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1918 Purdue Boilermakers football
Big Ten co-champion
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1918 record3–3 (1–0 Big Ten)
Head coachA. G. Scanlon (1st season)
Home stadiumStuart Field
Seasons
← 1917
1919 →
1918 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Illinois § 4 0 0     5 2 0
Michigan § 2 0 0     5 0 0
Purdue § 1 0 0     3 3 0
Iowa 2 1 0     6 2 1
Minnesota 2 1 0     5 2 1
Northwestern 1 1 0     2 2 1
Wisconsin 1 2 0     3 3 0
Indiana 0 0 0     2 2 0
Ohio State 0 3 0     3 3 0
Chicago 0 5 0     4 6 1
§ – Conference co-champions

The 1918 Purdue Boilermakers football team was an American football team that represented Purdue University during the 1918 Big Ten Conference football season. In their first season under head coach A. G. Scanlon, the Boilermakers compiled a 3–3 record, finished in a tie for first place in the Big Ten Conference with a 1–0 record against conference opponents, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 87 to 78.[1][2]

Pre-seasonEdit

On September 10, 1918, Purdue's athletic director O. F. Cutts announced that Cleo A. O'Donnell was at his home in Boston and would probably not return as the school's head football coach. Cutts stated that assistant coach Butch Scanlon would take change of the team when students reported.[3][4]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
October 26DePauw*L 7–9
November 2Chicago
  • Stuart Field
  • West Lafayette, IN (rivalry)
W 7–3
November 9at Michigan Agricultural*W 14–6
November 16vs. Wabash*W 53–6
November 23Notre Dame*
  • Stuart Field
  • West Lafayette, IN (rivalry)
L 6–26
November 30at Great Lakes Navy*L 0–27
  • *Non-conference game

Game summariesEdit

On October 26, 1918, Purdue was upset by DePauw, 9–7, in Lafayette, Indiana. The DePauw team was delayed by a freight wreck that blocked the railroad near Roachdale, with the players traveling the remaining 45 miles in automobiles. The game began at 5 p.m. and was played in shortened quarters. DePauw threw a touchdown pass for the victory with minutes to play in the "gathering darkness."[5]

On November 2, 1918, Purdue defeated Chicago, 7–3, at Lafayette, Indiana. The Purdue victory broke a 20-game losing streak against Chicago dating back to 1898. According to a newspaper account, Chicago's coach Stagg "used everything at his command to put a winning score across, but the plucky Purdue men foiled him."[6]

On November 9, 1918, Purdue defeated Michigan Agricultural, 14–6, in Lansing, Michigan. Purdue scored twice in the second quarter, both times on interceptions returned for touchdowns.[7]

On November 16, 1918, Purdue defeated Wabash, 53–6, at Washington Park in Indianapolis.[8]

On November 23, 1918, Notre Dame defeated Purdue, 26-6, before a crowd of 7,000 at Stuart Field in Lafayette, Indiana.[9]

On November 30, 1918, the Great Lakes Navy defeated Purdue, 27–0, at Northwestern Field in Evanston, Illinois. Great Lakes led, 6–0, at halftime, but scored 21 points in the third quarter to extend its lead.[10] The 1918 Great Lakes Navy Bluejackets compiled a 3–0–1 record against Big Ten opponents, went on to win the 1919 Rose Bowl, and featured three players (George Halas, Jimmy Conzelman, and Paddy Driscoll) who were later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Purdue Yearly Results (1915-1919)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/p/purdue/1915-1919_yearly_results.php. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  2. "1918 Purdue Boilermakers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/purdue/1918-schedule.html. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  3. "O'Donnell May Not Be at Purdue This Fall". The Muncie (IN) Morning Star: p. 7. September 11, 1918. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8979211/odonnell_may_not_be_at_purdue_this_fall/. open access
  4. "Coach O'Donnell Will Not Return to Purdue". The Indianapolis Star: p. 14. September 10, 1918. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8979285/coach_odonnell_will_not_return_to/. open access
  5. Steve Hannagan (October 27, 1918). "DePauw Springs Surprise; Whips Boiler Makers in Last Period; Aerial Attack Pushes Purdue Men to Defeat". The Indianapolis Star: p. 2. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8938001/depauw_springs_surprise_whips_boiler/. open access
  6. "Purdue's Long Losing Streak Finally Ended". Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette: p. 20. November 3, 1918. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8942806/purdues_long_losing_streak_finally/. open access
  7. "Luck Against M.A.C. Lads in Purdue Game". Detroit Free Press: p. 19. November 10, 1918. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8950737/luck_against_mac_lads_in_purdue_game/. open access
  8. "Purdue Swamps Wabash Eleven by Huge Count". The Indianapolis Star. November 17, 1918. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8952056/purdue_swamps_wabash_eleven_by_huge/. open access
  9. "Gipp Proves Too Much for Scanlon's Purdue Team: Irish Have Easy Time Beating Boiler Makers". The Indianapolis Star: p. 34. November 24, 1918. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8981859/gipp_proves_too_much_for_scanlons/. open access
  10. "Gobs Run Over Boiler Makers in the Third Period: Purdue Whipped By Great Lakes in Final Scrap". The Indianapolis Star: p. 47. December 1, 1918. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8973839/gobs_run_over_boiler_makers_in_the/. open access

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