Heisman ran up the score because he felt there was undue emphasis on the margin of victory. “We at Tech determined . . . to show folks it was no difficult thing to run up a score in one easy game.”
Cumberland had only 13 players suited up , since three players missed a train and didn’t get to the game.
Cumberland received the opening kickoff and their biggest rushing gain was on their first play, a three-yard gain. They had to punt and Tech ran a sweep for 80 yards and a TD. Cumberland fumbled on the next possession and Tech ran that in for a TD.
Once the score was 28-0, Cumberland started kicking off when Tech scored. First time, Tech went 70 yards to the 10. Two plays later, it was 35-0. After two more TDs Cumberland went back to receiving the ball, but it didn’t help.
The 1st quarter ended at 63-0 for Tech. By halftime, the score was 126-0.
By the 3rd quarter, Tech was trying to let up, and one point handing the ball to their tackle – who was big, but slow – and not blocking for him. He still made seven yards.
When the score was 154-0, Cumberland completed a pass for 10 yards, their biggest gain. But it wasn’t a first down, since Cumberland had lost 18 years on the two previous running plays.
Tech had 528 yards rushing (none passing) – good but not spectacular – and 440 yards on punts and kickoffs, which was a major factor.
Two weeks later, St. Viator College defeated Lane Technical school 205-0. A few years later, in 1922, King College defeated Lenoir 206-0, for second place in the piling on championship.
This all comes from The Great American Sports Book by George Gipe.
“East is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does.” – Marx
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