1926 Brown Bears football team

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1926 Brown Bears football
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The "Iron Men" pose for a group photo.
Conference Independent
1926 record 9–0–1
Head coach Tuss McLaughry (1st season)
Home stadium Brown Stadium
Seasons
← 1925
1927 →
1926 NCAA independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Brown         9 0 1
Navy         9 0 1
Notre Dame         9 1 0
Furman         8 1 1
Army         7 1 1
Penn         7 1 1
Carnegie Tech         7 2 0
Syracuse         7 2 1
Citadel         7 3 0
Cornell         6 1 1
Villanova         6 2 1
Pittsburgh         5 2 2
Penn State         5 4 0
Wake Forest         5 4 1
Yale         4 4 0
Michigan State         3 4 1
Delaware         3 5 0
Havard         3 5 0
Duke         3 6 0
Drexel         2 5 0

The 1926 Brown Bears football team, often called "the Iron Men", represented Brown University in 1926 college football season. They were led by first-year head coach Tuss McLaughry. The Bears compiled a 9–0–1 record, outscored their opponents 223–36, and recorded seven defensive shutouts.[1]

The 1926 Bears were nicknamed the "Iron Men" because of the significant play time the first squad saw in several key games. Against Yale, Brown's starters played every minute of the game without substitution and won, 7–0. The following week, the same eleven played the duration of the 10–0 win over Dartmouth, another period powerhouse. In order to rest his starters, McLaughry fielded the second string the next weekend against Norwich, and they won decisively, 27–0. A week later at Harvard Stadium, the Iron Men played 58 minutes of the 26–0 shutout of the Crimson, their third and final Ancient Eight opponent.[2] McLaughry sent in the substitutes for the final two minutes so that they would earn their varsity letters.[3] In the season's finale, Colgate held the Iron Men to a tie, 10–10.[2]

The 9–0–1 record remains Brown's only undefeated season to date.[2] Back Roy Randall and end Hal Broda were named first-team All-Americans by the Associated Press and United Press, respectively.[4] The Iron Men consisted of the following eleven players: Thurston Towle, Paul Hodge, Orland Smith, Charles Considine, Lou Farber, Ed Kevorkian, Hal Broda, Al Cornsweet, Dave Mishel, Ed Lawrence, and Roy Randall.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 25 Rhode Island Brown StadiumProvidence, RI W 14–0  
October 2 Colby Brown Stadium • Providence, RI W 35–0  
October 9 Lehigh Brown Stadium • Providence, RI W 32–0  
October 16 Bates Brown Stadium • Providence, RI W 27–14  
October 23 Yale Yale BowlNew Haven, CT W 7–0  
October 30 Dartmouth Memorial FieldHanover, NH W 10–0  
November 6 Norwich Brown Stadium • Providence, RI W 27–0  
November 13 Harvard Harvard StadiumAllston, MA W 21–0  
November 20 New Hampshire Brown Stadium • Providence, RI W 40–11  
November 27 Colgate Brown Stadium • Providence, RI T 10–10  

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1926 Brown Records, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved June 19, 2009. Archived June 22, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c ESPN College Football Encyclopedia, p. 1037, New York: ESPN Books, 2005, ISBN 1-4013-3703-1.
  3. ^ Football, Martha Mitchell’s Encyclopedia Brunoniana, Brown University, retrieved June 20, 2009.
  4. ^ ESPN, p. 1158.
  5. ^ Farber's Fame Archived 2008-08-21 at the Wayback Machine., Brown Alumni Magazine, January/February 2002.