Howard Jones at Yale

Best teams of the 1900s  —  The Athletic

1. 1909 Yale. The way Yale end John Kilpatrick told it, his team barely had to try when shutting out all 10 opponents.

“It may seem a strange thing to say of a team that scored more than 200 points and did not give up a single point in 10 games,” Kilpatrick told football historian Allison Danzig, “but we never played within 40 percent of our potential. We didn’t have to. We knew we could lick anybody and we loafed all the time, particularly in our early games.”

Yale coach Howard Jones (who had a 121–36–13 record at USC from 1925-1940; .750 winning %) later claimed that no opponent crossed Yale’s 28-yard line.

Yale did not allow a point in 10 games in 1909. (Courtesy of the Ivy League)

Captain Ted Coy was one of six Yale players Walter Camp placed on his 11-man All-America team. In the final game, Yale shut out fellow unbeaten Harvard, 8-0. Coy led Yale with his running and kicking from 1907-09.

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