The 1912 Vanderbilt Commodores football team represented Vanderbilt University in the 1912 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. The 1912 season was Dan McGugins 9th year as head coach, members of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the Commodores won their third straight conference title this year, posting a 8–1–1 record. Vanderbilt outscored its opponents 391 to 19, the 105–0 victory over Bethel was the largest in the schools history. The teams only loss was to national champion Harvard and they also suffered a tie to Auburn. Lew Hardage was selected a third-team All-American by Walter Camp, Vanderbilt faced its hardest schedule to date, and lost varsity letter winners in quarterback Ray Morrison, tackle Ewing Y. Freeland to Texas, and guard Will Metzger to business, aside from Morrison, Vanderbilt retained the rest of its great backfield of the previous year with halfbacks Lew Hardage, the teams captain, and Wilson Collins, and fullback Ammie Sikes. Replacing Morrison at quarterback was renowned drop kicker Zach Curlin, the 1912 season saw the NCAA implement several rule changes to increase scoring. The season started with a bang, the largest win in school history, future Vanderbilt star Josh Cody played for Bethel. Wilson Collins started the scoring barrage when he took a punt 45 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. The game was played in the mud, in which substitute quarterback Rabbi Robins was better suited than starter Zach Curlin, Robins once returned a kick 70 yards for a touchdown. Collins had five touchdowns, Enoch Brown three, Hardage and Robins and Morrison two each, and Reyer and Chester one each. The starting lineup for Vanderbilt was, Turner, Covington, Daves, Morgan, Huffman, T. Brown, E. Brown, Curlin, Hardage, Collins, the Commodores then rolled up a 100–3 score against the Maryville Scots. Despite the first two games being like practice games, the scores were quite the surprise, for in both the substitutes replaced the regulars by the second quarter. Maryvilles Badgett scored on a 31-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, one of Vanderbilts scores was a 40-yard forward pass from Hardage to Brown. The starting lineup for Vanderbilt was, Turner, Covington, Daves, Morgan, Huffman, T. Brown, E. Brown, Curlin, Hardage, Collins, the game with Rose Polytechnic was seen as the first real test of the season. Still, the Commodores romped to a 54–0 victory with subs replacing the regulars by the end of the first half, the first score came on a 35-yard interception return by Lew Hardage. During the game, Rose Poly tried a trick play with a player in civilian clothes receiving the ball. The starting lineup for Vanderbilt was, Turner, Shipp, Daves, Morgan, Swofford, T. Brown, E. Brown, Robins, Hardage, Collins, the Commodores easily defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 46–0 in the rain
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Center Hugh Morgan
Zach Curlin drop kicked a field goal against Harvard.