1906 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season

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1906 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season
League NCAA
Sport College football
Duration September 29, 1906
through December 2, 1906
Number of teams 18
Regular Season
Season champions Vanderbilt
Clemson
Football seasons
← 1905
1907 →
1906 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Vanderbilt + 5 0 0     8 1 0
Clemson + 4 0 1     4 0 3
Sewanee 5 1 0     8 1 0
Alabama 3 1 0     5 1 0
Texas A&M 2 1 0     6 1 0
Ole Miss 3 2 0     4 2 0
Georgia Tech 4 3 0     6 3 1
Texas 1 1 0     9 1 0
Davidson 1 1 1     3 2 2
Georgia 2 3 1     2 4 1
Mississippi A&M 0 2 1     2 2 1
LSU 0 2 1     2 2 2
Mercer 0 2 0     1 4 0
Tennessee 0 3 1     1 6 2
Tulane 0 3 0     0 4 1
Auburn 0 5 0     1 5 1
Cumberland            
Nashville            
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1906 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 1906 college football season. The season began on September 29.

At the end of 1905 football looked about to be abolished due to all of the reoccurring violence during games. Football was a sport that had degenerated into dangerous tactics such as: the flying wedge, punching, kicking, piling-on, and elbows to the face. Almost any violent behavior was allowed. Fatalities and injuries mounted during the 1905 season.[n 1]

As a result, the 1906 season was played under a new set of rules.[2] The rules governing intercollegiate football were changed to promote a more open and less dangerous style of play. An intercollegiate conference, which would become the forerunner of the NCAA, approved radical changes including the legalization of the forward pass, allowing the punting team to recover an on-side kick as a live ball, abolishing the dangerous flying wedge, creating a neutral zone between offense and defense, and doubling the first-down distance to 10 yards, to be gained in three downs.[3]

According to Fuzzy Woodruff, Davidson tossed the first legal forward pass in the South in the win over Georgia.[4]

Clemson and Vanderbilt tied for the SIAA title,[5] but few writers chose the Tigers over the vaunted Commodores.[6] Coach Dan McGugin called the Carlisle victory "the crowning feat of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association season."[7] For some, Vanderbilt's eleven was the entire All-Southern team.[8] Running back Owsley Manier was the first Southern player chosen third-team All-American by Walter Camp.

Results and team statistics[edit]

Conf. Rank Team Head coach Overall record Conf. record PPG PAG
1 (tie) Vanderbilt Dan McGugin 8–1 5–0 30.9 1.8
1 (tie) Clemson Bob Williams 4–0–3 4–0–1 5.4 0.6
3 Sewanee J. J. Quill 8–1 5–1 23.4 1.8
4 Alabama Doc Pollard 5–1 3–1 16.2 13.7
5 Texas A&M Walter E. Bachman 6–1 2–1 24.3 6.0
6 Mississippi Thomas S. Hammond 4–2 3–2 11.8 10.7
7 Georgia Tech John Heisman 6–3–1 4–3 8.1 7.7
8 (tie) Texas H. R. Schenker 9–1 1–1 20.1 6.0
8 (tie) Davidson Ralph S. Graham / J. B. Pollard 3–2–2 1–1–1 4.4 2.0
10 Georgia W. S. Whitney 2–4–1 2–3–1 8.4 7.1
11 (tie) Mississippi A&M Daniel S. Martin 2–2–1 0–2–1 20.2 9.0
11 (tie) LSU Dan A. Killian 2–2–2 0–2–1 6.7 6.2
11 (tie) Mercer E. E. Tarr 1–4 0–2 6.4 32.6
14 (tie) Tennessee James DePree 1–6–2 0–3–1 1.7 14.1
14 (tie) Tulane John Russ 0–4–1 0–3 0.0 18.4
16 Auburn Mike Donahue 1–5–1 0–5 3.4 5.9

Key

PPG = Average of points scored per game
PAG = Average of points allowed per game[9]

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
September 29 Maryville Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA T 6–6
September 29 Howard Mississippi A&M Hardy Field • Starkville, MS W 30–0
September 29 North Carolina Davidson Charlotte, NC T 0–0

Week Two[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 4 Maryville Ole Miss Oxford, MS W 16–6
October 6 Maryville Alabama The QuadTuscaloosa, AL W 6–0
October 6 Oak Ridge Davidson Davidson, NC W 10–0
October 6 North Georgia Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA W 11–0
October 6 Mooney Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN W 24–0
October 6 American Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN W 10–0
October 6 Kentucky Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 28–0
October 8 Maryville Auburn Auburn, AL T 0–0
October 8 Mercer Gordon Barnesville, GA L 28–5

Week Three[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 10 Monroe A. C. LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 5–0
October 13 Gordon Auburn Auburn, AL W 15–0
October 13 Howard Alabama The QuadTuscaloosa, AL W 14–0
October 13 Chattanooga Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA W 18–0
October 13 Davidson Georgia Herty FieldAthens, GA DAV 15–0
October 13 Maryville Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN L 11–0
October 13 Marion Mississippi A&M Hardy Field • Starkville, MS W 62–0
October 13 Rhodes Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN W 57–0
October 13 Ole Miss Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN VAN 29–0
October 13 TCU Texas Clark FieldAustin, TX W 22–0

