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1912 College Football Season

The 1912 NCAA football season was the first of the modern era, as the NCAA implemented changes to increase scoring:

  • Teams were given 4 downs instead of 3 downs to gain ten yards
  • The value of a touchdown was increased from 5 points to 6 points
  • The field was reduced from 110 yards to 100 yards, and end zones of ten yards were added
  • Kickoff was made from the 40 yard line rather than midfield.

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Conference and program changes

School 1911 Conference 1912 Conference
Florida Gators Independent SIAA
Hoyas Independent SAIAA
Johns Hopkins Blue Jays Independent SAIAA
Maryland Terrapins Independent SAIAA
North Carolina Tar Heels Independent SAIAA
North Carolina A&M Aggies Independent SAIAA
Richmond Spiders Independent SAIAA
St. John's ? Independent SAIAA
Virginia Cavaliers Independent SAIAA
VPI Fighting Gobblers Independent SAIAA
Washington & Lee Generals Independent SAIAA

September

September 21 The first six-point touchdowns were registered in Carlisle's 50-7 win over Albright College, and Rhode Island's 7-0 defeat of Massachusetts Agricultural (now U. Massachusetts-Amherst).[3]

On September 26, Cornell defeated Washington & Jefferson 3-0. Maine defeated Fort McKinley 38-0, Rhode Island State College beat Massachusetts Agricultural 7-0, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) beat Schenectady's Columbia College, 13-0 [4]

September 28 Harvard beat Maine 7-0 and Yale beat Holy Cross 7-0. Princeton beat Stevens 65-0 and three days later, beat Rutgers 41-6. Dartmouth's won 26-0 over Bates College. After opening with a 33-0 Wednesday win over Albright, Lehigh beat Delaware 45-0. Swarthmore won at Johns Hopkins 40-6. Carlisle beat Dickinson 35-0, and followed on Wednesday with a 65-0 win over Villanova at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Vanderbilt opened with a 105-0 win over visiting Bethel College.

October

October 5 Auburn beat Mercer 56-0 in a game at Columbus, Georgia.

October 12 Georgetown beat Washington & Lee, 20-0

Auburn beat visiting Florida 27-13. Wisconsin beat Northwestern 56-0 and Michigan defeated Michigan State 55-7.

October 19 Georgetown won at North Carolina State, 48-0.

Sewanee beat Chattanooga 27-0, and Auburn defeated Clemson 27-6. After warmup wins over Daniel Baker College and Trinity College, Texas A&M beat Arkansas 27-0 in a game at Dallas. In another game at Dallas, Texas lost to Oklahoma, 21-6. Wisconsin beat Purdue 41-0, Michigan won at Ohio State 14-0, and Chicago defeated Iowa 34-14.

October 26 Princeton (6-0-0) hosted Dartmouth (5-0-0) and won 22-7. Harvard defeated Brown 30-10 and Yale beat Washington & Jefferson, 13-3. Penn State beat visiting Gettysburg College 25-0 and Swarthmore beat Villanova 27-0.

In an intersectional game, Michigan lost at Syracuse 18-7. Vanderbilt beat Ole Miss 24-0 in Nashville, and Sewanee beat Tennessee 33-6 at Chattanooga. In Birmingham, Auburn defeated Mississippi State, 7-0.

Georgia beat Alabama 13-9.

November

November 2 In a matchup of unbeatens, Harvard (5-0-0) hosted Princeton (6-0-0). Charles Brickley of Harvard intercepted two passes and kicked a 47 yard field goal and set up a touchdown for Harvard in its 16-6 win [5]

Carlisle won its 9th game, staying unbeaten with a 34-14 win over Lehigh. Yale defeated Brown 10-0 and Dartmouth beat Amherst 60-0.

Swarthmore beat Ursinus 22-0 Michigan narrowly beat visiting South Dakota, 7-6. In Philadelphia, Penn State beat Penn 14-0.

Texas won at Baylor 19-7.

November 9 In an intersectional meeting between the best teams of the East and the South, Harvard hosted Vanderbilt. Going into the contest, both teams had records of 6-0-0, and Vanderbilt had outscored its opponents 342-3. Harvard played all of its substitutes, and scored a touchdown and a field goal in a 9-3 game to give Vandy its only loss of the season.[6]

Carlisle visited West Point, beating Army 27-6, as Jim Thorpe scored three touchdowns and three extra points, and Alex Arcasa scored two more TDs.[7] Army halfback (and future American president) Dwight D. Eisenhower was injured while tackling Thorpe. Eisenhower, who was described in the press as someone "who hits the line harder than any other man on the Army team" [8] played his last game the following week against Tufts University.

Lehigh won at previously unbeaten (6-0-0) Swarthmore 3-0. Wisconsin beat visiting Arkansas 64-7, Michigan lost at Penn, 27-21, Chicago beat Northwestern 3-0, and Purdue and visiting Illinois played to a 9-9 tie.

Auburn defeated LSU 7-0 in a game played at Mobile. In a game at Houston, Texas A&M beat Oklahoma 28-6. Texas beat Ole Miss 53-14 in a Wednesday game at Houston.

November 16 Georgetown beat Virginia 16-13.

