1907 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season

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1907 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season
League NCAA
Sport College football
Duration September 28, 1907
through December 25, 1907
Number of teams 14
Regular Season
Season champions Vanderbilt
Football seasons
← 1906
1908 →
1907 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Vanderbilt $ 3 0 0     5 1 1
Sewanee 6 1 0     8 1 0
Alabama 3 1 2     5 1 2
LSU 2 1 0     7 3 0
Tennessee 3 2 0     7 2 1
Auburn 3 2 1     6 2 1
Georgia 3 3 1     4 3 1
Mississippi A&M 2 3 0     6 3 0
Georgia Tech 2 4 0     4 4 0
Clemson 1 3 0     4 4 0
Mercer 0 3 0     3 3 0
Howard 0 5 0     2 5 0
Ole Miss 0 5 0     0 6 0
Nashville            
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1907 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 1907 college football season. The season began on September 28 with conference member Clemson hosting Gordon.

Vanderbilt gave a shock to the football world by tying Eastern power Navy 6–6,[n 1] the Commodores also beat Georgia Tech by the largest margin in coach John Heisman's tenure, and beat a powerful Sewanee team on a double pass play which Grantland Rice called the greatest thrill in his years of watching sports. Innis Brown later wrote "Sewanee in all probability had the best team in the South."[1] Dan McGugin in Spalding's Football Guide's summation of the season in the SIAA wrote "The standing. First, Vanderbilt; second, Sewanee, a might good second;" and that Aubrey Lanier "came near winning the Vanderbilt game by his brilliant dashes after receiving punts."[2]The only loss suffered all season for Vanderbilt was to Western power Michigan.

LSU played the University of Havana in Cuba, the first time any Southern team played in a foreign country.

Results and team statistics[edit]

Conf. Rank Team Head coach Overall record Conf. record PPG PAG
1 Vanderbilt Dan McGugin 5–1–1 3–0 34.6 5.1
2 Sewanee Arthur G. Erwin 8–1 6–1 27.8 3.0
3 Alabama Doc Pollard 5–1–2 3–1–2 8.8 8.0
4 LSU Edgar Wingard 7–3 2–1 26.6 5.2
5 (tie) Auburn Willis Kienholz 6–2–1 3–2–1 20.6 3.3
5 (tie) Tennessee George Levene 7–2–1 3–2 16.9 1.7
7 Georgia W. S. Whitney 4–3–1 3–3–1 12.9 5.9
8 Mississippi A&M Fred Furman 6–3 2–3 23.3 8.6
9 Georgia Tech John Heisman 4–4 2–4 18.5 12.5
10 Clemson Frank Shaughnessy 4–4 1–3 8.4 5.6
11 Mercer H. R. Schenker 3–3 0–3
12 Howard John Counselman 2-5 0–5
13 Mississippi Frank A. Mason 0–6 0–5 1.0 32.5
14 Nashville

Key

PPG = Average of points scored per game
PAG = Average of points allowed per game[3]

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 28 Gordon Clemson Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC W 5–0

Week Two[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 2 Rhodes Howard Hardy Field • Homewood, AL W 5–0
October 2 Rhodes Mississippi A&M Hardy Field • Starkville, MS W 7–0
October 3 Mooney Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN W 23–0
October 5 Maryville Alabama The QuadTuscaloosa, AL W 17–0
October 5 Howard Auburn Auburn, AL W 23–0
October 5 North Georgia Georgia Herty FieldAthens, GA W 57–0
October 5 Gordon Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA W 51–0
October 5 Tennessee Military Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN W 30–0
October 5 Kentucky Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 40–0
October 7 Maryville Auburn Auburn, AL W 29–0

Week Three[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 9 Maryville Clemson Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC W 35–0
October 10 Mississippi A&M Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN SEW 38–0
October 11 Louisiana Tech LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 28–0
October 12 Alabama Ole Miss Columbus Fairgrounds • Columbus, MS ALA 20–0
October 12 North Georgia Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA W 70–0
October 12 Mississippi A&M Howard Birmingham, AL W 12–5
October 12 Tennessee Georgia Herty FieldAthens, GA TENN 15–0
October 12 Vanderbilt Navy Worden FieldAnnapolis, MD T 6–6

Week Four[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 19 Georgia Mercer Macon, GA UGA 26–6
October 19 Tennessee Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA GT 6–4
October 19 Union (TN) Mississippi A&M Hardy Field • Starkville, MS W 80–0
October 19 Sewanee Auburn State FairgroundsBirmingham, AL SEW 12–6
October 19 LSU Texas Clark FieldAustin, TX L 12–5
October 19 Rose-Hulman Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 65–10
October 21 Sewanee Alabama The QuadTuscaloosa, AL SEW 54–4
October 21 Tennessee Clemson Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC TENN 4–0
October 21 LSU Texas A&M College Station, TX L 11–5

