1931 Yale Bulldogs football
1931 record5–1–2
Head coachMal Stevens (4th season)
Offensive schemeSingle wing
CaptainAlbie Booth
Home stadiumYale Bowl
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The 1931 Yale Bulldogs football team represented Yale University in the 1931 college football season. In their fourth year under head coach Mal Stevens, Yale compiled a 5–1–2 record, shut out four opponents, and outscored all opponents, 198 to 79.[1] In the annual rivalry game, Yale defeated Princeton by a 51–14 score, the worst defeat in Princeton history.[2]

Two Yale players received All-America recognition. Halfback and team captain Albie Booth was selected on the second team by the International News Service (INS) and on the third team by the Associated Press. End Herster Barnes was selected on the third team by the INS.[3][4]

Joe Crowley set a Yale Bowl record by scoring five touchdowns in a single game on November 7, 1931.[5]


Date Opponent Location Result Attendance Source
October 3MaineYale Bowl, New Haven, CTW 19–025,000[6]
October 10GeorgiaYale Bowl, New Haven, CTL 7–2670,000[7]
October 17at ChicagoStagg Field, ChicagoW 27–035,000[8]
October 24ArmyYale Bowl, New Haven, CTT 6–670,000[9]
October 31Dartmouth (rivalry)Yale Bowl, New Haven, CTT 33–3340,000[10]
November 7St. John's (Maryland)Yale Bowl, New Haven, CTW 52–05,000[11]
November 21at Harvard (rivalry)Harvard Stadium, Cambridge, MAW 3–058,000[12]
November 28Princeton (rivalry)Yale Bowl, New Haven, CTW 51–1440,000[2]


  1. "1931 Yale Bulldogs Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Yale Eleven Has Touchdown Parade In Drubbing Weak Princeton Eleven, 51-14: Worst Beating In Long Series For Tiger Team". The Hartford Courant: pp. IV-1, IV-4. November 29, 1931.
  3. Frick, Ford (December 5, 1931). "Stecker and Hinkle Get Grid Honors". The Evening News: p. 10. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
  4. "The 1931 All-America Team". The Daily Inter Lake. Associated Press: p. 2. December 5, 1931. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
  5. "Yale Football 2009 Media Guide". Yale University. 2009. pp. 128.
  6. "Yale Downs Maine, 19 to 0". The Sun (Baltimore): p. 61. October 4, 1931.
  7. "Yale Bows To Georgia By 26 To 7". The Hartford Courant: pp. I-1, IV-1. October 11, 1931.
  8. "Yale Beats Chicago, 27-0". Chicago Tribune: pp. 2-1, 2-4. October 18, 1931.
  9. "Sheridan, Army Player, Breaks Neck Tackling, In 6-6 Battle At Yale". The Hartford Courant: pp. I-1, IV-1. October 25, 1931.
  10. "Yale Is Tied At 33 To 33 By Dartmouth". The Hartford Courant: pp. I-1, IV-1. November 1, 1931.
  11. "Smallest Crowd Ever Sees Yale Trounce St. John's". The Hartford Courant: p. IV-2. November 8, 1931.
  12. Grantland Rice (November 22, 1931). "Yale Beats Harvard 3-0: Booth's Goal From Field Blue Margin". The Hartford Courant: pp. I-1, IV-3.
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