1922 Alabama vs. Penn football game

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1922 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Penn Quakers football game
1234 Total
Alabama 0360 9
Penn 0700 7
Date November 4, 1922
Season 1922
Stadium Franklin Field
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Referee E. J. O'Brien
Attendance 20,000

The 1922 Alabama vs. Pennsylvania football game, played November 4, 1922, was a college football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Penn Quakers. Beating one of the "big 4" Ivy League institutions in a major upset, it is considered one of the most important wins in Alabama football history,[1][2] giving the team some of its first national recognition.[3][4] One writer called the game the hardest fought battle on Penn's field in seven years.[5]


It was the second game at the newly renovated Franklin Field; the first an important victory for Penn over Navy.[6]

John Heisman's Penn team was highly favored. Noted sports columnist Grantland Rice predicted a 21–0 Quaker victory.[7]

Game details[edit]

Alabama quarterback Charles Bartlett set up the winning touchdown with a dash from the 35-yard line to the 6.[5] College Football Hall of Fame inductee Pooley Hubert was a freshman at fullback.


After the game, when the news reached Tuscaloosa, "they started burning red fires and celebrating in a manner that Tuscaloosa had never seen before in its history."[8]

Bartlett received Walter Camp's All-America honorable mention,[9]


  1. ^ "Alabama vs Pennsylvania".
  2. ^ Bridget Heos. Alabama Football. p. 39.
  3. ^ Lewis Bowling. Alabama Football Tales: More Than a Century of Crimson Tide Glory. p. 14.
  4. ^ Eric Bain-Selbo. Game Day and God. p. 137.
  5. ^ a b "Pennsy Beaten By Alabama In Spirited Game". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. November 5, 1922. Retrieved April 21, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "Alabama's Eleven Humbles Old Penn". The New York Times. November 5, 1922. p. 25. Retrieved April 21, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ Kordic, Gregory (2007). A Damn Good Yankee: Xen Scott and the Rise of the Crimson Tide. Bloomington, Indiana: AuthorHouse. pp. 1–9. ISBN 978-1-4259-6018-6.
  8. ^ Fuzzy Woodruff. History of Southern Football. 2. p. 210.
  9. ^ "Camp's All America Stars Show Why They Are Winners; Have Brains, Power, Spirit". Harrisburg Telegraph. December 26, 1922. p. 15. Retrieved March 8, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read