Clemson Tigers football, 1900–09

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Coach John Heisman turned Clemson into a Southern football powerhouse

The Clemson Tigers football teams of 1900–1909 represented Clemson Agricultural College in college football competition.


1900[edit]

1900 Clemson Tigers football
SIAA Co-Champions
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1900 record 6–0 (4–0 SIAA)
Head coach John Heisman
Captain J. N. Walker
Home stadium Bowman Field
Seasons
« 1899 1901 »
Date Opponent Site Result
October 19 Davidson Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC W 64–0
October 22* at Wofford Spartanburg, SC W 21–0
November 1 at South Carolina Columbia, SC (Big Thursday) W 51–0
November 10 at Georgia Herty FieldAthens, GA W 39–5
November 24* vs. Virginia Tech Charlotte, NC W 12–5
November 29 at Alabama North Birmingham Park • Birmingham, AL W 35–0
*Non-Conference Game.

1901[edit]

1901 Clemson Tigers football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1901 record 3–1–1 (2–0–1 SIAA)
Head coach John Heisman
Captain Claude Douthit
Home stadium Bowman Field
Seasons
« 1900 1902 »
Date Opponent Site Result
October 5* Guilford Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC W 122–0
October 19 at Tennessee 15th and Cumberland Field • Knoxville, TN T 6–6
October 26 at Georgia Herty FieldAthens, GA W 29–5
October 31* vs. Virginia Tech Columbia, SC L 11–17
November 28 vs. North Carolina Charlotte, NC W 22–10
*Non-Conference Game.

1902[edit]

1902 Clemson Tigers football
SIAA Co-Champion
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1902 record 6–1 (6–0 SIAA)
Head coach John Heisman
Captain Hope Sadler
Home stadium Bowman Field
Seasons
« 1901 1903 »
Date Opponent Site Result
October 4 North Carolina A&M Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC (Textile Bowl) W 11–5
October 18 at Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA (Clemson – Georgia Tech rivalry) W 44–5
October 24 at Furman Greenville, SC W 28–0
October 30* at South Carolina Columbia, SC (Big Thursday) L 6–12
November 8 at Georgia Herty FieldAthens, GA W 36–0
November 15 at Alabama Polytechnic Auburn, AL W 16–0
November 27 at Tennessee 15th and Cumberland Field • Knoxville, TN W 11–0
*Non-Conference Game.

1903[edit]

1903 Clemson Tigers football
SIAA Co-Champions
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1903 record 4–1–1 (4–0–1 SIAA)
Head coach John Heisman
Captain Hope Sadler
Home stadium Bowman Field
Seasons
« 1902 1904 »

The 1903 Clemson Tigers football team represented Clemson University in the 1903 college football season. The team was a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) and played all its games on the road, compiling a 4–1–1 record.

Date Opponent Site Result
October 10 at Georgia Herty FieldAthens, GA W 29–0
October 17 at Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA (Clemson – Georgia Tech rivalry) W 73–0
October 28 vs. North Carolina A&M Columbia, SC (Textile Bowl) W 24–0
November 14* at North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC L 6–11
November 21 at Davidson Davidson, NC W 24–0
November 26 vs. Cumberland Montgomery, AL (SIAA Championship Game) T 11–11
*Non-Conference Game.

Season summary[edit]

Week 2: at Georgia Tech[edit]

The week after beating Georgia 29 to 0, the Bulldogs offered Clemson a bushel of apples for every point over 29 it scored against rival Georgia Tech. Clemson would win 73 to 0, leading to Heisman's later job at Tech. Clemson as a team rushed for 615 yards, and fullback Jock Hanvey rushed for 104 yards in the first half.[1][2]

Postseason[edit]

"SIAA championship game"[edit]

Cumberland rushed out to an early 11 to 0 lead. Wiley Lee Umphlett in Creating the Big Game: John W. Heisman and the Invention of American Football writes, "During the first half, Clemson was never really in the game due mainly to formidable line play of the Bridges brothers–giants in their day at 6 feet 4 inches–and a big center named "Red" Smith, was all over the field backing up the Cumberland line on defense. Clemson had been outweighed before, but certainly not like this."[3] A contemporary account reads "The Clemson players seemed mere dwarfs as they lined up for the kickoff. To the crowd on the sidelines it didn't seem that Heisman's charges could possibly do more than give a gallant account of themselves in a losing battle."[3] A touchdown was scored by fullback E. L. Minton (touchdowns were worth 5 points).[4] Guard M. O. Bridges kicked the extra point. Halfback J. A. Head made another touchdown, but Bridges missed the try. After halftime, Clemson quarterback John Maxwell raced 100 yards for a touchdown. Clemson missed the try. Cumberland fumbled a punt and Clemson recovered. Cumberland expected a trick play when Fritz Furtick simply ran up the middle and scored.[5] One account of the play reads "Heisman saw his chance to exploit a weakness in the Cumberland defense: run the ball where the ubiquitous Red Smith wasn't. So the next time Sitton started out on one of his slashing end runs, at the last second he tossed he ball back to the fullback who charges straight over center (where Smith would have been except that he was zeroing in on the elusive Sitton) and went all the way for he tying touchdown."[3] Jock Hanvey kicked the extra point and the game ended in an 11–11 tie. The winning team was to be awarded the ball. Captain W. W. Suddarth of Cumberland wanted captain Hope Sadler of Clemson to get the ball, and Sadler insisted Suddarth should have it. Some ten minutes of bickering was resolved when the ball was given to patrolman Patrick J. Sweeney, for warning the media and fans to stay down in front and allow spectators to see the game.[5] Heisman pushed for Cumberland to be named SIAA champions at year's end[6] and the school claims a share of the title.[7][8] It was Heisman's last game as Clemson head coach.[9]

