1916 Vanderbilt Commodores football team

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1916 Vanderbilt Commodores football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1916 record 7–1–1 (4–1–1 SIAA)
Head coach Dan McGugin (13th season)
Offensive scheme Short punt
Captain Irby Curry
Home stadium Dudley Field
Seasons
← 1915
1917 →
1916 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Georgia Tech + 5 0 0     8 0 1
Tennessee + 6 0 1     8 0 1
Georgetown (KY) 1 0 0     2 0 0
Vanderbilt 4 1 1     7 1 1
LSU 3 1 1     7 1 2
The Citadel 3 1 0     6 1 1
Tulane 2 1 1     4 3 1
Kentucky 2 1 2     4 1 2
Auburn 6 2 0     6 2 0
Georgia 5 2 0     6 3 0
Alabama 4 3 0     6 3 0
Sewanee 2 2 2     5 2 2
Mississippi A&M 3 4 0     4 4 1
Mississippi College 2 3 0     4 3 0
Clemson 2 4 0     3 6 0
South Carolina 2 4 0     2 7 0
Louisville 1 2 0     2 3 1
Wofford 1 2 0     2 7 0
Transylvania 1 2 1     1 2 1
Furman 1 3 0     4 5 0
Chattanooga 1 4 0     3 5 0
Howard 0 1 0     0 1 0
Mercer 0 3 0     1 6 0
Florida 0 4 0     0 5 0
Ole Miss 0 6 0     3 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1916 Vanderbilt Commodores football team represented Vanderbilt University in the 1916 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. The 1916 season was Dan McGugin's 13th year as head coach. Quarterback Rabbit Curry was selected third-team All-America by Walter Camp.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 30 Rhodes* Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee W 86–0  
October 7 Transylvania Dudley Field • Nashville, Tennessee W 42–0  
October 14 at Kentucky Stoll FieldLexington, Kentucky (Rivalry) W 45–0  
October 21 Ole Miss Dudley Field • Nashville, Tennessee (Rivalry) W 35–0  
October 28 Virginia* Dudley Field • Nashville, Tennessee W 27–6  
November 4 Rose Polytechnic* Dudley Field • Nashville, Tennessee W 67–0  
November 11 at Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, Tennessee (Rivalry) L 6–10  
November 18 at Auburn Rickwood FieldBirmingham, Alabama W 20–9  
November 25 Sewanee Dudley Field • Nashville, Tennessee (Rivalry) T 0–0  
*Non-conference game.

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Season summary[edit]

Virginia[edit]

Vanderbilt beat Virginia 27–6. Josh Cody made a 50-yard field goal.

Tennessee[edit]

Tennessee upset Vanderbilt 10–6 in 1916. Vanderbilt's lone score came on a 70-yard run by Rabbit Curry. The year's only unanimous All-Southern Graham Vowell scored Tennessee's winning touchdown.[2]

The starting lineup was Adams (left end), Cody (left tackle), Williams (left guard), Hamilton (center), Harman (right guard), Lipscomb (right tackle), Cohen (right end), Curry (quarterback), Floyd (left halfback), Zerfoss (right halfback), Ray (fullback).[3]

Auburn[edit]

Vanderbilt at Auburn
1 234Total
Vanderbilt 7 0013 20
Auburn 0 630 9

Vanderbilt eliminated Auburn from SIAA title contention by a 20–9 score. Josh Cody carried the ball over for the first touchdown.[4] Rabbit Curry played well at the start, but could not play the entire game due to an ankle injury.[4] Moon Ducote made a 45-yard field goal in the third quarter to put the Tigers up 9–7.[4] With the help of the forward pass, the Commodores scored two further touchdowns in the last quarter.[4]

The starting lineup was Zerfoss (left end), Cody (left tackle), Williams (left guard), Hamilton (center), Carman (right guard), Lipscomb (right tackle), Cohen (right end), Curry (quarterback), Richardson (left halfback), Beasley (right halfback), Ray (fullback).[4]

Sewanee[edit]

Vanderbilt and rival Sewanee fought to a scoreless tie. Red Floyd fumbled in the shadow of the goalpost.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1916 Vanderbilt Commodores Schedule and Results". 
  2. ^ "Defeat of Vandy Was Big Surprise". The Charlotte Observer. November 13, 1916. p. 6. Retrieved March 29, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 42
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Vanderbilt Took Good Game From The Auburn Team". Winston-Salem Journal. November 19, 1916. p. 6. Retrieved May 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ "Vanderbilt 0, Sewanee 0". The Houston Post. December 1, 1916. p. 4. Retrieved May 13, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  • Woodruff, Fuzzy (1928). A History of Southern Football 1890–1928. 2.