1900 Clemson Tigers football team

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1900 Clemson Tigers football
1900 Clemson Tigers football team (Clemsonian 1901).png
SIAA co-champion
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1900 record 6–0 (3–0 SIAA)
Head coach John Heisman
Captain J. N. Walker
Home stadium Bowman Field
Seasons
« 1899 1901 »
1900 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Clemson + 3 0 0     6 0 0
Auburn + 3 0 0     4 0 0
Tulane + 3 0 0     5 0 1
Sewanee 5 0 1     6 1 1
North Carolina 3 0 1     4 1 3
Texas 1 0 0     6 0 0
Davidson 1 1 0     4 1 0
Vanderbilt 2 3 1     4 4 1
Alabama 1 3 0     2 3 0
Georgia 1 3 0     2 4 0
Nashville 1 3 0     1 3 0
Tennessee 0 2 1     3 2 1
LSU 0 1 0     2 2 0
Cumberland 0 1 0     0 1 0
Mississippi 0 3 0     0 3 0
Georgia Tech 0 4 0     0 4 0
Kentucky State 0 0 0     4 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1900 Clemson Tigers football team represented the Clemson Tigers of Clemson Agricultural College during the 1900 college football season. Under first year head coach John Heisman, the team posted a 6–0 record and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) championship.[1][2] The Tigers outscored their opponents 222–10;[3] the 64–0 win over Davidson on opening day was then the largest score ever made in the South. The only close game was with the South Atlantic school VPI.

Before the season[edit]

Walter Riggs hired football coach John Heisman,[4] the first Clemson coach who had experience coaching at another school.[5] The team took the field in jerseys and stockings bearing distinctive orange and purple stripes.[5] J. N. Walker was team captain.[6][7]

Schedule[edit]

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 (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  
*Non-conference game.

Season summary[edit]

Heisman

Davidson[edit]

Clemson opened the season on October 19, winning over Davidson 64–0, then the largest score ever made in the South.[8]

Wofford[edit]

The Tigers beat Wofford 21–0 on October 22.[8] Clemson agreed that every point scored after the first four touchdowns would not count.[9]

South Carolina[edit]

Going into the South Carolina game, Clemson had been strong on offense, but weak on defense. Kinsler and Douthit were both injured.[10] The Tigers rolled up a 51–0 score on South Carolina.

Georgia[edit]

Clemson at Georgia
1 2 Total
Clemson 11 28 39
Georgia 5 0 5

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,[11] pulling away in the second half to win 39–5.[9][12]

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).[12]

V. P. I.[edit]

In Charlotte, Clemson beat VPI 12–5 in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.[13] The game was shortened due to darkness.[9]

Alabama[edit]

Clemson at Alabama
1 2 Total
Clemson 23 12 35
Alabama 0 0 0

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.[14]

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.[15] 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.[15] 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.[15]

Players[edit]

  • Bellows, left end
  • Duckworth, left tackle
  • George, right guard
  • J. H. Kinsler, center
  • Jim Lynah, right end
  • J. Norman Walker, right tackle

Backfield[edit]

  • Claude "Pug" Douthit, fullback
  • W. C. Forsythe, left halfback
  • M. N. "Buster" Hunter, right halfback
  • G. P. Lewis, quarterback[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bourret, Tim. "2010 Clemson Football Media Guide" (PDF). Clemson University. p. 202. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Clemson Game by Game Results". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ http://archives.thetigernews.com/printStory.php?aid=1316
  4. ^ Helene M. Riley. Clemson University. p. 33. 
  5. ^ a b "Heisman Connection". ClemsonTigers.com. 
  6. ^ 2010 Media Guide, p. 198
  7. ^ Reel, Jerome. The High Seminary (PDF). pp. 132–133. 
  8. ^ a b "Yesterday on the Gridiron". News and Observer. October 23, 1900. p. 2. Retrieved May 12, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  9. ^ a b c Sam Blackman. Clemson: Where the Tigers Play. p. 4. 
  10. ^ "Some Facts About The Great Football Game". The Watchman and Southron. October 3, 1900. p. 7. Retrieved May 21, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  11. ^ https://archive.org/stream/clemsonuniversit00cle_5sz/clemsonuniversit00cle_5sz_djvu.txt
  12. ^ a b "How Football Games Resulted Yesterday". The Atlanta Constitution. November 11, 1900. p. 9. Retrieved May 21, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  13. ^ http://www.clemsontigers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=205715933
  14. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/alab/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/1900-season.pdf
  15. ^ a b c "Alabama's line toppled before onslaught of South Carolina". The Montgomery Advertiser. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. November 30, 1900. 
  16. ^ https://archive.org/stream/clemson1901clem#page/192/mode/2up