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1891 Vanderbilt Commodores football
ConferenceIndependent
1891 record3–1
Head coachElliott H. Jones (2nd season)
CaptainElliott H. Jones
Seasons
← 1890
1892 →
1891 college football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Yale         13 0 0
Harvard         13 1 0
Princeton         12 1 0
Trinity         3 0 0
Wake Forest         1 0 0
Penn         11 2 0
Illinois         5 1 0
Colgate         4 1 0
Army         4 1 1
Stanford         3 1 0
Vanderbilt         3 1 0
Wisconsin         3 1 1
Navy         5 2 0
Cornell         7 3 0
Rutgers         8 6 0
Geneva         4 2 0
Washington & Jefferson         4 2 0
Virginia         2 1 2
Delaware         5 3 1
Dartmouth         2 2 1
Georgetown         2 2 0
Washington         1 1 0
Doane         1 2 0
Sewanee         1 2 0
USC         1 2 0
Michigan         4 5 0
Ohio State         2 3 0
Colorado         1 4 0
Columbia         1 5 0
Indiana         1 5 0
California         0 1 0
Central         0 1 0
Furman         0 1 0
West Virginia         0 1 0
North Carolina         0 2 0

The 1891 Vanderbilt Commodores football team represented Vanderbilt University during the 1891 college football season. The team's head coach and team captain was Elliott H. Jones, who served his second season in that capacity. This was the first year that Vanderbilt had a schedule of opponents other than the school next door to them. Vanderbilt and Sewanee, charter members of the Southern Intercollegiate Conference,play their first game.[1] The rivalry, typically reserved for Thanksgiving Day, continues into World War II. When the series ended in 1944, Vanderbilt owned a 40-8-4 advantage.

The lost gameEdit

The 1891 Vanderbilt team had five games scheduled; however, the fourth was Centre College of Danville, KY. The game was set for November 21, 1891, at Nashville’s Athletic Park (later known as Sulphur Dell) at 3 p.m. Vanderbilt called the game due to excessive rain. The Centre team’s hotel bill and the game advertising was for paid by Vanderbilt. The university also paid $45.00 in cash to help pay for their return train fare.

Vanderbilt opened the short season with a 22-0 win over Sewanee, followed by its first-ever loss, 6-24 to Washington (St. Louis). The Commodores won the rematch at St. Louis, 4-0 and concluded the season by defeating Sewanee again, 26-4.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
November 7at SewaneeW 22–0
November 14at Washington (MO)Washington, MOL 6–24
November 26SewaneeW 26–4
December 4Washington(MO)
  • Nashville’s Athletic Park
  • Nashville, TN
W 4–0

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