1911 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

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1911 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1911 record 5–2–2 (2–2–2 SIAA)
Head coach D. V. Graves (1st season)
Captain Robert Bumgardner
Home stadium The Quad
Birmingham Fairgrounds
Seasons
← 1910
1912 →
1911 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Vanderbilt $ 5 0 0     8 1 0
Auburn 4 0 1     4 2 1
Georgia 5 1 1     7 1 1
Georgia Tech 5 2 1     6 2 1
LSU 2 1 0     6 3 0
Mississippi A&M 5 2 1     7 2 1
Alabama 2 2 2     5 2 2
Ole Miss 2 2 0     6 3 0
Tulane 3 3 0     5 3 1
Sewanee 2 3 0     6 3 1
Clemson 2 4 0     3 5 0
The Citadel 1 1 0     5 2 2
Mercer 2 5 0     4 6 1
Tennessee 0 2 0     3 4 2
Mississippi College 0 4 0     1 5 0
Howard 0 6 0     1 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1911 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1911 college football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 19th overall and 16th season as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA). The team was led by head coach D. V. Graves, in his first 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, two losses and two ties (5–2–2 overall, 2–2–2 in the SIAA).

In June 1911, Guy Lowman resigned from his position of head coach and athletic director at Alabama, and one month later the hiring of Graves to serve in both capacities was announced by the university president. Under Graves, Alabama opened their season with a pair of victories over Howard and Birmingham College at Tuscaloosa. They were then upset by Georgia at Birmingham before playing both Mississippi A&M and Georgia Tech to ties on the road. After a victory over Marion Military Institute in their final road game of the season, Alabama closed the season with victories over both Tulane and Davidson and an upset loss to Sewanee.

Before the season[edit]

On June 21, 1911, Kansas State Agricultural College (now known as Kansas State University) announced Alabama head coach and athletic director Guy Lowman had been hired to serve in the same capacities at Kansas State.[1] After a month-long search, on July 21, university president John Abercrombie offered the job of professor of physical training and athletic director to D. V. Graves to which he accepted immediately via telegraph.[2] The appointment was inclusive of him serving as head coach of all athletic teams at Alabama, including football. Graves was selected as he was the most highly recommended candidate, and he also played baseball for a single-season under Lowman while in college at the University of Missouri.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 30 Howard The QuadTuscaloosa, AL W 24–0  
October 7 Birmingham College* The Quad • Tuscaloosa, AL W 47–5  
October 14 Georgia Birmingham FairgroundsBirmingham, AL L 11–3  
October 20 at Mississippi A&M Columbus Fairgrounds • Columbus, MS (Rivalry) T 6–6  
October 28 at Georgia Tech Ponce de Leon ParkAtlanta, GA T 0–0  
November 4 at Marion Military Institute* Marion, AL W 35–0  
November 11 Tulane The Quad • Tuscaloosa, AL W 22–0  
November 18 Sewanee Birmingham Fairgrounds • Birmingham, AL L 3–0  
November 30 Davidson* Birmingham Fairgrounds • Birmingham, AL W 16–6  
*Non-conference game.
  • Source: Rolltide.com: 1911 Alabama football schedule[3][A 1]

Game summaries[edit]

Howard[edit]

Week 1: Howard at Alabama
1 234Total
Howard 0 000 0
Alabama 0 6018 24
  • Date: September 30
  • Location: The Quad
    Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Referee: Donnelley

Alabama opened the season with a 24–0 shutout victory over Howard (now Samford University) at Tuscaloosa.[4][5][6] After a scoreless first quarter, the Crimson Tide took a 6–0 lead into halftime after Farley Moody scored on a 40-yard punt return for a touchdown.[4][5] After a scoreless third, Alabama then closed the game with a trio of fourth quarter touchdowns. Robert Bumgardner scored first on a five-yard run, Moody on a one-yard run and Charlie Joplin on a 65-yard reception.[4][5]

The victory brought Alabama's all-time record against Howard to 4–0.[7]

The starting lineup was Hargrove Vandegraaff (left end), Harold Mustin Powell (left tackle), Phillip Brooks Keller (left guard), Henry Barnett (center), Julius Clorefeline (right guard), C. C. Countess (right tackle), W. S. Pritchard (right end), Farley Moody (quarterback), Robert Bumgardner (left halfback), Edward Judson Finnell (right halfback), Adrian Vandegraaff (fullback).[4]

