1936 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

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1936 Pittsburgh Panthers football
Pitt Panthers wordmark.svg
National champion
Eastern champion
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 21–0 vs Washington
Conference Independent
AP No. 3
1936 record 8–1–1
Head coach Jock Sutherland (13th year)
Offensive scheme Single wing
Home stadium Pitt Stadium
← 1935
1937 →

The 1936 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 1936 college football season. The Panthers won the Rose Bowl and received a share of the national championship.[1] Pitt was also awarded the Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy as the champion of the East.


Date Opponent Site Result
September 26 Ohio Wesleyan Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 53–0  
October 3 West Virginia Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA (Backyard Brawl) W 34–0  
October 10 at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 6–0  
October 17 Duquesne Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA L 0–7  
October 24 Notre Dame Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA W 26–0  
October 31 at Fordham Polo GroundsNew York, NY T 0–0  
November 7 Penn State Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) W 34–7  
November 14 at Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE W 19–6  
November 26 Carnegie Tech Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA W 31–14  
January 1, 1937 vs. Washington Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) W 21–0  

National championship[edit]

The 1936 team was selected or recognized as a national champion by multiple selectors which are recognized as "major" (i.e. national in scope) in the official NCAA football records book,[2] by College Football Data Warehouse,[3] and according to a Sports Illustrated study[4] that has served as the historical basis of the university's historical national championship claims since its original publication.[5]

The following selectors named Pitt the 1936 National Champion:[3]

  • 1st-N-Goal
  • Angelo Louisa
  • Boand System*
  • Bob Kirlin
  • College Football Researchers Association*
  • Earl Jessen
  • Esso Gas
  • Houlgate System*
  • Jim Koger
  • Loren Maxwell
  • Patrick Premo

* A "major" selector that was "national scope" according to the official NCAA football records book.[2]

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Averell Daniell Tackle 2 19 Green Bay Packers
Bobby LaRue Back 3 30 Los Angeles Rams
Bill Glassford Guard 4 37 Detroit Lions



  1. ^ College Football Data Warehouse, Yearly National Championship Selections, accessdate=2009-01-29
  2. ^ a b 2012 NCAA Football Records (PDF). The National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2012. pp. 69–72. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "1936 National Championships". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ Jenkins, Dan (September 11, 1967). "This Year The Fight Will Be In The Open". Sports Illustrated. Chicago, IL: Time, Inc. 27 (11): 30–33. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ Borghetti, E.J.; Nestor, Mendy; Welsh, Celeste, eds. (2008). 2008 Pitt Football Media Guide (PDF). Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh. p. 156. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  6. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1937.htm