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1904 Alabama Crimson White football
ConferenceSouthern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1904 record7–3 (5–3 SIAA)
Head coachW. A. Blount (2nd season)
CaptainW. S. Wyatt
Home stadiumThe Quad
West End Park
Seasons
← 1903
1905 →
1904 SIAA football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Vanderbilt § 5 0 0     9 0 0
Auburn § 5 0 0     5 0 0
Texas 1 0 0     6 2 0
Kentucky State 0 0 0     9 1 0
Sewanee 4 1 0     7 1 0
Georgia Tech 3 1 1     8 1 1
Alabama 5 3 0     7 3 0
Clemson 3 2 1     3 3 1
Tulane 3 2 0     5 2 0
Cumberland 1 1 0     3 1 0
Ole Miss 2 3 0     4 3 0
LSU 1 2 0     3 4 0
Tennessee 1 4 1     3 5 1
Nashville 0 5 1     1 7 1
Texas A&M 0 2 0     4 2 0
Georgia 0 4 0     1 5 0
Mississippi A&M 0 5 0     2 5 0
§ – Conference co-champions

The 1904 Alabama Crimson White football team[A 1] (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1904 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. The team was led by head coach W. A. Blount, in his second season, and played their home games at The Quad in Tuscaloosa and at West End Park in Birmingham, Alabama. In what was the twelfth season of Alabama football, the team finished with a record of seven wins and three losses (7–3, 5–3 SIAA).

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
October 1Florida Agricultural*W 29–0
October 8ClemsonL 0–18
October 15at Mississippi A&M
W 10–5
October 24NashvilleW 17–0
November 5GeorgiaW 16–5
November 12AuburnL 6–29
November 24TennesseeL 0–5
December 2at LSUW 11–0
December 3at Tulane
W 6–0
December 4at Pensacola Athletic Club*Pensacola, FLW 10–5
  • *Non-conference game
  • Source: Rolltide.com: 1904 Alabama football schedule[3][A 2]

Game summariesEdit

Florida AgriculturalEdit

To open the 1904 season, Alabama defeated Florida Agricultural College 29–0 at Tuscaloosa. In the game, Alabama touchdowns were scored by William LaFayette Ward (2), Chamberlain, Auxford Burks and Frank Clark.[4]

The starting lineup was: J. V. Boyles (left end), C. P. Butcher (left tackle), Harvey Sartain (left guard), James C. Gwin (center), Guy Redden (right guard), Gates (right tackle), George Spigener Wilcox (right end), R. R. Cummings (quarterback), Auxford Burks (left halfback), Floy Hall (right halfback), William LaFayette Ward (fullback).[5][6]

ClemsonEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Clemson 6 12 0 0 18
Alabama 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: October 8
  • Location: West End Park
    Birmingham, AL

In what was their first Birmingham game of the season, Alabama were shutout by the Clemson Tigers 18–0 at the West End Park.[4][7] Puss Derrick gave the Tigers a 6–0 lead with his ten-yard touchdown run early in the first half. Joe Holland then made the final score 18–0 behind his pair of second half touchdown runs.[7] The loss brought Alabama's all-time record against Clemson to 0–2.[8]

Mississippi A&MEdit

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Alabama 10 0 0 0 10
Mississippi A&M 0 5 0 0 5
  • Date: October 15
  • Location: Columbus Fairgrounds
    Columbus, MS

A week after their loss to Clemson, Alabama led the Aggies of Mississippi A&M (now known as Mississippi State University) 10–5 in the second half when the Aggie squad left the field and forfeited the contest after a disputed call on the field.[4][9] The Crimson and White took a 10–0 lead into halftime behind touchdown runs by Auxford Burks and Frank B. Clark.[9] In the second half, Mississippi cut the Alabama lead in half after they scored on a short touchdown run. The game then ended later in the half after the Aggies disputed a referees call and subsequently forfeited the contest.[4][9] The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against Mississippi A&M to 4–1.[10]

NashvilleEdit

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Nashville 0 0 0 0 0
Alabama 5 12 0 0 17

In what was the only all time match-up against the University of Nashville, Alabama shutout the Garnet and Blue 17–0 at Tuscaloosa.[4][11][12] Alabama took a 5–0 lead in the first half behind a short Auxford Burks touchdown run. In the second half, the made the final score 17–0 behind a short Frank B. Clark run and a 45-yard run by Burks that saw him escape six tackles en route to his second touchdown of the game.[11]

The starting lineup was: Guy Redden (left end), W. C. Oates (left tackle), T. A. McDaniels (left guard), James C. Gwin (center), Harvey Sartain (right guard), C. P. Butcher (right tackle), Aubrey Boyles (right end), W. S. Wyatt (quarterback), Auxford Burks (left halfback), Frank B. Clark (right halfback), S. W. McClesky (fullback).[11]

GeorgiaEdit

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Georgia 0 5 0 0 5
Alabama 16 0 0 0 16

At Tuscaloosa, Alabama defeated Georgia 16–5 and registered their first all time win against the Bulldogs.[4][13][13] The Crimson White scored all of their points in the first half and took a 16–0 lead into halftime behind a pair of C. P. Butcher touchdown runs and another by Auxford Burks.[13][13] The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against Georgia to 1–2–1.[15]

