1918 Michigan Agricultural Aggies football team
|1918 Michigan Agricultural Aggies football|
|Head coach||George Gauthier (1st season)|
The 1918 Michigan Agricultural Aggies football team represented Michigan Agricultural College (MAC) in the 1918 college football season. In their first year under head coach George Gauthier, the Aggies compiled a 4–3 record and outscored their opponents 133 to 69.
|October 5||Albion||W 21–6|
|October 12||Hillsdale||W 66–6|
|November 2||Western State||W 16–7|
|November 9||Purdue||L 6–14|
|November 16||Notre Dame (rivalry)||W 13–7|
|November 23||at Michigan (rivalry)||L 6–21|
|November 28||at Wisconsin||L 6–7|
On November 23, 1918, the Aggies played Michigan at Ferry Field in front of the largest crowd of the season estimated at between 10,000 and 20,000. Followers of both schools attended in large numbers, "the maize and blue of Michigan and the green and white of M.A.C. decorating the stands the length and breadth of them." The Aggies in 1918 had a new head coach, George Gauthier, and a highly touted African-American running back, Harry Graves. The Aggies had defeated Knute Rockne's Notre Dame the previous week in East Lansing.
After a scoreless first quarter, Michigan scored two touchdowns in the second quarter. Michigan's line was given credit for stopping the Aggies' running attack. The Detroit Free Press reported that M.A.C.'s "vaunted stars", including Harry Graves (described as "the colored boy of whom so much was expected"), were unable to assert themselves. "Superiority of the Michigan line was the rock upon which the Aggies split. M.A.C. showed a fast backfield that might have created endless trouble, but it got little support from the forwards, who were cracked open to let the Wolverines surge through and flatten the runner."
The start of the game was delayed by lengthy pre-game ceremonies featuring the French Blue Devils, performances by the U. of M. army and navy bands and the M.A.C. bands, parades by the Students' Army Training Corps and Naval Units, and a fly-over by former Michigan football captain Pat Smith in his aeroplane. Because of the delay, the game was concluded in darkness. The Aggies took advantage of the darkness late in the game by unleashing a passing attack. The Aggies scored late in the game, "as the darkness already had begun to enshroud the playing field," on a pass from Archer to Schwei. The Detroit Free Press reported: "But for the review of the service corps and the ceremonies attending there hardly would have been an Aggie score."
After the game, sports writer Harry Bullion wrote in the Detroit Free Press: "M.A.C.'s defeat is nothing for her to be ashamed of. It simply was a case of a better-conditioned and smarter eleven overpowering another that, though it lacked nothing in the way of fight that its enemy possessed, failed to cope with the superior knowledge of the game that was Michigan's by right of judgment and the attending conditions."
- "2016 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Michigan State University. pp. 146, 151. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
- "1918 Michigan State Spartans Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
- Harry Bullion (November 24, 1918). "State Football Titled Clinched by U. of M., in 21–6 Victory Over Mich. Aggies: Ann Arbor Team Scored on Only Near Finish, When Forward Passes Get Ball Over Its Line First Time This Year; Big Second quarter Brings Score That Decides the Result; Perrin Starts it by Clutching First Forward Pass of Game, Which Paves Way to Touchdown and Goal That Are Enough to Win – Goetz Repeats Play that Won Him Fame in the Chicago Contest". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
- "Season's Review". Michigan Alumnus. December 1918. pp. 192–194. Retrieved 13 November 2010.