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1928 College Football Season

The 1928 NCAA football season had the safety scored after Roy "Wrong Way" Riegels ran 65 yards in the wrong direction. Vance Maree blocked the ensuing punt which gave Georgia Tech a safety deciding the 8-7 win. Both USC and Georgia Tech claim national championships for 1928.

Contents

  • September 1
    • September 29 1.1
  • October 2
    • October 6 2.1
    • October 13 2.2
    • October 20 2.3
    • October 27 2.4
  • November 3
    • November 3 3.1
    • November 10 3.2
    • November 17 3.3
    • November 24 3.4
    • November 29 3.5
    • December 1 3.6
    • December 8 3.7
  • Rose Bowl 4
  • Conference standings 5
  • Dickinson System 6
  • Final Dickinson rankings 7
  • Statistical leaders 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10

September

September 29

Army beat Boston University 35-0. New York University (NYU) beat Niagara College 21-0. Pennsylvania def Ursinus 34-0. California beat Santa Clara 22-0 and USC beat Utah State, 40-12. Texas beat its crosstown neighbor, Austin's St. Edward's College, 32-0.

October

October 6

Illinois beat Bradley, 33-6. Iowa played a Sunday game against Monmouth College, winning 26-0.

October 13

Stanford beat visiting UCLA 45-7, and California beat Washington State, 13-3. USC defeated St. Mary's, 19-6.

In New Orleans, Texas narrowly lost to Vanderbilt, 13-12. Pennsylvania shut out Swarthmore 67-0. NYU defeated Fordham* 34-7. Army shut out Providence 44-0. Nebraska beat Montana State, 26-6. Iowa won at Chicago, 13-0, while Illinois hosted Iowa's Coe College, winning 31-0 Wisconsin hosted Cornell College of Iowa, and North Dakota State University, with the varsity winning the first game 49-0, and the reserves beating the Dakotans 13-7.

October 20

In Berkeley, California and USC played to a 0-0 tie. With the exception of this game, USC played all of its other contests at home in Los Angeles in 1928.

Army won at Harvard 15-0. NYU beat Rutgers* 48-0. Pennsylvania recorded its fourth shutout, beating Penn State 14-0. In San Francisco, Stanford beat Idaho, 47-0. Wisconsin and Purdue tied 19-19, and Illinois beat Indiana 13-7. Iowa beat Ripon College, 61-6. Nebraska edged visiting Syracuse, 7-6. Texas beat Arkansas, 20-7. After its first two wins over Ashland College (65-0) and Thiel (38-13), Carnegie Tech beat Washington & Jefferson, 19-0.

October 27

Nebraska shut out Missouri, 24-0, and Texas won at Rice, 13-6. California lost to the Olympic Club of San Francisco, 12-0. Olympic, nominally an amateur team of former college players, had beaten Stanford 12-6 earlier.

November

November 3

In Los Angeles, Georgia Tech beat visiting Oglethorpe College 32-7.

November 10

[2]

In the New York Daily News the following Monday, reporter Francis Wallace first related the story in an article entitled, "Gipp's Ghost Beat Army."[3]

The big game in the South was in Atlanta, where Vanderbilt (6-0-0) visited Texas won at Baylor, 6-0.

Wisconsin defeated Chicago, 25-0, and Iowa won at Ohio State, 14-7. In Indianapolis, Illinois beat Butler, 14-0.

Pennsylvania won at Harvard, 7-0 NYU beat Alfred University, 71-0. USC beat Arizona, 78-7, Stanford beat Santa Clara 31-0, and California won at Washington, 6-0. Carnegie Tech won at Georgetown, 13-7.

Nebraska, which had not played Oklahoma during the last two seasons, renewed a rivalry that became one of the most notable in college football. Playing at Oklahoma, the Cornhuskers won 44-6.

November 17

Nebraska (6-0-0) hosted the (5-2-0) Pitt Panthers, and were tied, 0-0. Pennsylvania beat Columbia 34-7 NYU beat Missouri, 27-6. Army beat Carleton, 32-7. Texas beat a strong TCU team, 6-0. USC won again, defeating Washington State, 27-13, while Stanford beat Washington, 12-0, California rolled over visiting Nevada, 60-0. (6-0-0) Carnegie Tech won at (5-2-0)Notre Dame, 27-7.

