1923 Quantico Marines Devil Dogs football team

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1923 Quantico Marines Devil Dogs football
Conference Independent
1923 record 7–2–1
Head coach John Beckett
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The 1923 Quantico Marines Devil Dogs football team represented the Quantico Marine Base in the 1923 college football season.[1][2] "Support for the team reached an all-time high during a game against the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor during the Corps’ anniversary in 1923. Thousands of Marines and fans traveled from Quantico on special trains to attend the game. Many of the Marines spent their entire month’s paycheck and more just to pay for the venture."[3]


Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 22 at VMI VMI Parade Ground • Lexington, VA L 0–6    
September 29 Washington College W 19–0    
October 6 Georgetown Griffith StadiumWashington, DC W 14–3    
October 13 Catholic University W 19–0    
October 20 Gallaudet Quantico, VA W 61–0    
October 27 George Washington W 40–0    
November 3 Villanova Quantico, VA W 39–0    
November 10 at Michigan Ferry FieldAnn Arbor, MI L 6–26   40,000
November 17 vs. Haskell Yankee StadiumBronx, NY T 14–14   10,000
December 1 at 3rd Army Corps Washington, DC W 7–0    
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. All times are in Eastern Time.


Game summaries[edit]


"Quantico got off poorly, losing to V. M. I. in a mud battle, 6 to o."[5]

at Michigan[edit]

Quantico Marines at Michigan
1 234Total
Quantico Marines 6 000 6
Michigan 0 7712 26

On November 10, 1923, the Quantico Marines faced the 1923 Michigan Wolverines football team at Ferry Field in Ann Arbor, Michigan.[6] The game was attended by 2,000 Marines and by several dignitaries, including Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby, who had played football at Michigan in the 1890s, and Marine Corps Commandant John A. Lejeune.[7] The Wolverines, who went on to an undefeated season and a national championship, defeated the Marines, 26–6. The Marines took the opening kickoff and drove 89 yards for a touchdown, using "a bewildering aerial and line attack." The Marines' touchdown was the only one scored on Michigan during the entire 1923 season. The Marines led 6–0 at the end of the first quarter, but Michigan then scored 26 unanswered points. Quarterback Irwin Uteritz led Michigan's comeback, scoring a touchdown in the second quarter on a dive between center Jack Blott's legs. Uteritz later left the game with a broken leg and was replaced by Tod Rockwell at quarterback. When Rockwell came into the game, Michigan lined up for a field goal with Rockwell holding the ball. As the Marines came through to block the kick, Rockwell jumped to his feet and ran the ball 26 yards for a touchdown.[8][7][9]


  1. ^ http://jarheadjocks.com/doc/Football-Teams-1943-72-2011.pdf
  2. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=GeHWAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA139#v=onepage&q&f=false
  3. ^ http://www.quantico.usmc.mil/Sentry/StoryView.aspx?SID=776[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ http://www.cfbtrivia.com/cfbt_detail.php?teamname=Quantico%20Marines&fry=1800&thy=2014&det=on
  5. ^ https://archive.org/stream/marinebarracksqu00unit/marinebarracksqu00unit_djvu.txt
  6. ^ "42,000 Watch Marines Fall: Michigan Defeats Service Team At Ann Arbor, 26 to 6". The Decatur Sunday Review (Illinois). November 11, 1923. p. 10. 
  7. ^ a b "Michigan Defeats Marines By 26–6: 42,000 See the Wolverines Rally After Opponents Tally First Touchdown; Notable Attend Game". The New York Times. November 11, 1923. 
  8. ^ Billy Evans (December 8, 1923). "Won Fame On First Big Ten Play: A Substitute on the Sidelines Saved the Big X Championship for Michigan". Iowa City Press-Citizen. 
  9. ^ "Marines Crack Under Terrific Attack of Wolverine Warriors: Michigan Eleven, Swept Off Its Feet by Naval School Team in First Period, Stages Brilliant Comeback and Wins Easily by 26 to 6 Score". The Davenport Democrat and Leader (Iowa). November 11, 1923. p. 24. 

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