1918 Detroit Titans football team

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1918 Detroit Titans football
Conference Independent
1918 record 0–2
Head coach None
Home stadium University of Detroit Stadium
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The 1918 Detroit Titans football team was an American football team that represented the University of Detroit in the 1918 college football season. The team compiled a 0–2 record and was outscored by its opponents by a combined total of 19 to 2.[1]

The 1918 team played in a season shortened by World War I travel restrictions and the 1918 flu pandemic. Games scheduled for the month of October were cancelled due to travel and other restrictions imposed by the War Department.[2][3] Teams were permitted to play two games in November, though restrictions remained on games that required travel of long distances.[2]

James F. Duffy, head coach of the 1917 team, missed the 1918 season due to wartime military service. In the spring of 1918, Duffy enlisted in the United States Navy,[4] as a result, the University of Detroit football team played the 1918 season without a coach. Duffy returned for the 1919 season.


Date Opponent Site Result Source
November 16 at Albion
L 2–13 [5]
November 28 Detroit Junior College
L 0–6 [6][7]

Game notes[edit]

at Albion[edit]

On November 16, 1918, the University of Detroit football team lost by a 13–2 score to Albion at Alumni field in Albion, Michigan, the game was played in the rain and on a muddy field. Two Detroit players sustained broken bones in the game and were taken to the hospital,[5] the University of Detroit played only two games against Albion. Albion won the 1918 game, and Detroit won the other game, played in 1930, by a 51–0 score.[8]

at Detroit Junior College[edit]

On Thanksgiving Day (November 28), the University of Detroit team lost by a 6–0 score to Detroit Junior College (DJC) at Goldberg field in Detroit. DJC's captain and fullback, Wayne Brenkert, scored the game's only points on a 30-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.[7] DJC became Wayne University, the schools did not meet again until 1940. Thereafter, they met another 10 times, but the 1918 game remained the only victory by a DJC/Wayne squad.[9]


  1. ^ "Detroit Yearly Results (1915-1919)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "War Department Holds to Order Limiting Fall's Football Games". Detroit Free Press. October 4, 1918. p. 15 – via Newspapers.com. 
  3. ^ "Spanish Influenza Deals Western Universities Football Big Blow". Detroit Free Press. October 12, 1918. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com. 
  4. ^ "Detroit University Coach Made an Ensign in Navy". Detroit Free Press. November 9, 1918. p. 10. 
  5. ^ a b "Detroiters Lose Game To Albion". Detroit Free Press. November 17, 1918. p. 21 – via Newspapers.com. 
  6. ^ "Brenkert's Run Nets Touchdown; U. of D. Is Loser". Detroit Free Press. November 29, 1918. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com. 
  7. ^ a b "Detroit's Final Title Chance Is Central's Eleven". Detroit Free Press. November 28, 1918. p. 13 – via Newspapers.com. 
  8. ^ "Detroit vs Albion (MI)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Archived from the original on September 15, 2015. Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Detroit vs Wayne St. (MI)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Archived from the original on September 15, 2015. Retrieved December 21, 2017.