1919 Auburn Tigers football team

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1919 Auburn Tigers football
AuburnTigers.svg
SIAA champion
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1919 record 8–1 (5–1 SIAA)
Head coach Mike Donahue
Base defense 7–2–2
Captain Pete Bonner
Home stadium Drake Field
Seasons
← 1918
1920 →
1919 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Auburn $ 5 1 0     8 1 0
Alabama 6 1 0     8 1 0
Vanderbilt 4 1 2     5 1 2
Mississippi A&M 5 2 0     6 2 0
Kentucky 3 1 1     3 4 1
Georgia Tech 2 1 0     7 3 0
Georgia 4 2 2     4 2 3
Furman 2 1 1     6 2 1
Tulane 3 2 1     6 2 1
Clemson 2 2 2     6 2 2
LSU 2 2 0     6 2 0
Florida 2 2 0     5 3 0
Wofford 1 1 0     3 2 1
Ole Miss 1 4 0     4 4 0
The Citadel 1 4 0     4 4 1
Sewanee 1 4 0     3 6 0
Tennessee 0 3 2     3 3 3
South Carolina 0 4 1     1 7 1
Transylvania 0 1 0     0 1 0
Mercer 0 1 0     0 2 0
Georgetown 0 2 0     0 2 0
Mississippi College 0 4 0     3 5 1
Howard 0 4 0     3 5 2
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1919 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University in the 1919 college football season. It was the Tigers' 28th 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 15th year, and played their home games at Drake Field in Auburn, Alabama. They finished with a record of eight wins and one loss (8–1 overall, 5–1 in the SIAA) and as SIAA champions.

Before the season[edit]

The team's captain was tackle Pete Bonner. His brother Thomas Herbert "Herb" Bonner also attended Auburn and was a guard on the team.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 27 Marion Military Institute* Drake FieldAuburn, AL W 37–0  
October 4 at Howard Rickwood FieldBirmingham, AL W 19–6  
October 10 Camp Gordon* Drake Field • Auburn, AL W 25–13  
October 17 Clemson Drake Field • Auburn, AL W 7–0  
October 25 at Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN L 7–6  
November 1 vs. Georgia Memorial StadiumColumbus, GA (Rivalry) W 7–0   8,000
November 8 at Spring Hill* Mobile, AL W 10–0  
November 15 Mississippi A&M Rickwood Field • Birmingham, AL W 7–0   8,000
November 27 at Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA W 14–7  
*Non-conference game.
  • Source: 1919 Auburn football schedule[2][3]

Season summary[edit]

Marion Military Institute[edit]

The season opened with a 37–0 victory over the Marion Military Institute.

Howard[edit]

In the second week of play, the Tigers had a poor showing but managed to beat Howard 19–6.[4][5]

Camp Gordon[edit]

Camp Gordon at Auburn
1 2 3 4 Total
Camp Gordon 7 0 6 0 13
Auburn 6 0 0 19 25

Auburn came back to beat the Fifth Division of Camp Gordon 25–13 in a "nerve-wracking" game.[4] Beretsky of the fifth division ran a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.[4] The pounding of Red Howard and Ed Sherling led the comeback.[4]

The starting lineup was Shirley (left end), Bonner (left tackle), Sizemore (left guard), Snider (center), Warren (right guard), Rogers (right tackle), Pruitt (right end), Trapp (quarterback), Scott (left halfback), Howard (right halfback), Shirling (fullback).[4]

Clemson[edit]

Clemson at Auburn
1 2 3 4 Total
Clemson 0 0 0 0 0
Auburn 0 0 0 7 7
  • Date: October 17
  • Location: Drake Field
    Auburn, AL
  • Referee: Alcock (Wash. & Lee)

Auburn beat Clemson 7–0. "It was anybody's game until the last quarter", when Sherling scored Auburn's lone touchdown. Rodney Ollinger starred on defense.[6]

The starting lineup was Ollinger (left end), Bonner (left tackle), Sizemore (left guard), Snider (center), H. Bonner (right guard), Rogers (right tackle), Pruitt (right end), Trapp (quarterback), Scott (left halfback), Howard (right halfback), Shirling (fullback).[6]

at Vanderbilt[edit]

Auburn at Vanderbilt
1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 0 6 0 0 6
Vanderbilt 0 7 0 0 7

Auburn suffered the season's only loss to Dan McGugin's Vanderbilt Commodores 7–6. Josh Cody returned a fumble 15 yards for a touchdown and made the winning extra point.[7] A bit after, Ed Sherling ran in from the 1-yard line, but Pete Bonner missed goal.[7]

Vanderbilt's Tom Lipscomb and Frank Goar were sent in on Auburn's last drive. Goar had been sick and Lipscomb was suffering from an injured ankle. The two spurned the team to victory in what the Vanderbilt yearbook called "the greatest defensive stand ever staged by any Vanderbilt team."

