On This Day: Georgia Tech shuts out Cumberland, 222-0, in most lopsided college football game

On October 7, 1916, Georgia Tech defeats Cumberland University, 222-0, in the most lopsided game in college football history. Coached by John Heisman, later namesake of college football’s most famous trophy, Georgia Tech takes a 63-0 lead in the first quarter at Grant Field in Atlanta.

“All of Cumberland’s plays were smothered completely,” the Atlanta Constitution reported.

“I think one of our best plays of the game was when one of our players got the ball on a pitchout and he lost only 10 yards,” Ed Haysler Poague, who played for Cumberland, recalled decades later.

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