FORWARD with the PASS…The forward pass was legalized this season and despite the various early rules that were enacted and coaches stating they were not for it; it would forever change how the game would be played and for the better.
Other key rule changes, truly effecting how the games would be played:
A neutral zone, which would separate the offensive and defensive lines; with the former now requiring at least 6 on its front wall; while teams would now need 10-yards (instead of 5) for a first down.
Harvard would return to its winning way, finishing with a 10-1-0 slate; allowing 20 points including 6 in the finale against Yale.
Yale also would allow the opposition just 6 points, all coming in a 10-6 victory over the Cadets of Army.
Princeton and Yale would meet for the championship; but when the score would show a 0-0 tally; the two teams would also share the crown.
Over a 31-year period, which began in 1906, head coach Gil "Gloomy Gil" Dobie won 170 games, while compiling a winning percentage of .793. But what was more remarkable was the fact that from this season through the game 1 of the 1917 season, his teams never tasted defeat. During this span, his teams would play 69 games (66-0-3).
Illinois would lose 3 of 4 games this season; with the worse coming at the hands of up state rival, Chicago a 63-0 winner. The Maroons' Wally Steffen, would haul-in 5 passes good for 210 yards.
Another star for Amos Alonzo Stagg' eleven was Walter Eckersall. In his team's 38-5 victory over Nebraska, he booted-home 5 field goals at distances of: 38-34-34-30-20 yards away.
St. Louis, the school being credited as the one that through the initial forward pass; would also have an outstanding kicker in Fred Acker. This season, he would convert 64 of 67 extra points.
1906 Leaders (min. of 4 games) show:
Yale was named No. 1 by Caspar Whitney, with the New York Sun naming Princeton and Yale, co-champions.
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