Highest Scoring Game in College Football History
The highest scoring game in college football history took place on October 7, 1916, between the Georgia Tech Engineers (now Yellow Jackets) and the Cumberland College Bulldogs at Grant Field in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia Tech won the game by a score of 222-0.
The 222 points scored in the game is the record for most points ever scored in a college football game by both teams. It’s also the record for many other stats such as most points scored by one team, most points scored by one team while shutting out the other team, and the most lopsided win by a team in college football history.
The game was never in doubt, as Georgia Tech scored 63 points in both the first and second quarters, and then scored 54 points in the third quarter, and 42 more points in the fourth quarter. Here’s a quick list of some interesting facts about the highest scoring game in college football history.
Highest Scoring Game in College Football History Trivia
- The coach of Georgia Tech was none other than John Heisman, for whom the Heisman Trophy is named. In addition to coaching football at Georgia Tech, John Heisman was also the head coach of the baseball and basketball teams.
- Based in Lebanon, Tennessee, Cumberland College, which is now known as Cumberland University, discontinued its college football program before the 1916 season. Cumberland was already scheduled to play Georgia Tech in 1916, and when Heisman found out the school discontinued its football program he demanded a $3,000 forfeit fee. Rather than pay the $3,000 fee, Cumberland College rounded up 19 players, most were fraternity brothers looking for adventure, and played the game.
- Georgia Tech scored on its first play, and after Cumberland got the ball, they fumbled on their first play, and Georgia Tech returned it for a touchdown. Georgia Tech went on to score 32 touchdowns in the game.
- The game was so lopsided, neither team ever got a first down. Cumberland was so inept they could never get a first down, and Georgia Tech scored within three plays every time they had the ball.
- In the spring of 1916, Cumberland College, supposedly using professional players, routed John Heisman’s Georgia Tech college baseball team by a score of 22-0. Heisman was furious over the rout and vowed revenge, which is one reason why he allowed his football team to score 222 points vs Cumberland.
- John Heisman also wanted to embarrass the national sportswriters who would simply give the college football championship each year to the highest scoring team. So he scored a ridiculously large amount of points vs an inept team to prove a point.
- With the score 126-0 at halftime, Heisman gave his team a pep talk and warned them not to take Cumberland lightly in the second half. Heisman finally softened in the second half, and agreed to end the game early.
- Georgia Tech rushed for 978 yards in the game, while Cumberland College had negative 42 rushing yards.
- Georgia Tech never threw a pass in the game. Cumberland passed 18 times, completing two for 14 total yards, and had six passes intercepted.
- Cumberland College had 15 turnovers in the game, while Georgia Tech had zero.