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]

Rules

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

School 1910 Conference 1911 Conference
First District Agricultural Indians Program Established Independent
Iowa Hawkeyes MVIAA & Western Big Nine
Middle Tennessee State Normal football Program Established Independent
Mississippi College Choctaws Independent SIAA
Southern California Methodists Independent Dropped Program

September

September 23

September 30

October

October 7

October 14

October 21

October 28

November

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 Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Iowa State + 2 0 1 6 1 1
Nebraska + 2 0 1 5 1 2
Kansas 1 1 1 4 2 2
Washington University 0 0 2 4 2 2
Missouri 0 2 2 2 4 2
Drake 0 2 1 5 2 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
1911 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Colorado $ 5 0 0 6 0 0
Utah 3 1 1 5 1 1
Denver 3 1 1 5 2 1
Colorado College 3 2 0 4 3 0
Wyoming 2 3 0 4 3 1
Colorado Mines 1 5 0 2 5 0
Colorado Agricultural 0 5 0 0 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1911 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Vanderbilt $ 5 0 0 8 1 0
Auburn 4 0 1 4 2 1
Georgia 5 1 1 7 1 1
Georgia Tech 5 2 1 6 2 1
Kentucky State 2 1 0 7 3 0
LSU 2 1 0 6 3 0
Mississippi A&M 4 2 1 7 2 1
Alabama 2 2 2 5 2 2
Ole Miss 2 2 0 6 3 0
Tulane 3 3 0 5 3 1
Sewanee 2 3 0 6 3 1
Clemson 2 4 0 3 5 0
The Citadel 1 1 0 5 2 2
Mercer 2 5 0 4 6 1
Central University 0 2 1 3 2 1
Tennessee 0 2 0 3 4 2
Mississippi College 0 4 0 1 5 0
Howard (AL) 0 6 0 1 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1911 Western Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Minnesota $ 3 0 1 6 0 1
Chicago 5 1 0 6 1 0
Wisconsin 2 1 1 5 1 1
Illinois 2 2 1 4 2 1
Iowa 2 2 0 3 4 0
Purdue 1 3 0 3 4 0
Northwestern 1 4 0 3 4 0
Indiana 0 3 1 3 3 1
  • $ – Conference champion

Independents

1911 Eastern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Penn State     8 0 1
Carlisle     11 1 0
Princeton     8 0 2
Trinity (CT)     6 0 2
Temple     6 1 0
Army     6 1 1
Swarthmore     6 1 1
Dartmouth     8 2 0
Lafayette     8 2 0
Yale     7 2 1
Harvard     6 2 1
Cornell     7 3 0
Rhode Island State     5 2 1
Brown     7 3 1
Bucknell     6 3 1
Penn     7 4 0
Pittsburgh     4 3 1
Washington & Jefferson     6 4 0
Syracuse     5 3 2
Dickinson     4 4 0
Lehigh     5 5 1
Rutgers     4 4 1
Dickinson     4 4 0
St. Bonaventure     2 2 0
Carnegie Tech     4 5 0
Holy Cross     4 5 0
Tufts     3 4 0
Vermont     3 5 0
NYU     1 3 3
Colgate     3 6 0
Franklin & Marshall     3 6 0
Geneva     1 6 1
Villanova     0 5 1
Boston College     0 7 0
1911 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Marquette     7 0 2
Notre Dame     6 0 2
Fairmount     7 1 0
South Dakota     7 1 0
Michigan Agricultural     5 1 0
Northern Illinois State     8 2 1
Saint Louis     6 1 1
Lake Forest     5 1 1
Mount Union     7 2 0
Michigan     5 1 2
North Dakota Agricultural     3 1 0
St. Viator     4 2 0
Haskell     4 2 3
Iowa State Teachers     3 2 1
Ohio Northern     5 4 0
Kansas State     5 4 1
Detroit     4 4 0
Central Michigan     3 3 0
St. Mary's (OH)     3 3 1
Wabash     3 3 1
Buchtel     3 4 1
Butler     3 4 1
Carthage     3 4 1
Doane     3 4 0
Michigan State Normal     3 4 0
Heidelberg     2 3 1
Western State Normal     2 3 0
Loyola (IL)     2 5 0
1911 Southern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Oklahoma     8 0 0
Florida     5 0 1
VMI     7 1 0
Texas A&M     6 1 0
Georgetown     7 1 1
Navy     6 0 3
North Carolina     6 1 1
VPI     6 1 2
Virginia     8 2 0
Louisiana Industrial     4 1 1
Marshall     4 1 1
Arkansas     6 2 1
Oklahoma A&M     5 2 0
Texas     5 2 0
Washington and Lee     4 2 2
West Virginia     6 3 0
Davidson     5 3 0
North Carolina A&M     5 3 0
Chattanooga     3 2 0
Catholic University     3 2 2
Maryland     4 4 2
Baylor     3 4 2
Wake Forest     3 5 0
Delaware     2 5 2
South Carolina     1 4 2
Southwestern Louisiana Industrial     1 4 1
Spring Hill     1 3 0
Southwest Texas State     1 3 0
Middle Tennessee State Normal     0 1 0
1911 Western college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
New Mexico A&M     7 0 0
Washington     7 0 0
Utah Agricultural     4 0 1
Arizona     3 1 1
Oregon Agricultural     5 2 0
Idaho     4 3 0
Oregon     3 2 0
Montana     2 1 0
Hawaii     2 2 0
Washington State     3 3 0
New Mexico     1 3 1

Minor conferences

Conference Champion(s) Record
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Fairmount College 6–1
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Olivet
Adrian
4–0
3–0
Ohio Athletic Conference Oberlin 4–0–1

Minor conference standings

1911 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Southern Illinois       3 4 0
1911 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Oberlin $ 4 0 1 6 1 1
Case 5 1 1 5 2 1
Ohio Wesleyan 6 2 0 6 3 0
Ohio State 4 1 2 5 3 2
Cincinnati 2 1 1 6 2 1
Denison 3 2 2 6 2 2
Western Reserve 1 3 2 4 3 4
Ohio 1 2 0 3 3 2
Miami (OH) 1 3 1 2 4 2
Wittenberg 1 4 0 3 6 0
Kenyon 0 6 0 1 7 1
Wooster 0 4 0 0 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion

Awards and honors

All-Americans

Main article: 1911 College Football All-America Team

The consensus All-America team included:

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

Statistical leaders

References

  1. ^ 2001 ESPN Information Please Sports Almanac, p152
  2. ^ a b Danzig, Allison (1956). The History of American Football: Its Great Teams, Players, and Coaches. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall. pp. 70–71.
  3. ^ "100 years ago: Football fans enjoy mechanized reproduction of KU-MU game". Lawrence Journal-World. November 27, 2011. Retrieved December 27, 2011.
  4. ^ "Bacardi Bowl". Archived from the original on 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-02-15.