1899 Auburn Tigers football team

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1899 Auburn Tigers football
AuburnTigers.svg
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1899 record 3–1–1 (2–1–1 SIAA)
Head coach John Heisman
Offensive scheme Hurry-up offense
Captain Arthur Feagin
Seasons
« 1898 1900 »
1899 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Sewanee $ 11 0 0     12 0 0
Vanderbilt 4 0 0     7 2 0
Alabama 1 0 0     3 1 0
Nashville 3 1 0     3 1 0
North Carolina 2 1 0     7 3 0
Tennessee 2 1 0     6 2 0
Auburn 2 1 1     3 1 1
Texas 3 2 0     6 2 0
Clemson 2 2 0     4 2 0
Georgia 2 3 1     2 3 1
Ole Miss 2 3 0     3 4 0
LSU 1 3 0     1 4 0
Kentucky State 0 1 0     5 2 2
SW Presbyterian 0 1 0     1 1 0
Davidson 0 2 0     1 3 1
Cumberland 0 3 0     0 3 0
Georgia Tech 0 5 0     0 5 0
Tulane 0 5 0     0 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1899 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University in the 1899 college football season. The Tigers went 3–1–1, outscoring their opponents 148–11 and holding four opponents scoreless. This team was noteworthy as the last to be coached by legendary Tigers head coach John Heisman. It is also one of the first teams to employ a Hurry-up offense.[1] As Heisman recalled:

The team of ’99—my last at Auburn—was a great one. It only weighed about 160 (pounds per player), but its speed and team work were something truly wonderful. I do not think I have ever seen so fast a team as that was. It would line up and get the ball in play at times before the opposing players were up off the ground. You see it was a ‘stunt’ of ours to catch them off side and get the benefit of the penalty. Nowadays no team is taken by surprise by such lightning lining up; but that Auburn team of ’99 was the first to show what could be done with speedy play, and then it wasn’t long before all other teams were laboring with might and main to inject speed into their work.

In Heisman's opinion this was his best team while at Auburn.[2]

The squad is also remembered as the only team to score on the legendary 1899 Sewanee team that went undefeated and beat Texas, Texas A&M, Tulane, LSU and Ole Miss over a 6-day span. Auburn lost their matchup to the "Iron Men" by a single point.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 14 Georgia Tech Auburn, AL W 63–0  
October 21 Montgomery A. C.* Auburn, AL W 41–0  
October 28 Clemson Auburn, AL W 34–0  
November 18 at Georgia Piedmont ParkAtlanta, GA (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) T 0–0  
November 30 Sewanee Riverside Park • Montgomery, AL L 10–11  
*Non-conference game.
  • Source: 1899 Auburn football schedule[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thewareaglereader.com/2013/08/john-heisman-on-auburns-hurry-up-offense/#.VFE0TefOSDo
  2. ^ "Brown Calls Vanderbilt '06 Best Eleven South Ever Had". Atlanta Constitution. February 19, 1911. p. 52. Retrieved March 8, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  3. ^ 2009 Auburn Football Media Guide (PDF). Auburn, Alabama: Auburn Media Relations Office. 2009. p. 182. 
  4. ^ "1899 Auburn University Football Schedule". Auburn University Athletics. Retrieved December 20, 2012.