1951 Tampa Spartans football team

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
1951 Tampa Spartans football
Brandeis Classic Champions
Brandeis Classic, W 7–0 vs. Brandeis
Conference Independent
1951 record 7–3–1
Head coach Frank Sinkwich
Home stadium Phillips Field
← 1950
1952 →

The 1951 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1951 college football season. It was the Spartans' 15th season and competed as a member of the NAIA. The team was led by head coach Frank Sinkwich, in his second year, and played their home games at Phillips Field in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of seven wins, three losses and one tie (7–3–1).

A week after they opened the season with a 72–0 victory over Patrick Air Force Base at home, the Spartans lost their first road game of the season at Bradley 32–6.[1] The next Friday, Tampa lost their second consecutive game on the road. This time, Wofford overcame a 14–7 halftime deficit with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns in their 21–14 victory in Spartanburg.[2] The Spartans then returned home and won games over Jacksonville State and Lenoir–Rhyne before they played Stetson to a 14–14 tie at DeLand after Tampa blocked a last-second field goal attempt by the Hatters.[3] After a road loss at Appalachian State and a pair of road victories at Livingston State and South Georgia College, the Spartans returned home and played Florida State in the final home game of the season. Against the Seminoles, Tampa won in a 14–6 upset at Phillips Field before 12,500 fans.[4]

In mid-November, Tampa accepted an invitation to compete in their first postseason game against Brandeis in the first Brandeis Classic at Miami Beach.[5] Against the Judges, the Spartans won 7–0 after they scored their only points on an 18-yard John Lahosky touchdown pass to H. L. Hiers on their opening drive.[6] In February 1952, Sinkwich resigned as head coach of the Spartans after only two seasons and entered private business.[7]


Date Opponent Site Result
September 15 Patrick Air Force Base Phillips FieldTampa, FL W 72–0  
September 22 at Bradley Peoria, IL L 6–32  
September 28 at Wofford Snyder Field • Spartanburg, SC L 14–21  
October 6 Jacksonville State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 40–0  
October 13 Lenoir–Rhyne Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 27–14  
October 20 at Stetson Spec Martin StadiumDeLand, FL T 14–14  
October 27 at Appalachian State College FieldBoone, NC L 13–14  
November 3 at Livingston State Livingston H. S. Stadium • Livingston, AL W 28–13  
November 9 at South Georgia College Douglas, GA W 54–13  
November 17 Florida State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 14–6  
December 8 vs. Brandeis Memorial Field • Miami Beach, FL (Brandeis Classic) W 7–0  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.


  1. ^ "Bradley trims Spartans 32–6". St. Petersburg Times. Google News Archives. Associated Press. September 23, 1951. p. 26. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ Cribb, Irwin (September 29, 1951). "Wofford strikes twice in third quarter to upset Tampa, 21–14". The Spartanburg Herald. Google News Archives. p. 6. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Spartans tie Hatters 14–14". St. Petersburg Times. Google News Archives. Associated Press. October 21, 1951. p. 28. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ Blount, Lonnie (November 18, 1951). "Surprising Spartans score 14–6 upset over Seminoles". St. Petersburg Times. Google News Archives. Associated Press. p. 32. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Spartans to play post-season game". St. Petersburg Times. Google News Archives. Associated Press. November 15, 1951. p. 22. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ Kumble, Dick (December 10, 1951). "Tampa blanks Brandeis on Lahosky's TD pass". Miami Daily News. Google News Archives. p. 11A. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Frank Sinkwich quits Tampa coaching job". St. Petersburg Times. Google News Archives. Associated Press. February 18, 1952. p. 14. Retrieved March 3, 2013.