The 1911 NCAA 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. Although no team finished the season unbeaten and untied, 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
The rules for American football in 1911 included:Field 110 yards in length
Kickoff made from midfield
Three downs to gain ten yards
Touchdown worth 5 points
Field goal worth 3 points
Forward pass legal, but subject to penalties:
A pass could not be caught beyond the goal line, nor more than 20 yards beyond the line of scrimmage.Carlisle beat Lebanon Valley 53-0, and in a Wednesday (Sep. 27) game beat Muhlenberg 32-0
Lafayette beat Bloomsburg College 53-0
Brown beat New Hampshire 56-0
Brown beat Rhode Island 12-0
Princeton beat Stevens 37-0, and three days later, beat Rutgers 37-0
Carlisle beat Dickinson 17-0
Lafayette beat Ursinus College 3-0
Penn State beat Geneva College 57-0
Arkansas beat visiting Southwest Missouri State College, 100-0
Georgia beat Alabama Presbyterian 51-0
Minnesota opened its season with a 5-0 win over Iowa State.
Vanderbilt opened with a 40-0 win over visiting Birmingham College
Harvard beat Bates 15-0
Navy beat Johns Hopkins 27-5, and on Wednesday the 11th, beat St. John's College of Maryland, 21-0
Princeton beat Villanova 31-0 and on October 11, played Lehigh to a 6-6 tie
Carlisle beat Mount St. Mary's 46-5
Penn State beat Gettysburg 31-0
Army beat Vermont 12-0
After a 39-0 win against the Seamen Gunners, Georgetown beat William & Mary 66-0
Harvard beat Holy Cross 8-0
Michigan beat Case 24-0
Minnesota beat South Dakota 5-0
Chicago beat Indiana 23-6
Texas A&M beat Southwestern 22-0.
Vanderbilt beat Maryville 46-0
Florida beat The Citadel 15-3
Georgia beat South Carolina 38-0
Carlisle (4-0) won at Georgetown 28-5
Navy beat Washington & Jefferson 16-0
Penn State won 5-0 at Cornell
Army beat Rutgers 18-0
Texas A&M beat Austin College 33-0
Vanderbilt beat visiting Rose-Hulman Institute 33-0 and *Georgia defeated Alabama at Birmingham, 11-3
Harvard beat Williams 18-0
Michigan won 15-3 at Michigan State.
Chicago beat Purdue 11-3
Princeton beat Colgate 31-0
At Annapolis, Navy and Princeton played to a 0-0 tie.
Carlisle won at Pittsburgh 17-0
Harvard defeated Amherst 11-0
Penn State beat Villanova 18-0
Army beat Yale 6-0
Florida and South Carolina played to a 6-6 tie, and three days later, the Gators won at Clemson, 6-5.
Vanderbilt beat visiting Centre College 45-0; in its first four games, Vandy had outscored its opposition 164-0.
Georgia beat visiting Sewanee 12-3.
Texas A&M beat Auburn 16-0
Michigan beat Ohio State 19-0
Georgetown won at Richmond 65-0
Minnesota stayed unbeaten with a 21-3 win over Nebraska
Chicago defeated Illinois 24-0
In an intersectional meeting of unbeaten teams, Michigan edged visiting Vanderbilt, 9-8
Navy and Western Reserve played to a 0-0 tie.
Carlisle beat Lafayette 19-0
At Philadelphia, Penn State beat Pennsylvania, 22-6.
Army beat Lehigh 20-0
Georgetown beat St. John's College of Maryland, 20-0.
Princeton beat Holy Cross 20-0
Minnesota won at Iowa 24-6.
Wisconsin, after shutouts against Lawrence (15-0), and Ripon (24-0) *Colorado College (26-0) won at Northwestern 28-3
Harvard was defeated by visiting Brown, 20-6
Georgia beat Mercer 8-5
In a Friday game, Texas A&M beat Ole Miss, 17-0
Army and Georgetown played to a 0-0 tie.
Carlisle won its 8th game, 16-0 over Penn.
Michigan and Syracuse played to a 6-6 tie.
Navy beat North Carolina State 17-6
Penn State beat St. Bonaventure 46-0
Princeton beat (5-0) Harvard 8-6
Minnesota (5-0) hosted Chicago (3-0) and won 30-0
Wisconsin beat Iowa 12-0
Vanderbilt beat visiting (5-0-0) Georgia 17-0. Georgia beat Clemson three days later at Augusta, 22-0
Florida beat visiting Columbia College 9-0 in a Friday game.
Carlisle (8-0) handed Harvard (5-1) its second straight loss, winning 18-15
Navy beat West Virginia 32-0.
Army was scored upon for the first time in six games, as it beat Bucknell 20-2.
Michigan (4-0-1) lost at Cornell, 6-0
Chicago won at Northwestern 9-3
Penn State beat Colgate 17-9
Princeton beat Dartmouth 3-0
Florida won at Stetson 27-0
Vanderbilt beat Kentucky 18-0
On Monday the 13th, Texas A&M lost to Texas 6-0
At Annapolis, Penn State (7-0-0) and Navy (5-0-2) played to a 0-0 tie.
Syracuse handed Carlisle its first defeat, winning 12-11
Michigan beat Penn 11-9
Princeton beat Yale 6-3 to close its season at 8-0-2
Army beat Colgate 12-6
Georgetown beat Virginia 28-3
The Army–Navy Game was played in Philadelphia on Friday, November 24, between unbeatens, (5-0-3) Navy and (6-0-1) Army, with Navy winning 3-0
Minnesota (5-0-0) and Wisconsin (5-0-1) played to a 6-6 tie.
Chicago beat Cornell 6-0
Vanderbilt beat Ole Miss 21-0.
Georgia beat Georgia Tech 5-0
Harvard beat Dartmouth 5-3.
Minnesota beat Illinois 11-0
Chicago beat Wisconsin 5-0
Michigan and Nebraska 6-6 tie
Carlisle won at Johns Hopkins, 29-6
Harvard and Yale played to 0-0 tie.
Kansas travels to Missouri for a 3–3 tie in what is widely considered the first homecoming game. More than 1,000 people gathered in downtown Lawrence, Kansas, to watch a mechanical reproduction of the game while it was being played with the information reported by telegraph.
On Wednesday, November 29, in Savannah, Georgia and Auburn played to a 0-0 tie.
Penn State won at Pittsburgh 3-0, to finish the season 8-0-1.
Carlisle closed its season with a 12-6 win at Brown.
Georgetown beat Lehigh 28-3.
Florida beat Charleston 21-0.
Vanderbilt defeated visiting Sewanee 31-0.
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.
The following is a potentially incomplete list of conference standings:
The consensus All-America team included:Rushing yards leader: Jim Thorpe, Carlisle, 899
Rushing avg. leader: Jim Thorpe, 8.0