1904 Vanderbilt Commodores Football Team
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1904 Vanderbilt Commodores Football Team
1904 Vanderbilt Commodores football
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SIAA co-champion
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1904 record 9-0 (5-0 SIAA)
Head coach Dan McGugin (1st season)
Offensive scheme Short punt
Captain Irish Graham
Home stadium Dudley Field
Seasons
1903
1905 ->
1904 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Vanderbilt + 5 - 0 - 0     9 - 0 - 0
Auburn + 5 - 0 - 0     5 - 0 - 0
Texas 1 - 0 - 0     6 - 2 - 0
Kentucky State 0 - 0 - 0     9 - 1 - 0
Sewanee 4 - 1 - 0     7 - 1 - 0
Georgia Tech 3 - 1 - 1     8 - 1 - 1
Alabama 5 - 3 - 0     7 - 3 - 0
Clemson 3 - 2 - 1     3 - 3 - 1
Tulane 3 - 2 - 0     5 - 2 - 0
Ole Miss 2 - 3 - 0     4 - 3 - 0
LSU 1 - 2 - 0     3 - 4 - 0
Tennessee 1 - 4 - 1     3 - 5 - 1
Nashville 0 - 5 - 1     1 - 7 - 1
Cumberland 0 - 1 - 0     2 - 1 - 0
Texas A&M 0 - 2 - 0     4 - 2 - 0
Georgia 0 - 4 - 0     1 - 5 - 0
Mississippi A&M 0 - 5 - 0     2 - 5 - 0
  • + - Conference co-champions

The 1904 Vanderbilt Commodores football team represented Vanderbilt University during the 1904 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. The team's head coach was Dan McGugin, who served his first season in that capacity. Members of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the Commodores played six home games in Nashville, Tennessee and finished the season with a record of 9-0.

The 1904 Vanderbilt team scored an average of 52.7 points per game, the most in college football that season, and allowed just four points, all surrendered in their game against Missouri-Rolla. The team had a strong claim to the Southern championship, as the elevens of Georgetown and Virginia played few southern schools.[1]

Before the season

The Commodores hired former Michigan guard Dan McGugin, a protege and son-in-law of Michigan coach Fielding H. Yost. Like Yost, McGugin utilized a short punt formation. Sportswriter Fuzzy Woodruff once wrote "The plain facts of the business are that McGugin stood out in the South like Gulliver among the native sons of Lilliput... There was no foeman worthy of the McGugin steel."[2]

Vanderbilt alumnus Myles P. O'Connor wrote of Dan Blake, who "played left half for Vanderbilt, '04, being taken from left end, which position he played in '03. End is his position; he is heavy, weighing about 170, is fast, a good tackler, advances the ball well, and is a fair punter."[3]

Schedule

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 1 vs. Mississippi A&M Columbus Fairgrounds o Columbus, MS W 61-0    
October 8 Georgetown (KY)* Dudley Field o Nashville, TN W 66-0    
October 15 Ole Miss Dudley Field o Nashville, TN (Rivalry) W 69-0    
October 22 Missouri Mines* Dudley Field o Nashville, TN W 29-4    
October 29 Centre* Dudley Field o Nashville, TN W 97-0    
November 5 Tennessee Dudley Field o Nashville, TN (Rivalry) W 22-0    
November 12 Nashville Dudley Field o Nashville, TN W 81-0   2,500
November 19 at Central* Richmond, KY W 22-0    
November 24 Sewanee Dudley Field o Nashville, TN (Rivalry) W 27-0   6,500
*Non-conference game.

[4]

Season summary

The team in action.

Mississippi A&M

In his first career game, McGugin's team defeated Mississippi A&M, 61-0. He went on to win his next two games by 60 points as well. He remains the only coach in NCAA history to win his first three games by 60 points.

Georgetown

In the second week of play, Georgetown of Kentucky was defeated 66-0.

Mississippi

Vanderbilt defeated Mississippi 69-0. Both sides had players removed for roughness. "The whole South read that 69-0 score and gasped." [5]

The starting lineup was D. Blake (left end), Taylor (left tackle), Sibley (left guard), Stone (center), Brown (right guard), Graham (right tackle), I. Brown (right end), Kyle (quarterback), Costen (left halfback), Craig (right halfback), Hamilton (fullback).[6]

Missouri Mines

Missouri Mines at Vanderbilt
1 2 Total
Missouri 4 0 4
o Vanderbilt 29 0 29
  • Date: October 22
  • Location: Curry Field o Nashville, TN
  • Referee: Bradley Walker

Sources:[7]

The Commodores beat the Missouri Mines 29-4. All scoring was done in the first half. The Missouri school once got the ball on Vanderbilt's 8-yard line. Unable to go any further, Wilson dropped back and made an 18-yard drop kick, the only points scored on the Commodores all season.[7]

The starting lineup was I. Brown (left end), Taylor (left tackle), Pritchard (left guard), Stone (center), Sibley (right guard), Graham (right tackle), Costen (right end), Kyle (quarterback), Blake (left halfback), Craig (right halfback), Hamilton (fullback).[7]

Centre

Vanderbilt easily beat Centre 97-0. The first score came on Vanderbilt's kickoff to Centre. Dan Blake recovered the ball for a touchdown.[8]

The starting lineup was I. Brown (left end), Taylor (left tackle), Pritchard (left guard), Patterson (center), B. Brown (right guard), Graham (right tackle), Hamilton (right end), Haygood (quarterback), Blake (left halfback), Craig (right halfback), Manier (fullback).

