A Look Back at the Century-Old Matchup Between the Crimson & Creme and the Purple & Gold
By Tyler Jones, Web Editor @TylerJonesLive
November 26th, 1914 was the day, when a (7-1-1) Oklahoma Sooners team would take on the (5-3) Haskell Institute Fighting Indians. According to the Oklahoma Sooners 2014 Media Guide, the game was played in Norman, Oklahoma at Boyd Field, but multiple databases, including the Daily Transcript (Norman), believe the game was played on the Missouri side of Kansas City.
This was the second ever matchup between Oklahoma and Haskell. Oklahoma had won the previous matchup between the two teams in 1905, by a score of 18-12.
The Sooners at the time were coached by Bennie Owen. Owen was the head coach of the Sooners from 1905-1926. Oklahoma’s current home, Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium opened in 1923 and the field still bears Owen’s name as Owen Field.
Haskell had a good coach as well at the time. A.R. Kennedy, a Wakarusa, Kansas native, took over the program in 1911, after four years as head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks. Kennedy had posted a (52–9–4) record at his previous stint at Kansas.
According to a November 28th, 1914 edition of The Daily Transcript (Norman), a running back named Capshaw was the leading rusher for the game for Oklahoma. The paper sites that, “He was never no good for less than five yards and many of his dashes were more than 20 yards.” Also, the Transcript states, “Montford Johnson made a touchdown after returning a punt 70 yards through the entire Haskell team. Montgomery made the fifth touchdown on a 40-yard forward pass.”
After four quarters of football, the Owen led Sooners were too much for Haskell. Oklahoma defeated Haskell by a score of 33-12. The Sooners would finish the season (9-1-1) after defeating the University of Tulsa the following week. Haskell’s loss to Oklahoma was the season finale for the Indians. Haskell finished the year with a winning record of (5-4).
A.R. Kennedy finished his career at Haskell with a (32–22–3) record, after leaving the program the following season in 1915 to take a head coaching position at Washburn University. Kennedy passed away on June 29th, 1969 in Lawrence.
Bennie Owen went on to be inducted into the first ever College Football Hall of Fame class in 1951. While he has the Sooners Head Football Coach, Owen also served as Oklahoma’s Basketball and Baseball Coach. Under Owen, the Sooner Football team had three undefeated seasons (1911, 1915 and 1918), but no national titles were claimed.
After a hundred years, the Sooners have one of the most successful programs in the history of College Football. Oklahoma has claimed seven national titles, 44 conference championships and five Heisman trophy winners. For years, Haskell continued to play College Football. Haskell football is currently a member of the NAIA.