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Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football
2015 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team
First season 1892
Athletic director Mike Bobinski
Head coach Paul Johnson
8th year, 57–34 (.626)
Home stadium Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field
Stadium capacity 55,000
Stadium surface Grass
Location Atlanta, Georgia
Conference ACC
Division Coastal
All-time record 700–471–43 (.594)
Postseason bowl record 24–19–0 (.558)
Claimed national titles 4 (1917, 1928, 1952, 1990)[1]
Unclaimed national titles 3 (1916, 1951, 1956)
Conference titles 15
Division titles 3
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans 21

Old Gold [2] and White

Fight song "
and "Up With the White and Gold"
Mascot Buzz
Marching band Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Marching Band
Rivals Georgia Bulldogs
Virginia Tech Hokies
Clemson Tigers
Auburn Tigers
Tennessee Volunteers

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team represents the Division I-A college football national championships and fifteen conference titles.

A number of successful collegiate and professional football players once played for Tech. The school has 48 first-team rival.


  • History 1
    • The beginnings: 1892–1903 1.1
    • Heisman's legend: 1904–1919 1.2
    • Alexander continues the trend: 1920–1944 1.3
    • Dodd wins titles, sets records, & beats the Dogs: 1945–1966 1.4
    • Coaching in Dodd's shadow: 1967–1986 1.5
    • Old gold gets new shine: 1987–1991 1.6
    • Controversies and Heisman contention: 1992–2001 1.7
    • Great upsets, upsetting losses, and a termination: 2002–2007 1.8
    • Paul Johnson era: 2008–present 1.9
  • Home stadium 2
  • Logos and uniforms 3
  • Rivalries 4
  • Traditions 5
  • Team achievements 6
    • National championships 6.1
    • Conference championships 6.2
    • Divisional championships 6.3
    • Bowl history 6.4
  • Individual achievements 7
    • Heisman Trophy finalists 7.1
    • All-Americans 7.2
    • Position award winners 7.3
    • Post-collegiate accolades 7.4
  • Future non-conference opponents 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


The beginnings: 1892–1903

The 1893 Georgia Tech football team

Tech began its football program with several students forming a loose-knit troop of footballers called the Blacksmiths. On November 5, 1892, Tech played its first football game against Macon Telegraph reported, "The game, while not brilliant, was full of earnest and determined effort, and this sort of playing, is after all, the most enjoyable to watch."[3] Tech played two other games during their first season and lost both of them for a season record of 0–3. Discouraged by these results, the Blacksmiths sought a coach to improve their record. Leonard Wood, an Army officer and Atlantan, heard of Tech's football struggles and volunteered to player-coach the team.[4]

In 1893, Tech played against the University of Georgia for the first time. Tech defeated Georgia 28–6 for the school's first-ever victory. The angry Georgia fans threw stones and other debris at the Tech players during and after the game. The poor treatment of the Blacksmiths by the Georgia faithful gave birth to the rivalry now known as Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate.[5][6] Over the span of 1892–1903, Tech only won 8 games, tied in 5, and lost 32.[7]Oliver Jones Huie was selected by Ga Tech's athelic association to coach the football team for the 1903 season when the team won 3 and lost 5 games. A professional coach was desperately needed if Tech wished to build a truly competitive football program.

Heisman's legend: 1904–1919

Coach Heisman.

The Tech football team needed a particular coach during their initial abysmal run. The first game of the 1903 season was a 73–0 destruction at the hands of

This rivalry lost some luster when the Georgia Tech Athletics discarded its membership in the
In two-dollar bills that were stamped with Clemson Tiger Paws.[62] Georgia Tech leads Clemson in the all time series 50-25-2.
  • [64], the game has seen some very close, very intense match-ups.Battle of the Techs Dubbed the [64]
  • Southeastern Conference they played annually. After Georgia Tech left the SEC in 1964, the teams still met until 1987.


