1897 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season

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1897 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season
League NCAA
Sport College football
Duration October 2, 1897
through January 8, 1898
Number of teams 16
Regular Season
Season champions Vanderbilt
Football seasons
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1898 →
1897 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Vanderbilt $ 3 0 0     6 0 1
Georgia 2 0 0     2 1 0
Auburn 2 0 1     2 0 1
Tennessee 1 0 0     4 1 0
Central 1 1 0     1 1 0
Nashville 1 1 0     1 1 0
Alabama 0 0 0     1 0 0
Texas 0 0 0     6 2 0
LSU 0 0 0     1 1 0
Sewanee 1 2 1     1 3 1
Clemson 0 1 0     2 2 0
Cumberland 0 1 0     0 1 0
Georgia Tech 0 1 0     0 1 0
Mercer 0 1 0     0 1 1
Kentucky State 0 2 0     2 4 0
SW Presbyterian 0 0 0     0 0 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1897 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season was the college football games played by the members schools of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association as part of the 1897 college football season

The season began on October 2. Conference play began on October 9 with Georgia shutting out Clemson 24–0 in Athens.

After the Sewanee game, Coach R. G. Acton's Vanderbilt Commodores claimed the program's first ever conference title.[1] This was followed by a challenge met by the other southern team to claim a championship, South Atlantic school Virginia; which claims seven prior championships of the South. The game ended a 0–0 tie. Said Coach Acton, "It was the best game ever played in the South." Vanderbilt held all opponents scoreless.[2]

The Texas Longhorns averaged the most points per game in the conference.[3]

The 1897 season was one in which a member school, Tulane University, was barred from intercollegiate football participation by SIAA President, Dr. Dudley. This was part of a sanction handed down in response to the LSU game the previous season in which Tulane was forced to forfeit for having fielded an ineligible player.[4][5]

The season was also notable for the game Virginia played against Georgia, featuring the death of Richard Von Albade Gammon.[6]

Season overview[edit]

Results and team statistics[edit]

Conf. Rank Team Head coach Overall record Conf. record PPG PAG
1 Vanderbilt R. G. Acton 6–0–1 3–0 19.9 0.0
2 Georgia Charles McCarthy 2–1 2–0 18.7 5.7
3 Auburn John Heisman 2–0–1 2–0–1 13.3 1.3
4 Tennessee 4–1 1–0 12.8 3.2
5 (tie) Central H. McC. Anderson 1–1 1–1
5 (tie) Nashville 1–1 1–1
5 (tie) Alabama Allen McCants 1–0 0–0 6.0 0.0
5 (tie) Texas Walter F. Kelly 6–2 0–0 20.5 4.5
5 (tie) LSU Allen Jeardeau 1–1 0-0 14.0 16.0
10 Sewanee J. G. Jayne 1–3–1 1–2–1 3.0 5.6
11 (tie) Clemson William M. Williams 2–2 0–1 7.0 14.5
11 (tie) Cumberland 0–1 0–1
11 (tie) Georgia Tech J. B. Wood 0–1 0–1 0.0 28.0
11 (tie) Mercer Gordon Saussy 0–1–1 0–1 0.0 13.0
15 Kentucky State Lyman B. Eaton 2–4 0–2 4.7 19.7
? Southwestern Presbyterian

Key

PPG = Average of points scored per game
PAG = Average of points allowed per game

Regular season[edit]

Index to colors and formatting
Non-conference matchup; SIAA member won
Non-conference matchup; SIAA member lost
Non-conference matchup; tie
Conference matchup

SIAA teams in bold.

Week One[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 2 Kentucky University Kentucky State Lexington, KY W 8–6

Week Two[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 9 Kentucky University Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 22–0
October 9 Clemson Georgia Herty FieldAthens, GA UGA 24–0
October 11 Kentucky State Kentucky Wesleyan Owensboro, KY L 4–0
October 15 King Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN W 28–0

Week Three[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 16 Sewanee Nashville Nashville, TN NASH 6–5
October 18 Central Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN SEW 4–0

Week Four[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 23 San Antonio Texas Clark FieldAustin, TX W 10–0
October 23 Georgia Tech Georgia Herty FieldAthens, GA UGA 24–0
October 23 Auburn Mercer Macon, GA AUB 26–0
October 23 Cumberland Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN TENN 6–0
October 23 Georgetown (KY) Kentucky State Lexington, KY W 20–4
October 23 Clemson Charlotte YMCA Charlotte, NC W 10–0
October 23 VMI Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 12–0
October 25 Clemson North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC L 28–0
October 29 Auburn Nashville Nashville, TN AUB 14–4

Week Five[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 30 Auburn Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN T 0–0
October 30 Virginia Georgia Piedmont ParkAtlanta, GA L 17–4
October 30 Vanderbilt Kentucky State Stoll FieldLexington, KY VAN 50–0
October 30 Texas Dallas Dallas, TX L 18–4
November 1 Texas Fort Worth Fort Worth, TX L 6–0
November 3 Texas TCU Waco, TX W 18–10

Week Six[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 5 North Carolina Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN L 12–6
November 6 North Carolina Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 31–0
November 6 Central Kentucky State Lexington, KY CENT 18–0
November 8 North Carolina Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN L 16–0
November 10 Clemson South Carolina Columbia, SC W 18–6

Week Seven[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 13 Tuscaloosa A. C. Alabama The QuadTuscaloosa, AL W 6–0
November 13 Houston Town Team Texas Clark FieldAustin, TX W 42–6

Week Eight[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 20 Texas San Antonio San Antonio, TX W 12–0
November 25 Fort Worth Texas Clark FieldAustin, TX W 38–0
November 25 Centre Kentucky State Lexington, KY L 36–0
November 25 Sewanee Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN VAN 10–0
November 25 Virginia Tech Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN W 18–0

Week Nine[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 26 Tennessee Bristol A. C. Bristol, TN W 12–0

Week Ten[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
December 7 Virginia Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN T 0–0 2,400 [7]

Week Eleven[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
December 11 Dallas Texas Clark FieldAustin, TX W 20–16

Week Twelve[edit]

Week Thirteen[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
December 20 Montgomery A. C. LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 28–6

Week Fourteen[edit]

Week Fifteen[edit]

Week Sixteen[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
January 8 Cincinnati LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA L 26–0

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.vucommodores.com/ot/champions.html
  2. ^ "Vanderbilt Official Athletic Site - Vanderbilt University". 
  3. ^ "Texas Season Schedule - databaseFootball.com/NCAA". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. 
  4. ^ Hardesty, Dan. "LSU:The Louisiana Tigers". The Strode Publishers.Huntsville, Alabama. 1975. pg 24-25.
  5. ^ "Baton Rouge Wins Without Winning". The Daily Picayune. October 25, 1896. pg. 8.
  6. ^ William Hanford Edwards. Football Days: Memories of the Game and of the Men Behind the Ball. p. 244. 
  7. ^ "Vanderbilt, 0; Virginia, 0". Chicago Daily Tribune. December 7, 1897. p. 7. Retrieved January 7, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read