1916 Michigan Agricultural Aggies football team

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1916 Michigan Agricultural Aggies football
1916 record4–2–1
Head coachDutch Sommer (1st season)
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The 1916 Michigan Agricultural Aggies football team represented Michigan Agricultural College (MAC) in the 1916 college football season. In their first year under head coach Dutch Sommer, the Aggies compiled a 4–2–1 record and outscored their opponents 126 to 26.[1]


September 30OlivetW 40–0
October 7Carroll
  • College Field
  • East Lansing, MI
W 20–0
October 14at AlmaAlma, MIW 33–0
October 21at Michigan L 0–9
October 28North Dakota State
  • College Field
  • East Lansing, MI
W 30–0
November 4at South DakotaVermillion, SDT 3–3
November 18Notre Dame dagger
  • College Field
  • East Lansing, MI (rivalry)
L 0–14
  • daggerHomecoming

Game summaries[edit]


Michigan Agricultural at Michigan
1 234Total
Michigan Agricultural 0 000 0
Michigan 3 006 9

The Aggies played their annual game against Michigan at Ferry Field on October 21, 1916. It was the 11th game between the two schools dating back to 1898. Michigan had won seven of the prior ten games, but M.A.C. had defeated the Wolverines in 1915.[2] Michigan won the 1916 game by a score of 9 to 0. According to one account of the game, Michigan quarterback Cliff Sparks "crumpled the Aggie line almost every time he crashed into it and circled ends with ease, and was eel-like in running back punts."[3] After two scoreless quarters, M.A.C's Baker in the fourth quarter fumbled a punt at M.A.C.'s 22-yard line. After gains of 10 yards by Sparks and eight yards by Cedric "Pat" Smith, left halfback John Maulbetsch finished the drive with a two-yard run for the touchdown.[4] The game was played in 15-minute quarters.[4][5]


  1. ^ "2016 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Michigan State University. pp. 146, 151. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  2. ^ "Michigan vs Michigan St". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  3. ^ "Wolverines Uncover a Phenomenal Quarterback". San Antonio Light. 1916-11-12.
  4. ^ a b E. E. Pardee (October 22, 1916). "It Was Just As Well For Michigan That She Had Sparks: Jackson Boy's Thinking Gives Her a Lead and His All Around Work Holds It". Detroit Free Press. p. 23.
  5. ^ "Michigan, 9; M.A.C., 0". The Michigan Alumnus. November 1916. pp. 102–103.