Week Four[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 20 Centre Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN L 6–0
October 20 Georgia Clemson Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC CLEM 6–0
October 20 Ole Miss LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA MISS 9–0
October 20 Sewanee Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA SEW 16–0
October 20 West Texas Military Texas Clark FieldAustin, TX W 28–0
October 20 Alabama Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN VAN 78–0

Week Five[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 25 Tennessee American Harriman, TN T 5–5
October 26 Sewanee Auburn Birmingham, AL SEW 10–5
October 27 Davidson Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA GT 4–0
October 27 LSU Mississippi A&M Columbus Fairgrounds • Columbus, MS T 0–0
October 27 Howard Tulane New Orleans, LA T 0–0
October 27 TCU Texas A&M College Station, TX W 42–0
October 27 Texas Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN VAN 45–0

Week Six[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 30 Arkansas Texas Clark FieldAustin, TX W 11–0
November 2 Texas Oklahoma Oklahoma City, OK W 10–9
November 3 Clemson Davidson Davidson, NC T 0–0
November 3 Alabama Mississippi A&M Hardy Field • Starkville, MS ALA 16–4
November 3 Georgia Mercer Macon, GA UGA 55–0
November 3 Auburn Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA GT 11–0
November 3 Vanderbilt Michigan Regents FieldAnn Arbor, MI L 10–4
November 3 Sewanee Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN SEW 17–0
November 3 Daniel Baker Texas A&M College Station, TX W 34–0

=Week Seven[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 9 Louisiana Tech LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 17–0
November 9 Haskell Texas Clark FieldAustin, TX W 28–0
November 10 Auburn Clemson Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC CLEM 6–4
November 10 Georgia Tech Georgia Herty FieldAthens, GA GT 17–0
November 10 Mercer The Citadel Charleston, SC L 10–0
November 10 Tennessee Kentucky Stoll FieldLexington, KY L 21–0
November 10 Sewanee Tulane New Orleans, LA SEW 35–0
November 10 TCU Texas A&M College Station, TX W 22–0
November 10 Rose-Hulman Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 33–0
November 12 Ole Miss Sewanee Memphis, TN SEW 24–0

Week Eight[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 16 Florida Mercer Macon, GA W 12–0
November 16 Daniel Baker Texas Clark FieldAustin, TX W 40–0
November 17 Auburn Alabama State FairgroundsBirmingham, AL ALA 10–0
November 17 Maryville Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN W 28–0
November 17 Texas A&M Tulane New Orleans, LA TXA&M 18–0
November 17 Vanderbilt Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA VAN 37–6
November 17 Davidson Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA L 10–0
November 19 Tennessee Clemson Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC CLEM 16–0
November 19 Texas A&M LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA TXA&M 22–12

Week Nine[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 21 Tennessee Georgia Herty FieldAthens, GA T 0–0
November 23 Washington (MO) Texas Clark FieldAustin, TX W 17–6
November 24 Arkansas Tulane New Orleans, LA L 22–0
November 24 Davidson VMI Lexington, VA W 6–0
November 24 Georgia Tech Mercer Macon, GA GT 61–0
November 24 Haskell Texas A&M College Station, TX W 32–6
November 24 Carlisle Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 4–0 [10]

Week Ten[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 29 Tennessee Alabama State FairgroundsBirmingham, AL ALA 51–0
November 29 Arkansas LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA T 6–6
November 29 Clemson Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA CLEM 10–0
November 29 Auburn Georgia Macon, GA UGA 4–0
November 29 Ole Miss Mississippi A&M State Fairgrounds • Jackson, MS MISS 29–5
November 29 Texas A&M Texas Clark FieldAustin, TX TEX 24–0
November 29 Sewanee Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN VAN 20–0
December 2 Georgia Savannah A. C. Savannah, GA L 12–0

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

All-Southern team[edit]

The composite All-Southern eleven representing the consensus of newspapers as published in Fuzzy Woodruff's A History of Southern Football 1890-1928 included:

Position Name Team
QB Sam Costen Vanderbilt
HB Dan Blake Vanderbilt
HB Honus Craig Vanderbilt
FB Owsley Manier Vanderbilt
E Bob Blake Vanderbilt
T Joe Pritchard Vanderbilt
G Walter K. Chorn Vanderbilt
C Stein Stone Vanderbilt
G Clyde R. Conner Mississippi
T Lex Stone Sewanee
E Lob Brown Georgia Tech

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Union College halfback Harold Moore died of a cerebral hemorrhage after being kicked in the head while attempting to tackle an NYU runner. The Chicago Tribune referred to the 1905 football season as a "death harvest", as it resulted in 19 player deaths and 137 serious injuries.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football Year's Death Harvest: Record Shows That Nineteen Football Players Have been Killed in 1905". November 26, 1905. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt University Quarterly. 7. p. 49. 
  3. ^ "Football Rules Made At Last". Salt Lake Herald. April 2, 1906. p. 7. 
  4. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 187
  5. ^ "Clemson Vault: A Measure of Success". 
  6. ^ http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rfsc/champs/Southern.txt
  7. ^ Dan McGugin (1907). "Football In Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association". The Official National Collegiate Athletic Association Football Guide: 49. 
  8. ^ "Daniel Earle McGugin". Coach & Athlete. 28: 42. 1965 – via Google books.  open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/conferences/independent/1906.html
  10. ^ "Vanderbilt The Winner". The InterOcean. November 23, 1906. p. 4. Retrieved March 24, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  • Woodruff, Fuzzy (1928). A History of Southern Football 1890–1928. 1.