1895 North Carolina Tar Heels football team
|1895 North Carolina Tar Heels football|
|Head coach||Thomas Trenchard (1st season)|
|1895 college football independents records|
The 1895 North Carolina Tar Heels football team represented the University of North Carolina during the 1895 college football season. They played nine games with a final record of 7–1–1. The team captain for the 1895 season was Edwin Gregory. The team went 3–0–1 on a 6-day, 4 game road trip.
|October 12||North Carolina A&M*||Chapel Hill, NC (Rivalry)||W 36–0||-|
|October 26||vs. Georgia||Piedmont Park • Atlanta, GA (First forward pass)||W 6–0||1,500|
|October 28||at Vanderbilt||Dudley Field • Nashville, TN||W 12–0||2,000|
|October 29||at Sewanee||McGee Field • Sewanee, TN||T 0–0||-|
|October 31||vs. Georgia||Piedmont Park • Atlanta, GA||W 10–6||-|
|November 2||vs. Washington & Lee*||Lynchburg, VA||W 16–0||-|
|November 16||vs. Virginia A&M*||Charlotte, NC||W 32–5||1,000|
|November 19||Richmond*||Chapel Hill, NC||W 34–0||-|
|November 28||vs. Virginia*||Richmond, VA (Rivalry)||L 6–0||-|
North Carolina A&M
The starting lineup was Gregory (left end), Steele (left tackle), Hurley (left guard), White (center), Collier (right guard), Wright (right tackle), Merritt (right ed), Whitaker (quarterback), Nicklin (left halfback), Moore (right halfback), McRae (fullback).
Bob Quincy notes in his 1973 book They Made the Bell Tower Chime: "John Heisman, a noted historian, wrote 30 years later that, indeed, the Tar Heels had given birth to the forward pass against the Bulldogs (UGA). It was conceived to break a scoreless deadlock and give UNC a 6–0 win. The Carolinians were in a punting situation and a Georgia rush seemed destined to block the ball. The punter, with an impromptu dash to his right, tossed the ball and it was caught by George Stephens, who ran 70 yards for a touchdown.” The ball was thrown out of desperation by back Dr. Joel Whitaker. 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. Only 4 minutes of game time had passed when Stephens scored. Governor William Y. Atkinson attended the game.
The Sewanee Tigers fought UNC to a scoreless tie.
The Georgia and Carolina teams played a second time to round out the road trip and North Carolina won 10–6.
Washington and Lee
The Tar Heels defeated Washington and Lee Generals 16–0.
North Carolina beat VAMC in Charlotte, North Carolina with 1,000 looking on. North Carolina scored three touchdowns in the first half and then scored two more touchdowns in the second half. VAMC then drove to North Carolina's three-yard line, but was stopped on downs. The final score was 5–32.
The starting lineup was Gregory (left end), Wright (left tackle), Hurley (left guard), White (center), Collier (right guard), Baird (right tackle), Merritt (right ed), Stanley (quarterback), Nicklin (left halfback), Moore (right halfback), Butler (fullback).
The Tar Heels beat the winless Richmond Spiders 34–0.
- Richard Busbee
- George Phineas Butler, fullback
- Thomas Hurley, guard
- Lawrence MacRae, end
- Samuel Strong Nicklin, halfback
- Robert Thomas Stephens Steele, guard/end
- Joel D. Whitaker, Jr., quarterback
- Joseph Harvey Wright, center
- Robert Herring Wright, tackle
- James Andrew Baird, tackle
- Harris Taylor Collier, guard
- Edwin Clarke Gregory, end
- John Allen Moore, halfback
- George Stephens, halfback
- Thomas Allen Sharpe, center
- Benjamin Edward Stanley, quarterback
- "The University Victorious". News and Observer. October 13, 1895. p. 1. Retrieved May 18, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "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.
- "An Exciting Game". The Daily Tar Heel. November 2, 1895. p. 1. Retrieved April 21, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "North Carolina Won". The Wilmington Morning Star. October 27, 1895. p. 1. Retrieved April 21, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "The Georgians Didn't Score". News and Observer. October 27, 1895. p. 1. Retrieved May 18, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Football". The Times-Democrat. October 29, 1895. p. 7. Retrieved May 18, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Blacksburg Defeated". The Times. Library of Virginia. November 17, 1895. p. 1. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
- "1895 UNC Football Roster".
- "North Carolina Game by Game Results". College Football Data Warehouse. 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-11.
- "North Carolina Tar Heels 1895 Football Schedule". Tar Heel Times. 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-11.