Birmingham College[edit]

Week 2: Birmingham College at Alabama
1 234Total
Birmingham 5 000 5
Alabama 6 11624 47
  • Date: October 7
  • Location: The Quad
    Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Referee: Corleaux (Washington)

In their second game of the season, Alabama defeated Birmingham College (now Birmingham–Southern College) 47–5 at The Quad.[6][8][9] Adrian Vandegraaff gave Alabama an early 6–0 lead behind his short touchdown run within the first three minutes of the game. Birmingham responded with their only points of the day on the drive that ensued on a short Taylor run and made the score 6–5.[9] In the second, Alabama extended their lead to 17–5 behind a short touchdown run by Vandegraaff and a 30-yard run by Robert Bumgardner.[9]

After Farley Moody scored on a short touchdown run early in the third, Alabama closed the game with four touchdowns in the fourth quarter.[9] Hargrove Van de Graaff scored first after he blocked a Birmingham punt and returned it 22-yards for the score. Adrian Van de Graaff next scored on an 85-yard kickoff return followed by a fourth Adrian Vandegraaff touchdown run and a 70-yard C. W. Greer run that made the final score 47–5.[9] The victory brought Alabama's all-time record against Birmingham College to 2–0.[10]

The starting lineup was Robert Bumgardner (left end), Harold Mustin Powell (left tackle), Phillip Brooks Keller (left guard), Henry Barnett (center), Julius Clorefeline (right guard), C. C. Countess (right tackle), W. S. Pritchard (right end), Farley Moody (quarterback), Hargrove Vandegraaff (left halfback), Edward Judson Finnell (right halfback), Adrian Vandegraaff (fullback).[8]

Georgia[edit]

Week 3: Georgia at Alabama
1 234Total
Georgia 5 006 11
Alabama 0 300 3
  • Date: October 14
  • Location: Fairgrounds
    Birmingham, AL
  • Referee: Ed Hamilton

In what was their first Birmingham game of the season, the Crimsons lost to Georgia 11–3 at the Fairgrounds.[6][11][12] Bob McWhorter scored the first Georgia points of the game after he recovered a punt fumbled by Farley Moody and returned it for a touchdown and 5–0 lead. Farley then cut the Bulldog lead to 5–3 at halftime behind his 35-yard drop kick field goal in the second quarter.[11][12] McWhorter then made the final score 11–3 behind his 12-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter.[11][12] The loss brought Alabama's all-time record against Georgia to 3–4–3.[13]

The starting lineup was: Hargrove Vandergraaf (left end), Harold Mustin Powell (left tackle), Phillip Brooks Keller (left guard), Henry Barnett (center), Julius Clorefeline (right guard), C. C. Countess (right tackle), William L. Harsh (right end), Farley Moody (quarterback), Courtney (left halfback), Holt Andrews McDowell (right halfback), Adrian Vandegraaff (fullback).[14]

Mississippi A&M[edit]

Week 4: Alabama at Mississippi A&M
1 234Total
Alabama 0 060 6
MS A&M 0 600 6
  • Date: October 20
  • Location: Fairgrounds
    Columbus, MS
  • Referee: George Watkins

In their first road game of the season, the Alabama played the Mississippi A&M Aggies to a 6–6 tie before 3,000 fans at the Fairgrounds in Columbus, Mississippi.[6][15][16] After a scoreless first, the Aggies took a 6–0 lead behind a four-yard Morley Jennings touchdown run. Alabama responded with their lone points after Adrian Vandegraaff returned a Mississippi fumble 25-yard and tied the game 6–6.[15][16] The tie brought Alabama's all-time record against Mississippi A&M to 6–1–1.[17]

The starting lineup was: Hargrove Vandergraaf (left end), Harold Mustin Powell (left tackle), Phillip Brooks Keller (left guard), Henry Barnett (center), Julius Clorefeline (right guard), J. W. Hicks (right tackle), Robert Bumgardner (right end), Farley Moody (quarterback), Holt Andrews McDowell (left halfback), Edward Judson Finnell (right halfback), Adrian Vandegraaff (fullback).[15]

Georgia Tech[edit]

