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1903 Columbia Lions football
ConferenceIndependent
1903 record9–1
Head coachBill Morley (2nd season)
Home stadiumPolo Grounds
Seasons
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1904 →

The 1903 Columbia Lions football team was an American football team that represented Columbia University as an independent during the 1903 college football season. In its second season under head coach Bill Morley, the team compiled a 9–1 record, shut out its first seven opponents, and outscored all opponents by a total of 148 to 43.[1][2]

Fullback Richard Shore Smith was the team captain.[2] Smith and tackle Tom Thorp received first-team honors on the 1903 All-America team. W. E. Metzenthin also starred in the backfield for Columbia. The team's sole loss was to the 1903 Yale team that featured seven first-team All-Americans, including Foster Rockwell and Tom Shevlin.

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

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 26[[{{{school}}}|Wesleyan]]W 10–0[3]
September 30vs. Columbia alumni
  • Polo Grounds
  • New York, NY
W 16–0[4]
October 3Union (NY)
  • Polo Grounds
  • New York, NY
W 36–0[5]
October 7[[{{{school}}}|Hamilton]]
  • Polo Grounds
  • New York, NY
W 29–0[6]
October 10Williams
  • Polo Grounds
  • New York, NY
W 5–02,000[7]
October 14Swarthmore
  • Polo Grounds
  • New York, NY
W 5–0[8]
October 17Amherst
  • Polo Grounds
  • New York, NY
W 12–04,000[9]
October 24Penn
  • Polo Grounds
  • New York, NY
W 18–615,000[10][11]
October 31Yale
  • Polo Grounds
  • New York, NY
L 0–2532,000[12]
November 14at Cornell
W 17–12[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1903 Columbia Lions Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/columbia/1903-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. "Columbia, 10; Wesleyan, 0". The New York Times: p. 18. September 27, 1903. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29342825/collumbia_10_wesleyan_0/.
  4. "Columbia, 16; Alumni, 0". The New York Times: p. 7. October 1, 1903. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29343095/columbia_16_alumni_0/.
  5. "Columbia, 36; Union, 0". The New York Times: p. 18. October 4, 1903. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29343469/columbia_36_union_0/.
  6. "Columbia, 29; Hamilton, 0". The New York Times: p. 10. October 8, 1903. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29343512/columbia_29_hamilton_0/.
  7. "Columbia, 5; Williams, 0". The New York Times: p. 13. October 11, 1903. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29343579/columbia_5_williams_0/.
  8. "Columbia, 5; Swarthmore, 0". The New York Times: p. 10. October 15, 1903. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29343624/columbia_5_swarthmore_0/.
  9. "Columbia, 12; Amherst, 0". The New York Times: p. 14. October 18, 1903. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29343676/columbia_12_amherst_0/.
  10. "Columbia Trounces Quakers: Wins Football Game With 18 Points To Rival's 6". The Sun: p. 8. October 25, 1903. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29342614/columbia_trounces_quakers/.
  11. "Columbia Wins From Penn: Morningside Players Defeat Quakers, 18 to 6". New York Tribune: p. 1. October 25, 1903. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29342681/columbia_wins_from_penn_morningside/.
  12. "Yale's Football Victory". The New York Times: p. 13. November 1, 1903. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29343267/yales_football_victory/.
  13. "Football Teams in Close Contests: Columbia Triumphs Over Cornell by 17 to 12". The New York Times: p. 14. November 15, 1903. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29343369/football_teams_in_close_contests/.
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