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1901 Harvard Crimson football
National champion (Billingsley)
ConferenceIndependent
1901 record12–0
Head coachBill Reid (1st season)
Home stadiumSoldier's Field
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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 Harvard Crimson football team was an American football team that represented Harvard University as an independent during the 1901 college football season. In its first season under head coach Bill Reid, the team compiled a 12–0 record and outscored opponents by a total of 254 to 24.[1]

The team was retroactively named as the national champion by one selector, the Billingsley Report.[2] Michigan was selected as the national champion by three other selectors.[2]

Nine Harvard players received first-team honors from Walter Camp (WC) or Caspar Whitney (CW) on the 1901 All-America team:

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 28WilliamsW 16–0[5]
October 2[[{{{school}}}|Bowdoin]]
  • Soldier's Field
  • Cambridge, MA
W 12–0[6]
October 5Bates
  • Soldier's Field
  • Cambridge, MA
W 16–6[7]
October 9Amherst
  • Soldier's Field
  • Cambridge, MA
W 11–0[8]
October 12Columbia
  • Soldier's Field
  • Cambridge, MA (rivalry)
W 18–0[9]
October 16Wesleyan
  • Soldier's Field
  • Cambridge, MA
W 16–0[10]
October 19at ArmyWest Point, NYW 6–0[11]
October 26Carlisle
  • Soldier's Field
  • Cambridge, MA
W 29–0[12]
November 2Brown
  • Soldier's Field
  • Cambridge, MA
W 48–05,000[13]
November 9PennW 33–6[14]
November 16Dartmouth
  • Soldier's Field
  • Cambridge, MA (rivalry)
W 27–12[15]
November 23Yale
  • Soldier's Field
  • Cambridge, MA (rivalry)
W 22–0[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1901 Harvard Crimson Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/harvard/1901-schedule.html. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2015). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. p. 108. http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/2015/FBS.pdf. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  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. "Firm In The Line: Harvard Beats Williams, 16 to 0, in First Game". The Boston Sunday Globe: p. 7. September 29, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29450999/firm_in_the_line_harvard_beats/.
  6. "Buck The Line: Harvard Goes Through Bowdoin For Two Touchdowns". The Boston Globe: p. 8. October 3, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29450885/buck_the_line_harvard_goes_through/.
  7. "Scores on Harvard: Bates Get 6 Points to Crimson's 16 Points". The Boston Sunday Globe: p. 4. October 6, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29425196/scores_on_harvard_bates_get_6_points/.
  8. "Blank First Half: Harvard Unable to Cross the Amherst Goal Line". The Boston Sunday Globe: p. 4. October 10, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29425168/blank_first_half_harvard_unable_to/.
  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. "Harvard Slow: Scores Only 16 Points on Weak Wesleyan Eleven". The Boston Sunday Globe: p. 5. October 17, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29425146/harvard_slow_scores_only_16_points_on/.
  11. "Kernan's Run Saves Harvard: West Point Allows Crimson Only Six Points". The Boston Sunday Globe: pp. 1-2. October 20, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29425122/kernans_run_saves_harvard_west_point/.
  12. "Indians Dangerous Only Once: By a Run, and a Series of Rushes, They Get Within Harvard's Eight-Yard Line". The Boston Sunday Globe: pp. 1-2. October 27, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29425090/indians_dangerous_only_once_by_a_run/.
  13. "Crimson Triumphs Over Brown by Its Biggest Score of the Season---48---0". Boston Post: p. 5. November 3, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29410874/crimson_triumphs_over_brown_by_its/.
  14. "Harvard Defeats Pennsylvania By Score Of 33 To 6". The Times (Philadelphia): p. 1. November 10, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29425064/harvard_defeats_pennsylvania_by_score/.
  15. "Fast Football: Harvard Defeats Dartmouth by A Score of 27 to 12". The Boston Globe: p. 16. November 17, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29415569/fast_football_harvard_defeats/.
  16. Dudley S. Dean (November 24, 1901). "Harvard 22, Yale 0: Crimson Give the Blue Saddest Surprise in History". The Boston Sunday Globe: pp. 1-2. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29425034/harvard_22_yale_0_crimson_give_the/.

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