On September 20th, 1925, the NFL’s Providence Steam Roller blasted West Point Field Artillery 127-0. The Steam Roller scored 19 touchdowns in the season-opening exhibition of their inaugural NFL season. It’s the best ever single-game points performance by a NFL team; however it occurred in an unofficial game so the pounding in Providence has long been forgotten.
The 6,000 fans that piled into the Cycledrome that Sunday afternoon couldn’t have imagined the type of game they were about to witness. West Point Field Artillery wasn’t exactly thought of as a cupcake opponent. They were mentored by Army’s Cap McEwan and often scrimmaged with the military academy’s gridders.
Providence was at their best in the first quarter when they piled up 41 points; they added another 34 points to the scoreboard in the second quarter. The third and fourth quarters were shortened to ten minutes and Providence scored 33 and 19 points respectively.
Cy Wentworth was the Steam Roller’s top performer scoring six touchdowns.
|First Quarter (41-0)||Second quarter (75-0)|
|Cy Wentworth 45-yard punt return||Red O’Neil TD|
|Connor 7-yard run||Ira McIntosh 25-yard run|
|Charlie Burke 5-yard run||O’Neil TD|
|Wentworth 59-yard run||McIntosh TD|
|Burke 43-yard run||Hugh McGoldrick blocked-punt recovery|
|Third quarter (108-0)||Fourth quarter (127-0)|
|Wentworth 50-yard run||Wentworth TD|
|O’Neil TD||Swede Vreeland TD|
|Fred Sweet 20-yard run||John Pohlman TD|
|Sweet 20-yard run|
|Wentworth fumble recovery|
Moving forward the Providence Steam Roller found that NFL teams posed more of a challenge. In their first NFL campaign (1925) they went 6-5-1. They wouldn’t score more than 20 points in a game; a 20-7 victory over the Frankford Yellow Jackets was their best output.
A few more facts…
One of the Four Horsemen of Notre Dame, Harry Stuhldreher, was on the Steam Roller’s roster for the West Point exhibition. He was suppose to sign a one-year contract with Providence after the game; however his last-minute demands for more money weren’t met and he left town.
On three occasions a NFL team scored 100 points or more in a non-league exhibition game.
|1925||20-Sep||127-0||Providence Steam Roller||vs.||West Point Field Artillery|
|1931||6-Dec||101-7||Portsmouth Spartans||vs.||Columbus Safety Cab|
|1936||13-Dec||100-0||Brooklyn Dodgers||n||St. Louis Terriers|
|at Wichita, KS – The first ever NFL game in the state of Kansas.|
Sources: The Pro Football Archives…
Undefined. (1925, September 20). Steamroller Gets Going Against Soldiers To-Day. Providence Evening Tribune, pp. 17. Retrieved January 11th, 2012 from Google News Archive.
Undefined. (1925, September 21). Steam Roller Piles Up Score Of 127-0 Against Artillerymen. Providence Evening Tribune, pp. 9. Retrieved January 11th, 2012 from Google News Archive.
Undefined. (1925, September 21). Just an Earful. Providence Evening Tribune, pp. 9. Retrieved January 11th, 2012 from Google News Archive.