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1901 Columbia Lions football
ConferenceIndependent
1901 record8–5
Head coachGeorge Sanford (3rd season)
CaptainChauncey L. Berrien
Seasons
← 1900
1902 →
1901 college football independents records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Harvard         12 0 0
Yale         11 1 1
California         9 0 1
Stetson         1 0 0
Cornell         11 1 0
Dartmouth         10 1 0
Massachusetts         9 1 0
Princeton         9 1 1
Notre Dame         8 1 1
Kentucky U.         7 1 1
Army         5 1 2
Connecticut         8 2 0
Virginia         8 2 0
Texas         8 2 1
Arizona         4 1 0
Washington Agricultural         4 1 0
Nebraska         7 2 0
Western U. of Penn         7 2 1
Lafayette         9 3 0
Utah         3 1 0
Penn         10 5 0
Gallaudet         4 2 2
William & Mary         2 1 1
Columbia         8 5 0
Baylor         5 3 0
Penn State         5 3 0
Ohio State         5 3 1
VMI         4 3 0
Washington         4 3 0
Navy         6 4 1
Stanford         3 2 2
Oklahoma         3 2 0
Drake         4 4 0
Detroit         3 3 0
Kansas State         3 4 1
Michigan Agricultural         3 4 1
Oregon         3 4 1
Carlisle         5 7 1
Montana         2 3 0
Oklahoma A&M         2 3 0
Villanova         2 3 0
Arkansas         3 5 0
Kansas         3 5 2
Furman         1 2 1
Texas A&M         1 4 0
Missouri         1 6 1
Maryland         1 7 0
Boston College         1 8 0
Florida Agricultural         0 1 0
Kendall         0 1 0
USC         0 1 0
Rhode Island         0 2 0
Rutgers         0 7 0

The 1901 Columbia Lions football team was an American football team that represented Columbia University as an independent during the 1901 college football season. In its third and final season under head coach George Sanford, the team compiled an 8–5 record and outscored opponents by a total of 158 to 91.[1][2] Chauncey L. Berrien was the team captain.[2]

Two Columbia backs were selected as first-team players on the 1901 All-America team: Harold Weekes (from Walter Camp) and Bill Morley (from Caspar Whitney). Berrien and Richard Shore Smith also played in the backfield.[3][4] In its October 1901 preview of the college football season, Harper's Weekly opined: "In Weekes, Morley, and Berrien, Columbia has a trio that is equalled by no other college this year."[5] Morley took over as the team's head coach the following year.

The team played its home games at the Polo Grounds in Upper Manhattan.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 28at BuffaloL 0–57,000-8,000[6]
October 2at Rutgers
W 27–0[7]
October 5WilliamsW 5–0[8]
October 12at HarvardL 0–18[9]
October 19[[{{{school}}}|Hamilton]]
  • Polo Grounds
  • New York, NY
W 12–0[10]
October 26at YaleL 5–10[11]
October 30[[{{{school}}}|Haverford]]
  • Polo Grounds
  • New York, NY
W 29–6[12]
November 2Penn
  • Polo Grounds
  • New York, NY
W 11–0[13]
November 5Georgetown
  • Polo Grounds
  • New York, NY
W 18–0[14]
November 9Syracuse
  • Polo Grounds
  • New York, NY
L 5–11[15]
November 16Cornell
L 0–24[16]
November 20at NavyW 6–5[17]
November 28Carlisle
  • Polo Grounds
  • New York, NY
W 40–125,000[18]

Season summaryEdit

PreseasonEdit

Morley resigned as captain and Chauncey L. Berrien took his place.[19]

Week 1: at BuffaloEdit

On the eve of the first game with Buffalo, the faculty announced a number of leading players were forbidden to play.[5]

Week 4: at HarvardEdit

In "the first big football battle of the season," Columbia lost to Harvard 18 to 0. Captain Berrien had been prevented from playing by Columbia faculty.[5]

Week 6: at YaleEdit

Columbia gave Yale one of its hardest games of the season in a 10 to 5 loss, holding the Bulldogs scoreless in the first half.[5]

Week 8: PennEdit

Columbia defeated Penn 10 to 0, its first victory over Penn since the school instituted a coaching system, and its second ever.[20]

Week 13: CarlisleEdit

Carlisle at Columbia
by Quarter1234 Total
Carlisle 0 12 0 0 12
Columbia 17 23 0 0 40

Columbia rolled up its largest score of the season, defeating the Carlisle Indians 40 to 12. It was 40 to 0 until the final five minutes.[21][22] Starring in the contest was Columbia's backfield of Bill Morley, Harold Weekes, Richard Shore Smith, and Chauncey L. Berrien.

