Over the course of writing a groundbreaking book on John Heisman’s years at Auburn, I’ve pretty much decided that the final days of the Victorian era are a sort of temporal Bermuda Triangle for southern football. Because in addition to things like Auburn’s win that wasn’t over Georgia (and our nine-years-later loss that wasn’t to LSU), there are at least three real, actual American football games–games that actually happened, that actual people paid actual money to see, that resulted in touchdowns and raised tempers and bruised hips and hip hip hooray‘s–that have either completely disappeared from the record books… or that, for whatever reason, were never actually added to them.
And of course Auburn (because Auburn) played in two of them.*
Here’s an It’s Pronounced Jordan episode about the weirdest of them all. (You’re dang right Auburn has grievance.)
* The other was Georgia’s 6-5 loss to in North Carolina State in 1900, because if there’s one thing turn-of-the-century Georgia football teams were good at it was pretending they hadn’t lost football games.