Tennessee

The Commodores defeated the rival Vols 22-0. Ed Hamilton and Manier alternated against Jones Beene, easily taking care of him.[9]

The starting lineup was I. Brown (left end), Taylor (left tackle), Pritchard (left guard), Patterson (center), B. Brown (right guard), Graham (right tackle), Hamilton (right end), Haygood (quarterback), Blake (left halfback), Craig (right halfback), Manier (fullback).[9]

Nashville

Nashville vs. Vanderbilt
1 2 Total
Nashville 0 0 0
o Vanderbilt 40 41 81
  • Date: November 12
  • Location: Curry Field o Nashville, TN
  • Game attendance: 2,500
  • Referee: Z. N. Estes

Sources:[10]

Vanderbilt defeated the Nashville Garnet and Blue 81-0. Capt Biddle of the Nashville team said "We were outclassed too far in weight, besides were not as aggressive as Vanderbilt. Their line bucking was not to be denied, and after they had thrown their weight on our line, it weakened and went to pieces."[10]

The starting lineup was I. Brown (left end), Taylor (left tackle), Stone (left guard), Patterson (center), B. Brown (right guard), Graham (right tackle), Hamilton (right end), Haygood (quarterback), Blake (left halfback), Craig (right halfback), Manier (fullback).[10]

Central

Vanderbilt then beat Central 22-0.

Sewanee

Vanderbilt faced rival and previously undefeated Sewanee Tigers for the championship of the south.[11] Vanderbilt won 27-0. Vanderbilt's backfield starred. Dan Blake had many gains, and Honus Craig twice had his jersey torn from his body.[12] The 6,500 attendants made the crowd a sea of colors.[12]

The starting lineup was I. Brown (left end), Taylor (left tackle), Stone (left guard), Patterson (center), T. Brown (right guard), Graham (right tackle), Hamilton (right end), Kyle (quarterback), Blake (left halfback), Craig (right halfback), Manier (fullback). [12]

Postseason

A postseason match between Vanderbilt and Auburn to decide a Southern championship was forbidden by the SIAA.[13]

Personnel

Depth chart

The following chart provides a visual depiction of Vanderbilt's lineup during the 1904 season with games started at the position reflected in parenthesis. The chart mimics a short punt formation while on offense, with the quarterback under center.

LE
Innis Brown (8)
Dan Blake (1)
 
 
LT LG C RG RT
Hillsman Taylor (8) Joe Pritchard (3) Stein Stone (5) J. Hamilton Brown (7) Irish Graham (8)
Stein Stone (2) Emma Patterson (4) Jesse Sibley (1)
Jesse Sibley (1)
 
RE
Owsley Manier (6)
Innis Brown (1)
Sam Costen (1)
Ed Hamilton (1)
FB
Ed Hamilton (8)
Owsley Manier (1)

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Line

Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
Innis Brown End 8 Franklin, Tennessee Mooney School 5'10" 166 20
J. Hamilton "Bull" Brown Guard 7
Irish Graham Tackle 8 Nashville, Tennessee 6'1" 172 21
Owsley Manier End 8 Nashville, Tennessee Wallace University School 6'2" 170 17
Emma Patterson Center 4 5'11" 177
Joe Pritchard Tackle, guard 5 Franklin, Tennessee Mooney School 6'2" 196 18
Jesse Sibley Guard 5 Shelbyville, Kentucky
Stein Stone Center, guard 6 Nashville, Tennessee Mooney School 6'3" 175 20
Hillsman Taylor Tackle 8 Trenton, Tennessee 6'1" 182 20

Backfield

Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
Sam Costen Halfback 7 McKenzie, Tennessee 150 22
Honus Craig Halfback 8 Culleoka, Tennessee Branham & Hughes School 5'9" 168 20
Jimmy R. Haygood Quarterback 3
Ed Hamilton Fullback 8 Franklin, Tennessee Mooney School 5'11" 164
Frank Kyle Quarterback 5 Mooney School 5'11" 162 22

References

  1. ^ "On Gridiron In South". Washington Post. December 25, 1904. p. 7. Retrieved 2015 - via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  2. ^ Woodruff 1928, pp. 159-160
  3. ^ Myles P. O'Connor. "An All-K.S. Football Team". Caduceus of Kappa Sigma. 19: 211. 
  4. ^ "Coaching Records Game by Game: Dan McGugin 1904". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 163
  6. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 164
  7. ^ a b c "Missouri Saved By Drop Kick". The Atlanta Constitution. October 23, 1904. p. 5. Retrieved 2016 - via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  8. ^ "Easy For Vanderbilt". The Tennessean. October 30, 1904. p. 7. Retrieved 2016 - via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  9. ^ a b "Tennessee Easy For Vanderbilt". The Atlanta Constitution. November 6, 1904. p. 4. Retrieved 2016 - via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  10. ^ a b c "Vanderbilt Crushes Nashville Score Stands 81 to 0". The Tennessean. November 13, 1904. p. 7. Retrieved 2016 - via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  11. ^ "The Great Game in the South". The Courier-Journal. November 20, 1904. p. 18. Retrieved 2017 - via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  12. ^ a b c "Vanderbilt Is The Champion". The Courier-Journal. November 25, 1904. p. 6. Retrieved 2016 - via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  13. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 172

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