1923 Tempe Normal Owls football team

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1923 Tempe Normal Bulldogs football
Conference Independent
1923 record 4–2
Head coach Aaron McCreary (1st season)
Home stadium Normal Field
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The 1923 Tempe Normal Bulldogs football team was an American football team that represented Tempe Normal School (later renamed Arizona State University) as an independent during the 1923 college football season. In their first season under head coach Aaron McCreary, the Bulldogs compiled a (4–2) record, and outscored their opponents 152-102.[1] Tempe Normal's team captain was John Turner. The Bulldogs finished (1-1) at home and (3-1) on the road. All home games were played at Normal Field in Tempe, Arizona. Coach McCreary graduated from Tempe Normal School in 1915 and had thereafter been in charge of athletics at Tucson High School.[2]

Season Summary[edit]

In the season opener at Normal Field, the Tempe Normal Bulldogs suffered a 19-0 home shutout loss to Phoenix Union High School. The Bulldogs rebounded with an impressive 47-0 road shutout victory over the Phoenix Indians. Tempe Normal defeated the Phoenix Indians' 2nd team 61-6 on the road. This marked the first and only meeting between the teams in school history. The Bulldogs dropped a 57-2 road contest at Phoenix College. Tempe Normal bounced back with an 18-14 home win against the Phoenix Indians in Tempe. The Bulldogs closed the season with 24-6 road victory over Mesa High School.

Tempe Normal's roster included: (Cedric Austin, Archie Boring, John Curry, Lorel Dana, Vernon Freeman, Delbert Goddard, Johnny Goodwin, Ellis Johnson, Bryan Jones, Ed Jones, Mues Lauffer, Theo Motes, Theron Palmer, Theron Pomeroy, Robert Ruse, Kenneth Strong, John "Custer" Turner, & Arthur Way).


  1. ^ "2016 ASU Football Media Guide". Arizona State University. 2016. p. 118. Archived from the original on 2016-10-25. Retrieved 2016-11-10. 
  2. ^ "Parents Throng Tempe Schools To See The Exhibits". The Arizona Republican. May 23, 1923. p. 2-2. 
  • 2007 Arizona State Football Media Guide