1895 Auburn Tigers football
1895 Auburn University football team in Atlanta
Coach John Heisman is in the second row in the middle wearing glasses.
ConferenceSouthern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Record2–1 (2–1 SIAA)
Head coach
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1895 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Vanderbilt 3 0 0 5 3 1
Auburn 2 1 0 2 1 0
Georgia 2 2 0 3 4 0
Sewanee 0 2 0 2 2 1
Alabama 0 2 0 0 4 0

The 1895 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University (then known as Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama) in the 1895 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. It was the Tigers' fourth overall season and they competed as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA). The team was led by head coach John Heisman, in his first year and finished with a record of two wins and one loss (2–1).


November 9at VanderbiltL 6–9
November 23at AlabamaW 48–0
November 28at GeorgiaW 16–6


Trick play

The team executed a "hidden ball trick" in the game against Vanderbilt as Auburn seemed to run a revolving wedge.[3] Vanderbilt still won however, 9 to 6; the first time in the history of southern football that a field goal decided a game.[4] "Billy" Williams recalled:[5]

I was playing left half for Auburn and Tichenor was quarterback. We were on Vandy's 15-yard line and had the ball in our possession. Tich passed the ball to me; I raised his jersey and hid the ball under it, at the same time dashing toward our right end, protected by several members of the Auburn team...Vandy thought I had the ball. Tich journeyed around his own left and went over the Vanderbilt's goal line. The first time the Vandy players knew Tich had the ball and had made a touchdown was when they saw him pulling the ball from under his jersey.

Quarterback Reynolds Tichenor described the nature of the play as follows:[4]

"The play was simply this. When the ball was snapped it went to a halfback. The play was closely massed and well screened. The halfback then thrust the ball under the back of my jersey. Then he would crash into the line. After the play I simply trotted away to a touchdown.

The Tigers again used the play against Georgia. Georgia coach Pop Warner later used the trick in 1897 while at Cornell against Penn State; and again and most famously in 1903 while at Carlisle against Harvard, attracting national attention in a close loss.


  1. ^ 2009 Auburn Football Media Guide (PDF). Auburn, Alabama: Auburn Media Relations Office. 2009. p. 182.
  2. ^ "1895 Auburn University Football Schedule". Auburn University Athletics. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
  3. ^ Evan Woodberry (2012). 100 Things Auburn Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die. ISBN 9781623680732.
  4. ^ a b Alan Gould (January 24, 1931). "Sport Slants". Prescott Evening Courier.
  5. ^ Elizabeth Schafer (2004). Auburn Football. p. 12. ISBN 9780738516691.