American Football Database
American Football Database
1922 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Penn Quakers football game
1 2 3 4 Total
University of Alabama 0 3 6 0 6
{{{Home School}}} 0 7 0 0 7
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]


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.


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]


  1. "Alabama vs Pennsylvania".
  2. Bridget Heos. Alabama Football. p. 39.
  3. Lewis Bowling. Alabama Football Tales: More Than a Century of Crimson Tide Glory. p. 14.
  4. Eric Bain-Selbo. Game Day and God. p. 137.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Pennsy Beaten By Alabama In Spirited Game". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. November 5, 1922. Retrieved April 21, 2015. open access
  6. "Alabama's Eleven Humbles Old Penn". The New York Times: p. 25. November 5, 1922. 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. Retrieved March 8, 2015. open access