1914 Army Cadets football team

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1914 Army Cadets football
National champion (Helms, Houlgate, NCF)
Co-national champion (Davis)
Conference Independent
1914 record 9–0
Head coach Charles Dudley Daly (2nd season)
Home stadium The Plain
Seasons
← 1913
1915 →
1914 NCAA independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Army         9 0 0
Montana         7 0 1
Oregon Agricultural         7 0 2
Dartmouth         8 1 0
Pittsburgh         8 1 0
Washington         6 0 1
Cornell         8 2 0
Notre Dame         6 2 0
Navy         6 3 0
Maryland         5 3 0
Penn State         5 3 1
Oregon         4 2 1
USC         4 3 0
Villanova         4 3 1
Idaho         2 3 1
Washington State         2 4 0

The 1914 Army Cadets football team represented the United States Military Academy in the 1914 college football season; in their second season under head coach Charles Dudley Daly, the Cadets compiled a 9–0 record, shut out six of their nine opponents, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 219 to 20 – an average of 24.3 points scored and 2.2 points allowed.[1][2] In the annual Army–Navy Game, the Cadets defeated the Midshipmen 20 to 0,[3] the Cadets also defeated Notre Dame 20–7.[4]

The team was recognized as the national champion by the Helms Athletic Foundation, the Houlgate System, and the National Championship Foundation, and a co-national champion by Parke H. Davis.[5]

Three Army players were recognized as first-team players on the All-America team: end Louis A. Merrilat; center John McEwan; and quarterback Vernon Prichard. Tackle Alex Weyand was selected as a third-team All-American by Walter Camp. Four players from the 1914 team were later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame: McEwan; Weyand; Robert Neyland (later coach at Tennessee); and Elmer Oliphant.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 3 Stevens Tech The PlainWest Point, NY W 49–0  
October 10 Rutgers The Plain • West Point, NY W 13–0  
October 17 Colgate The Plain • West Point, NY W 21–7  
October 24 Holy Cross The Plain • West Point, NY W 14–0  
October 31 Villanova The Plain • West Point, NY W 41–0  
November 7 Notre Dame The Plain • West Point, NY (Rivalry) W 20–7  
November 14 Maine The Plain • West Point, NY W 28–0  
November 21 Springfield (MA) The Plain • West Point, NY W 13–6  
November 28 Navy Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA (Rivalry) W 20–0  

Players[edit]

  • Charles Benedict, fullback
  • Omar Bradley (later Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army)
  • William Butler, left tackle
  • William Coffin, fullback
  • John F. Goodman, center
  • Charles Herrick, left guard
  • Paul A. Hodgson, left halfback
  • William M. Hoge, right halfback and fullback
  • James P. Kelly, right end
  • John McEwan, center (College Football Hall of Fame)
  • Laurence Meacham, left guard and right guard
  • Louis A. Merrilat, left end and right end
  • Robert Neyland, left end (College Football Hall of Fame)
  • Joseph O'Hare, right guard
  • Elmer Oliphant,[6] halfback (College Football Hall of Fame)
  • Vernon Prichard, quarterback
  • James Van Fleet, right halfback
  • Alex Weyand, right tackle (College Football Hall of Fame)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Army Yearly Results (1910-1914)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ "1914 Army Black Knights Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 29, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Well-Balanced Army Machine Overwhelms Navy, 20-0". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. November 29, 1914. 
  4. ^ "Cadets Avenge Defeat by Irish: Strong Army Team Downs Notre Dame, 20 to 7, in Contest at West Point Featured by Forward Pass". The Indianapolis Star. November 8, 1914. 
  5. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2015). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. p. 108. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Oliphant Has Big Part in Army-Maine Battle". The Topeka Daily Capital. November 15, 1914.