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On this day in 1916, one of the greatest college football teams of its era administered one of the most lopsided victories in sports history against a bunch of frat boys.
The final score is unbelievable: 222-0.
On one side: The Georgia Tech Engineers (as they were known at the time) were in the midst of a four-season run of excellence from 1915-18, in which they went 30-1-2 – including three straight undefeated seasons – while outscoring opponents 1,611-93.
And, on the other: Cumberland College out of Lebanon, Tennessee, which had opted to drop its football program after the 1915 season.
Cumberland’s discontinuation of its football program mattered little to John Heisman. Name sound familiar? Yup, the Heisman Trophy is named after the legendary coach. Turns out, Heisman could hold a grudge. In the spring of 1915, Cumberland College’s baseball team defeated Georgia Tech, 22-0. Heisman had accused Cumberland of using ringers and semi-pro players. He vowed revenge.
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So, on Oct. 7, 1916, when Cumberland and Georgia Tech were originally scheduled to meet on the gridiron, Heisman was determined to play the game, despite Cumberland having already dropped its program. Heisman demanded Cumberland meet its contractual obligations and play the Engineers. If not, Cumberland would owe Georgia Tech $3,000 if the game were not played.
So, Cumberland rounded up some of its finest frat boys, traveled to Atlanta and were on the wrong end of the biggest beatdown in the sport’s history.
Here are some mind-blowing facts from the famous 222-0 game: