The Game of the Century: Cumberland University vs. Georgia Tech - October 7, 1916






PLAY-BY-PLAY
GEORGIA TECH 222, CUMBERLAND 0
GRANT FIELD; ATLANTA, GEORGIA; OCT. 7, 1916
This play-by-play account is copyright of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

(This is an all-time record college football score and, of course, it set many national records that still stand.)

Georgia Tech won the toss and elected to kick off, defensing the North Goal.

Preas kicked off for Tech who was tackled with no return on the Cumberland 25 yard line. Gouger hit left tackle for 3 yards. McDonald failed to gain. McDonald punted 20 yards to Preas who returned 18 yards to the Cumberland 20.

On the first play Strupper swept left end for a Georgia Tech touchdown. Preas kicked the extra point. Tech 7, Cumberland 0.

Spence kicked off for Tech to Gouger who returned 5 yards to the Cumberland 10. Murphy, attempting to sweep right end, fumbled at the line of scrimmage, Guill recovering for Tech and scoring. Preas converted. Tech 14, Cumberland 0.

Preas kicked off for Tech to Gouger who returned the ball 20 yards to the Cumberland 30. On the first play McDonald fumbled and West recovered for Tech on the Cumberland 20.

Strupper Lot 15 yards at right end. Preas went 5 yards for the score. Preas converted. Georgia Tech 21, Cumberland 0.

Preas kicked off for Tech to McDonald who returned 10 yards to the Cumberland 20. Gouger lost 5 yards, McDonald's pass attempt was incomplete. McDonald's second pass attempt was also incomplete. McDonald punted 20 yards out of bounds on the Cumberland 35.

Shaver gained 25 yards at left end for Tech. Strupper hit the same spot for 10 yards and a touchdown. Preas converted. Now 28-0 Tech.

McDonald kicked off for Cumberland to Shaver who returned the ball 70 yards to the Cumberland 10. Strupper Got 9 yards at right end. Alexander scored from the 1. Preas' conversion made it 35-0 Georgia Tech.

McDonald kicked off for Cumberland again, this time to Carpenter who returned 5 yards to the Tech 40. Strupper ran 60 yards for the score. Preas converted. Tech 42, Cumberland 0.

McDonald kicked off for Cumberland to Carpenter who returned 10 yards to the Tech 35. Shaver got 25 at right end. Puckett hit the middle for 5 to the Cumberland 35. Spence scored on the next play and Preas' conversion put Tech on top 49-0.

Spence kicked off for Tech to McDonald who was tackled for no gain on the Cumberland 10. McDonald attempted two passes, both incomplete. McDonald punted 35 yards to Strupper who returned the kick 45 yards for a Tech touchdown. Preas converted. Georgia Tech 56, Cumberland 0.

McDonald kicked off for Cumberland to Spence who took the ball on the Tech 10 and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown. Preas got his ninth conversion of the quarter to make it 63-0, Georgia Tech.

Spence kicked off for Tech to Gouger who returned 10 yards to the Cumberland 25, Gouger lost 5 to the 20. McDonald lost 5 more to the 15. McDonald's pass was incomplete as the quarter ended. 63-0 Tech.

SECOND QUARTER

Cumberland, fourth down on its own 15. McDonald punted 50 yards to Turner who returned 45 yards to the Cumberland 20, Senter scored at right end for Tech. Preas converted. Georgia Tech 70, Cumberland 0.

Preas kicked off for Tech to Murphy who returned 15 yards to the Cumberland 35, Gouger got 5 at right tackle. McDonald's pass was complete to Warwick for 4 yards to the 44. McDonald's punt sliced off his foot just, 11 yards out of bounds on the Tech.

Senter raced 40 yards for Tech on an end-around to the Cumberland 15, Preas scored from the 15, then converted, to make it 77-0 Tech.

Preas kicked off for Tech to Gouger who returned 5 yards to the Cumberland 20. McDonald's pass was intercepted by Guill on the 20 and he returned it for a Tech touchdown. Preas converted. 84-0 Georgia Tech.