The starting lineup was Ollinger (left end), Bonner (left tackle), Sizemore (left guard), Snider (center), H. Bonner (right guard), Rogers (right tackle), Pruitt (right end), Trapp (quarterback), Scott (left halfback), Howard (right halfback), Shirling (fullback).[7]

Georgia[edit]

Auburn vs. Georgia
1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 7 0 0 0 7
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0

In heavy rain and mud, Auburn defeated Georgia 7–0.[8] Red Howard ran through the entire Georgia team for 52 yards and the touchdown.[8][9]

The starting lineup was Ollinger (left end), Bonner (left tackle), Sizemore (left guard), Caton (center), H. Bonner (right guard), Rogers (right tackle), Pruitt (right end), Trapp (quarterback), Williamson (left halfback), Howard (right halfback), Shirling (fullback).[8]

Spring Hill[edit]

The Spring Hill Badgers, coached by Auburn great Moon Ducote, fell to Auburn 10–0. A slippery field led to weak punting.[10] The starting lineup was Ollinger (left end), H. Bonner (left tackle), Griffin (left guard), Snider (center), Rogers (right guard), Martin (right tackle), Pruitt (right end), Trapp (quarterback), Shirey (left halfback), Stubbs (right halfback), Shirling (fullback).[10]

Mississippi A&M[edit]

Mississippi A&M at Auburn
1 2 3 4 Total
Miss. A&M 0 0 0 0 0
Auburn 0 7 0 0 7

In a meeting of unbeatens, Auburn beat the Mississippi Aggies 7–0. Herb Bonner recovered a fumble for the game's only touchdown.[11] Rodney Ollinger was as a standout as a punter and on defense.[11]

The starting lineup was Ollinger (left end), Bonner (left tackle), Warren (left guard), Caton (center), Rogers (right guard), H. Bonner (right tackle), Pruitt (right end), Trapp (quarterback), Williamson (left halfback), Howard (right halfback), Shirling (fullback).[11]

at Georgia Tech[edit]

Auburn at Georgia Tech
1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 0 2 6 6 14
Ga. Tech 7 0 0 0 7

In John Heisman's last game as Georgia Tech head coach,[13] Auburn gave Tech its first loss to an SIAA school in five years (since Auburn won in 1914) by a 14–7 score. Fatty Warren proved the star of the game.

The first touchdown of the game was made by Jack McDonough.[12] Judy Harlan later fell on his own punt for a safety.[12] In the third quarter, Warren blocked a Dewey Scarboro punt and Sloan recovered the ball and ran it 35 yards for a touchdown.[12] Warren "waddled" for a 40-yard touchdown off a Jimmy Brewster fumble for the 14–7 victory.[12][13][14] Zelda Sayre sent captain Pete Bonner a telegram after the win, it read:[15]

"Shooting a seven, aren’t we awfully proud of the boys, give them my love—knew we could."

She signed it "Zelder Sayre."

The starting lineup was Ollinger (left end), P. Bonner (left tackle), Sloan (left guard), Caton (center), Rogers (right guard), Warren (right tackle), Pruitt (right end), Trapp (quarterback), Stubbs (left halfback), Howard (right halfback), Shirling (fullback).[12]

Postseason[edit]

For defeating Tech and due to charges of professionalism aimed at undefeated Centre, Auburn was SIAA champion. Fuzzy Woodruff recalls "Auburn claimed it. "We defeated Tech" said Auburn. "Yes, but we defeated you" said Vanderbilt. "Yes", said Alabama, "but Tech, Tulane ,and Tennessee took your measure. We defeated Gergia Tech, who tied Tulane, so we are champions...The newspapers, however, more or less generally supported the claim of Auburn..."[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gene Hinton (September 12, 1920). "Auburn Is Ready For Gong". The Atlanta Constitution. p. 5. Retrieved August 24, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ 2009 Auburn Football Media Guide (PDF). Auburn, Alabama: Auburn Media Relations Office. 2009. p. 185. 
  3. ^ "1919 Auburn University Football Schedule". Auburn University Athletics. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Gene Hinton (October 12, 1919). "Auburn's Plainsmen Victorious 25 to 18 Over Fifth Division". The Atlanta Constitution. p. 2. Retrieved August 24, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ "Auburn Outplayed By Howard Team". The Tennessean. October 5, 1919. p. 18. Retrieved August 24, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ a b c "Alabama Tigers Defeat Clemson". The Atlanta Constitution. October 18, 1919. p. 16. Retrieved June 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ a b c d "Cody Leads Teammates To Hard-Won Victory". The Tennessean. October 26, 1919. p. 20. Retrieved June 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ a b c d Gene Hinton (November 2, 1919). "In Gruelling Fight Red and Black Holds Plainsmen, 7 to 0". p. 3. Retrieved May 13, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ "Sammy Howard, Mayor of Phenix City, Alabama" (PDF). Congressional Record - Senate. October 18, 1995. 
  10. ^ a b "Plainsmen Held To Close Score By Spring Hill". The Atlanta Constitution. November 9, 1919. p. 2. Retrieved August 24, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  11. ^ a b c d Gene Hinton (November 16, 1919). "Auburn's Plainsmen Down Mississippi By seven to Nothing". The Atlanta Constitution. p. 4. Retrieved May 13, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  12. ^ a b c d e f "Outplaying Tornado, Auburn Eleven Won". The Atlanta Constitution. November 28, 1919. p. 19. Retrieved May 13, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  13. ^ a b 1920 Glomerata p. 173
  14. ^ John Staton (November 17, 1921). "Golden Tornado Spends Day Studying Auburn Formations". Atlanta Constitution. p. 12. Retrieved April 24, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  15. ^ Jeremy Henderson (October 27, 2014). "Zelda Fitzgerald, Auburn fan". 
  16. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 105
  • Woodruff, Fuzzy (1928). A History of Southern Football 1890–1928. 2.