1915 Detroit Tigers football team

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1915 Detroit Tigers football
Conference Independent
1915 record 1–5
Head coach Harry Costello (1st season)
Home stadium Mack Park
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The 1915 Detroit Tigers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Detroit in the 1915 college football season. In its first season under head coach Harry Costello, the team compiled a 1–5 record and was outscored by its opponents by a combined total of 207 to 18.[1]

In its schedule for the 1915 University of Detroit football team, College Football Data Warehouse erroneously included an undated game against Hutchinson Central High School from Buffalo, New York.[1] However, the Detroit Free Press for October 17, 1915, at page 23, shows that the game against Hutchinson was played on October 16 at Elmwood Field by the "Detroit University School", a high school team in Detroit, not by the University of Detroit. In fact, the University of Detroit team played a game against Olivet College at Mack Park on the same afternoon.[2]


October 2Detroit alumniW 7–6[3]
October 9at Heidelberg College
L 8–30[4]
October 16Olivet
  • Mack Park
  • Detroit
L 3–25[5]
October 23at Michigan State Normal
L 0–46[6]
October 30Polish Seminary
  • Mack Park
  • Detroit
L 0–21[7]
November 13at Michigan freshmenL 0–79[8]


  1. ^ a b "Detroit Yearly Results (1915-1919)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ "D.U.S. Shuts Out Buffalo in Hard Tilt". Detroit Free Press. October 17, 1915. p. 23 – via Newspapers.com. 
  3. ^ "Both Tilts Are Taken by 7 to 6: University of Detroit Beats Alumni, While Eastern Loses to Ypsi in Football Double-Header at Mack Park". Detroit Free Press. October 3, 1915. p. 19 – via Newspapers.com. 
  4. ^ "Heidelberg Is Too Much for U. of D. Eleven: Ohioans Score Four Touchdowns and Safety on Local University, Scoring 30 Points". Detroit Free Press. October 10, 1915. p. 20 – via Newspapers.com. 
  5. ^ "Olivet Beats University in Initial Half". Detroit Free Press. October 17, 1915. p. 23 – via Newspapers.com. 
  6. ^ K.W. Hall (October 24, 1915). "Ypsi Crushes University in Easy Fashion: Strong Normals Run Up Score of 46 to 0 on Coach Costello's Green Team". Detroit Free Press. p. 22 – via Newspapers.com. 
  7. ^ "Poles Trounce U. of D. Team in First Half: Score 21 Points in First 30 Minutes But Are Held Scoreless After That". Detroit Free Press. October 31, 1915. p. 18 – via Newspapers.com. 
  8. ^ "University Is Handed Severe Jolt by Fresh: Michigan Yearlings Sprint Through and Around Detroiters for Total of 79 Points". Detroit Free Press. November 14, 1915. p. 21 – via Newspapers.com.