1902 Tennessee Volunteers football team
|1902 Tennessee Volunteers football|
|Conference||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association|
|1902 record||6–2 (3–2 SIAA)|
|Head coach||Hubert Fisher (1st year)|
|Home stadium||Waite Field|
|1902 SIAA football standings|
The 1902 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the 1902 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. The Volunteers won a school record six games in 1902 and beat rivals Sewanee and Georgia Tech. The team was guided by a new head coach, Hubert Fisher, who came from Princeton University, as did his predecessor, George Kelley.
|October 11, 1902||King*||Waite Field • Knoxville, TN||W 12–0|
|October 21, 1902||Maryville*||Waite Field • Knoxville, TN||W 34–0|
|October 25, 1902||Vanderbilt||Waite Field • Knoxville, TN (Rivalry)||L 5–12|
|November 1, 1902||Sewanee||Waite Field • Knoxville, TN||W 6–0|
|November 7, 1902||at Nashville*||Nashville, TN||W 10–0|
|November 15, 1902||vs. Ole Miss||Memphis, TN||W 11–10|
|November 22, 1902||at Georgia Tech||Atlanta, GA||W 10–6|
|November 27, 1902||Clemson||Waite Field • Knoxville, TN||L 0–11|
|*Non-conference game. All times are in Eastern.|
Week 3: Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt won 12 to 5 despite a weak line due to its running game. John Edgerton scored both Vanderbilt touchdowns. Tennessee's score, its first ever against Vanderbilt, was provided by an A. H. Douglas run around right end, breaking two tackles and getting the touchdown. Nash Buckingham once had a 40-yard run through the line.
Week 8: Clemson
The team closed the season with an 11 to 0 loss to John Heisman's Clemson Tigers. A. H. Douglas holds the record for the longest punt in school history when he punted a ball 109 yards (the field length was 110 yards in those days) during the Clemson game. Heisman described the kick:
"The day was bitterly cold and a veritable typhoon was blowing straight down the field from one end to the other. We rushed the ball with more consistency than Tennessee, but throughout the entire first half they held us because of the superb punting of "Toots" Douglas, especially because, in that period he had the gale squarely with him. Going against that blizzard our labors were like unto those of Tantalus. Slowly, with infinite pains and a maximum of exertion, we pushed the ball from our territory to their 10-yard line. We figured we had another down to draw on, but the referee begged to differ. He handed the ball to Tennessee and the "tornado." Their general cheerfully chirped a signal – Saxe Crawford, it must have been –; and "Toots" with sprightly step, dropped back for another of his Milky Way punts. I visualize him still, standing on his own goal line and squarely between his uprights. One quick glance he cast overhead – no doubt to make sure that howling was still the same old hurricane.
I knew at once what he proposed to do. The snap was perfect. "Toots" caught the ball, took two smart steps and – BLAM!–away shot the ball as though from the throat of Big Bertha. And, say, in his palmiest mathematical mood, I don't believe Sir Isaac Newton himself could have figured a more perfect trajectory to fit with that cyclone. Onward and upward, upward and onward, the crazy thing flew like a brainchild of Jules Verne. I thought it would clear the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our safety man, the great Johnny Maxwell, was positioned 50 yards behind our rush line, yet the punt sailed over his head like a phantom aeroplane. Finally, it cam down, but still uncured of its wanderlust it started in to roll–toward our goal, of course, with Maxwell chasing and damning it with every step and breath. Finally it curled up and died on our one-footline, after a bowstring journey of just 109 yards."
- Tennessee–Vanderbilt football rivalry
- "Volunteers Lose To Commodores". Atlanta Constitution. October 26, 1902. p. 5. Retrieved March 29, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Wiley Lee Umphlett. Creating the Big Game: John W. Heisman and the Invention of American Football. pp. 64–65.
- "Records" (PDF). p. 324.
- "Prodigious Kick". Schenectady Gazette. October 10, 1934.
- John M. Heisman. Heisman: The Man Behind the Trophy. pp. 104–105.
- "From Southeastern College Teams The Constitution Selects An Eleven". Atlanta Constitution. December 1, 1902.