1913 Michigan Agricultural Aggies football team

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1913 Michigan Agricultural Aggies football
Conference Independent
1913 record 7–0
Head coach John Macklin (3rd season)
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The 1913 Michigan Agricultural Aggies football team represented Michigan Agricultural College (MAC) in the 1913 college football season. In their third year under head coach John Macklin, the Aggies compiled a 7–0 record and outscored their opponents 180 to 28.[1]

Game summaries[edit]


Michigan Agricultural at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan Agricultural 6 0 6 0 12
Michigan 0 0 0 7 7

On October 18, 1913, the Aggies played Michigan,[2] for the first time in the history of the intrastate rivalry, the Aggies beat the Wolverines, 12-7. The Aggies' offense, led by fullback "Carp" Julian, scored touchdowns in the first and third quarters, but missed both extra points. Halfback Blake Miller returned a Michigan fumble 45 yards for the one touchdown, and the other score came on a long drive. An account of the game noted: "The one great feature of the game was the accuracy of the Aggies forward passing which netted a total of 76 yards for the Farmers."[3] Trailing 12-0 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Wolverines rallied in the fourth quarter. Clyde Bastian recovered an M.A.C. fumble at midfield and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown,and George Paterson kicked the extra point, cutting the lead to five points. Late in the fourth quarter, Michigan opened up its offense and drove to the Aggies' 35-yard line. A long forward pass to the goal line fell incomplete, and the game came to an end.[3][4] The New York Times described the game as "a desperate gruelling struggle."[4] M.A.C. halfback Blake Miller suffered a blow to the head during the game and was hospitalized in serious condition.[5]

In November 1913, The Michigan Alumnus made note of the Aggies' potential as an athletic threat: "This victory with the football tie in 1908, and the Farmers' clean sweep in baseball in 1912, point to the fact that M.A.C. will bear watching by Michigan."[2] In the celebration following the game, two Aggies fans were arrested and jailed for "throwing bottles about the streets" in the early hours of Sunday morning.[6]


  1. ^ "2016 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Michigan State University. pp. 146, 151. Retrieved June 14, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Michigan's Team -- A General View". The Michigan Alumnus. November 1913. pp. 96–97. 
  3. ^ a b "M.A.C., 12; Michigan 7". The Michigan Alumnus. November 1913. p. 98. 
  4. ^ a b "Michigan Suffers Defeat: State Agricultural Team Outplays University Men, 12 to 7". The New York Times. October 19, 1913. 
  5. ^ "Michigan A. C. Player Injured". The New York Times. October 19, 1913. 
  6. ^ "Bottle Hurlers Jailed: Aggies' Victory Celebration Disastrous to Two Young Men". Detroit Free Press. October 20, 1913.