1915 Pittsburgh Panthers football
National Champions
1915 record8–0
Head coachGlenn Scobey "Pop" Warner
Home stadiumForbes Field
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The 1915 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 1915 college football season. Led by coach Glenn Scobey "Pop" Warner, his first season at Pitt, the Panthers went undefeated on the season with an 8–0 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 247–19.


Pitt athletic booster Joseph Trees and athletic director A. R. Hamilton hired "Pop" Warner in 1914 as Pitt's head coach. Warner, who had previously led Carlisle, Cornell, and Georgia, had been successful at his previous stops, mentoring the likes of Jim Thorpe, and was known as an innovator of the game who originated the screen pass, single- and double-wing formations, and use of shoulder and thigh pads. His arrival at Pitt gave the program instant national credibility, lifting the perception of the program from a regional power to that of a national one.[1]

Warner's impact was immediate. Led by center Robert Peck, Pitt's first First Team All-American, and All-American end James Pat Herron, the 1915 Pitt team went 8–0, shutting out five opponents and outscoring opponents by a combined 247–19. The team was trumpeted by football historian Parke H. Davis as that season's national champion.[2]

Schedule Edit

Game Date Opponent Result Panthers points Opponents Record
1 Oct. 2 Westminster Win 32 0 1-0
2 Oct. 9 @ Navy Win 47 12 2-0
3 Oct. 16 Carlisle Indian School Win 45 0 3-0
4 Oct. 23 @ Pennsylvania Win 14 7 4-0
5 Oct. 30 Allegheny College Win 42 0 5-0
6 Nov. 6 Washington & Jefferson Win 19 0 6-0
7 Nov. 13 Carnegie Tech Win 28 0 7-0
8 Nov. 25 Penn State Win 20 0 8-0

List of national championship selectors Edit

The 1915 team was selected or recognized as national champions by multiple selectors, of which Parke H. Davis's selection is recognized as "major" (i.e. national in scope) by the official NCAA football records book.[2] College Football Data Warehouse also recognizes Pitt as a national champion in 1915,[4] as did a 1970 Sports Illustrated study that has served as the historical basis of the university's historical national championship claims since its original publication.[5]

The are the selectors that determined Pitt to be national champions in 1915.[4]

* A "major" selector that was "national scope" according to the official NCAA football records book.[2]

All-American selections Edit

*Bold - Consensus All-American[6]


  1. Sciullo Jr., Sam (2008). University of Pittsburgh Football Vault: The History of the Panthers. Atlanta, GA: Whitman Publishing, LLC. p. 25. ISBN 0-7948-2653-9.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2012 NCAA Football Records. The National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2012. pp. 69–71. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
  3. "University of Pittsburgh - 1915". College Football Reference. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "1915 National Championships". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
  5. Borghetti, E.J.; Nestor, Mendy; Welsh, Celeste, eds. (2008). 2008 Pitt Football Media Guide. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh. p. 156. Retrieved 2010-07-07.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Award Winners". NCAA. 2012. pp. 2–4.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Covers Wide Scope In Choosing His All-American Gridironers". The Washington Post. 1915-12-05.
  8. "Monty Picks All-Star Team: Maulbetsch of Michigan Lands on Second Eleven; He is Only 'Westerner' to Be Honored by the Writer". Fort Wayne News. 1915-12-04.
  9. "Sporting Notes". Syracuse Herald. 1915-12-03.
  10. Tommy Clark (1915-12-05). "The All American Eleven for Season of 1915". The Lexington Herald.
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