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1897 Purdue Boilermakers football
ConferenceWestern Conference
1897 record5–3–1 (1–2 Western)
Head coachWilliam W. Church (1st season)
CaptainW. S. Moore
Seasons
← 1896
1898 →
1897 Western Conference football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Wisconsin 3 0 0     9 1 0
Chicago 3 1 0     11 1 0
Michigan 2 1 0     6 1 1
Illinois 1 1 0     6 2 0
Purdue 1 2 0     5 3 1
Northwestern 0 2 0     5 3 0
Minnesota 0 3 0     4 4 0
† – Conference champion

The 1897 Purdue Boilermakers football team was an American football team that represented Purdue University during the 1897 Western Conference football season. The Boilermakers compiled a 5–3–1 record but were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 108 to 106 in their first season under head coach William W. Church. W. S. Moore was the team captain.[1][2]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
October 2Illinois Normal*W 28–0[3]
October 9Oberlin*
  • Stuart Field
  • West Lafayette, IN
L 6–22[4]
October 16at DePauw*Greencastle, INW 8–0[5]
October 23at Illinois L 4–34[6]
October 30Indiana*
W 20–6[7]
November 6at MichiganL 4–34[8]
November 13Missouri*
  • Stuart Field
  • West Lafayette, IN
W 30–12[9]
November 20Purdue alumni
  • Stuart Field
  • West Lafayette, IN
T 0–0500[10]
November 25Minnesota
  • Stuart Field
  • West Lafayette, IN
W 6–0[11]
  • *Non-conference game

PlayersEdit

  • A. F. Alward - right tackle
  • R. A. Bond, '00 - left tackle
  • C. F. Breen, '98 - center
  • C. E. Doan, '98 - fullback
  • J. W. Esterline - fullback
  • L. W. Goben, '98 - right halfback
  • Herman Hall, '98 - right end
  • F. D. Herbold, '99 - left guard
  • L. F. Johnson, '99 - left end
  • W. S. Moore, '98 - captain and left halfback
  • C. S. Sample, '99 - left tackle
  • R. L. Sears, '98 - quarterback
  • L. B. Webb, '98 - right tackle

Coaching staffEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1897 Purdue Boilermakers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/purdue/1897-schedule.html. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  2. "2016 Boilermaker Football Media Guide". Purdue University. 2016. p. 87. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/pur/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2016-17/misc_non_event/mediaguide.pdf.
  3. "Purdue, 28; Illinois, 0". Chicago Tribune: p. 5. October 3, 1897. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/21128848/purdue_28_illinois_normal_0/.
  4. "Oberlin, 22; Purdue, 6". Chicago Tribune: p. 6. October 10, 1897. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/21128912/oberlin_22_purdue_6/.
  5. "Purdue 8, DePauw 0". The Courier Journal: p. 9. October 17, 1897. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/21123324/purdue_8_depauw_0/.
  6. "Victory for Illinois". Chicago Tribune: p. 2. October 24, 1897. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/21128690/victory_for_illinois/.
  7. "Purdue, 20; Indiana University, 6". Chicago Tribune: p. 7. October 31, 1897. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/21128598/purdue_20_indiana_university_6/.
  8. "Easy Picking! Michigan's Improved Team-Play Too Much for Purdue". Detroit Free Press: p. 6. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/21123464/easy_picking_michigans_improved/.
  9. "Purdue 30, M.S.U. 12". Kansas City Journal: p. 2. November 14, 1897. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/21128759/purdue_30_msu_12/.
  10. "Purdue and Alumni Tie". The Inter Ocean: p. 11. November 21, 1897. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/21123526/purdue_and_alumni_tie/.
  11. "Purdue 6, Gophers 0". Chicago Tribune: p. 3. November 26, 1897. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/21123602/purdue_6_gophers_0/.
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