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1922 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Penn Quakers football game
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Date November 4, 1922
Stadium Franklin Field
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Referee E. J. O'Brien
Attendance 20,000


The 1922 Alabama vs. Pennsylvania football game, played November 4, 1922, was a college football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Penn Quakers. Beating one of the "big 4" Ivy League institutions in a major upset, it is considered one of the most important wins in Alabama football history,[1][2] giving the team some of its first national recognition.[3][4] One writer called the game the hardest fought battle on Penn's field in seven years.[5]

Background

It was the second game at the newly renovated Franklin Field; the first an important victory for Penn over Navy.[6]

John Heisman's Penn team was highly favored. Noted sports columnist Grantland Rice predicted a 21–0 Quaker victory.[7]

Game details

Alabama quarterback Charles Bartlett set up the winning touchdown with a dash from the 35-yard line to the 6.[5] College Football Hall of Fame inductee Pooley Hubert was a freshman at fullback.

Aftermath

After the game, when the news reached Tuscaloosa, "they started burning red fires and celebrating in a manner that Tuscaloosa had never seen before in its history."[8]

Bartlett received Walter Camp's All-America honorable mention,[9]

References

  1. "Alabama vs Pennsylvania". http://bryantmuseum.com/TLGDetails.asp?GameDate=11/4/1922.
  2. Bridget Heos. Alabama Football. p. 39. https://books.google.com/books?id=nSCEAAAAQBAJ&pg=RA1-PA4&lpg=RA1-PA4&dq=1922+alabama+penn&source=bl&ots=aeLi8UcuwR&sig=8QUvixzUuxuB9KQwdUpVxNn7sYo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=eOM1VZz7H7eQsQTLtYCoAw&ved=0CEMQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=1922%20alabama%20penn&f=false.
  3. Lewis Bowling. Alabama Football Tales: More Than a Century of Crimson Tide Glory. p. 14. https://books.google.com/books?id=1o-3fgPXEVgC&pg=PA14&lpg=PA14#v=onepage&q&f=false.
  4. Eric Bain-Selbo. Game Day and God. p. 137. https://books.google.com/books?id=EwvMELEMkeYC&pg=PA137#v=onepage&q&f=false.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Pennsy Beaten By Alabama In Spirited Game". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. November 5, 1922. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/2258607/the_brooklyn_daily_eagle/. Retrieved April 21, 2015. open access
  6. "Alabama's Eleven Humbles Old Penn". The New York Times: p. 25. November 5, 1922. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/2258653/the_new_york_times/. Retrieved April 21, 2015. open access
  7. Kordic, Gregory (2007). A Damn Good Yankee: Xen Scott and the Rise of the Crimson Tide. Bloomington, Indiana: AuthorHouse. pp. 1–9. ISBN 978-1-4259-6018-6.
  8. Fuzzy Woodruff. History of Southern Football. 2. p. 210.
  9. "Camp's All America Stars Show Why They Are Winners; Have Brains, Power, Spirit". Harrisburg Telegraph: p. 15. December 26, 1922. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/1937349/camp_1922_all_america/. Retrieved March 8, 2015. open access