On this day 100 years ago, Georgia Tech Coach John Heisman led the Yellow Jacket football team to victory after defeating Cumberland 222-0.
The year before the now infamous football game, Heisman, also the coach of Georgia Tech’s baseball team, turned sour after the Yellow Jacket baseball team faced a 22-0 loss against Cumberland. The following year, revenge motivated Heisman in his quest to destroy the opposing team.
Although Georgia Tech took the lead in the first two quarters, Heisman still gave his men a stern warning. “We’re ahead, but you just can’t tell what those Cumberland players have up their sleeves,” warned Heisman.
Heisman may have called victory on the field, but Cumberland won something greater; its right to exist as an institution of higher learning.
The University has finally chosen to discuss the brutal blow experienced by Cumberland fraternity men on the day of the iconic game’s 100th anniversary.
“One might assume the effect of this game would be disastrous for Cumberland University, a small, private university in Lebanon, Tenn., but instead the game preserved the school, and landed Southern football on the map,” explained Cumberland in a recent press release.
October 7th not only marks Heisman’s grand achievement as a coach, it also represents the day 14 Cumberland men played the game that would forever alter the fate of their school.