Sewanee and Alabama played to a 6-6 tie in Birmingham. Texas A&M beat Mississippi State 41-7 at Houston, and beat Tulane three days later, 41-0, to extend its record to 7-0-0.

November 23 At the Yale campus in New Haven, Harvard (8-0-0) faced Yale (7-0-1) to wrap up the season. Harvard's 20-0 win left it one of three teams that was unbeaten and untied. Wisconsin closed a perfect season with a 28-10 win at Iowa, to finish 8-0-0. Purdue beat Indiana 34-7 and Chicago won 7-0 over visiting Minnesota. Carlisle won at Springfield College, 30-24. Lehigh won at Lafayette 10-0 Swarthmore closed its season with a 0-0 tie at Dickinson. In Birmingham, Vanderbilt (7-1-0) and Auburn (6-0-0) played to a 7-7 tie. Texas A&M (7-0-0) beat Kansas State 13-10 and Texas defeated Southwestern 28-3.

November 28, Thanksgiving Day, Texas A&M finished its season in Dallas with a 53-0 win over Baylor, and Texas closed its season with a 48-0 win over visiting Arkansas. Lehigh won at Franklin & Marshall, 29-0.

Conference standings

The following is a potentially incomplete list of conference standings:
1912 Big 9 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Wisconsin $ 5 0 0     7 0 0
Chicago 6 1 0     6 1 0
Purdue 2 2 1     4 2 1
Minnesota 2 2 0     4 3 0
Northwestern 2 3 0     2 3 1
Illinois 1 3 1     3 3 1
Iowa 1 3 0     4 3 0
Indiana 0 5 0     2 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1912 Missouri Valley football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Nebraska + 2 0 0     8 1 0
Iowa State + 2 0 0     6 2 0
Drake 2 2 0     4 3 0
Missouri 2 3 0     5 3 0
Kansas 1 2 0     4 4 0
Washington (MO) 0 2 0     4 4 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1912 SAIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Georgetown $ 5 0 0     8 1 0
Maryland 1 0 0     6 1 1
Washington and Lee 3 1 0     8 1 0
Virginia 1 1 0     6 3 0
Virginia Tech 1 2 0     5 4 0
Johns Hopkins 0 1 0     0 3 0
North Carolina A&M 0 2 0     4 3 0
North Carolina 0 4 0     3 4 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1912 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Vanderbilt $ 4 0 1     8 1 1
Texas A&M 2 0 0     8 1 0
Kentucky State 1 0 0     7 2 0
Auburn 5 1 1     6 1 1
Georgia 5 1 1     6 1 1
Sewanee 2 1 2     5 1 2
Georgia Tech 5 3 0     5 3 1
Tulane 3 2 0     5 3 0
Mississippi A&M 3 3 0     4 3 0
Alabama 3 3 1     5 3 1
Ole Miss 2 2 0     5 3 0
Mercer 2 3 1     5 3 1
LSU 2 3 0     4 3 0
Clemson 3 4 0     4 4 0
Tennessee 1 4 0     4 4 0
Mississippi College 1 4 0     3 4 0
Florida 0 2 1     5 2 1
Central 0 2 0     4 5 0
The Citadel 0 3 0     2 4 0
Howard 0 4 0     1 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion

Awards and honors

All-Americans

The consensus All-America team included:
Position Name Height Weight (lbs.) Class Hometown Team
QB George Crowther Sr. Fitchburg, Massachusetts Brown
HB Charles Brickley 181 Jr. Everett, Massachusetts Harvard
HB Jim Thorpe 6'1" 190 Sr. Shawnee, Oklahoma Carlisle
FB Leroy Mercer 5'11" 175 Sr. Kennett Square, Pennsylvania Penn
E Doug Bomeisler 5'11" 190 Sr. Brooklyn, New York Yale
T Wesley Englehorn Sr. Spokane, Washington Dartmouth
G Stan Pennock 5'8" 193 So. Syracuse, New York Harvard
C Hank Ketcham 6'0" 175 Jr. Englewood, New Jersey Yale
G John Logan Sr. Brooklyn, New York Princeton
T Bob Butler 5'10" 200 Jr. Glen Ridge, New Jersey Wisconsin
E Sam Felton Sr. Harvard

Statistical leaders

  • Team scoring most points: Carlisle, 454
  • Team scoring most points by margin: Vanderbilt, 393 to 19.
  • Player scoring most points: Jim Thorpe, Carlisle, 224

References

  1. ^ http://www.jhowell.net/cf/cf1912.htm
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Football Scores", Reading (PA) Eagle, September 22, 1912, p. 9
  4. ^ "The Salt Lake Tribune", Sept. 22, 1912, Sports, p2
  5. ^ "Harvard Beats Tigers, 16 to 6," Syracuse Herald, November 3, 1912, pS-2
  6. ^ "Great Showing By Vandy Against Harvard Crimson," The Atlanta Constitution, Nov. 10, 1912, pS-1
  7. ^ "Thorpe's Work Helps Carlisle Down Army," The Indianapolis Star, Nov. 10, 1912, p42
  8. ^ "Army Eleven Active," Gazette And Bulletin (Williamsport, Pa.), Nov. 27, 1912, p6
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