1911 college football season

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The 1911 college football season was the last one before major reforms were made to the American game in 1912. In 1911, touchdowns were worth five points, the field was 110 yards in length, and a team had three downs within which to advance the ball ten yards. The United States Naval Academy (Navy) finished with a record of 6 wins and 3 ties (6–0–3). Two of the ties were 0–0 games with the other major unbeaten teams, Penn State (8–0–1) and Princeton (8–0–2). Other teams that finished the season unbeaten were Minnesota (6–0–1) and Florida (5–0–1). The Helms Athletic Foundation, founded in 1936, declared retroactively that Princeton had been the best team of 1911 [1]



The rules for American football in 1911 included: [2]

A pass could not be caught beyond the goal line, nor more than 20 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. [2]

Conference and program changes

School1910 Conference1911 Conference
First District Agricultural Indians Program EstablishedIndependent
Iowa Hawkeyes MVIAA & Western Big Nine
Middle Tennessee State Normal football Program EstablishedIndependent
Mississippi College Choctaws Independent SIAA
Southern California Methodists IndependentDropped Program


September 23

September 30


October 7

October 14

October 21

October 28


November 4

November 11

November 18

November 25

November 29

November 30 (Thanksgiving)

January 1912

The last five-point American football touchdown was scored on January 1, 1912, in a game played in Havana, Cuba. Mississippi A&M College (now Mississippi State University) defeated the Club Atletico de Cuba, 12–0. [4]

Conference standings

Major conference standings

1911 Missouri Valley football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Iowa State +201  611
Nebraska +201  512
Kansas 111  422
Washington University 002  422
Missouri 022  242
Drake 021  521
  • + Conference co-champions
1911 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Colorado $500  600
Utah 311  511
Denver 311  521
Colorado College 320  430
Wyoming 230  431
Colorado Mines 150  250
Colorado Agricultural 050  060
  • $ Conference champion
1911 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Vanderbilt $500  810
Auburn 401  421
Georgia 511  711
Georgia Tech 521  621
Kentucky State 210  730
LSU 210  630
Mississippi A&M 421  721
Alabama 222  522
Ole Miss 220  630
Tulane 330  531
Sewanee 230  631
Clemson 240  350
The Citadel 110  522
Mercer 250  461
Central University 021  321
Tennessee 020  342
Mississippi College 040  150
Howard (AL) 060  161
  • $ Conference champion
1911 Western Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Minnesota $301  601
Chicago 510  610
Wisconsin 211  511
Illinois 221  421
Iowa 220  340
Purdue 130  340
Northwestern 140  340
Indiana 031  331
  • $ Conference champion


1911 Eastern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Penn State     801
Carlisle     1110
Princeton     802
Trinity (CT)     602
Temple     610
Army     611
Dartmouth     820
Lafayette     820
Yale     721
Harvard     621
Cornell     730
Rhode Island State     521
Brown     731
Penn     740
Pittsburgh     431
Washington & Jefferson     640
Syracuse     532
Lehigh     551
Rutgers     441
St. Bonaventure     220
Carnegie Tech     450
Tufts     340
NYU     133
Colgate     360
Franklin & Marshall     360
Villanova     051
Geneva     061
Boston College     070
1911 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Marquette     702
Notre Dame     602
Fairmount     710
South Dakota     710
Michigan Agricultural     510
Saint Louis     611
Lake Forest     511
Mount Union     720
Michigan     512
North Dakota Agricultural     310
St. Viator     420
Haskell     423
Iowa State Teachers     321
Ohio Northern     540
Kansas State     541
Detroit     440
Central Michigan     330
St. Mary's (OH)     331
Wabash     331
Buchtel     341
Butler     341
Doane     340
Michigan State Normal     340
Heidelberg     231
Western State     230
Loyola (IL)     250
1911 Southern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Oklahoma     800
Florida     501
VMI     710
Texas A&M     610
Georgetown     711
Navy     603
North Carolina     611
VPI     612
Virginia     820
Arkansas     621
Oklahoma A&M     520
Texas     520
Kentucky State     730
West Virginia     630
Davidson     530
North Carolina A&M     530
Chattanooga     320
Catholic University     322
Maryland     442
Baylor     342
Wake Forest     350
Delaware     252
Spring Hill     130
Southwest Texas     130
South Carolina     142
William & Mary     171
Middle Tennessee     010
Richmond     062
1911 Western college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
New Mexico A&M     700
Washington     700
Utah Agricultural     401
Arizona     311
Oregon Agricultural     520
Idaho     430
Oregon     320
Montana     210
Hawaii     220
Washington State     330
New Mexico     131

Minor conferences

Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Fairmount College 6–1
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Olivet
Ohio Athletic Conference Oberlin 4–0–1

Minor conference standings

1911 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Southern Illinois      340
1911 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Oberlin $401  611
Case 511  521
Ohio Wesleyan 620  630
Ohio State 412  532
Cincinnati 211  621
Denison 322  622
Western Reserve 132  434
Ohio 120  332
Miami (OH) 131  242
Wittenberg 140  360
Kenyon 060  171
Wooster 040  060
  • $ Conference champion

Awards and honors


The consensus All-America team included:

PositionNameHeightWeight (lbs.)ClassHometownTeam
QB Art Howe 5'10"153Sr. South Orange, New Jersey Yale
QB Earl Sprackling 5'9"150Sr. Cleveland, Ohio Brown
HB Percy Wendell Jr. Roxbury, Massachusetts Harvard
HB Jim Thorpe 6'1"180Jr. Shawnee, Oklahoma Carlisle
FB John Dalton 5'11"174Sr. St. Louis, Missouri Penn
E Sanford White Sr. Fall River, Massachusetts Princeton
T Ed Hart 5'11"208Sr. Exeter, New Hampshire Princeton
G Bob Fisher Sr. Boston, Massachusetts Harvard
C Hank Ketcham 6'0"175So. Englewood, New Jersey Yale
G Joseph Duff Sr. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Princeton
T Leland Devore 6'4"225Jr. Wheeling, West Virginia Army
E Doug Bomeisler 5'11"190Jr. Brooklyn, New York Yale

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