1909 Alabama Crimson Tide football
ConferenceSouthern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Record5–1–2 (4–1–1 SIAA)
Head coach
CaptainDel Pratt
Home stadiumThe Quad
Birmingham Fairgrounds
Seasons
← 1908
1910 →
1909 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Sewanee $ 4 0 0 6 1 0
Vanderbilt 4 1 0 7 3 0
Alabama 4 1 1 5 1 2
LSU 3 1 0 6 2 0
Georgia Tech 4 2 0 7 2 0
Auburn 4 2 0 5 2 0
Howard (AL) 2 2 0 5 2 1
Clemson 2 2 0 6 3 0
Ole Miss 1 2 1 4 3 2
Georgia 1 4 1 1 4 2
The Citadel 0 1 1 4 3 2
Mississippi A&M 0 3 0 5 4 0
Mercer 0 4 0 3 5 0
Tennessee 0 5 0 1 6 2
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1909 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1909 college football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 17th overall and 14th season as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA). The team was led by head coach J. W. H. Pollard, in his fourth year, and played their home games at the University of Alabama Quad in Tuscaloosa and the Birmingham Fairgrounds in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of five wins, one loss and two ties (5–1–2 overall, 4–1–1 in the SIAA).

Defensively, Alabama had six consecutive shutouts to go 5–0–1 before they surrendered their first touchdown against Tulane in their 5–5 tie.[1]

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResultSource
October 2Union (TN)*W 16–0[2]
October 9Howard (AL)
  • The Quad
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
W 14–0[3]
October 16ClemsonW 3–0[4]
October 23at Ole Miss
T 0–0[5]
October 30at GeorgiaW 14–0[6]
November 13at TennesseeW 10–0[7]
November 20at Tulane*T 5–5[8]
November 25LSUL 6–12[9]
  • *Non-conference game

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Game summaries

Union (TN)

1 2Total
Union 0 0 0
Alabama 0 16 16

Alabama opened the season with this 16–0 victory over Union University at Tuscaloosa.[1][12] Although scoreless at the end of the first half, Alabama was in position several times to score. The Crimson Tide lost a fumble at the Union five yard line and Derrill Pratt missed field goals of 40, 45 and 53 yards.[12] Alabama scored its first touchdown on a short Jere Austill run early in the second half after the Crimson tide blocked a Union punt at their five-yard line.[12] Pratt and David Palmer scored Alabama's other two touchdowns later in the half en rote to the 16–0 win.[12] The victory brought Alabama's all-time record against Union to 1–0.[13]

Howard

See also: 1909 Howard Bulldogs football team

1 2Total
Howard 0 0 0
Alabama 7 7 14

Against the Bulldogs, Alabama secured their second consecutive shutout to open the season with this 14–0 victory over Howard College (now known as Samford University).[1][12]

The victory brought Alabama's all-time record against Howard to 3–0.[14]

Clemson

Clemson was beaten by a 52-yard Del Pratt field goal.

Ole Miss

Ole Miss and Alabama fought to a scoreless tie.

Georgia

Georgia was beaten 14–0.

Tennessee

Tennessee was beaten 10–0.

Tulane

Tulane and Alabama tied 5–5.

LSU

Alabama completed their season with a 12–5 loss to LSU at Birmingham to finish 5–1–2.[1]

Roster

Alabama Crimson Tide 1909 roster[1]

Backs

Ends
  • Robert H. Bumgardner
  • Ewing Carter
  • Broox Cleveland Garrett
  • Clarence S. Hurd

Tackles

  • H. W. Arant
  • W. A. Barnes
  • Louis Malone Finlay
  • Owen Garside Gresham
Guards
  • E. D. Greene
  • W. H. Lumley
  • John Miller
  • G. W. Pratt

Center

Kicker

  • Everett Wilkinson

Coaching staff

Notes

  1. ^ For the 1909 season, point values were different from those used in contemporary games. In 1909 a touchdown was worth five points, a field goal was worth three points and an extra point (PAT) was worth one point.[11]

References

General

  • "1909 Season Recap" (PDF). RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-02. Retrieved February 22, 2012.

Specific

  1. ^ a b c d e 1909 Season Recap
  2. ^ "Alabama wins only by rally". The Montgomery Advertiser. October 3, 1909. Retrieved February 17, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Alabama puts it over the Collegians". The Tuscaloosa Times-Gazette. October 10, 1909. Retrieved February 17, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Varsity is held to very low score". The Montgomery Advertiser. October 17, 1909. Retrieved February 17, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Mississippi outplayed Alabama". Jackson Daily News. October 24, 1909. Retrieved February 17, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Alabama wins over Georgia in hard game". The Atlanta Constitution. October 31, 1909. Retrieved February 17, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Tennessee's defeat was without sting". The Journal and Tribune. November 14, 1909. Retrieved February 17, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "In brilliant game Tulane ties Alabama". The Times-Democrat. November 21, 1909. Retrieved February 17, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "Louisiana 12; Alabama 6". The Birmingham News. November 26, 1909. Retrieved February 17, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "1909 Alabama football archive". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  11. ^ "Scoring values". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Archived from the original on November 25, 2011. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  12. ^ a b c d e "Alabama wins only by rally". Montgomery Advertiser. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. October 3, 1909. p. 13.
  13. ^ "Alabama vs Union (TN)". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on November 2, 2014. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  14. ^ "Alabama vs Samford (AL)". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2011-10-23. Retrieved November 2, 2014.