Players[edit]

1904[edit]

1904 Clemson Tigers football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1904 record 3–3–1 (3–3–1 SIAA)
Head coach Shack Shealy
Captain John B. Holland
Home stadium Bowman Field
Seasons
« 1903 1905 »
Date Opponent Site Result
October 8 at Alabama Birmingham, AL W 18–0
October 15 Alabama Polytechnic Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC L 0–5
October 22 Georgia Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC W 10–0
October 27 vs. Sewanee Columbia, SC L 5–11
November 5 at Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA (Clemson – Georgia Tech rivalry) T 11–11
November 12 at Tennessee 15th and Cumberland Field • Knoxville, TN W 6–0
November 24 at North Carolina A&M Raleigh, NC (Textile Bowl) L 0–18

1905[edit]

1905 Clemson Tigers football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1905 record 3–2–1 (3–2–1 SIAA)
Head coach Eddie Cochems
Captain O. L. Derrick
Home stadium Bowman Field
Seasons
« 1904 1906 »
Date Opponent Site Result
October 14 Tennessee Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC T 5–5
October 21 at Georgia Herty FieldAthens, GA W 35–0
October 25 vs. Alabama Columbia, SC W 25–0
November 11 at Alabama Polytechnic Auburn, AL W 26–0
November 18 at Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN L 0–41
November 30 at Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA (Clemson – Georgia Tech rivalry) L 10–17

1906[edit]

1906 Clemson Tigers football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1906 record 4–0–3 (4–0–2 SIAA)
Head coach Bob Williams
Captain Fritz Furtick
Home stadium Bowman Field
Seasons
« 1905 1907 »
Date Opponent Site Result
October 13* Virginia Tech Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC T 0–0
October 20 Georgia Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC W 6–0
October 25 vs. North Carolina A&M Columbia, SC (Textile Bowl) T 0–0
November 3 at Davidson Davidson, NC T 0–0
November 10 Alabama Polytechnic Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC W 6–4
November 19 Tennessee Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC W 16–0
November 29 at Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA (Clemson – Georgia Tech rivalry) W 10–0
*Non-Conference Game.

1907[edit]

1907 Clemson Tigers football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1907 record 4–4 (1–3 SIAA)
Head coach Frank Shaughnessy
Captain Mac McLaurin
Home stadium Bowman Field
Seasons
« 1906 1908 »
Date Opponent Site Result
September 28* Gordon Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC W 5–0
October 9* Maryville Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC W 35–0
October 21 Tennessee Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC L 0–4
October 31* vs. North Carolina Columbia, SC W 15–6
November 4 at Alabama Polytechnic Auburn, AL L 0–12
November 7 vs. Georgia Augusta, GA L 0–8
November 9* Davidson Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC L 6–10
November 28 at Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA (Clemson – Georgia Tech rivalry) W 6–5
*Non-Conference Game.

1908[edit]

1908 Clemson Tigers football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1908 record 1–6 (0–4 SIAA)
Head coach Stein Stone
Captain Sticker Coles
Home stadium Bowman Field
Seasons
« 1907 1909 »
Date Opponent Site Result
September 26* Gordon Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC W 15–0
October 10* Virginia Tech Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC L 0–6
October 17 at Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN L 0–41
October 28* vs. Davidson Columbia, SC L 0–13
November 5 vs. Georgia Augusta, GA L 0–6
November 14 at Tennessee 15th and Cumberland Field • Knoxville, TN L 5–6
November 26 at Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA (Clemson – Georgia Tech rivalry) L 6–30
*Non-Conference Game.

1909[edit]

1909 Clemson Tigers football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1909 record 6–3 (2–2 SIAA)
Head coach Bob Williams
Captain C. M. Robbs
Home stadium Bowman Field
Seasons
« 1908 1910 »
Date Opponent Site Result
September 27* Gordon Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC W 26–0
October 2* at Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA L 0–6
October 9* vs. Davidson Charlotte, NC W 17–5
October 16 at Alabama Birmingham Fairgrounds • Birmingham, AL L 0–3
October 23* Port Royal Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC W 19–0
November 4* at South Carolina Columbia, SC (Big Thursday) W 6–0
November 10 vs. Georgia Augusta, GA W 5–0
November 13 at. The Citadel College Park StadiumCharleston, SC W 17–0
November 25 at Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA (Clemson – Georgia Tech rivalry) L 3–29
*Non-Conference Game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Foster Senn (October 17, 1987). "This Day in Tiger Football". Clemson University Football Programs - Clemson vs Duke: 81. 
  2. ^ Mandle Parrish (October 31, 2000). "Clemson-Georgia Tech Series". 
  3. ^ a b c Wiley Lee Umphlett. Creating the Big Game: John W. Heisman and the Invention of American Football. p. 67. 
  4. ^ Sam Blackman (December 15, 2014). "Clemson’s "First Bowl Game"". 
  5. ^ a b Lou Sahadi. "24. 1903 Game With Cumberland". 100 Things Clemson Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. 
  6. ^ Langum, David J. From Maverick to Mainstream: Cumberland School of Law, 1847-1997. p. 95. 
  7. ^ "Football". 
  8. ^ "Cumberland Blues". May 17, 2013. 
  9. ^ John M. Heisman. Heisman: The Man Behind The Trophy. p. 138.