1899 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season

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1899 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season
League NCAA
Sport College football
Duration October 6, 1899
through December 25, 1899
Number of teams 17
Regular Season
Season champions Sewanee
Football seasons
← 1898
1900 →
1899 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Sewanee $ 11 0 0     12 0 0
Vanderbilt 5 0 0     7 2 0
Alabama 1 0 0     3 1 0
Nashville 3 1 0     3 1 0
Tennessee 2 1 0     6 2 0
Auburn 2 1 1     3 1 1
Texas 3 2 0     6 2 0
Georgia 2 2 1     2 3 1
Ole Miss 3 4 0     3 4 0
Clemson 1 2 0     4 2 0
Central 1 2 0     1 2 0
LSU 1 3 0     1 4 0
Kentucky State 0 1 0     5 2 2
SW Presbyterian 0 1 0     1 1 0
Cumberland 0 3 0     0 3 0
Georgia Tech 0 5 0     0 5 0
Tulane 0 5 0     0 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1899 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season was the college football games played by the member schools of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association as part of the 1899 college football season.

The season began on October 6 with Vanderbilt visiting Cumberland.

Sewanee won the conference with 11 conference victories, with just 13 players, the team known as the "Iron Men" had a six-day road trip with five shutout wins over Texas A&M; Texas; Tulane; LSU; and Ole Miss. Sportswriter Grantland Rice called the group "the most durable football team I ever saw."[1] The road trip is recalled memorably with the Biblical allusion "...and on the seventh day they rested."[2]

Season overview[edit]

Results and team statistics[edit]

Conf. Rank Team Head coach Overall record Conf. record PPG PAG
1 Sewanee Billy Suter 12–0 11–0 26.8 0.8
2 Vanderbilt J. L. Crane 7–2 5–0 12.1 4.8
3 Alabama W. A. Martin 3–1 1–0 9.7 7.7
4 Nashville 3-1 3–1
5 Tennessee J. A. Pierce 6–2 2–1 10.7 7.6
6 Auburn John Heisman 3–1–1 2–1–1 29.6 2.2
7 Texas Maurice Gordon Clarke 6–2 3–2 14.6 3.0
8 Georgia Gordon Saussy 2-3–1 2–2–1 7.3 3.7
9 Mississippi W. H. Lyon 3–4 3–4 6.3 6.7
10 Clemson Walter Riggs 4–2 1–2 18.2 8.3
11 Central 1-2 1–2
12 LSU John P. Gregg 1–4 1-3 7.6 25.2
13 (tie) Kentucky State W. R. Bass 5–2–2 0–1 10.9 4.9
13 (tie) Southwestern Presbyterian 1–1 0–1 22.5 27
15 Cumberland E. D. Kuykendall 0–3 0–3 0.0 40.3
16 (tie) Georgia Tech Rufus B. Nalley 0–5 0–5 1.0 33.8
16 (tie) Tulane Harris T. Collier 0–6–1 0–5 0.0 20.1

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 6 Vanderbilt Cumberland Lebanon, TN VAN 32–0
October 7 Clemson Georgia Herty FieldAthens, GA UGA 11–0
October 7 Kentucky University Kentucky State Lexington, KY W 23–6
October 11 King Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN W 11–5

Week Two[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 14 SW Presbyterian Mooney School W 45–0
October 14 Nashville Cumberland Lebanon, TN NASH 18–0
October 14 Miami (OH) Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 12–0
October 14 Georgia Tech Auburn Auburn, AL AUB 63–0
October 14 Davidson Clemson Rock Hill, SC W 10–0
October 18 Miami (OH) Kentucky State Lexington, KY W 18–5

Week Three[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 20 Cincinnati Vanderbilt L 6–0
October 21 Kentucky State Centre Danville, KY T 11–11
October 21 Texas Dallas Dallas, TX W 11–6
October 21 Tuscaloosa A. C. Alabama The QuadTuscaloosa, AL W 16–5
October 21 Montgomery A. C. Auburn Auburn, AL W 41–0
October 21 Sewanee Georgia Atlanta, GA SEW 12–0
October 21 VPI Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN L 5–0
October 23 Sewanee Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA SEW 32–0

