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1905 Alabama Crimson White football
ConferenceSouthern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1905 record6–4 (4–4 SIAA)
Head coachJack Leavenworth (1st season)
CaptainAuxford Burks
Home stadiumThe Quad
Birmingham Fairgrounds
Seasons
← 1904
1906 →
1905 SIAA football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Vanderbilt 6 0 0     7 1 0
Georgia Tech 5 0 1     6 0 1
LSU 2 0 0     3 0 0
Texas 2 1 0     5 4 0
Sewanee 3 2 1     4 2 1
Clemson 3 2 1     3 2 1
Alabama 4 4 0     6 4 0
Cumberland 2 2 0     4 4 0
Nashville 0 0 0     0 2 0
Auburn 2 3 0     2 4 0
Mississippi A&M 1 4 0     3 4 0
Texas A&M 0 1 0     7 2 0
Tulane 0 1 0     0 1 0
Ole Miss 0 2 0     0 2 0
Tennessee 0 4 1     3 5 1
Georgia 0 5 0     1 5 0
† – Conference champion

The 1905 Alabama Crimson White football team[A 1] (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1905 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. It was Alabama's 13th overall and 10th season as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA). The team was led by head coach Jack Leavenworth, in his first year, and played their home games at both the University of Alabama Quad in Tuscaloosa and the Birmingham Fairgrounds in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of six wins and four losses (6–4 overall, 4–4 in the SIAA).

Before the seasonEdit

For the 1905 season, point values were different from those used in contemporary games. In 1905 a touchdown was worth five points, a field goal was worth four points and a conversion (PAT) was worth one point.[3]

The team was captained by Auxford Burks, the school's "first running back hero" who would "carry whole teams on his back."[4][5]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
October 3Maryville*W 17–0
October 7at VanderbiltL 0–34
October 14Mississippi A&MW 34–0
October 21at Georgia Tech
L 5–12
October 25at Clemson
L 0–25
November 4GeorgiaW 36–0
November 9Centre*W 21–0
November 18AuburnW 30–0
November 23SewaneeL 6–42
November 30TennesseeW 29–0
  • *Non-conference game
  • Source: Rolltide.com: 1905 Alabama football schedule[6]

Season summaryEdit

MaryvilleEdit

Burks starred in the opening win of 17 to 0 over Maryville. A number of Alabama turnovers kept the game scoreless through halftime. T. S. Sims scored the first touchdown and Burks added a 95-yard return for a touchdown.[7]

VanderbiltEdit

Alabama was no match for Vanderbilt, losing 34–0. Honus Craig was the star of the game.[8] Quarterback Frank Kyle was severely injured, knocked unconscious and taken to the hospital.[9]

The starting lineup was Lanier (left end), Neb (left tackle), McDaniel (left guard), Moody (center), Sims (right guard), Sartain (right tackle), Patton (right end), Smith (quarterback), Burks (left halfback), Ware (right halfback), Peavy (fullback).[9]

Georgia TechEdit

"The overworked Burks, who appeared to bear the entire brunt of Alabama's offense,"[10] collapsed on the field during the second half of a 12 to 5 loss to Georgia Tech.

ClemsonEdit

Alabama lost to Clemson for the last time until the 2016 national championship 25–0.

AuburnEdit

Burks scored in the 30 to 0 victory over Auburn in what was then the largest crowd ever to see a game in Birmingham (4,000).[11]

NotesEdit

  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: p. 2F. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ljQdAAAAIBAJ&sjid=kKUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6703%2C2372481. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
  3. "Scoring values". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Archived from the original on December 2, 2011. https://www.webcitation.org/63dbQSj7C?url=http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-footbl/archive/m-footbl-results-archive.html. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  4. "BENNETT AUXFORD BURKS, JR., MD". Archived from the original on November 12, 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20141112084605/http://www.atoalabama.com/bennett_burks.html?height=500&width=760. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  5. "FOUNDER OF UA FOOTBALL WAS AN ΑΤΩ". Archived from the original on February 2, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20150202235151/http://www.atoalabama.com/pdf/spring_2009.pdf. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  6. "1905 Alabama football schedule". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Archived from the original on December 2, 2011. https://www.webcitation.org/63dbQSj7C?url=http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-footbl/archive/m-footbl-results-archive.html. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  7. Christopher Walsh (September 1, 2007). "Saban's first game one of the most anticipated in Alabama history". http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20070901/NEWS/709010301. Retrieved February 12, 2015.
  8. 1905 season recap
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Vanderbilt". The Nashville American: p. 7. October 8, 1905. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/5629823/the_tennessean/. Retrieved June 19, 2016. open access
  10. Wiley Lee Umphlett. Creating the Big Game: John W. Heisman and the Invention of American Football. p. 84. https://books.google.com/books?id=QWv3BlnItIEC&pg=PA67&lpg=PA67&#v=onepage&q&f=false.
  11. "Alabama vs. Auburn". http://bryantmuseum.com/gameDetail.asp?GameDate=11/18/1905. Retrieved February 12, 2015.

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