1911 Michigan Agricultural Aggies football team

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1911 Michigan Agricultural Aggies football
Conference Independent
1911 record 5–1
Head coach John Macklin (1st season)
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The 1911 Michigan Agricultural Aggies football team represented Michigan Agricultural College (MAC) in the 1911 college football season. In their first year under head coach John Macklin, the Aggies compiled a 5–1 record and outscored their opponents 93 to 30.[1]


October 7AlmaW 12–0
October 14Michigan (rivalry)
  • College Field
  • East Lansing, MI
L 3–15
October 28Olivet
  • College Field
  • East Lansing, MI
W 29–3
November 4at DePauwGreencastle, INW 6–0
November 11Mount Union
  • College Field
  • East Lansing, MI
W 26–6
November 30Wabash
  • College Field
  • East Lansing, MI
W 17–6

Game summaries[edit]


Michigan at Michigan Agricultural
1 234Total
Michigan 0 0312 15
Michigan Agricultural 0 030 3

On October 14, 1911, the Aggies lost to Michigan by a 15 to 3 score in front of 5,000 spectators at College Field in East Lansing, Michigan. It was the sixth game in the Michigan - Michigan State football rivalry, and Michigan had a record of 4-0-1 in the five prior meetings, outscoring the Aggies by a combined total of 210 to 0.[2] The 1911 game was the first loss by M.A.C. on their home field.[3]

Michigan threatened to score in the first quarter, but one drive was stopped when the Aggies' intercepted a pass at their own 10-yard line. On the next drive, Michigan took the ball to the Aggies' 15-yard line, but a field goal attempt by Frederick L. Conklin was unsuccessful. In the second quarter, another Michigan drive took the ball to the M.A.C. three-yard line, but Michigan was unable to score, and the Aggies took over on downs.[3] Walter Eckersall was the umpire and also covered the game for the Chicago Daily Tribune. Eckersall wrote: "That Michigan met a Tartar in a team which held Yost's eleven to a 0 to 0 score in the first two periods and was the first to register a score . . . cannot be questioned. Time after time the Wolverines carried the ball inside the local's fifteen yard line only to be checked by a slow defense."[4]

In the third quarter, the Aggies took the lead when their left halfback Hill kicked a field goal from the 35-yard line. Shortly thereafter, a 30-yard gain by Otto Carpell helped set the stage for a field goal by Conklin from the 20-yard line. In the fourth quarter, Michigan scored two touchdowns. The first came on a 63-yard drive that included a 30-yard gain on a pass from fullback George C. Thomson to Stanfield Wells. Wells finished the drive with a five-yard touchdown run, and Frederick L. Conklin kicked the extra point. After the touchdown, Thomson returned M.A.C.'s kickoff 55 yards to the Aggies' 48-yard line. Thomson then gained 35 yards on a running play for Michigan's second touchdown. Conklin kicked the extra point. Thomson also handled punting for Michigan, and one of his punts went 70 yards.[3] The game was played in ten-minute quarters.[3][5]


  1. ^ "2016 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Michigan State University. pp. 146, 151. Retrieved June 14, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Michigan vs Michigan State". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2014-11-11. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Michigan Defeats the M.A.C. Eleven in Hard Struggle: Wolverines Prove Better Finishers Than the Farmers and Win in the Last Half of the Game". Detroit Free Press. October 15, 1911. p. 23. 
  4. ^ Walter H. Eckersall (October 15, 1911). "Aggies Surprise Yost's Men: Michigan, Win, 15 to 3, but Has to Fight for Verdict; Wolverines Look Strong; Championship Timber at Ann Arbor, Says Eckersall". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. C3. 
  5. ^ "Michigan, 24; Case, 0". The Michigan Alumnus. November 1911. p. 68.