November 24

Georgia Tech crushed visiting Auburn, 51-0. Auburn won only 1 of its 9 games, and scored in only two of those contests.

Army (7-1-0) and Nebraska (6-0-1) met at West Point, with the Cadets beating the visiting Cornhuskers, 13-3 Stanford and California tied at Berkeley, 13-13. USC beat Idaho, 28-7.

November 29

On Thanksgiving Day, Pennsylvania beat Cornell 49-0. Overall, the Penn Quakers had outscored their opponents 271 to 26, and finished 8-1-0. NYU closed its season with a 25-13 loss to visiting Oregon State, and finished 8-2-0. Wisconsin hosted Minnesota, and suffered its first loss, a 6-0 defeat, to close at 7-1-1. After starting the season 6-0, Iowa closed with a second loss, at Michigan, 10-7, to finish 6-2-0. Illinois closed at 7-1-0 after beating visiting Ohio State, 8-0. Nebraska closed its season with an 8-0 win over Kansas State, and Texas wrapped with a 19-0 win over Texas A&M.

December 1

Army and Stanford met at Yankee Stadium, with Stanford shutting the Cadets out, 26-0. In Los Angeles, USC hosted Notre Dame, winning 27-14, to close its season at 9-0-1.

December 8

Southern Conference play, assuring themselves of at least a share of the conference title.

In one of the final games of the 1928 season, once-tied Tennessee hosted unbeaten Florida in Knoxville. For coach Charlie Bachman's Florida Gators, a share of the Southern Conference title stake was at stake; coach Robert Neyland's Tennessee Volunteers were playing for pride. Tennessee edged Florida, 13–12. Florida finished 8–1, Tennessee 9–0–1, and unbeaten and untied Georgia Tech won the conference championship outright.

Rose Bowl

As the lone post-season college football game, the Rose Bowl matched the California Golden Bears, co-champions (with USC) of the Pacific Coast Conference, against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, nicknamed the "Golden Tornado" as well as the "champions of the South". In the second quarter, the Jackets were on their own 25 yard line, when Warner Mizell fumbled the football. Playing linebacker, California center Roy Riegels scooped up the fumble at the 34 and dashed, unimpeded, toward the end zone. Unfortunately, Riegels had gotten turned around and ran downfield toward the California goal. Though Riegels was not tackled in his own end zone, California chose to punt from there on first down, and

  1. ^ http://www.jhowell.net/cf/cf1928.htm
  2. ^ "Notre Dame Upsets West Point in Sensational Duel," Syracuse Herald, November 11, 1928, p. XX-1.
  3. ^ Murray A. Sperber, Shake Down the Thunder: The Creation of Notre Dame Football (Indiana U., 2002), p. 285.
  4. ^ "Lone Mistake Costs California Victory," Oakland Tribune, January 2, 1929, p20
  5. ^ http://www.appollarchive.com/football/ap/seasons.cfm?seasonid=1936
  6. ^ http://www.appollarchive.com/football/ap/research/1934-11-15_poll.cfm
  7. ^ Herschel Nissenson Tales From College Football's Sidelines (Sports Publishing LLC, 2001), p93.
  8. ^ "The Dickinson system awards 30 points for a victory over a strong team, and 20 for victory over a weak team. Defeats count half as much as victories, and ties are consideredas games half won and half lost. Dividing this total by the number of games played gives the final rating, "ILLINOIS BEST FOOTBALL TEAM OF YEAR," The Syracuse Herald, Dec. 4, 1927, p23
  9. ^ "Dickinson Rating Gives U.S.C. National Grid Title," The Salt Lake Tribune, December 9, 1928, p21
  10. ^ "Trojans Awarded Rissman Trophy For Nation's Best Grid Eleven," The Helena (Mont.) Independent Jan. 8, 1929, p8

References

See also

  • Team scoring most points: Florida, 336 to 44.