Week Five[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 24 Mercer Mississippi A&M Columbus Fairgrounds • Columbus, MS MSA&M 75–0
October 25 Georgia Alabama Highland Park • Montgomery, AL T 0–0
October 26 Auburn Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA AUB 12–6
October 26 Sewanee Ole Miss Memphis, TN SEW 65–0
October 26 Maryville Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN W 34–0
October 28 Howard LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 57–0

Week Six[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 30 Drury Mississippi A&M Hardy Field • Starkville, MS W 6–0
October 31 North Carolina Clemson Columbia, SC W 15–6
November 1 Howard Mercer Macon, GA W 11–6
November 2 Centre Alabama State FairgroundsBirmingham, AL W 12–0
November 2 Clemson Auburn Auburn, AL AUB 12–0
November 2 Georgia Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA GT 10–6
November 2 Michigan Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN L 8–0 [4]
November 2 Sewanee Virginia Norfolk, VA W 12–0
November 2 Chattanooga Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN W 57–0

Week Seven[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 6 Arkansas LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 17–12
November 7 Clemson Georgia Augusta, GA UGA 8–0
November 9 Mercer Auburn Auburn, AL AUB 63–0
November 9 Davidson Clemson Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC L 10–6
November 9 Kentucky Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN T 0–0
November 9 Mississippi A&M LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA LSU 23–11
November 9 Sewanee Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA SEW 18–0
November 9 Ole Miss Vanderbilt Memphis, TN VAN 60–0
November 11 Sewanee Georgia Herty FieldAthens, GA SEW 16–0

Week Eight[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 12 Oklahoma Texas A&M College Station, TX W 19–0
November 16 Howard Chattanooga Chattanooga, TN W 21-7
November 16 Auburn Alabama State FairgroundsBirmingham, AL T 6–6
November 16 Gordon Mercer W 5–0
November 16 LSU Ole Miss Jackson, MS LSU 23–0
November 16 Mississippi A&M Tennessee Memphis, TN TENN 11–4
November 16 Georgia Tech Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN VAN 54–0
November 18 Arkansas Tennessee Memphis, TN W 14–2

Week Nine[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 20 Mercer Florida Gainesville, FL W 6–0
November 23 LSU Alabama Monroe Park • Mobile, AL ALA 6–4
November 23 Sewanee Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN VAN 17–12 [5][6][7][8]

Week Ten[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 28 Tennessee Alabama State FairgroundsBirmingham, AL ALA 5–0
November 28 Clemson Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA CLEM 6–5
November 28 Auburn Georgia Macon, GA UGA 6–0
November 28 Ole Miss Mississippi A&M State Fairgrounds • Jackson, MS MSA&M 15–0
November 28 Baylor LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 48–0

Bowl games[edit]

Date Bowl Game Site SIAA Team Opponent Score
December 25, 1907 Bacardi Bowl Havana, Cuba LSU Havana University LSU 56–0

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

All-Southern team[edit]

The consensus All-Southern team:

Position Name First-team selectors Team
QB Sam Costen Vanderbilt
HB Honus Craig Vanderbilt
HB Aubrey Lanier Sewanee
FB Lawrence Markley Sewanee
E Bob Blake Vanderbilt'
T Lex Stone Sewanee
G Frank Faulkinberry Sewanee
C Stein Stone Vanderbilt
G Horace Sherrell Vanderbilt
T J. R. Davis Georgia Tech
E Guy Lewis Sewanee

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Navy was captained by Arch Douglas, the second player from the South to get third-team All-American honors from Walter Camp.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brown Calls Vanderbilt '06 Best Eleven South Ever Had". Atlanta Constitution. February 19, 1911. p. 52. Retrieved March 8, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ Dan McGugin (1907). "Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Foot Ball". The Official National Collegiate Athletic Association Football Guide. National Collegiate Athletic Association: 71–75. 
  3. ^ https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/conferences/independent/1907.html
  4. ^ "Vanderbilt Beaten By Yost's Men". The Washington Times. November 3, 1907. Retrieved May 1, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ Bill Traughber (December 5, 2007). "CHC: Stein Stone's Famous 1907 Catch". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Claiming Rampant". The Miami News. February 9, 1954. 
  7. ^ "Grantland Rice Tells Of Greatest Thrill In Years Of Watching Sport". Boston Daily Globe. April 27, 1924. 
  8. ^ Edwin Pope. Football's Greatest Coaches. p. 339.