Preas kicked off for Tech to Murphy who was tackled for no gain on the Cumberland 10, Edwards fumbled. Glover recovered for Tech on the 10.

Griffin scored from the 10 for Tech. Preas' conversion made it 91-0.

Preas kicked off for Tech to Murphy who returned 5 yards to the Tech 15. McDonald's pass was intercepted by Senter who returned it to the Cumberland 3.

Strupper scored from the 3. Preas converted. Tech 98, Cumberland 0.

Preas kicked off out of bounds at the Cumberland 10 where Cumberland took the ball. McDonald hit center for no gain. McDonald punted 15 yards to Guill who returned 10 to the Cumberland 15.

Griffin got 11 yards in two carries, then Glover scored from the Preas converted and it was 105-0 Georgia Tech.

Preas kicked off for Tech to Gouger who returned 10 to the Cumberland 10. Gouger fumbled at the line of scrimmage and Preas recovered, running the ball in for a Tech score. Preas converted and it was 112-0.

Preas kicked off for Tech to Murphy who returned 15 yards to the Cumberland 15. Murphy's pass was intercepted by Fellers who returned it 17 yards for a Tech score. Preas converted to make it 119-0.

Preas kicked off for Tech to Murphy who returned 10 to the Cumberland 25. Murphy lost 2. McDonald lost 5. McDonald lost 5 more, then punted 20 yards to Fellers who returned it 33 yards for a touchdown. Preas got his 18th straight conversion of the game and Tech led 126-0.

Preas kicked off to Murphy who returned 15 yards to the Cumberland 15 as the half ended. Georgia Tech 126, Cumberland 0.

THIRD QUARTER

Spence kicked off to Murphy who returned 10 yards to the Cumberland 15. Edwards lost 5. Three more Cumberland plays were unsuccessful and Tech took over on the Cumberland 10.

Alexander ran for 7 yards. Strupper scored from the 3. Spence converted to make it 133-0 Georgia Tech.

Spence kicked through the Cumberland end zone and Cumberland was given the ball at its 20. Murphy lost 5. Murphy kicked 10 yards to Shaver who ran 25 for a Tech touchdown. Spence's conversion... 140-0.

Spence kicked off for Tech to Murphy who returned 10 yards to the Cumberland 10. Murphy fumbled, Spence recovered for Tech at the 10.

Spence scored on the next play and converted. Tech 147 to 0.

Edwards kicked off for Cumberland to Bell who returned 45 yards to the Cumberland 15. Strupper scored at right end from the 15. Spence's conversion made it Georgia Tech 154, Cumberland 0. This set a new world record for total number of points scored in a' game of football by one college team against another college team. The former record was 153 points scored by Michigan in 1912.

Spence kicked off for Tech to Cope who returned 10 yards to the Cumberland 35. On the first play Cumberland fumbled and Tech recovered at the 35.

On the first play Spence went 35 yards right up the middle for the Tech touchdown. Spence converted and Tech led 161-0.

Spence kicked off for Tech to Murphy who returned 10 yards to the Cumberland 10. McDonald lost 5 yards. Murphy was stopped for no gain. Murphy gained 3 to the 8, fumbled and Tech recovered at the 8.

Carpenter went 8 yards for the Tech touchdown. Spence's conversion attempt was wide, the first Tech miss after 23 straight had been scored. It was now Tech 167, Cumberland 0.

Spence kicked off for Tech to Murphy who returned 5 yards to the Cumberland 20. Murphy's pass was incomplete. Murphy's pass was again incomplete. McDonald punted 35 yards to Strupper who returned the punt 55 yards for a touchdown. Spence missed the conversion. 173-0 Tech.

Spence kicked off for Tech to Murphy who was tackled for no return on the Cumberland 10. Murphy's pass was intercepted by Spence who returned it 20 yards for a Tech score. Strupper converted... 180-0.