Statistical leaders

Rank Team Record Rating
1 USC Trojans 9-0-1 24.13
2 California Golden Bears 6-1-2 22.50
3 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 9-0 20.00
4 (t) Stanford Indians 8-3-1 19.17
4 (t) Wisconsin Badgers 7-1-1 19.17
6 (t) Carnegie Tech Tartans 7-1 18.33
6 (t) Iowa Hawkeyes 6-2 18.33
7 Illinois Fighting Illini 7-1 18.33
8 Army Cadets 8-2 17.50
9 NYU Violets 8-2 16.25
10 Pennsylvania Quakers 8-1 15.00

Professor Dickinson concluded that the University of Southern California Trojans were "the national football champions of America for 1928". Unbeaten and untied Georgia Tech was ranked third because, Dickinson said, "its schedule was easier than the other contenders".[9] On January 4, 1929, the Jack F. Rissman national intercollegiate trophy was presented by Professor Dickinson to the USC football squad, and Coach Howard Jones, at a student rally on the Los Angeles campus. For the benefit of the crowd, Dickinson added "that even had he taken into consideration the victory of Georgia Tech over California on New Year's Day that the University of Southern California would have still be rated at the top," though Georgia Tech would have ranked second instead of third after its Rose Bowl win [10]

Final Dickinson rankings

The system awarded 30 points for a win over a "strong team", and 20 for a win over a "weak team". Losses were awarded points (15 for loss to a strong team, 10 for loss to a weak team). Ties were treated as half a win and half a loss (22.5 for a tie with a strong team, 15 for a tie with a weak team). An average was then derived by dividing the points by games played.[8]

The AP sportswriters' poll would not begin continuously until 1936.[5] (although, the first time was a one instance publishing in 1934[6]) Frank G. Dickinson, an economics professor at the University of Illinois, had invented the Dickinson System to rank colleges based upon their records and the strength of their opposition. The system was originally designed to rank teams in the Big Nine (later the Big Ten) conference. Chicago clothing manufacturer Jack Rissman then persuaded Dickinson to rank the nation's teams under the system, and awarded the Rissman Trophy to the winning university.[7]

Dickinson System

1928 Big Six football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Nebraska 5 0 0     7 1 1
Missouri 3 2 0     4 4 0
Oklahoma 3 2 0     5 3 0
Iowa State 2 2 1     2 5 1
Kansas 1 3 1     2 4 2
Kansas State 0 5 0     3 5 0
† – Conference champion
1928 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Illinois 4 1 0     7 1 0
Wisconsin 3 1 1     7 1 1
Minnesota 4 2 0     6 2 0
Iowa 3 2 0     6 2 0
Ohio State 3 2 0     5 2 1
Purdue 2 2 1     5 2 1
Northwestern 2 3 0     5 3 0
Michigan 2 3 0     3 4 1
Indiana 2 4 0     4 4 0
Chicago 0 5 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from Dickinson System
1928 PCC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
USC 4 0 1     9 0 1
California 3 0 2     6 2 2
Stanford 4 1 1     8 3 1
Oregon 4 2 0     9 2 0
Washington State 4 3 0     7 3 0
Oregon State 2 3 0     6 3 0
Idaho 2 3 0     3 4 1
Washington 2 4 0     7 4 0
UCLA 0 4 0     4 4 1
Montana 0 5 0     4 5 1
† – Conference champion
1928 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Georgia Tech 7 0 0     10 0 0
Tennessee 6 0 1     9 0 1
Florida 6 1 0     8 1 0
Virginia Tech 4 1 0     7 2 0
Alabama 6 2 0     6 3 0
LSU 3 1 1     6 2 1
Clemson 4 2 0     8 3 0
Vanderbilt 4 2 0     8 2 0
Tulane 3 3 1     6 3 1
Ole Miss 3 3 0     5 4 0
North Carolina 2 2 2     5 3 2
Kentucky 2 2 1     4 3 1
South Carolina 2 2 1     6 2 2
Maryland 2 3 1     6 3 1
VMI 2 3 1     5 3 2
Georgia 2 4 0     4 5 0
NC State 1 3 1     4 5 1
Mississippi State 1 4 0     2 4 2
Virginia 1 6 0     2 6 1
Washington & Lee 1 6 0     2 8 0
Sewanee 0 5 0     2 7 0
Auburn 0 7 0     1 8 0
† – Conference champion
The following is a potentially incomplete list of conference standings:

Conference standings

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