Week Four[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 27 Ole Miss Central Memphis, TN MISS 13–6
October 28 Nashville Ole Miss Oxford, MS NASH 11–0
October 28 Tennessee Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN SEW 46–0
October 28 Indiana Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN L 22–0
October 28 Clemson Auburn Auburn, AL AUB 34–0
October 28 Georgia Tech Georgia Herty FieldAthens, GA UGA 33–0
October 31 San Antonio Texas Clark FieldAustin, TX W 28–0

Week Five[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 3 SW Presbyterian Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN SEW 54–0
November 3 LSU Ole Miss Meridian, MS MISS 11–0
November 4 Kentucky State Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN TENN 12–0
November 4 Ole Miss Vanderbilt Memphis, TN VAN 11–0
November 4 Texas A&M Texas San Antonio, TX W 6–0
November 9 Clemson South Carolina Columbia, SC W 34–0
November 9 Sewanee Texas Athletic Field • Austin, TX SEW 12–0

Week Six[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 10 Sewanee Texas A&M Herald ParkHouston, TX W 10–0
November 10 LSU Lake Charles H. S. Lake Charles, LA W 48–0
November 11 Sewanee Tulane New Orleans, LA SEW 23–0
November 11 Central Kentucky State Lexington, KY CENT 5–0
November 11 Montgomery A. C. Alabama The QuadTuscaloosa, AL W 16–0
November 11 Georgia Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN TENN 5–0
November 11 Nashville Georgia Tech Piedmont ParkAtlanta, GA NASH 15–0
November 11 Bethel College Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 22–0
November 13 Sewanee LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA SEW 34–0
November 13 Sewanee Ole Miss Memphis, TN SEW 12–0

Week Seven[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 18 North Carolina A&M Clemson Rock Hill, SC W 24–0
November 18 Auburn Georgia Piedmont ParkAtlanta, GA T 0–0
November 18 Texas Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN VAN 6–0
November 20 Texas Tulane New Orleans, LA TEX 11–0
November 20 Cumberland Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN SEW 71–0
November 21 Washington & Lee Kentucky State Lexington, KY T 0–0
November 22 Washington & Lee Kentucky State Lexington, KY W 6–0
November 23 Washington & Lee Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN W 11–0

Week Eight[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 24 Alabama Ole Miss State Fairgrounds • Jackson, MS ALA 7–5
November 25 Alabama New Orleans A. C. Athletic Park • New Orleans, LA L 21–0
November 25 Central Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN VAN 21–16
November 25 Tulane Texas Clark FieldAustin, TX TEX 32–0
November 27 Tulane Texas A&M Herald ParkHouston, TX L 22–0
November 30 2:50 p. m. Sewanee Auburn Riverside Park • Montgomery, AL SEW 11–10 [3]
November 30 Kentucky Alumni Kentucky State Lexington, KY W 6–5
November 30 Georgia Tech Clemson Greenville, SC CLEM 41–5
November 30 North Carolina Georgia Atlanta, GA L 5–0
November 30 LSU Texas Clark FieldAustin, TX TEX 29–0
November 30 Ole Miss Tulane New Orleans, LA MISS 15–0
November 30 Kentucky University Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN W 41–0
November 30 Nashville Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN VAN 5–0

Week Nine[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
December 2 North Carolina Sewanee Atlanta, GA W 5–0
December 2 LSU Texas A&M College Station, TX L 42–0

Week Ten[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
December 8 Tulane LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA LSU 38–0

Week Twelve[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
December 25 Tennessee Chattanooga Chattanooga, TN W 6–0

All-Southern team[edit]

W. A. Lambeth's All-Southern team:

Position Name Team
QB Warbler Wilson Sewanee
HB Arthur Feagin Auburn
HB Harry Gerstle Virginia
FB Robert M. Coleman Virginia
E Bart Sims Sewanee
T W. Hamilton Georgia
G William Choice VPI
C Carlos A. Long Georgetown
G Wallace Crutchfield Vanderbilt
T John Loyd Virginia
E Herman Koehler North Carolina

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grantland Rice". Reading Eagle. November 27, 1941. 
  2. ^ Patrick Dorsey (September 23, 2011). "Sewanee, long-lost member of the SEC". Archived from the original on January 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ W. R. Tichenor (December 1, 1899). "Sewanee Wins From Auburn". Atlanta Constitution. p. 3. Retrieved March 30, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read