Week 5: Alabama at Georgia Tech
1 234Total
Alabama 0 000 0
Ga. Tech 0 000 0
  • Date: October 28
  • Location: Ponce de Leon Park
    Atlanta, GA
  • Referee: Brown (Vanderbilt)

The Georgia Tech game ended in a scoreless tie after time expired as Alabama drove to the Tech three-yard line.[6][18][19] Following a hard-fought scoreless tie with Georgia Tech in 1911, coach John Heisman declared that he had never seen a player "so thoroughly imbued with the true spirit of football as Hargrove Vandegraaff."[20] The tie brought Alabama's all-time record against Georgia Tech to 1–3–1.[21]

The starting lineup was: Hargrove Vandergraaf (left end), Harold Mustin Powell (left tackle), Phillip Brooks Keller (left guard), Henry Barnett (center), Julius Clorefeline (right guard), C. C. Countess (right tackle), Robert Bumgardner (right end), Farley Moody (quarterback), Holt Andrews McDowell (left halfback), Edward Judson Finnell (right halfback), Adrian Vandegraaff (fullback).[19]

Marion Military Institute[edit]

In what was their third consecutive road game, Alabama shutout the Marion Military Institute 35–0.[6][22] In what was also the only game played by Alabama at Marion, the win improved Alabama's all-time record against Marion to 3–0.[23]

Tulane[edit]

Week 7: Tulane at Alabama
1 234Total
Tulane 0 000 0
Alabama 0 5017 22
  • Date: November 11
  • Location: The Quad
    Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Referee: George Watkins

In what was their final Tuscaloosa game of the season, Alabama shutout Tulane 22–0 at The Quad.[6][24][25] After a scoreless first, Alabama took a 5–0 lead in the second quarter on a 40-yard Farley Moody punt return.[24][25] The score remained the same through the fourth quarter when Alabama scored a trio of touchdowns for the 22–0 victory. Touchdowns were scored on short runs by both Adrian and Hargrove Vandergraaf as well as on a 25-yard Robert Bumgardner run.[24][25] The win improved Alabama's all-time record against Tulane to 4–2–1.[26]

The starting lineup was: Hargrove Vandergraaf (left end), Harold Mustin Powell (left tackle), Phillip Brooks Keller (left guard), Henry Barnett (center), Julius Clorefeline (right guard), C. C. Countess (right tackle), Robert Bumgardner (right end), Farley Moody (quarterback), Holt Andrews McDowell (left halfback), William L. Harsh (right halfback), Adrian Vandegraaff (fullback).[24]

Sewanee[edit]

Week 8: Sewanee at Alabama
1 234Total
Sewanee 0 003 3
Alabama 0 000 0
  • Date: November 18
  • Location: Fairgrounds
    Birmingham, AL
  • Referee: Elgin (Nashville)

In extremely muddy conditions at Birmingham, Alabama was upset by Sewanee 3–0 at the Fairgrounds.[6][27][28] The game remained scoreless through the final minutes of the game when Jenks Gillem connected on a 15-yard drop kick field goal that gave the Tigers the 3–0 victory.[27][28] The loss brought Alabama's all-time record against Sewanee to 1–7.[29]

The starting lineup was: Hargrove Vandergraaf (left end), Harold Mustin Powell (left tackle), Phillip Brooks Keller (left guard), Henry Barnett (center), Julius Clorefeline (right guard), C. C. Countess (right tackle), Robert Bumgardner (right end), Farley Moody (quarterback), Holt Andrews McDowell (left halfback), William L. Harsh (right halfback), Adrian Vandegraaff (fullback).[27]

Davidson[edit]

Week 9: Davidson at Alabama
1 234Total
Davidson 0 600 6
Alabama 0 5011 16
  • Date: November 30
  • Location: Fairgrounds
    Birmingham, AL
  • Referee: George Watkins

In their only all-time meeting against Davidson, Alabama Alabama rallied with a pair of late touchdowns and defeated the Wildcats 16–6 at the Birmingham Fairgrounds in their season finale.[6][30][31] After a scoreless first quarter, Alabama took a 5–0 lead behind a long Adrian Vandegraaff touchdown reception from Farley Moody on a fake punt. Davidson responded on the drive that ensued and took a 6–5 lead behind a 55-yard Q. D. Williford interception return for a touchdown.[30]

