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1909 VPI football
ConferenceIndependent
1909 record6–1
Head coachBranch Bocock (1st season)
CaptainHoss Hodgson
Home stadiumMiles Field
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Template:1909 SAIAA football standings The 1909 VPI football team represented the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute in the 1909 college football season. Led by first-year head coach Branch Bocock, the team went 6–1 and claims a Southern championship.[1][2] Tech outscored its opponents 148 to 27. The starting lineup averaged 172 pounds.[3] This is the first season the team was referred to in print as the "Gobblers", and it became the official nickname in 1912.[2][4]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteResultAttendance
October 2ClemsonW 6–0
October 13at PrincetonL 6–8
October 23at Richmond
W 52–01,500[5]
October 30vs. Washington and LeeLynchburg, VAW 34–62,200[6]
November 63:30 p.m.[7]vs. North Carolina
  • Broad Street Park[7]
  • Richmond, VA
W 15–02,000[8]
November 12[9]at [[{{{school}}}|George Washington]]Washington, DCW 17–8
November 252:30 p.m.[10]vs. North Carolina A&M
W 18–510,000[11]
  • Source: HokieSports.com: 1909 Virginia Tech football schedule[12]

PlayersEdit

The following players were members of the 1909 football team according to the roster published in the 1910 edition of The Bugle, the Virginia Tech yearbook.[13]

VPI 1909 roster
Quarterback
  • John Lepburn Hughes

Guards

Tackles

  • William Henry Burruss
  • Edward Raymond Norris

Center

  • Aubrey Gravatt Gibbs
Ends
  • Thomas Paret Hicks
  • Joseph Talmage Luttrell

Halfbacks

  • Henry Evans Billups
  • Asbury Nathaniel Hodgson

Fullback

  • Vivian Burnett Hodgson
Substitutes
  • Winston Bozel Davis
  • Frederick Hughes Legge
  • Caesar Pancratius Massei

Season summaryEdit

ClemsonEdit

Clemson at VPI
by Quarter1234 Total
Clemson 0 0 0 0 0
VPI 6 0 0 0 6

VPI opened its season with the Clemson Tigers, winning 6–0. "Hughes, playing quarter for the first time, starred for V. P. I."[14] Hughes got the touchdown when he picked up a fumble.[14]

VPI's starting lineup was: Sharpe (left end), Jones (left tackle), E. Hodgson (left guard), Gibbs (center), Burrass (right guard), Norris (right tackle), Hicks (right end), Hughes (quarterback), Davis (left halfback), Luttrell (right halfback), Leggs (fullback).[14]

at PrincetonEdit

VPI at Princeton
by Quarter1234 Total
VPI 6 0 0 0 6
Princeton 5 3 0 0 8

VPI's strongest showing came in the close loss to Ivy League powerhouse Princeton. In a game plagued by frigid weather conditions,[15] each side scored due to a fumble by the opposition.[16] Princeton's Logan Cunningham scored a touchdown (worth five points in 1909) in the first two minutes of play after VPI fumbled the ball away on its own 10-yard line. Princeton missed the extra point attempt. [17] Later in the contest, a snap from center went over the Princeton quarterback's head, and Tech’s Hoss Hodgson returned the lost fumble 50 yards for a touchdown.[18] Hodgson then made his own extra point. After VPI led 6 to 5 for some time, and with only minutes left to play, Princeton's Cunningham made 30-yard drop kick to secure the 8 to 6 victory.[19]

VPI's starting lineup was: Luttrell (left end), Burruss (left tackle), Jones (left guard), Gibbes (center), E. Hodgson (right guard), Norris (right tackle), Hicks (right end), Hughes (quarterback), Davis (left halfback), Billups (right halfback), V. Hodgson (fullback).[19]

at RichmondEdit

VPI at Richmond
by Quarter1234 Total
VPI 29 23 0 0 52
Richmond 0 0 0 0 0

Sources:[20]

VPI rolled up the season's largest score on the Richmond Spiders, winning 52–0 and playing well on both sides of the ball, especially the offense.[20] The backfield starred in a game of conventional football.[20]

VPI's starting lineup was: A. Hodgson (left end), Burruss (left tackle), Pitts (left guard), Gibbes (center), E. Hodgson (right guard), Norris (right tackle), Hicks (right end), Hughes (quarterback), Davis (left halfback), Billups (right halfback), V. Hodgson (fullback).[20]

Washington & LeeEdit

VPI at Washington & Lee
by Quarter1234 Total
VPI 11 23 0 0 34
W&L 0 5 0 0 5

Sources:[21]

VPI "buried" the Washington & Lee Generals by a 34–5 score. Hughes' 65-yard touchdown run and Hoss Hodgson's punting and kicking featured.[21] Fullback Anderson starred for the Generals.[21] The big win was surprising.[21]

VPI's starting lineup was: Luttrell (left end), Burruss (left tackle), Pitts (left guard), Gibbs (center), E. Hodgson (right guard), Norris (right tackle), Hicks (right end), Hughes (quarterback), Davis (left halfback), Billups (right halfback), V. Hodgson (fullback).[21]

North CarolinaEdit

North Carolina at VPI
by Quarter1234 Total
UNC 0 0 0 0 0
VPI 6 9 0 0 15
  • Date: November 6
  • Location: Broad Street Park
    Richmond, VA
  • Game start: 3:30 p. m.
  • Game attendance: 2,000
  • Referee: Pat Barry (Georgetown)

Sources:[7][8]

Hodgson starred in a closely contested game between VPI and the Tar Heels, making a field goal in the second half to lead VPI to a 15–0 win.[8]

