1909 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season

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1909 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season
Tennessee-Volunteers-1909-program-cover.png
League NCAA
Sport College football
Duration September 25, 1909
through January 1, 1910
Number of teams 14
Regular Season
Season champions Sewanee
Football 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 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 1909 college football season. The season began on September 25.

Under head coach Harris G. Cope, Sewanee won its last conference title in major college football. Sewanee gave Vanderbilt its first loss to a Southern team in six years, and was the first Sewanee squad to win a title since the 1899 Iron Men.

When the Kentucky team was welcomed home after the upset win over Illinois, Philip Carbusier said that they had "fought like wildcats", a nickname that stuck.[1]

President Taft showed up for the Sewanee-LSU game. LSU was led by Hall of Fame quarterback Doc Fenton.

Results and team statistics[edit]

Conf. Rank Team Head coach Overall record Conf. record PPG PAG
1 Sewanee Harris Cope 6–1 4–0 22.9 6.0
2 Vanderbilt Dan McGugin 7–3 4–1 21.0 3.2
3 Alabama Doc Pollard 5–1–2 4–1–2 8.5 2.1
4 LSU Joe Pritchard 6–2 3–1 23.5 4.6
5 (tie) Georgia Tech John Heisman 7–2 4–2 24.1 5.0
5 (tie) Auburn Mike Donahue 5–2 4–2 16.7 5.6
7 Howard John Longwell 5-2-1 2-2
8 Clemson Bob Williams 6–3 2–2 10.3 4.8
9 Mississippi Nathan Stauffer 4–3–2 1-2–1 11.0 5.4
10 Georgia James Coulter/Frank Dobson 1–4–2 1–4-1 2.0 6.9
11 The Citadel Sam Costen 4–3–2 0–1–1
12 Mississippi A&M W. D. Chadwick 5–4 0–3 17.0 4.9
13 Mercer Frank Blake 3–5 0–3 8.0 3.9
14 Tennessee George Levene 1–6–2 0–5 1.2 12.6

Key

PPG = Average of points scored per game
PAG = Average of points allowed per game[2]

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 25 Rhodes Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 52–0
September 27 Gordon Clemson Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC W 26–0

Week Two[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 2 Centre Tennessee Waite Field • Knoxville, TN T 0–0
October 2 The Citadel Charleston Charleston, SC W 36–0
October 2 Union (TN) Alabama The QuadTuscaloosa, AL W 16–0
October 2 Howard Auburn AUB 11–0
October 2 Gordon Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA W 18–6
October 2 Memphis University School Mississippi Oxford, MS W 18–0
October 2 Clemson Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA L 6–0
October 2 Jackson Barracks-New Orleans LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 70–0
October 2 Mercer Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN VAN 32–0

Week Three[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 5 Tennessee Medical College Mississippi Oxford, MS W 15–0
October 9 Howard Alabama State Fairgrounds • Birmingham, AL ALA 14–0
October 9 Gordon Auburn Auburn Athletic Field • Auburn, AL W 46–0
October 9 Clemson Davidson Charlotte, NC W 17–5
October 9 Georgia The Citadel College Park Stadium • Charleston, SC T 0–0
October 9 Mooney Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA W 35–6
October 9 Cumberland Mississippi A&M Hardy Field • Starkville, MS W 34–6
October 9 Mississippi LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA LSU 10–0
October 9 Rhodes Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN W 64–0
October 9 North Carolina Tennessee Waite Field • Knoxville, TN L 3–0
October 9 New Orleans Gym Club Tulane New Orleans, LA W 12–0
October 9 Rose-Hulman Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 28–3

Week Four[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 15 Jacksonville State Howard W 33–0
October 16 Auburn Mercer Macon, GA AUB 23–5
October 16 Clemson Alabama State Fairgrounds • Birmingham, AL ALA 3–0
October 16 The Citadel Porter Military Charleston, SC W 99–0
October 16 Davidson Georgia Herty FieldAthens, GA T 0–0
October 16 South Carolina Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA W 59–0
October 16 Sewanee Princeton University Field • Princeton, NJ L 20–0
October 16 Mississippi A&M LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA LSU 15–0
October 16 Kentucky State Tennessee Waite Field • Knoxville, TN KEN 17–0
October 16 Vanderbilt Alumni Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN L 3–0

Week Five[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 22 Rhodes Mississippi A&M Columbus Fairgrounds • Columbus, MS W 31–0
October 23 Alabama Mississippi State Fairgrounds • Jackson, MS T 0–0
October 23 Charleston The Citadel Charleston, SC W 21–5
October 23 Port Royal Clemson Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC W 19–0
October 23 Centre Tulane New Orleans, LA L 6–0
October 23 Georgia Tennessee Waite Field • Knoxville, TN UGA 3–0
October 23 Howard Mercer Macon, GA HOW 6–5
October 23 Sewanee Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA GT 15–0
October 23 Auburn Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN VAN 17–0

