The Weekly Banner set the scene:
The Mercer boys came in at twelve o'clock and brought with them two cars full of students and citizens of Macon, Madison, and other places along the line of the Macon & Northern. They were taken in charge by the University boys and entertained at their different homes. The Mercer colors, black and yellow were seen on nearly two hundred breasts, and several young ladies from Macon were along to attest their faith in the Mercer boys. It was a fine delegation of young men and young ladies, and a nicer crowd never came on a visit to Athens.
The University campus was decorated with black and crimson and on the field one goal was decorated in University colors, the other in Mercer colors. Long before three o'clock the crowd began to assemble and the yells of the two colleges were alternately raised with a vim by the boys. The University goat was driven across the field by the boys and raised quite a ripple of laughter. At three o'clock there were over one thousand people on the ground, and the presence of so many young ladies from the city, the Lucy Cobb and the Home School added inspiration to the occasion.
Georgia dominated the game, and was leading 28-0 at the end of the first half. At the time, touchdowns counted for just four points, with two points awarded for the post-touchdown kick, and field goals were worth five points.UGA Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Charles Holmes Herty, brought the sport to campus and acted as the team's first football coach.
The Banner's description of the second half begins thusly:
By this time the game is irretrievably lost to Mercer, but the black and yellow were not tamed in their enthusiasm. They were true grit and when the time was called they lined up like men and went at the second half with a will.
The final score of the game would be 50-0, though later, Georgia right tackle A. O. Halsey said the team had scored another 10 points that were missed when the scorekeeper left the game to ensure he made it to the liquor dispensary before it closed at sundown.
After the game,
Georgia's next and final game would be against Auburn in Piedmont Park in Atlanta on February 20th. The Black and Crimson finished their first football season with a record of 1-1.
Enthusiasm was supreme, boys were riding around on a sea of shoulders, even the goat was ridden.
The Mercer boys took defeat very gracefully, and were escorted to the train by the University boys and went off amid the yells of both crowds.
- Athens Weekly Banner, Jan. 1891 - Jun. 1892 on Microfilm in the Heritage collection.
- Ghosts of Herty Field: Early Days on a Southern Gridiron by John F. Stegeman in the Heritage and general collections.
- A Pictorial History of the University of Georgia by F. N. Boney in the Heritage and general collections.
- Between the Hedges: 100 Years of Georgia Football by Loran Smith in the general collection.
- I've Seen 'Em All: A Half Century of Georgia Football by Charles E. Martin in the Heritage collection.
- Rites of Autumn: The Story of College Football by Richard Whittingham in the general collection.
- Chemistry at the University of Georgia by W. H. Waggoner in the Heritage and general collections.
- The Goat Handbook by Ulrich Jaudas in the general collection.
- Georgia Football History page on the UGA Athletic Association website.