1909 LSU Tigers football
ConferenceSouthern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1909 record6–2 (3–1 SIAA)
Head coach
CaptainRobert L. Stovall
Home stadiumState Field
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 LSU Tigers football team represented the LSU Tigers of Louisiana State University during the 1909 college football season. The LSU team posted a 6–2 record, losing to Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) champion Sewanee and to an undefeated Arkansas. Notable victories include those over Mississippi and Alabama.

John W. Mayhew, a former halfback at Brown, took over as coach for former Vanderbilt lineman Joe Pritchard midway through the season. College Football Hall of Fame inductee Doc Fenton started at quarterback.

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
October 2Jackson Barracks*W 70–0
October 9Ole Miss
  • State Field
  • Baton Rouge, LA (rivalry)
W 10–0
October 16Mississippi A&M
  • State Field
  • Baton Rouge, LA (rivalry)
W 15–0
October 30vs. SewaneeL 15–67,000
November 4vs. Louisiana Industrial*Alexandria, LAW 23–01,200[1]
November 13vs. Arkansas*
L 16–0
November 18Transylvania*
  • State Field
  • Baton Rouge, LA
W 52–0
November 25vs. AlabamaW 12–6
  • *Non-conference game

Season summary

Jackson Barracks

The season opened with a 70–0 win over Jackson Barracks of New Orleans.

Ole Miss

In a hard-fought game, the Tigers beat the Ole Miss team, 10–0.[2]

The starting lineup was Hall (left end), Hillman (left tackle), Ryan (left guard), Stovall (center), Thomas (right guard), Pollock (right tackle), Seip (right end), Allbright (quarterback), R. F. Stovall (left halfback), McCullam (right halfback), Gill (fullback).[2]

Mississippi A&M

In the third week of play, LSU swamped Mississippi A&M 15–0.[3]

The starting lineup was Hall (left end), Hillman (left tackle), Falcon (left guard), Stovall (center), Thomas (right guard), Pollock (right tackle), Seip (right end), Fenton (quarterback), R. F. Stovall (left halfback), McCullam (right halfback), Gill (fullback).[3]

Sewanee

1 2Total
Sewanee 9 6 15
LSU 0 6 6

Sources:[4]

LSU lost to SIAA champion Sewanee in New Orleans 15–6. According to Vanderbilt coach Dan McGugin, Sewanee won due to better punting.[4]

President Taft (pictured) showed up for the Sewanee-LSU game.
President Taft (pictured) showed up for the Sewanee-LSU game.

Sewanee scored with an Aubrey Lanier touchdown and Moise drop kick in the first half.[4] LSU scored when, after blocking a punt, Robert L. Stovall recovered the ball for a touchdown.[5] Soon after, President William Howard Taft showed up to the game for about ten minutes.[5] Sewanee added another touchdown.[4]

The starting lineup was Williams (left end), Faulkenberry (left tackle), Cheape (left guard), Juhan (center), Cox (right guard), Moise (right tackle), Gillem (right end), Brown (quarterback), Myers (left halfback), Lanier (right halfback), Hawkins (fullback).[5]

Louisiana Industrial

On a Thursday, LSU beat Louisiana Industrial, 23–0, giving the team its only loss on the season.

Arkansas

1 2Total
LSU 0 0 0
Arkansas 5 11 16

Sources:[6]

The Tigers were powerless to stop the favored[7] Arkansas Razorbacks in a 16–0 loss. The game was characterized by several offsides penalties on both sides.[6]

The starting lineup was Hall (left end), Hillman (left tackle), Drew (left guard), R. F. Stovall (center), Thomas (right guard), Seip (right tackle), R. L. Stovall (right end), Fenton (quarterback), Gill (left halfback), McCullum (right halfback), Tilley (fullback).[6]

Transylvania

LSU defeated Transylvania 32–0, scoring at will in the second half.[8]

Alabama

John Seip starred in the 12–6 victory over Alabama. "The consensus of opinion was that Alabama would have won but for Pratt's absence."[9]

The starting lineup was Hall (left end), Seip (left tackle), Thomas (left guard), Stovall (center), Drew (right guard), Hillman (tackle), R. Stovall (right end), Gill (quarterback), Howell (left halfback), McCollum (right halfback), Ryan (fullback).[10]

Postseason

Fenton was selected All-Southern by John Heisman.[11] End John Seip was selected such by Grantland Rice.

Roster

No. Player Position Height Weight Hometown High School
- John Albright quarterback - 135 - -
- S. W. Brannon halfback - 160 - -
- Harmon Drew guard - 175 Minden, Louisiana -
- Doc Fenton quarterback 5'9" 165 Scranton, Pennsylvania Scranton
- Reuben Gill fullback - 165 - -
- J. O. Hall end - 165 - -
- Willie Hillman center - 175 Minden, Louisiana Minden
- Levi Himes - - - - -
- Roland Howell halfback - 160 - -
- Andrew McCollam halfback - 160 - -
- Phillips end - 155 - -
- William Pollack guard - 180 - -
- Warren Ryan halfback - 180 - -
- John Seip end 6'1" 185 Allentown, Pennsylvania -
- Robert L. Stovall center - 135 Dodson, Louisiana -
- Rowson Stovall end - 140 - -
- Arthur Thomas tackle - 175 - -
- L. R. Tilly fullback - 165 - -
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Roster from LSU: The Louisiana Tigers[12][13]

References

  1. ^ "Events Of Day At Alexandria". Shreveport Journal. Shreveport, Louisiana. November 6, 1909. p. 7. Retrieved July 11, 2021 – via Newspapers.com open access.
  2. ^ a b "Tigers Win Victory After A Hard Fight". The Times. October 10, 1909. p. 10. Retrieved September 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  3. ^ a b "Louisiana Won Gridiron Games". Jackson Daily News. October 17, 1909. p. 1. Retrieved September 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  4. ^ a b c d Dan McGugin. "Sewanee Beats L. S. U." The Tennessean. p. 4. Retrieved May 8, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  5. ^ a b c "Sewanee Wins Splendid Game". The Courier-Journal. October 31, 1909. p. 36. Retrieved May 8, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  6. ^ a b c "Arkansas Had Walkover". Houston Post. November 14, 1909. p. 18. Retrieved September 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  7. ^ "Arkansas Picked Over Louisiana". Arkansas Democrat. November 13, 1909. p. 2. Retrieved September 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  8. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20160701165813/http://homepages.transy.edu/~library/Catalog/HistoryFootballTransylvania.pdf
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 2, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Louisiana 12; Alabama 6". The Birmingham News. November 26, 1909. Retrieved February 17, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "The All-Southern Eleven Picked By Coach Heisman". Atlanta Constitution. November 28, 1909. p. 3. Retrieved March 4, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  12. ^ Hardesty, Dan. "LSU: The Louisiana Tigers". The Strode Publishers. Huntsville, Alabama. 1975. P. 334-345.
  13. ^ "How Arkansas and Louisiana Elevens Stack Up In Today's Game at Red Elm". Arkansas Democrat. November 13, 1909. p. 2. Retrieved September 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access