Week Six[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 30 Alabama Georgia Ponce de Leon ParkAtlanta, GA ALA 14–0
October 30 Georgia Tech Tennessee Waite Field • Knoxville, TN GT 29–0
October 30 Sewanee LSU New Orleans, LA SEW 15–6
October 30 Mississippi A&M Tulane Tulane Stadium • New Orleans, LA TUL 2–0
October 30 Mississippi Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN VAN 17–0
October 30 Howard Chattanooga T 0–0
October 30 West End Amateurs The Citadel Charleston, SC W 31–0

Week Seven[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 2 Union (TN) Mississippi A&M Columbus Fairgrounds • Columbus, MS W 25–0
November 4 Clemson South Carolina Columbia, SC W 6–0
November 4 Louisiana Tech LSU Alexandria, LA W 23–0
November 4 Chattanooga Mercer Macon, GA W 10–2
November 6 Auburn Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA AUB 9–0
November 6 Davidson The Citadel Orangeburg, SC T 0–0
November 6 Castle Heights Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN W 38–0
November 6 Cincinnati Tulane Tulane Stadium • New Orleans, LA W 6–0
November 6 Tennessee Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN VAN 51–0
November 8 Mississippi A&M Howard Birmingham, AL HOW 6–0

Week Eight[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 10 Clemson Georgia Augusta, GA CLEM 5–0
November 13 Alabama Tennessee Waite Field • Knoxville, TN TENN 10–0
November 13 Arkansas LSU Memphis, TN L 16–0
November 13 Clemson The Citadel College Park Stadium • Charleston, SC CLEM 17–0
November 13 Georgia Tech Mercer Macon, GA GT 35–0
November 13 Henderson-Brown Mississippi Oxford, MS T 12–12
November 13 Chattanooga Mississippi A&M Hardy Field • Starkville, MS W 37–6
November 13 Sewanee Auburn Birmingham, AL SEW 12–11
November 13 Vanderbilt Ohio State University ParkColumbus, OH L 5–0
November 13 Texas Tulane Tulane Stadium • New Orleans, LA T 10–10

Week Nine[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 18 Transylvania LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 52–0
November 18 Union (TN) Mississippi Oxford, MS W 45–0
November 20 Georgia Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA GT 12–6
November 20 Tulane Alabama The QuadTuscaloosa, AL T 5–5
November 20 The Citadel Parris Island Marines Parris Island, SC L 17–5
November 20 South Carolina Mercer Macon, GA W 5–3
November 20 Birmingham-Southern Howard W 26–0
November 20 Chattanooga Tennessee Waite Field • Knoxville, TN T 0–0
November 20 Vanderbilt Washington (MO) St. Louis, MO W 12–0

Week Ten[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 25 LSU Alabama State FairgroundsBirmingham, AL LSU 12–6
November 25 Clemson Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA GT 29–3
November 25 Georgia Auburn Montgomery, AL AUB 17–5
November 25 Mississippi Mississippi A&M State Fairgrounds • Jackson, MS MISS 9–5
November 25 Sewanee Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN SEW 16–5
November 25 South Carolina The Citadel Charleston, SC L 11–5
November 25 Southwestern (TX) Tulane Tulane Stadium • New Orleans, LA W 18–0
November 25 Transylvania Tennessee Waite Field • Knoxville, TN W 11–0
November 25 Georgetown (KY) Howard W 11–0

Bowl games[edit]

Date Bowl Game Site SIAA Team Opponent Score
January 1, 1910 Bacardi Bowl Havana, Cuba Tulane Havana University HAV 11–0

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Southern team[edit]

John Heisman's All-Southern team included:[3]

Position Name Team
QB Doc Fenton LSU
HB Aubrey Lanier Sewanee
HB Ray Morrison Vanderbilt
FB Will Metzger Vanderbilt
E Silas Williams Sewanee
T Harry Esslinger Auburn
G Eric Cheape Sewanee
C J. E. Lucas Georgia
G T. C. Locke Auburn
T Malvern Griffin Vanderbilt
E Ewing Y. Freeland Vanderbilt

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Leo Donovan, Yankees to Fighting Irish : What's Behind Your Favorite Team's Name (Taylor Trade Publications, 2004), p107
  2. ^ https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/conferences/independent/1909.html
  3. ^ "The All-Southern Eleven Picked By Coach Heisman". Atlanta Constitution. November 28, 1909. p. 3. Retrieved March 4, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read