1902 Michigan Agricultural Aggies football team

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1902 Michigan Agricultural Aggies football
Conference Independent
1902 record 4–5
Head coach George Denman (2nd season)
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The 1902 Michigan Agricultural Aggies football team represented Michigan Agricultural College (MAC) in the 1902 college football season. In their second and final year under head coach George Denman, the Aggies compiled a 4–5 record and were outscored by their opponents 206 to 93.[1]


September 27at Notre Dame (rivalry)L 0–33
October 4DetroitW 11–0
October 8at Michigan (rivalry)L 0–119
October 11Hillsdale
  • College Field
  • East Lansing, MI
W 35–0
October 18Michigan freshmen
  • College Field
  • East Lansing, MI
W 2–0
October 25DePauw
  • College Field
  • East Lansing, MI
L 12–17
November 1at OlivetOlivet, MIL 6–11
November 15at AlbionAlbion, MIW 22–11
November 22Alma
  • College Field
  • East Lansing, MI
L 5–16

Game summaries[edit]


On Wednesday, October 8, 1902, the Aggies played a mid-week game against Michigan. Michigan defeated the Aggies by a score of 119 to 0. The Wolverines scored 71 points in the first half of 20 minutes and 48 in the second half of 18 minutes.[2] The Michigan Alumnus called it "the greatest fusillade of touchdowns ever known to the football world," excluding Michigan's 128–0 win over Buffalo in 1901.[3] Michigan was held on downs only once in the game, and the Aggies made only three first downs.[2] Right halfback Albert Herrnstein ran back a kickoff the length of the field and scored seven touchdowns in the game. Willie Heston and Everett Sweeley did not play in the game, and the Detroit Free Press noted: "The opinion is quite general that if Heston and Sweeley had been in the game the Buffalo record would have been beaten, but, as it was, Michigan was simply fagged out running down the field for touchdowns."[2] After the game, The Newark Advocate wrote:

"Michigan has undoubtedly the fastest scoring team in the world, and the Ann Arbor boys play Yosts' 'hurry up' formations like clock work. It requires a fast team to take the ball, line up and score 119 points, even if they have no opponents in two 20 minute halves."[4]


  1. ^ "2016 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Michigan State University. pp. 146, 150. Retrieved June 14, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Michigan made 119 points: Almost equaled phenomenal score against Buffalo simply rushed ball over the Aggie's line at Will made touchdown oftener than once in two minutes". Detroit Free Press. October 9, 1902. 
  3. ^ "The M.A.C. Game". The Michigan Alumnus. November 1902. p. 63. 
  4. ^ "Wednesday's Football Results". The Newark Advocate. October 9, 1902.