The starting lineup was: George Spigener Wilcox (left end), W. C. Oates (left tackle), T. A. McDaniels (left guard), James C. Gwin (center), Harvey Sartain (right guard), C. P. Butcher (right tackle), Aubrey Boyles (right end), W. S. Wyatt (quarterback), Auxford Burks (left halfback), W. E. Lewis (right halfback), S. W. McClesky (fullback).[13]

AuburnEdit

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Auburn 29 0 0 0 29
Alabama 0 6 0 0 6
  • Date: November 12
  • Location: West End Park
    Birmingham, AL

At Birmingham, Alabama was defeated by Auburn 29–6 and lost what was billed as the "Alabama State Championship."[4][16] Alabama scored their only points in the second half on a Harvey Sartain touchdown run.[16] The victory bought Alabama's all-time record against Auburn to 1–7.[17]

The starting lineup was: George Spigener Wilcox (left end), W. C. Oates (left tackle), Guy Redden (left guard), James C. Gwin (center), Harvey Sartain (right guard), C. P. Butcher (right tackle), Aubrey Boyles (right end), W. S. Wyatt (quarterback), Auxford Burks (left halfback), Floy Hall (right halfback), S. W. McClesky (fullback).[16]

TennesseeEdit

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Tennessee 5 0 0 0 5
Alabama 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: November 24
  • Location: West End Park
    Birmingham, AL

On Thanksgiving Day in Birmingham, Tennessee beat Alabama 5–0.[4] McAllister scored on a play Tennessee used throughout the game, where he put his foot on the guard in front of him and had the other backs hurl him forward.[4]

LSUEdit

Hampered by injuries, LSU was beaten in Baton Rouge by Alabama 11–0.[4] Butcher and Ward scored Alabama's touchdowns. The "feature play of the game" was a fake kick by LSU. Staudinger made 55 yards before Wyatt tackled him, saving a touchdown.[4]

TulaneEdit

Alabama met Tulane at Athletic Park in New Orleans and won 6–0. Sartain scored Alabama's touchdown. Tulane once drove to the 5-yard line, but lost the ball on downs.[4]

Pensacola Athletic ClubEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Alabama 10 0 0 0 10
Pensacola Athletic Club 6 0 0 0 6

In Pensacola, Alabama won over the Pensacola Athletic Club 10–6. The Pensacola Team was composed of former players from Yale, Harvard, Army, Navy, Notre Dame, and Carlisle alongside high school athletes from Pensacola.[4]

Wyatt scored two touchdowns for Alabama in the first half. Ward also sustained a broken nose during the game. Just before the end of the first half, Garrett scored for Pensacola.[4]

Notes Edit

  1. "How the Crimson Tide got its name". Paul W. Bryant Museum. Archived from the original on June 30, 2013. https://archive.is/20130630200054/http://bryantmuseum.ua.edu/direction.cfm?dir=traditions1. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
  2. Kennedy, Scott (April 8, 1992). "Tide football tradition began with 1892 team". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News Archives): p. 2F. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ljQdAAAAIBAJ&sjid=kKUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6703%2C2372481. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
  3. "1904 Alabama football schedule". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. http://www.rolltide.com/sports/2016/6/10/sports-m-footbl-archive-m-footbl-archive-1904-html.aspx?id=273. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 1904 Season Recap
  5. "Florida was beaten". The Montgomery Advertiser (NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers): p. 5. October 2, 1904.
  6. "Florida lost to Alabama". The Atlanta Constitution: p. 5. October 2, 1904. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8908681/florida_lost_to_alabama_the_atlanta/. Retrieved February 12, 2017. open access
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Clemson won handily". The Montgomery Advertiser (NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers): p. 20. October 9, 1904.
  8. "Alabama vs Clemson". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/play-index/rivals.cgi?request=1&school_id=alabama&opp_id=clemson. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 "Game awarded to Alabama". The Atlanta Constitution: p. 4. October 16, 1904. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8909568/game_awarded_to_alabama_the_atlanta/. Retrieved February 12, 2017. open access
  10. "Alabama vs Mississippi State". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/play-index/rivals.cgi?request=1&school_id=alabama&opp_id=mississippi-state. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 "Nashville lose to Alabama". The Tennessean: p. 7. October 25, 1904. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8910018/nashville_lose_to_alabama_the/. Retrieved February 12, 2017. open access
  12. "Alabama vs Nashville". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/play-index/rivals.cgi?request=1&school_id=alabama&opp_id=nashville. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 "Alabama wins from Georgia". The Atlanta Constitution: p. 4. November 6, 1904. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8910480/alabama_wins_from_georgia_the/. Retrieved February 12, 2017. open access
  14. "Blount's Alabama conquers Georgians". The Montgomery Advertiser (NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers): p. 12. November 6, 1904.
  15. "Alabama vs Georgia". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/play-index/rivals.cgi?request=1&school_id=alabama&opp_id=georgia. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 "Auburn victor over Alabama". The Atlanta Constitution: p. 4. November 13, 1904. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/11620595/auburn_victor_over_alabama_the/. Retrieved June 11, 2017. open access
  17. "Alabama vs Auburn". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/play-index/rivals.cgi?request=1&school_id=alabama&opp_id=auburn. Retrieved June 11, 2017.

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