The Wildcats retained the lead through the fourth quarter when Alabama won the game behind a pair of late touchdowns. Adrian Vandegraaff scored first on a 27-yard touchdown run and was followed with a second touchdown run from Vandegraaff that made the final score 16–6.[30]

The starting lineup was: Hargrove Vandergraaf (left end), Harold Mustin Powell (left tackle), Phillip Brooks Keller (left guard), Henry Barnett (center), J. W. Hicks (right guard), C. C. Countess (right tackle), Robert Bumgardner (right end), Farley Moody (quarterback), Holt Andrews McDowell (left halfback), William L. Harsh (right halfback), Adrian Vandegraaff (fullback).[30]

Roster[edit]

Alabama Crimson Tide 1911 roster[6]

Backs

Ends

Tackles

  • James Gibbons
  • Harold Mustin Powell
  • W. S. Pritchard
Guards
  • Julius Clorefeline
  • J. W. Hicks
  • Phillip Brooks Keller
  • P. W. Shumate

Center

Coaching staff

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ For the 1911 season, point values were different from those used in contemporary games. In 1911 a touchdown was worth five points, a field goal was worth three points and an extra point (PAT) was worth one point.

References[edit]

General

  • Woodruff, Fuzzy (1928). A History of Southern Football 1890–1928. 1. 
  • "1911 Season Recap" (PDF). RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 

Specific

  1. ^ "K. S. A. C. football coach is named". The Topeka Daily Capital. June 22, 1911. p. 2. Retrieved January 23, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ a b "Graves named Alabama coach". The Atlanta Constitution. July 22, 1911. p. 8. Retrieved January 23, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "1911 Alabama football schedule". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Howard is easy for Alabama". The Atlanta Constitution. October 1, 1911. p. B5. Retrieved January 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ a b c d "Joplin features University win". The Montgomery Advertiser. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. October 1, 1911. p. 13. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j 1911 Season Recap
  7. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Sanford (AL)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c Feibieman, H. U. (October 8, 1911). "Alabama walks over Birmingham". The Atlanta Constitution. p. B6. Retrieved January 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Alabama smothers Birmingham College". The Montgomery Advertiser. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. October 8, 1911. p. 14. 
  10. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Birmingham College (AL)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b c d Roberts, Hugh W. (October 15, 1911). "Alabama gives Georgia a scrap". The Atlanta Constitution. p. B1. Retrieved January 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  12. ^ a b c d "Georgia, heavier, is conqueror of Alabama". The Tennessean. October 15, 1911. p. 34. Retrieved January 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  13. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Georgia". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  14. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 252
  15. ^ a b c d "Both fight hard but neither win". Clarion-Ledger. Associated Press. October 21, 1911. p. 2. Retrieved January 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  16. ^ a b c "Alabama ties A&M of Mississippi". The Montgomery Advertiser. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. October 21, 1911. p. 11. 
  17. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Mississippi State". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  18. ^ a b "Alabama 0, Georgia 0". The Times-Democrat. October 29, 1911. p. 34. Retrieved January 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  19. ^ a b c "Alabama fights draw with Yellow Jackets". The Montgomery Advertiser. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. October 29, 1911. p. 15. 
  20. ^ "Coleman Hargrove Van de Graaff, 1893-1938". 
  21. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Georgia Tech". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Alabama beats Marion". The Montgomery Advertiser. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. November 5, 1911. p. 14. 
  23. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Alabama vs Marion Military Institute (AL)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  24. ^ a b c d e Feibieman, H. U. (November 12, 1911). "Alabama team easy winners". The Atlanta Constitution. p. 1B. Retrieved January 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  25. ^ a b c d "Tulane goes to pieces in last period and Alabama wins 22–0". The New Orleans Item. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. November 12, 1911. p. 23. 
  26. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Tulane (LA)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  27. ^ a b c d Roberts, Hugh W. (November 19, 1911). "By place kick Sewanee wins". The Atlanta Constitution. p. 5. Retrieved January 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  28. ^ a b c "Gillem's toe wins for Sewanee team". The Courier-Journal. November 19, 1911. p. 32. Retrieved January 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  29. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Sewanee (TN)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  30. ^ a b c d e "Alabama spurts in final moments and passes Davidson in the stretch". The Charlotte Observer. December 1, 1911. p. 9. Retrieved January 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  31. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Davidson (NC)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 22, 2017.