FOURTH QUARTER

Guill kicked off for Tech to Murphy who was tackled for no return on the Cumberland 20. McDonald's pass was intercepted by Fellers who returned it 40 yards for a Tech score. Fincher's conversion, 187-0.

Guill kicked off for Tech to Murphy who returned 10 yards to the Cumberland 30. Murphy failed to Gain. Edwards ran to the Cumberland 35 where his fumble was recovered by Glover.

Griffin got 35 yards at right end for the Tech touchdown. Fincher converted. Georgia Tech 194, Cumberland 0.

Guill kicked off for Tech to Edwards who returned 10 yards to the Cumberland 30. Edwards lost 3 yards. McDonald punted 20 yards to Guill who returned 17 yards to the Cumberland 30.

Glover ran 28 yards and Senter scored on the next play from the 2. Fincher's conversion made it 201-0 Georgia Tech.

Fincher kicked off to Edwards who returned 10 yards to the Cumberland 10. Murphy lost 3 and Edwards lost 5. McDonald's pass was complete to Murphy for 10 yards to the 12 (Cumberland's longest gain of the game). McDonald punted 28 yards to Fellers who returned 40 yards for a Tech touchdown. Fincher converted and it was 208-0.

Fincher kicked off to Murphy who returned it 3 yards to the Cumberland 18. Edwards rushed for no gain. Murphy fumbled on the line of scrimmage, Senter recovering and returning it 3 yards for Tech.

Fellers got 15 yards at left end for the Tech touchdown. Fincher converted. Georgia Tech 215-0.

Fincher kicked off for Tech to Warwick who returned 5 yards to the Cumberland 15. Edwards and McDonald were each stopped for no gain. McDonald's pass was intercepted by Senter who returned it 30 yards for the games final touchdown. Fincher's conversion made it 222-0.

Fincher kicked off to Gouger who returned 5 yards to the Cumberland 20. Edwards lost 5 yards as the game ended.

FINAL SCORE: GEORGIA TECH 222, CUMBERLAND 0

Georgia. Tech Starters: J.C. (Jim) Senter, LE; W.G. (Six) Carpenter, LT; R.M. (Bob) Long, LG; G.M. (Pup) Phillips, C; G.R. (Hip) West, RG; J.C. (Canty) Alexander, RT; R.S. (Si) Bell, RE; D.E. (Froggie) Morrison. QB; G.E. (Strup) Strupper, LH; J.T. (Talley) Johnston, RH; T.L. (Tommy) Spence, FB.

Georgia Tech Substitutes: Ends - H.R. Dunwoody, P.O. (Frank) Pruitt, A.R .(Alton) Colcord, S.O. (Samuel) Fitzgerald, J.C. (Julian) Hightower, Ralph Puckett. Tackles - W.E. (Bill) Fincher, Hugh Mauck, C.A. (Curtis) McRee, W.F. Thweatt, Guards - W.C. Mathis, J.C. Funkhouser, J.H. (Jim) Preas, Bill Ward. QBs - G.C. (George) Griffin, M.F. (Marshall) Guill, A.B. (Albert) Hill. HBs - J.W. (John) Mangham I Wally Smith; C.F. (Charlie) Turner, J.W. (Wright) Brown, Stan Fellers, Buzz Shaver, FBs - W.F. (Bill) Simpson, A.D. (Dawson) Teague, R.G. (Bob) Glover,, G.E. (George) Ansley

Georgia Tech Coach: John Heisman.

Cumberland squad: T.N. (Morris) Gouger,, E.L. (Leon) McDonald., G.T. (George) Murphy., C.E. (Eddie) Edwards, C.W. (Charlie) Warwick, D.R. (Dow) Cope Gentry Dugat, D.N. (David) Harsh, E.W. McCall H.F. Carney., R.E. (Pete) Gray, B.F. (Bird) Patey, J.D. (Dean) Gauldin, Hamblen and Geiger* Coach - Ernest (Butch) McQueen. Manager - G.E. (George) Allen.