1909 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

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1909 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1909 record 5–1–2 (4–1–1 SIAA)
Head coach J. W. H. Pollard (4th season)
Captain Del Pratt
Home stadium The Quad
Birmingham Fairgrounds
Seasons
← 1908
1910 →
1909 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Sewanee $ 4 0 0     6 1 0
Vanderbilt 4 1 0     7 3 0
Alabama 4 1 1     5 1 2
LSU 3 1 0     6 2 0
Georgia Tech 4 2 0     7 2 0
Auburn 4 2 0     5 2 0
Howard 2 2 0     5 2 1
Clemson 2 2 0     6 3 0
Ole Miss 1 2 1     4 3 2
Georgia 1 4 1     1 4 2
The Citadel 0 1 1     4 3 2
Mississippi A&M 0 3 0     5 4 0
Mercer 0 3 0     3 5 0
Tennessee 0 5 0     1 6 2
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1909 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1909 college football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 17th overall and 14th season as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA). The team was led by head coach J. W. H. Pollard, in his fourth year, and played their home games at the University of Alabama Quad in Tuscaloosa and the Birmingham Fairgrounds in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of five wins, one loss and two ties (5–1–2 overall, 4–1–1 in the SIAA).

Defensively, Alabama had six consecutive shutouts to go 5–0–1 before they surrendered their first touchdown against Tulane in their 5–5 tie.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 2 Union (TN)* The QuadTuscaloosa, Alabama W 16–0  
October 9 Howard The Quad • Tuscaloosa, Alabama W 14–0  
October 16 Clemson Birmingham FairgroundsBirmingham, Alabama W 3–0  
October 23 at Ole Miss Mississippi State Fairgrounds • Jackson, Mississippi (Rivalry) T 0–0  
October 30 at Georgia Ponce de Leon ParkAtlanta W 14–0  
November 13 at Tennessee Wait FieldKnoxville, Tennessee (Third Saturday in October) W 10–0  
November 20 at Tulane* First Tulane Stadium • New Orleans T 5–5  
November 25 LSU Birmingham Fairgrounds • Birmingham, Alabama (Rivalry) L 12–6  
*Non-conference game.
  • Source: Rolltide.com: 1909 Alabama football schedule[2][A 1]

Game summaries[edit]

Union (TN)[edit]

1 2Total
Union 0 0 0
Alabama 0 16 16

Alabama opened the season with this 16–0 victory over Union University at Tuscaloosa.[1][4] Although scoreless at the end of the first half, Alabama was in position several times to score. The Crimson Tide lost a fumble at the Union five yard line and Derrill Pratt missed field goals of 40, 45 and 53 yards.[4] Alabama scored its first touchdown on a short Jere Austill run early in the second half after the Crimson tide blocked a Union punt at their five-yard line.[4] Pratt and David Palmer scored Alabama's other two touchdowns later in the half en rote to the 16–0 win.[4] The victory brought Alabama's all-time record against Union to 1–0.[5]

Howard[edit]

1 2Total
Howard 0 0 0
Alabama 7 7 14

Against the Bulldogs, Alabama secured their second consecutive shutout to open the season with this 14–0 victory over Howard College (now known as Samford University).[1][6]

The victory brought Alabama's all-time record against Howard to 3–0.[7]

Clemson[edit]

Clemson was beaten by a 52-yard Del Pratt field goal.

Ole Miss[edit]

Ole Miss and Alabama fought to a scoreless tie.

Georgia[edit]

Georgia was beaten 14–0.

Tennessee[edit]

Tennessee was beaten 10–0.

Tulane[edit]

Tulane and Alabama tied 5–5.

LSU[edit]

Alabama completed their season with a 12–5 loss to LSU at Birmingham to finish 5–1–2.[1]

Roster[edit]

Alabama Crimson Tide 1909 roster[1]

Backs

Ends
  • Robert H. Bumgardner
  • Ewing Carter
  • Broox Cleveland Garrett
  • Clarence S. Hurd

Tackles

  • H. W. Arant
  • W. A. Barnes
  • Louis Malone Finlay
  • Owen Garside Gresham
Guards
  • E. D. Greene
  • W. H. Lumley
  • John Miller
  • G. W. Pratt

Center

Kicker

  • Everett Wilkinson

Coaching staff

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ For the 1909 season, point values were different from those used in contemporary games. In 1909 a touchdown was worth five points, a field goal was worth three points and an extra point (PAT) was worth one point.[3]

References[edit]

General

  • "1909 Season Recap" (PDF). RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 

Specific

  1. ^ a b c d e 1909 Season Recap
  2. ^ "1909 Alabama football schedule". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Archived from the original on December 2, 2011. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Scoring values". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Archived from the original on December 2, 2011. Retrieved November 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Alabama wins only by rally". Montgomery Advertiser. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. October 3, 1909. p. 13. 
  5. ^ "Alabama vs Union (TN)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Alabama wins only by rally". Montgomery Advertiser. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. October 3, 1909. p. 13. 
  7. ^ "Alabama vs Samford (AL)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 2, 2014.