1895 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season

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1895 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season
League NCAA
Sport College football
Duration October 12, 1895
through November 28, 1895
Number of teams 5
Regular Season
Season champions None
Football seasons
1896 →
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 inaugural 1895 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season was the college football games played by the member schools of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association as part of the 1895 college football season. The association's inaugural season began on October 12, 1895. The first conference game was played on October 26 with North Carolina at Georgia, featuring what some claim is the first forward pass.[1][n 1]

The SIAA was founded on December 21, 1894, by Dr. William Dudley, a chemistry professor at Vanderbilt.[2] The conference was originally formed for "the development and purification of college athletics throughout the South".[3]

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (S. I. A. A.) was one of the first collegiate athletic conferences in the United States. Twenty-seven of the current Division I FBS (formerly Division I-A) football programs were members of this conference at some point, as were at least 19 other schools. Every member of the current Southeastern Conference except Arkansas and Missouri, as well as six of the 15 current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference plus the University of Texas at Austin, now of the Big 12 Conference (and previously of the now defunct Southwest Conference), formerly held membership in the SIAA.

No conference members claimed a championship. Some publications dubbed North Carolina the SIAA champions for racking up a 3–0–1 road trip against SIAA opponents.[4] Fuzzy Woodruff said Vanderbilt was the undisputed southeastern champion, but Virginia held preeminence in the entire South.

Regular season[edit]

Index to colors and formatting
Non-conference matchup; SIAA member won
Non-conference matchup; SIAA member lost
Non-conference matchup; tie
Conference matchup

SIAA teams in bold.

Week One[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 12 Vanderbilt Missouri Columbia, MO L 16–0 [5]

Week Two[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 19 Vanderbilt Central (KY) Richmond, KY W 10–0
October 19 Wofford Georgia Herty FieldAthens, GA W 34–0

Week Three[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 26 3:30 p. m. North Carolina Georgia Piedmont ParkAtlanta, GA L 6–0 1,500 [6][7]
October 28 North Carolina Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN L 12–0 [8]
October 29 North Carolina Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN T 0–0
October 31 North Carolina Georgia Piedmont ParkAtlanta, GA L 10–6

Week Four[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 2 Cumberland Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN W 16–6
November 2 Centre Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN T 0–0
November 2 Alabama Georgia Wildwood Park • Columbus, GA UGA 30–6 500

Week Five[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 9 Auburn Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN VAN 9–6
November 9 Nashville Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN W 16–0

Week Six[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 16 Virginia Vanderbilt Atlanta, GA L 6–4 [9]
November 16 Alabama Tulane New Orleans, LA TUL 22–0 1,000
November 18 Alabama LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA L 12–6
November 18 Sewanee Georgia Piedmont ParkAtlanta, GA SEW 22–0

Week Seven[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 23 Auburn Alabama The QuadTuscaloosa, AL AUB 48–0
November 23 Georgia Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN VAN 6–0 1,200 [10]

Week Eight[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 28 Auburn Georgia Piedmont ParkAtlanta, GA AUB 16–6
November 28 Vanderbilt Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN VAN 18–6

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Southerns[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This began a 6 day, 4 conference game road trip in which North Carolina posted a 3–0–1 record

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tar Heels Credited with Throwing First Forward Pass". Tar Heel Times. tarheeltimes.com. Archived from the original on 2006-12-19. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  2. ^ Greg Roza, Football in the SEC (Southeastern Conference), p. 1, 2007, ISBN 1-4042-1919-6.
  3. ^ Southern Inter-Collegiate Athletic Association (PDF). Athens, GA: E. D. Stone. 1895. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  5. ^ "Missouri Boys Are All Right". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. October 13, 1895. p. 10. Retrieved December 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "An Exciting Game". The Daily Tar Heel. November 2, 1895. p. 1. Retrieved April 21, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ "North Carolina Won". The Wilmington Morning Star. October 27, 1895. p. 1. Retrieved April 21, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ "Vanderbilt Game". The Daily Tar Heel. November 8, 1895. p. 1. Retrieved July 28, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ "Virginia-Vanderbilt Game". The Charlotte Observer. November 17, 1895. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  10. ^ "Looks Like Robbery". Atlanta Constitution. November 24, 1895. p. 15. Retrieved July 28, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read