1920 college football season

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The 1920 NCAA football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing California, Georgia, Harvard, Notre Dame, and Princeton as national champions.[2] Only California and Princeton claim national championships for the 1920 season. Andy Smith's Pacific Coast Conference champion California "Wonder Team" was the first national champion from the Pacific Coast.[3] Princeton and Harvard were undefeated and with one tie to each other. Notre Dame was led by its first Walter Camp All-American, George Gipp, who died before the year was over.[4]

In the south, fans of either side in Georgia were happy. Georgia and Georgia Tech were both undefeated in Southern play. Georgia Tech lost to Pitt, which was undefeated with two ties. No team scored through Georgia's line, and its backfield was known as the "ten second backfield".[5] Jimmy Leech of VMI's "Flying Squadron" led the nation in scoring. One writer claimed "he is one of the greatest broken field runners the country has ever seen."[6]

In the Rose Bowl, Cal defeated Ohio State 28-0. Brick Muller completed a 53-yard touchdown pass to Brodie Stephens after receiving a toss from Pesky Sprott, at the time thought impossible.[7]

Conference and program changes[edit]

School 1920 Conference 1921 Conference
Oklahoma Sooners Southwest Missouri Valley
Phillips Haymakers Independent Southwest

Other Bowls[edit]

The first and only Fort Worth Classic was held on January 1, 1921 with Centre defeating TCU.

Conference standings[edit]

The following is a potentially incomplete list of conference standings:

1920 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Ohio State $ 5 0 0     7 1 0
Wisconsin 4 1 0     6 1 0
Indiana 3 1 0     5 2 0
Illinois 4 2 0     5 2 0
Iowa 3 2 0     5 2 0
Michigan 2 2 0     5 2 0
Northwestern 2 3 0     3 4 0
Chicago 2 4 0     3 4 0
Purdue 0 4 0     2 5 0
Minnesota 0 6 0     1 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1920 Missouri Valley football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Oklahoma $ 4 0 1     6 0 1
Missouri 5 1 0     7 1 0
Kansas 3 2 0     5 2 1
Iowa State 3 2 0     4 4 0
Drake 1 3 1     4 5 1
Washington (MO) 1 4 0     4 4 0
Grinnell 0 2 1     3 3 1
Kansas State 0 3 1     3 3 3
  • $ – Conference champion
1920 PCC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
California $ 3 0 0     9 0 0
Stanford 2 1 0     4 3 0
Oregon 1 1 1     3 2 1
Washington State 1 1 0     5 1 0
Oregon Agricultural 1 2 1     2 2 2
Washington 0 3 0     1 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1920 SAIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
VMI $ 5 0 0     9 0 0
Maryland 4 0 0     7 2 0
Washington and Lee 3 0 0     5 3 0
Georgetown 3 1 0     6 4 0
Virginia 3 1 0     5 2 2
Richmond 2 2 0     6 2 0
NC State 2 2 0     7 3 0
Davidson 2 2 0     5 5 0
VPI 2 4 0     4 6 0
Catholic 1 3 0     3 5 0
George Washingtonn 0 1 0     1 6 1
St. John's (MD) 0 1 0     0 1 0
Johns Hopkins 0 2 0     0 3 0
William & Mary 0 4 0     4 5 0
North Carolina 0 5 0     2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1920 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Georgia + 8 0 0     8 0 1
Georgia Tech + 5 0 0     8 1 0
Tulane + 4 0 0     6 2 1
Alabama 6 1 0     10 1 0
Furman 4 1 0     9 1 0
Centre 4 1 0     8 2 0
South Carolina 3 1 0     5 4 0
Auburn 4 2 0     7 2 0
Tennessee 4 2 0     7 2 0
Mississippi A&M 3 2 0     5 3 0
Vanderbilt 3 3 0     4 3 1
Sewanee 2 3 1     4 3 1
Transylvania 1 2 0     1 2 0
Chattanooga 1 3 1     3 4 1
Florida 1 3 0     6 3 0
LSU 1 3 0     5 3 1
Clemson 2 6 0     4 6 1
Mississippi College 1 4 0     3 5 0
Howard 1 5 0     3 5 1
The Citadel 1 5 0     2 6 0
Kentucky 0 3 1     3 4 1
Millsaps 0 2 0     0 2 0
Ole Miss 0 2 0     4 3 0
Georgetown 0 2 0     0 3 0
Mercer 0 4 0     2 7 0
Wofford 0 5 0     0 8 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
1920 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Texas $ 5 0 0     9 0 0
Texas A&M 5 1 0     6 1 1
Arkansas 2 0 1     3 2 2
Rice 2 2 1     4 2 2
Baylor 1 2 1     4 4 1
Phillips 0 3 0     4 4 2
Oklahoma A&M 0 3 0     0 7 1
SMU 0 4 1     3 5 2
  • $ – Conference champion

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

The consensus All-America team included:

Position Name Height Weight (lbs.) Class Hometown Team
QB Donold Lourie 5'11" 164 Sr. Peru, Illinois Princeton
HB Gaylord Stinchcomb 5'8" 157 Sr. Sycamore, Ohio Ohio State
HB Charley Way 5'8" 144 Sr. Embreeville, Pennsylvania Penn State
FB George Gipp 6'1" 180 Sr. Laurium, Michigan Notre Dame
E Chuck Carney 6'1" 190 Jr. Chicago, Illinois Illinois
E Bill Fincher 6'0" 182 Sr. Atlanta, Georgia Georgia Tech
T Stan Keck 5'11" 206 Jr. Greensburg, Pennsylvania Princeton
G Tim Callahan Sr. Lawrence, Massachusetts Yale
G Tom Woods Sr. Boston, Massachusetts Harvard
C Herb Stein 6'1" 186 Jr. Warren, Ohio Pittsburgh
G Iolas Huffman 5'11" 228 Jr. Chandlersville, Ohio Ohio State
T Ralph Scott 6'2" 235 Sr. Dewey, Wisconsin Wisconsin
E Luke Urban 5'8" 165 Sr. Fall River, Massachusetts Boston College

Statistical leaders[edit]

  • Player scoring most points: Jimmy Leech, VMI, 210
  • Player scoring most touchdowns, Jimmy Leech, 26
  • Total offense leader: Jimmy Leech, 1771
  • Rushing yards leader: Jimmy Leech, 1723
  • Rushing avg leader: Buck Flowers, Georgia Tech, 10.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.jhowell.net/cf/cf1920.htm
  2. ^ Official 2013 Football Bowl Subdivision Records Book (PDF). The National Collegiate Athletic Association. pp. 76–77. 
  3. ^ "Football Championship History". NCAA. Retrieved 29 October 2015.  |archive-url= is malformed: flag (help)
  4. ^ "Notre Dame Archives: George Gipp". Retrieved May 8, 2008. 
  5. ^ "About Them Dawgs!". 
  6. ^ "A Matter of Geography". The Washington Herald. December 14, 1920. p. 11. Retrieved March 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  7. ^ "Athlete, Officer in Law Enforcement and Administration, Governor of the Virgin Islands: Walter Gordon". www.oac.cdlib.org. p. 75. Retrieved 2015-11-04.