1907 Western State Hilltoppers football team

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
1907 Western State Hilltoppers football
Conference Independent
1907 record 4–2–1
Head coach William H. Spaulding (1st season)
Captain Tubby Meyers
Seasons
← 1906
1908 →

The 1907 Western State Hilltoppers football team represented Western State Normal School (later renamed Western Michigan University) as an independent during the 1907 college football season. In their first season under head coach William H. Spaulding, the Hilltoppers compiled a 4–2–1 record and shut out five of seven opponents.[1][2][3]

After losing to Albion (0–5) and Olivet (0–3), the team did not allow a point to be scored by its opponents in the final four games against Central Normal (29–0), Ferris State (0–0), Michigan State Normal (6–0), and Kalamazoo (40–0).[1]

Halfback Tubby Meyers was the team captain for the second of three consecutive years.[4]

The 1907 season marked the beginning of a 15-year tenure by William H. Spaulding as the school's head football coach. Spalding had played college football at Wabash College in 1906. He coached the Western State football team from 1907 to 1921, compiling a 62–25–3 record, and later served as head football coach at Minnesota (1922–1924) and UCLA (1925–1938).

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResultSource
October 5Grand Rapids HSW 9–0
October 9at AlbionAlbion, MIL 0–5[5][6]
October 12at OlivetOlivet, MIL 0–42[7]
October 19at Central MichiganMount Pleasant, MIW 27–0
November 2at Ferris InstituteBig Rapids, MIT 0–0
November 9Michigan State NormalKalamazoo, MIW 6–0
November 15Kalamazoo CollegeKalamazoo, MIW 40–0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Western Michigan Yearly Results (1905-1909)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Football Records: Annual Results". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Football Records: Year-By-Year Results - 1910 - 19". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Football History: All-Time Captains". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ "By Single Touchdown: Albion College Eleven Beats Kalamazoo Normals". Detroit Free Press. October 10, 1907. p. 7 – via Newspapers.com. 
  6. ^ "Western State Normal". Detroit Free Press. October 13, 1907. p. 23 – via Newspapers.com. 
  7. ^ "Fine Run by Thomas". Detroit Free Press. October 13, 1907. p. 22 – via Newspapers.com.