1903 Kentucky University Pioneers football team

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1903 Transylvania Pioneers football
Conference Independent
1903 record 7–1
Head coach R. R. Sheffield
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The 1903 Kentucky University Pioneers football team represented Kentucky University, today known as Transylvania, during the 1903 college football season. The team claimed a championship of the south.[1] Nash Buckingham rated Kentucky University and Vanderbilt as best in the south.[2]

A game with Purdue was scheduled; derailed by the Purdue Wreck.[3]

Former Yale quarterback John de Saulles credited end Lois Thompson as playing "a better end than any man in the South."[4] Later Lexington mayor Hogan Yancey was a star fullback on the team.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 24 K. M. I. Lexington, KY W 11–2  
October 1 St. Xavier Lexington, KY W 24–0  
October 17 at Virginia Charlottesville, VA L 0–6  
October 31 at North Carolina Greensboro, NC W 6–5  
November 7 North Carolina A&M W 18–0  
November 14 Williamsburg Academy Lexington, KY W 52–0  
November 19 Indiana Lexington, KY W 18–5  
November 26 vs. Kentucky State Lexington, KY (Rivalry) W 17–0   3,000
*Non-conference game.

[6][7]

Season summary[edit]

Week 7: Indiana[edit]

Indiana at Kentucky University
1 2 Total
Indiana 0 5 5
Kentucky U 0 18 18

Kentucky University defeated the Indiana Hoosiers 18 to 5. Zora Clevenger scored Indiana's lone touchdown.[8]

The starting lineup for Kentucky University against Indiana: Simpson (left end), Woodard (left tackle), Ware (left guard), Miller (center), Kelly (right guard), Wallace (right tackle), Thompson (right end), Pyle (quarterback), Cantrill (left halfback), H. Yancey (right halfback), Knight (fullback)[8]

Week 8: vs. Kentucky State[edit]

Kentucky University vs. Kentucky State
1 2 Total
Kentucky State 0 0 0
Kentucky U 11 6 17
  • Date: November 26, 1903
  • Location: Lexington, KY
  • Game attendance: 3,000

A fear of riots plagued this contest ever since their second-team played Kentucky State.[9][10]

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kentucky University Won". The Evening Bulletin. November 27, 1903. Retrieved August 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ "The Best in the South". The Cincinnati Enquirer. November 30, 1903. p. 3. Retrieved August 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ Ray Schmidt. "The 1903 Purdue Tragedy" (PDF). p. 6. 
  4. ^ Spalding's Football Guide
  5. ^ Gregory Kent Stanley. Before Big Blue. p. 46. 
  6. ^ http://sportshoss.com/cfbteamseason/schedule?team_id=568&season_id=35&code=FULL
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2016-07-01. 
  8. ^ a b "Indiana Meets A Waterloo". The Inter Ocean. November 20, 1903. p. 4. Retrieved August 22, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ "Riot". The Cincinnati Enquirer. October 24, 1903. p. 3. Retrieved August 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  10. ^ "Kentucky 17, State College 0". The Galveston Daily News. November 27, 1903. p. 8. Retrieved August 22, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read