1921 Detroit Titans football team

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1921 Detroit Titans football
Conference Independent
1921 record 8–1
Head coach James F. Duffy (4th season)
Home stadium Navin Field
Seasons
← 1920
1922 →

The 1921 Detroit Titans football team represented the University of Detroit in the 1921 college football season. Detroit shut out seven of nine opponents, outscored all opponents by a combined total of 245 to 24, and finished with an 8–1 record in their fourth year under head coach James F. Duffy. The team was undefeated during its regular season. After the season end, a post-season playoff game was scheduled between Detroit and another undefeated team, Washington & Jefferson, with the winner to play in the 1922 Rose Bowl.[1] Washington & Jefferson defeated Detroit, 14–2, and was later recognized as co-national champion.

In addition to head coach Duffy, the coaching staff included assistant coaches James M. Brown and E. Britt Patterson, trainer Harry H. Crowley, team physician William E. Keane, and publicity director Edward A. Batchelor.[2]

The team included Gus Sonnenberg who went on to play eight seasons in the National Football League.

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
October 1FranklinW 35–0[3]
October 8Ohio NorthernW 35–0[4]
October 15West Virginia Wesleyan
  • Navin Field
  • Detroit
W 55–0[5]
October 22at Boston College
  • Braves Field
  • Boston
W 28–0[6]
October 29Tulane
  • Navin Field
  • Detroit
W 14–10[7]
November 5Springfield
  • Navin Field
  • Detroit
W 21–011,000
November 12Marietta
  • Navin Field
  • Detroit
W 34–0[8]
November 24Vermont
  • Navin Field
  • Detroit
W 21–0[9]
December 3Washington & Jefferson
  • Navin Field
  • Detroit
L 2–1422,000[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Washington-Jefferson To Meet U. of D. at Navin Field, December 3". Detroit Free Press. November 25, 1921. p. 13 – via Newspapers.com. 
  2. ^ "U. of D. vs. Washington & Jefferson game program". University of Detroit. pp. 7, 35. Retrieved December 14, 2017. 
  3. ^ Richard N. Heath (October 2, 1921). "U. of D. Thumps Franklin Boys in Last Half". Detroit Free Press. p. 19 – via Newspapers.com. 
  4. ^ "Detroit Wins Hard Battle From Buckeyes". Detroit Free Press. October 9, 1921. p. 23 – via Newspapers.com. 
  5. ^ "West Virginia Humbled by U. of D. 55-0". Detroit Free Press. October 16, 1921. p. 23 – via Newspapers.com. 
  6. ^ "U. of D. Defeats Boston: Detroit Team Easy Victor Over Boston". Detroit Free Press. October 23, 1921. p. 21 – via Newspapers.com. 
  7. ^ "U. of D. Trims Tulane: Red and White Come Back After Being Outplayed". Detroit Free Press. October 30, 1921. p. 23 – via Newspapers.com. 
  8. ^ "U. of D. Romps Over Marietta; Score 34-0". Detroit Free Press. November 13, 1921. pp. 21, 22 – via Newspapers.com. 
  9. ^ Lloyd H. Northard (November 25, 1921). "University of Detroit Eleven Plows Its Way Through Vermont for 21-0 Win". Detroit Free Press. pp. 13, 13 – via Newspapers.com. 
  10. ^ "W. & J. Wins Intersectional Game From University of Detroit By 14-2 Score". Detroit Free Press. December 4, 1921. pp. 23, 25 – via Newspapers.com. 

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