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1892 VAMC football team

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Conference  Independent
Head coach  E. A. Smyth (1st year)
1892 record  1–1
Captain  William E. Anderson
1892 VAMC football team

The 1892 VAMC football team represented Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College in the 1892 college football season. The team was led by their head coach E. A. Smyth. In what was the inaugural season of Virginia Tech football, the team finished with a record of one win and one loss (1–1).


On October 21, 1892, the first game ever played in Blacksburg, Virginia was against St. Albans Lutheran Boys School from Radford, Virginia. The game was a 14-10 victory for VAMC and William E. Anderson scored the first touchdown in Virginia Tech football history.


The first college football game was played on November 6, 1869, between Rutgers and the College of New Jersey. Although the sport continued to grow, it was not introduced for another 23 years at VAMC. In September 1891, VAMC President John McBryde approved an athletic association for the college. Later that fall, a group of students gathered in a field behind the Number One Barracks (now Lane Hall) to play the first pick-up games of football. In September 1892, with the help of Biology Professor Ellison Adger Smyth (known as the father of modern football at Virginia Tech), Physics Professor William E. Anderson, and cadets H. B. Pratt and John Walter Stull, a call went out for cadet players and two teams were formed, which would become Virginia Tech's first football squad. Smyth served as coach of the team and Anderson was chosen as captain. They had to go to the barracks every day and ask cadets to participate, since most of the players who were assigned to the second team felt that they had been insulted and refused to return to practice on the following day.

Practices (and the first home game) were held in a plowed wheat field, located behind Number Four Barracks (near present-day Shanks Hall) that was "about as level as a side of Brush Mountain" and "not as smooth as the bed of the new Blacksburg railroad, but ran up and down hill, with interesting little hollows with hid the play from spectators on the other side of the field."


  • Source: 1892 Virginia Tech football schedule
  • Players

    The following players were members of the 1892 football team according to the roster published in the 1903 edition of The Bugle, the Virginia Tech yearbook. The roster is also found in the Virginia Tech University Archives.

    St. Albans

    In what was the first ever game played by Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, a team from St. Albans Lutheran Boys School in Radford, Virginia lost to VAMC 14–10 in Blacksburg, Virginia on October 21, 1892. William E. Anderson scored the first touchdown in Virginia Tech football history.

    At St. Albans

    The second and final game of the season was also against St. Albans Lutheran Boys School and played in Radford. St. Albans led 10–0 at the end of the first half and then the second half was call off with consent of both teams' captains, due to "continued disputes and disagreements."

    Roanoke game

    VAMC attempted to schedule a game with Roanoke College, but they were unsuccessful.


    1892 VAMC football team Wikipedia

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