Georgia Bulldogs football under Pop Warner

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Coaching legend Glenn “Pop” Warner coached the Georgia Bulldogs for two seasons: 1895 and 1896. Warner was hired at a salary of $34 per week.[1] Over the course of those two seasons, he led the Bulldogs to a combined 7–4 record and the team's first undefeated season and first conference championship in 1896. He also led Georgia to its first losing season in 1895. While at Georgia, Warner also served as a co-coach at Iowa State.[2]

1895 Season[edit]

1895 Georgia Bulldogs football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1895 record 3–4 (2–4 SIAA)
Head coach Glenn “Pop” Warner
Home stadium Herty Field
Seasons
« 1894 1896 »
1895 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
North Carolina 3 0 1     7 1 1
Vanderbilt 3 1 0     5 3 1
Auburn 2 1 0     2 1 0
Georgia 2 4 0     3 4 0
Tulane 1 2 0     3 2 0
Sewanee 0 2 1     2 2 1
Alabama 0 4 0     0 4 0
† – Conference champion

The 1895 Georgia Bulldogs football team competed as a member of the SIAA for the 1895 college football season and completed the season with a 3–4 record, Georgia's first losing season. Georgia's entire student body consisted of 126 students.[3] This was Georgia's first year in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA), a conference that it founded along with Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Vanderbilt. Georgia lost twice to North Carolina, the eventual winner of the SIAA in 1895, and played Alabama for the first time.[4] This was the Georgia Bulldogs' first season under the guidance of legendary head coach Glenn “Pop” Warner.

It was in one of the 1895 games between Georgia and North Carolina that North Carolina completed the first recorded forward pass,[5] even though the play was illegal at the time. According to John Heisman, the North Carolina quarterback was trying to punt the ball but, because the punt was about to be blocked, he threw the ball instead. Another North Carolina player caught the ball and scored a touchdown on a 70 yard play. Georgia coach Pop Warner complained to the referee that the play was illegal, however, the referee let the play stand because he did not see the pass.[5]

Georgia Bulldogs - 1895 Season[6]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 19 Wofford* Herty FieldAthens, GA W 34–0  
October 26 North Carolina Piedmont ParkAtlanta, GA L 0–6  
October 31 North Carolina Piedmont Park • Atlanta, GA L 6–10  
November 2 vs. Alabama Wildwood Park • Columbus, GA W 30–6  
November 9 Sewanee Piedmont Park • Atlanta, GA W 22–0  
November 23 at Vanderbilt Dudley Field • Nashville, TN L 0–6  
December 9 vs. Auburn Piedmont Park • Atlanta, GA (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) L 6–16  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

1896 Season[edit]

1896 Georgia Bulldogs football
SIAA Co-Champion
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1896 record 4–0 (3–0 SIAA)
Head coach Glenn “Pop” Warner
Home stadium Herty Field
Seasons
« 1895 1897 »
1896 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
LSU § 4 0 0     6 0 0
Georgia § 3 0 0     4 0 0
Vanderbilt 3 0 1     3 2 2
Tennessee 1 0 0     4 0 0
Auburn 3 1 0     3 1 0
Georgia Tech 1 1 1     1 1 1
Texas 1 1 0     4 2 1
Alabama 1 1 0     2 1 0
Kentucky State 1 1 0     3 6 0
Sewanee 2 3 0     3 3 0
Tulane 1 2 0     3 2 0
Nashville 0 1 1     0 1 1
North Carolina 0 1 0     3 4 1
S. W. Presbyterian 0 1 0     0 1 0
Ole Miss 0 2 0     1 2 0
Mercer 0 2 1     0 2 1
Central 0 2 0     0 2 0
Mississippi A&M 0 2 0     0 4 0
Clemson 0 0 0     2 1 0
Cumberland            
§ – Conference co-champions

The 1896 Georgia Bulldogs football team competed as a member of the SIAA for the 1896 college football season and provided Georgia with its first undefeated season, compiling a 4–0 record and defeated North Carolina for the first time. The Bulldogs were co-champions of the SIAA with LSU, who joined the conference in 1896.[7] This was the Georgia Bulldogs' second and final season under the guidance of legendary head coach Glenn “Pop” Warner who had continued as coach for a second season at a salary of $40 per week for ten weeks.[1] Georgia did not win another conference championship until the 1920 season.

Georgia Bulldogs - 1896 Season[8]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 24 at Wofford* Spartanburg, SC W 26–0  
October 31 North Carolina Piedmont ParkAtlanta, GA W 24–16  
November 10 Sewanee Piedmont Park • Atlanta, GA W 26–0  
November 30 vs. Auburn Piedmont Park • Atlanta, GA (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) W 12–6  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Reed, Thomas Walter (c. 1949). "Chapter XVII: Athletics at the University from the Beginning Through 1947". History of the University of Georgia. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia. 
  2. ^ 2006 Iowas State Cyclone Football, page 136
  3. ^ Reed, Thomas Walter (c. 1949). "Chapter XI: The Administration of Chancellor William E. Boggs Through the Session of 1898". History of the University of Georgia. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia. p. 1696. 
  4. ^ "Alabama All-Time Vs Georgia". prideofthetide.com. 2006. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  5. ^ a b "Tar Heels Credited with Throwing First Forward Pass". Tar Heel Times. tarheeltimes.com. Archived from the original on 2006-12-19. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  6. ^ "Georgia 1895 results". georgiadogs.com. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  7. ^ "Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association: Conference Championships". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  8. ^ "Georgia 1896 results". georgiadogs.com. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 

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