1931 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

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1931 Pittsburgh Panthers football
Pitt Panthers wordmark.svg
Co-national champion (Parke H. Davis)
Eastern champion
Conference Independent
1931 record 8–1
Head coach Jock Sutherland (8th season)
Offensive scheme Single wing
Home stadium Pitt Stadium
← 1930
1932 →
1931 NCAA independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Pittsburgh         8 1 0
Drexel         7 1 0
Army         8 2 1
Notre Dame         6 2 1
Navy         5 5 1
Penn State         2 8 0

The 1931 Pittsburgh Panthers football team, coached by Jock Sutherland, represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 1931 college football season. The Panthers finished the regular season with eight wins and a single loss at Notre Dame and were considered the champions of the East.[1] Parke H. Davis, whose selection is recognized as "major" in the official NCAA football records book,[2] named Pitt as one of that season's co-national champions. The team is also recognized as national champion in 1931 by College Football Data Warehouse[3] and according to a Sports Illustrated study[4] that has served as the historical basis of the university's historical national championship claims since its original publication.[5]


Date Opponent Site Result
September 26 Miami (OH) Pitt StadiumPittsburgh W 61-0  
October 3 at Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, Iowa W 20-0  
October 10 West Virginia Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh (Backyard Brawl) W 34-0  
October 17 Western Reserve Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh W 32-0  
October 24 at Notre Dame Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, Indiana L 12-25  
October 31 at Penn State New Beaver FieldUniversity Park, Pennsylvania (Rivalry) W 41-6  
November 7 Carnegie Tech Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh W 14-6  
November 14 Army Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh W 26-0  
November 26 Nebraska Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh W 40-0  


List of national championship selectors[edit]

The 1915 team was selected or recognized as national champions by multiple selectors, of which Parke H. Davis's selection is recognized as "major" (i.e. national in scope) by the official NCAA football records book.[2] College Football Data Warehouse also recognizes Pitt as a national champion in 1915,[7] as did a 1970 Sports Illustrated study that has served as the historical basis of the university's historical national championship claims since its original publication.[5]

These are the selectors that determined Pitt to be national champions in 1931.[3]

* A "major" selector that was "national scope" according to the official NCAA football records book.[2]


*Bold – Consensus All-American[19]


  1. ^ University of Pittsburgh 1975 football media guide. University of Pittsburgh. 1975. p. 54. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  2. ^ a b c 2012 NCAA Football Records (PDF). The National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2012. pp. 69–73. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "1931 National Championships". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ Jenkins, Dan (September 11, 1967). "This Year The Fight Will Be In The Open". Sports Illustrated. Chicago. 27 (11): 30–33. Archived from the original on July 16, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Borghetti, E.J.; Nestor, Mendy; Welsh, Celeste, eds. (2008). 2008 Pitt Football Media Guide (PDF). Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh. p. 156. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  6. ^ "University of Pittsburgh - 1931". College Football Reference. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ "1915 National Championships". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "All Sections of Country Represented on Team; National Honors Given 1931 Grid Star". Reno Evening Gazette. 1931-12-05. 
  9. ^ a b "Dalrymple Highest Vote-Getter In NEA Board's All-American Team". The Daily News. Frederick, Maryland. 1931-12-14. 
  10. ^ a b Frick, Ford (1931-12-05). "Schwartz and Dalrymple Most Popular Choices on 'Hearst All-American'". Chester Times. 
  11. ^ a b Bitt, Bill (Central Sports Editor) (1931-12-09). "Real 1931 All-American Team Selected by College Captains". The Evening Independent. Massillon, Ohio). 
  12. ^ Perry, Lawrence (1931-12-05). "Gill Named on Perry's U.S. Star Eleven: Baker and Shaver Also Honored by Eastern Grid Expert". Oakland Tribune. 
  13. ^ "Mythical Team Nominated by Fans Announced". The Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune. 1931-12-11. 
  14. ^ McLemore, Henry (1931-12-04). "United Press Selects Stellar All-American". The Piqua Daily Call. Ohio. 
  15. ^ "Munn Placed on Rice's All-American Team: Rentner and Morrison Get Honor Posts". The Evening Tribune. Albert Lea, Minnesota. 1931-12-18. 
  16. ^ "Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American Selections". Walter Camp Football Foundation. Archived from the original on 18 December 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2008. 
  17. ^ "All-America Selected by Coll. Humor". The Greeley Daily Tribune. Colorado. 1932-12-31. 
  18. ^ Christy Walsh (1932-12-11). "ALL-AMERICA BOARD HONORS CAPT. BOB SMITH OF COLGATE". Syracuse Herald. 
  19. ^ Consensus All-American designations based on the NCAA guide to football award winners Archived 2009-07-14 at the Wayback Machine.