1916 Auburn Tigers football team

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1916 Auburn Tigers football
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Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1916 record 6–2 (5–2 SIAA)
Head coach Mike Donahue
Base defense 7–2–2
Captain Lucy Hairston
Home stadium Drake 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
South Carolina 2 3 0     2 7 0
Clemson 2 4 0     3 6 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 3 0     0 4 0
Florida 0 4 0     0 5 0
Ole Miss 0 6 0     3 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1916 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University in the 1916 college football season. It was the Tigers' 25th 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 12th 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, 5–2 in the SIAA).

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 7 at Howard Rickwood FieldBirmingham, AL W 35–0  
October 14 Mercer* Drake FieldAuburn, AL W 92–0  
October 20 Clemson Drake Field • Auburn, AL W 28–0  
October 28 Mississippi A&M Rickwood Field • Birmingham, AL W 7–3  
November 4 vs. Georgia Memorial StadiumColumbus, GA (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) W 3–0  
November 11 at Florida Jacksonville, FL (Rivalry) W 20–0  
November 18 Vanderbilt Rickwood Field • Birmingham, AL L 9–20  
November 30 at Georgia Tech Grant Field • Atlanta, GA L 7–33  
*Non-conference game.
  • Source: 1916 Auburn football schedule[1][2]

Season summary[edit]

Georgia[edit]

In the 1916 game against Georgia,[3] Moon Ducote kicked a 40-yard field goal from placement off of captain Lucy Hairston's football helmet in the fourth quarter and in the mud, which proved the only points in the 3–0 Auburn victory.[3][4] The maneuver prompted a rule that stated the ball must be kicked directly off the ground. Parke H. Davis described it thus:

Ducote falls back to try for a goal from the field. Hairston removes his leather helmet and places it upon the ground. He creases the top of the helmet and sights it for the goal. Spectators curiously watch the proceedings. Suddenly, the ball is passed. Hairston receives it, places it on the helmet, which all suddenly see it is to serve as a mechanical tee. Ducote leaps forward, kicks the ball from the top of the helmet and drives it straight as an arrow for Georgia's crossbar, over which it sails evenly between the posts."[5]

Florida[edit]

Auburn at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 6 7 0 7 20
Florida 0 0 0 0 0

The Tigers beat the winless Florida Gators 20–0. Auburn's fullback Scott was the star of the contest. The second touchdown was a 50-yard interception return by Godwin.[6]

The starting lineup was Jones (left end), Bonner (left tackle), Fricke (left guard), Goodwin (center), Campbell (right guard), Steed (right tackle), Burns (right end), Hairston (quarterback), Ducote (left halfback), Pendergast (right halfback), Scott (fullback).[6]

Vanderbilt[edit]

Vanderbilt at Auburn
1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 7 0 0 13 20
Auburn 0 6 3 0 9

Dan McGugin's Vanderbilt Commodores eliminated Auburn from SIAA title contention by a 20–9 score. Josh Cody carried the ball over for the first touchdown.[7] Rabbit Curry played well at the start, but could not play the entire game due to an ankle injury.[7] Moon Ducote made a 45-yard field goal in the third quarter to put the Tigers up 9–7.[7] With the help of the forward pass, the Commodores scored two further touchdowns in the last quarter.[7]

The starting lineup was C. Jones (left end), Sample (left tackle), Frickie (left guard), Robinson (center), Campbell (right guard), Bonner (right tackle), Steed (right end), Hairston (quarterback), Ducote (left halfback), Prendergast (right halfback), Scott (fullback).[7]

Georgia Tech[edit]

Auburn at Georgia Tech
1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 0 0 7 0 7
Ga. Tech 0 20 13 0 33
  • Date: November 30
  • Location: Grant Field
    Atlanta, GA
  • Referee: Mike Thompson

John Heisman's Georgia Tech overwhelmed rival Auburn 33–7 to clinch a share of the SIAA title.[8] Tech end Dunwoody scored a touchdown when he recovered a fumble and raced 20 yards. Center Pup Phillips also had a score, falling on a punt he blocked. Auburn's star was Moon Ducote.[8]

The starting lineup was C. Jones (left end), Sample (left tackle), Frickey (left guard), Robinson (center), Campbell (right guard), Ducote (right tackle), Steed (right end), T. Jones (quarterback), Hairston (left halfback), Prendergast (right halfback), Scott (fullback).[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2009 Auburn Football Media Guide (PDF). Auburn, Alabama: Auburn Media Relations Office. 2009. p. 185. 
  2. ^ "1916 Auburn University Football Schedule". Auburn University Athletics. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Auburn and Alabama Flirt With Renewed Relationship, The Miami News, December 25, 1928.
  4. ^ "Prominent Sport Writer Selects Football Heroes". Columbus Daily Enquirer. December 10, 1916. 
  5. ^ "Remarkable Feats Decided Numerous Gridiron Struggles of 1916 Season; On Many Occasions Winning Points Come In Closing Minutes of Play". The Washington Post. December 3, 1916. p. 1. Retrieved May 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  6. ^ a b c "Auburn Is Victor Over Florida Team". The Atlanta Constitution. November 12, 1916. p. 3. Retrieved July 10, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Vanderbilt Took Good Game From The Auburn Team". Winston-Salem Journal. November 19, 1916. p. 6. Retrieved May 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  8. ^ a b c d "Georgia Tech Winner Over Auburn". Washington Post. December 1, 1916. p. 8. Retrieved April 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read