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.