 0 4 0     3 5 0
Florida 0 4 0     0 5 0
Ole Miss 0 6 0     3 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1916 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1916 college football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 24th overall and 21st season as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA). The team was led by head coach Thomas Kelly, in his second year, and played their home games at University Field in Tuscaloosa and at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of six wins and three losses (6–3 overall, 4–3 in the SIAA).

Game notes[edit]

Three brothers, Dexter, Walter, and Jack Hovater, were starters for the 1916 Tide.

Alabama opened the season with six consecutive victories over Birmingham College and Southern College (now combined as Birmingham–Southern College), Mississippi College, Florida, Ole Miss and Sewanee.[1] In those six games, Alabama outscored their opponents by a margin of 156 to 13.[2] Sewanee almost beat Bama after making two interceptions and stopping Bama on 4th and goal at the 1, but Alabama scored late and kicked the extra point (Sewanee's having failed) for the victory. The defeat of Ole Miss was thanks to a late rally.[3]

However, they were shut out in the final three games with losses to Georgia Tech, Tulane and Georgia to finish with an overall record of 6–3.[1] Georgia Tech held Alabama to two first downs and 60 yards of offense.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 30 Birmingham* University FieldTuscaloosa, AL W 13–0  
October 7 Southern College* University Field • Tuscaloosa, AL W 80–0  
October 14 Mississippi College University Field • Tuscaloosa, AL W 13–7  
October 21 vs. Florida Barrs FieldJacksonville, FL W 16–0  
October 28 Ole Miss University Field • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) W 27–0  
November 4 Sewanee Rickwood FieldBirmingham, AL W 7–6  
November 11 at Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA L 0–13  
November 18 at Tulane New Orleans Fair GroundsNew Orleans, LA L 0–33  
November 30 Georgia Rickwood Field • Birmingham, AL L 0–3  
*Non-conference game.
  • Source: Rolltide.com: 1916 Alabama football schedule[2]

Personnel[edit]