VPI's starting lineup was: Luttrell (left end), Burruss (left tackle), Jones (left guard), Gibbs (center), E. Hodgson (right guard), Norris (right tackle), Hicks (right end), Hughes (quarterback), Legge (left halfback), A. Hodgson (right halfback), V. Hodgson (fullback).[7]

George WashingtonEdit

VPI at George Washington
by Quarter1234 Total
VPI 11 6 0 0 17
GW 3 5 0 0 8

Sources:[22]

VPI won over the defending Southern champion George Washington Hatchetites in Washington, D. C. 17–8. Hodgson's punting again featured.[22] The weather was much better than last year.[9]

VPI's starting lineup was: Luttrell (left end), Burruss (left tackle), E. Hodgson (left guard), Gibbs (center), Jones (right guard), Norris (right tackle), Hicks (right end), Hughes (quarterback), Davis (left halfback), Billups (right halfback), V. Hodgson (fullback).[22]

North Carolina A&M (Now known as N.C. State)Edit

North Carolina A&M at VPI
by Quarter1234 Total
N.C. A&M 0 5 0 0 5
VPI 12 6 0 0 18
  • Date: November 25
  • Location: Athletic Park
    Norfolk, VA
  • Game start: 2:30 p. m.
  • Game attendance: 10,000
  • Referee: Myers (Harvard)

Sources:[11]

VPI defeated the North Carolina Aggies, (now known as N.C. State) 18–5. Despite the 18–5 score, VPI had to play aggressively throughout.[11] The first score came twelve minutes into the first half, Vivian Hodgson going over.[11] Later, on a fake kick, Luttrell ran 30 yards around left end. The A&M squad followed Hoss Hodgson's helmet, which he tossed as if it were a kicked ball.[11]

The last touchdown came on a new trick play from coach Bocock, apparently similar to a statue of liberty play.[11] Vivian Hodgson prepared to pass, and Hughes took it out of his suspended hand and ran 75 yards for a touchdown.[11] North Carolina's Aggies showed fight in the second half.[11]

VPI's starting lineup was: Luttrell (left end), Burruss (left tackle), Massie (left guard), Gibbs (center), E. Hodgson (right guard), Norris (right tackle), Hicks (right end), Hughes (quarterback), A. Hodgson (left halfback), Billups (right halfback), V. Hodgson (fullback).[11]

PostseasonEdit

VPI claimed a Southern championship at year's end.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. e. g. "VPI Southern Champions". http://hokiesports.photoshelter.com/image/I0000cRvZxFgl4Bk.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Virginia Tech Historical Data Book". http://spec.lib.vt.edu/archives/databook/text/chap2/2_9.htm.
  3. "Sidelines". http://www.hokiesports.com/football/history.html.
  4. "What is a Hokie?". University Relations, Virginia Tech. 2006. http://www.vt.edu/about/traditions/hokie.html.
  5. "Techs Pile Up Score of 52-0 Against Spiders". Richmond Times-Dispatch (Library of Virginia): p. E1. October 24, 1909. http://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=TD19091024&e=------190-en-20--1-byDA.rev-txt-txIN-V.P.I.+richmond----1909--#. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
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  9. 9.0 9.1 "Techs Off to Play George Washington". Richmond Times-Dispatch (Library of Virginia): p. 5. November 12, 1909. http://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=TD19091112&e=------190-en-20--1-byDA.rev-txt-txIN-V.P.I.+george+washington----1909--#. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
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  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 11.8 11.9 "V.P.I. Wins From A. & M. In Great Struggle". Richmond Times-Dispatch (Library of Virginia): p. 5. November 26, 1909. http://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=TD19091126&e=------190-en-20--1-byDA.rev-txt-txIN-V.P.I.+north+carolina----1909--#. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
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  13. "The Bugle 1910". Virginia Tech Bugle. 1910. p. 167. http://spec.lib.vt.edu/archives/bugle/bugl1910/1910_BUGLE.pdf. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
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  16. "Drop-Kick Wins Again". Daily Princetonian 34 (97). October 14, 1909. http://theprince.princeton.edu/princetonperiodicals/cgi-bin/princetonperiodicals?a=d&d=Princetonian19091014-01.2.2&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------#.
  17. Associated Press (October 14, 1909). "V. P. I. Football Team Gives Princeton A Scare". Daily Press 14 (23). http://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=DP19091014.1.1&e=------190-en-20--1-byDA.rev-txt-txIN-foot+ball----1909--#.
  18. "Princeton 8; Blacksburg 6". The Evening News 20 (97). October 14, 1909. http://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=TVN19091014.1.6&e=------190-en-20--1-byDA.rev-txt-txIN-foot+ball----1909--#.
  19. 19.0 19.1 "V. P. I. Team Gives Princeton A Scare". Times Dispatch. October 14, 1909. http://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=TD19091014.1.7&e=------190-en-20--1-byDA.rev-txt-txIN-foot+ball----1909--#.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 "Techs Pile Up Score of 52-0 Against Spiders". Richmond Times-Dispatch (Library of Virginia): p. E1. October 24, 1909. http://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=TD19091024&e=------190-en-20--1-byDA.rev-txt-txIN-V.P.I.+richmond----1909--#. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 "Virginia Tech Buries W. & L. By Large Score". Richmond Times-Dispatch (Library of Virginia): p. E1. October 31, 1909. http://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=TD19091031&e=------190-en-20--1-byDA.rev-txt-txIN-V.P.I.+washington+lee----1909--#. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 "V.P.I. Gets Revenge". The Washington Post: p. 8. November 13, 1909. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/5381307/the_washington_post/. Retrieved May 25, 2016. open access

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