PostseasonEdit

In his review of the 1901 football season, Charles Edward Patterson wrote: "Morley, stocky, muscular, not to be denied his two yards help or no help (and three times two means six, or a first down, you know!) able to repeat indefinitely, the best interferer in present day football, a forty yard punter and a drop-kicker who can actually score."[23]

PlayersEdit

LineEdit

  • Edward Bright Bruce, tackle

BackfieldEdit

File:01Columbiabackfield.png
Player Position
Chauncey L. Berrienfullback
Bill Morleyquarterback
Richard Shore Smith halfback
Harold Weekeshalfback

SubsEdit

  • H. Van. Hoevenberg, quarterback

[24][25]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1901 Columbia Lions Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/columbia/1901-schedule.html. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Columbia Football 2018 Record Book". Columbia University. 2018. p. 197. https://gocolumbialions.com/documents/2018/8/28/2018_Columbia_Football_Recordbook.pdf.
  3. "All-America Team of 1901". Spalding's Football Guide: 47. 1902. https://books.google.com/books?id=Xws7AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA47#v=onepage&q&f=false. Retrieved March 8, 2015. open access
  4. Caspar Whitney (1902). "The Sportsman's View-Point". Outing. http://www.la84foundation.org/SportsLibrary/Outing/Volume_39/outXXXIX04/outXXXIX04v.pdf.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Football - The Season of 1901". Harper's Weekly 45: 1062; 1086; 1134. https://books.google.com/books?id=frFCAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA1086&#v=onepage&q&f=false.
  6. "U. of B. Didn't Allow Columbia to Score". Buffalo Sunday Times: p. 22. September 29, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29360067/u_of_b_didnt_allow_columbia_to_score/.
  7. "Columbia's Eleven Won: Blue and White Football Team Defeat Rutgers at New Brunswick". The New York Times: p. 8. October 3, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29360284/columbias_eleven_won_blue_and_white/.
  8. "Columbia Narrowly Escapes Defeat at the Hands of Williams". The New York Times: p. 10. October 6, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29360495/columbia_narrowly_escapes_defeat_at_the/.
  9. "Crimson Line In No Danger: Harvard Beats Columbia 18 to 0". The Boston Globe: pp. 1-2. October 13, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29360777/crimson_line_in_no_danger_harvard/.
  10. "Columbia Beat Hamilton". The New York Times: p. 12. October 20, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29360920/columbia_beat_hamilton/.
  11. "Columbia Surprises Yale Football Team". The New York Times: p. 1. October 27, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29361174/columbia_surprises_yale_football_team/.
  12. "Football: Columbia Defeats Haverford Without Trouble at the Polo Grounds". New York Daily Tribune: p. 5. October 31, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29361429/football_columbia_defeats_haverford/.
  13. "Columbia's Triumph: The Blue and White Wins From Pennsylvania by 11 to 0 -- Weeks Makes Both Touchdowns". New York Daily Tribune: p. 10. November 3, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29361664/columbias_triumph_the_blue_and_white/.
  14. "Football: Columbia Defeats Georgetown In Rather Easy Fashion". New York Daily Tribune: p. 8. November 6, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29363748/football_columbia_defeats_georgetown/.
  15. "Syracuse The Victor: Little Fellows From Up The State Play Aggressively And Defeat Columbia". New York Daily Tribune: p. 10. November 10, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29363921/syracuse_the_victor_little_fellows/.
  16. "Columbia Outplayed by Cornell on the Polo Grounds". The New York Times: p. 11. November 17, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29362357/columbia_outplayed_by_cornell_on_the/.
  17. "Columbia, 6; Annapolis, 5". The Baltimore Sun: p. 6. November 21, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29364201/columbia_6_annapolis_5/.
  18. "Columbia Beats Indians: Carlisle School Football Team Scores in Sensational Plays". The New York Times: p. 9. November 29, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29364389/columbia_beats_indians_carlisle_school/.
  19. "Football Captain Elected". Columbia Daily Spectator 44 (47). April 12, 1901. http://spectatorarchive.library.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/columbia?a=d&d=cs19010412-01.2.19#.
  20. "Penn Football:Origins to 1901". http://www.archives.upenn.edu/histy/features/sports/football/1800s/origins4.html.
  21. "Carlisle Indians Lose". San Francisco Call 90 (182). November 29, 1901. http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SFC19011129.2.10.1.1#.
  22. "Columbia, 40 - Carlisle 12". Columbia Daily Spectator 45 (16). December 3, 1901. http://spectatorarchive.library.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/columbia?a=d&d=cs19011203-01.2.2&srpos=&dliv=none&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN------.
  23. "Review of the Football Season". Outing. January 1902. p. 501. http://www.la84foundation.org/SportsLibrary/Outing/Volume_39/outXXXIX04/outXXXIX04x.pdf.
  24. Hammond, John E. (2009). "Village Life". Oyster Bay. Arcadia Publishing. p. 51.
  25. "Team Statistics". Columbia Daily Spectator 45 (16). December 3, 1901. http://spectatorarchive.library.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/columbia?a=d&d=cs19011203-01.2.22#.
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