1909 MSU Football: The Chadwick Era Begins

Football began to become much more of the sport we all recognize in 1909. Field goals became three points instead of four, even though touchdowns remained five. Just as the winds of change blew through the scoring in the game, change was in the air in Starkville. Fred Furman hung up his whistle, and W.D. Chadwick assumed control of the Aggies.

Chadwick got of to a hot start with Mississippi A&M by picking up victories over Birmingham Southern and Cumberland by a combined 55-6.

Things did fall back to normal when the Aggies dropped a 15-0 decision at LSU before rebounding with a shutout of Southwestern (now Rhodes) in Columbus. The Aggies enjoyed their home away from home, going 2-0 there.

The Aggies then went over to New Orleans to face Tulane, dropping a 2-0 decision. The lost did not last long as the Maroon and White knocked off Union 25-0 before losing 6-0 at Howard (now Samford), marking four straight shutouts in games played by the Aggies.

A&M later knocked off UT-Chattanooga before losing 9-5 to Ole Miss on Thanksgiving Day in Jackson.

All in all, it was a strong year for the Maroon and White, and a good start for Chadwick, who began his career 5-4.

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