1900 Clemson Tigers football team
|1900 Clemson Tigers football|
|Conference||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association|
|1900 record||6–0 (3–0 SIAA)|
|Head coach||John Heisman (1st year)|
|1900 SIAA football standings|
The 1900 Clemson Tigers football team represented the Clemson Tigers of Clemson Agricultural College in the sport of American football during the 1900 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. Under first year head coach John Heisman, the team posted a 6–0 record and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) championship.
The Tigers outscored their opponents 222–10; the 64–0 win over Davidson on opening day was then the largest score ever made in the South and the season's only home game. The only close game was with the South Atlantic school VPI.
Before the season
Walter Riggs led the effort to raise the $415.11 to hire Auburn's football coach John Heisman, the first Clemson coach who had experience coaching at another school. As Riggs recalled, "By 1899 the Clemson football team had risen steadily until its material was equal to that of any southern college, and the time had come to put on the long-planned finishing touch." Heisman once described his style of play at Clemson as "radically different from anything on earth".
|October 19||Davidson||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 Field • Athens, GA (Rivalry)||W 39–5|
|November 24||vs. VPI*||Charlotte, NC||W 12–5|
|November 29||at Alabama||North Birmingham Park • Birmingham, AL||W 35–0|
Before the game with Georgia, students in the dorms barraged Clemson players with bits of coal. Clemson went on to beat the Bulldogs for the first time, pulling away in the second half to overwhelm the Bulldogs 39–5, and achieve the season's first great victory.
The starting lineup was Bellows (left end), Dickerson (left tackle), George (left guard) Kinsley (center), Woodward (right guard), Walker (right tackle), Lynah (right end), Lewis (quarterback), Forsyth (left halfback), Hunt (right halfback), Douthit (fullback).
V. P. I.
In Charlotte, Clemson beat VPI 12–5 in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The game was shortened due to darkness. Hunter Carpenter used the alias "Walter Brown" because his father had forbidden him to play football.
The season closed on Thanksgiving against the Alabama Crimson White, Clemson's first meeting with Alabama, at Birmingham's North Birmingham Park. The Tigers won 35–0. Clemson back Claude Douthit scored four touchdowns.
After the Tigers forced an Alabama punt to open the game, Douthit scored three consecutive touchdowns for Clemson en route to an 18–0 lead. Douthit scored first on a 5-yard run, next on a short reception and finally on a second short touchdown run. M. N. Hunter then scored for Clemson on a long run just before the break and made the halftime score 23–0. In the second half, the Tigers extended their lead to 35–0 behind a long Jim Lynah touchdown run and Douthit's fourth score of the day on a short run. With approximately four minutes left in the game, both team captains agreed to end the game early due to an unruly crowd and impending darkness.
The Tigers ended the season with the outright SIAA title. It was both Clemson and Heisman's first conference championship and undefeated, untied season.[n 1] The season saw "the rise of Clemson from a little school whose football teams had never been heard of before, to become a football machine of the very first power."
The following chart provides a visual depiction of Clemson's lineup during the 1900 season. The chart mimics the offense in a T formation.
|C. A. Bellows||left end||Beaufort, South Carolina|
|Joe Duckworth||left tackle||Anderson, South Carolina|
|A. P. George||right guard|
|John H. Kinsler||center||Columbia, South Carolina||23|
|Jim Lynah||right end||Savannah, Georgia|
|J. Norman Walker||right tackle||Appleton, South Carolina||20|
|Jack Woodward||left guard|
|Claude "Pug" Douthit||fullback||Anderson, South Carolina||21|
|W. C. Forsythe||left halfback||Brevard, North Carolina|
|M. N. "Buster" Hunter||right halfback||Anderson, South Carolina|
|Gus P. Lewis||quarterback||20|
|J. W. Bleose|
|J. G. Kaigler||halfback||Lexington, South Carolina|
|L. O. King||tackle|
|J. B. Lewis||tackle|
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