1895 Georgia Bulldogs football team

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1895 Georgia Bulldogs football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1895 record 3–4 (2–2 SIAA)
Head coach Pop Warner (1st season)
Home stadium Herty Field
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1895 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Vanderbilt 3 0 0     5 3 1
Auburn 2 1 0     2 1 0
Georgia 2 2 0     3 4 0
Sewanee 0 2 0     2 2 1
Alabama 0 2 0     0 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1895 Georgia Bulldogs football team represented the Georgia Bulldogs of the University of Georgia during the 1895 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. The Bulldogs competed as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) and completed the season with a 3–4 record, Georgia's first losing season. Georgia lost twice to North Carolina, and played Alabama for the first time.[1]

Before the season[edit]

Georgia's entire student body consisted of 126 students.[2] This was Georgia's first year in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA), a conference that it founded along with Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Vanderbilt.

This was the Georgia Bulldogs' first season under the guidance of head coach Pop Warner. Warner was hired at a salary of $34 per week.[3] While at Georgia, Warner also served as a co-coach at Iowa State.[4]


Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 19 Wofford* Herty FieldAthens, Georgia W 34–0    
October 26 North Carolina* Piedmont ParkAtlanta L 0–6    
October 31 North Carolina* Piedmont Park • Atlanta L 6–10    
November 9 vs. Alabama Wildwood Park • Columbus, Georgia W 30–6    
November 18 Sewanee Piedmont Park • Atlanta W 22–0    
November 23 at Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee (Rivalry) L 0–6   1,200
November 28 1:30 p. m. vs. Auburn Piedmont Park • Atlanta (Rivalry) L 6–16   5,000
*Non-conference game.


Game summaries[edit]


The season opened with a 34–0 defeat of Wofford.

North Carolina[edit]

1 2Total
UNC 6 0 6
Georgia 0 0 0
  • Date: October 26

It was in 1895, in the first of the two games between Georgia and North Carolina, in which North Carolina completed the first recorded forward pass,[6] even though the play was illegal at the time. According to John Heisman, the North Carolina quarterback was trying to punt the ball but, because the punt was about to be blocked, he threw the ball instead. Another North Carolina player caught the ball and scored a touchdown on a 70-yard play. 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.[6]

Georgia's starting lineup was Ferrell (left end), Price (left tackle), Connally (left guard), Cochran (center), Moore (right guard), Kent (right tackle), Killorem (right end), Barrow (quarterback), Nalley (left halfback), Morris (right halfback), and Stubbs (fullback).[7]


On November 2, Georgia beat Alabama 30–6.[7]


In Atlanta, Georgia beat Sewanee 22–0.


Vanderbilt beat Georgia 6–0. The Bulldogs disputed the touchdown and left the contest in a forfeit. Pomeroy fumbled and Vanderbilt's Elliott scored.[8]

Georgia's starting lineup was: Clark (left end), Price (left tackle), Middlebrooks (left guard), Cochran (center), Walker (right guard), Kent (right tackle), Ferrell (right end), Barrow (quarterback), Nalley (left halfback), Morris (right halfback), Stubbs (fullback).[9]


Though the game was scheduled for 1:30 p. m., bicering between officials delayed the contest.[10] John Heisman tried a hidden ball trick in the 16–6 win over Georgia, which Warner was to later use at Carlisle to defeat Harvard.

Georgia's starting lineup was: Morris (left end), Price (left tacle), Middlebrooks (left guard), Cochran (center), Walker (right guard), Kent (right tackle), Ferrell (right end), Barrow (quarterback), Pomeroy (left halfback), Nalley (right halfback), Stubbs (fullback).[11]


  1. ^ "Alabama All-Time Vs Georgia". prideofthetide.com. 2006. Retrieved July 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ Reed, Thomas Walter (c. 1949). "Chapter XI: The Administration of Chancellor William E. Boggs Through the Session of 1898". History of the University of Georgia. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia. p. 1696. 
  3. ^ Reed, Thomas Walter (c. 1949). "Chapter XVII: Athletics at the University from the Beginning Through 1947". History of the University of Georgia. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia. 
  4. ^ 2006 Iowas State Cyclone Football, page 136
  5. ^ "Georgia 1895 results". georgiadogs.com. Retrieved July 12, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Tar Heels Credited with Throwing First Forward Pass". Tar Heel Times. tarheeltimes.com. Archived from the original on 2006-12-19. Retrieved July 12, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Woodruff 1928, p. 39
  8. ^ "VU, Georgia Grid Series Weird One". The Tennessean. October 16, 1954. p. 12. Retrieved November 7, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 46
  10. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 48
  11. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 49
  • Woodruff, Fuzzy (1928). A History of Southern Football 1890–1928. 1.