The Ramblin' Wreck during a football game.
  • Colors – Georgia Tech football features old gold and white uniforms with old gold helmets. throwback jersey based on Bud Carson-era uniforms. The jerseys were mustard gold and the helmets were white.
  • Songs – The fight songs for Georgia Tech are "
  • Nicknames – Georgia Tech football teams have had several nicknames over the years including the "Blacksmiths", the "Engineers", the "Golden Tornado", or just the "Techs". Officially, the teams are called the "Yellow Jackets" or the "Ramblin' Wreck".
  • Mascots – The "Ford Model A Sports Coupe, and it has led the football team on to Grant Field every game since September 30, 1961.[66] "Buzz" began pacing the sidelines of Grant Field as a mischievous anthropomorphized yellow jacket during the 1970s.[67] "Buzz" was ranked the number three top mascot in all of college football by "America's Best" and the "Top Ten" Web site.[68]
  • Yellow Jacket Alley – "Yellow Jacket Alley" is an event staged before every game. It is a players' walk in which the team and coaches walk from the buses to the stadium, and the fans surround and cheer the walking players.[69]
  • Steam Whistle – An industrial steam whistle has been present on Georgia Tech's campus ever since the early industrial shop years. It typically was blown for the change of classes at five minutes before the hour. On football game days, the whistle is blown after every Yellow Jackets' score, and again after every Yellow Jackets' victory.[70]
  • Student Section – The Swarm" is located in the North End Zone adjacent to the marching band. The Swarm began in 1996.[71]
  • Marching Band - Even though Georgia Tech is a high-ranking Institute of Technology, and not a college of the arts and humanities, it still fields a 300+ member marching band at all home football games and Bowl Games. A smaller Pep Band attends road games which the full band doesn't attend. Among other songs, the When You Say Budweiser, You've Said It All" at the completion of the third quarter.

Team achievements

Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket football has been ranked as the 18th most prestigious college football program in American history by ESPN U.[72]

National championships

Season Coach Selectors Record Bowl
1917 John Heisman National Championship Foundation, Helms Athletic Foundation, Houlgate 9–0
1928 William Alexander National Championship Foundation, Helms Athletic Foundation, Houlgate 10–0 Won Rose Bowl
1952 Bobby Dodd Berryman, INS, Poling 12–0 Won Sugar Bowl
1990 Bobby Ross UPI Coaches' 11–0–1 Won Citrus Bowl
National Championships 4

Conference championships

Season Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1916 SIAA John Heisman 8–0–1 5–0
1917 SIAA John Heisman 9–0 4–0
1918 SIAA John Heisman 6–1 3–0
1920† SIAA William Alexander 8–1 5–0
1921† SIAA William Alexander 8–1 4–0
1922† Southern William Alexander 7–2 4–0
1927† Southern William Alexander 8–1–1 7–0–1
1928 Southern William Alexander 10–0 7–0
1939† SEC William Alexander 8–2 6–0
1943 SEC William Alexander 8–3 3–0
1944 SEC William Alexander 8–3 4–0
1951† SEC Bobby Dodd 11–0–1 7–0
1952 SEC Bobby Dodd 12–0 7–0
1990 ACC Bobby Ross 11–0–1 6–0–1
1998† ACC 2009* ACC Paul Johnson 11–3 7–1
Conference Championships 16
† Denotes co-champions
* Georgia Tech defeated Atlantic Division champion Clemson in the championship game, but the NCAA later vacated their win.

Divisional championships

Season Division Coach ACC CG Result Opponent PF PA
2006 ACC Coastal Chan Gailey L Wake Forest 6 9
2008† ACC Coastal Paul Johnson - - - --
2009 ACC Coastal Paul Johnson Vacated Clemson 39 34
2012† ACC Coastal Paul Johnson L Florida State 15 21
2014 ACC Coastal Paul Johnson L Florida State 35 37
Division Championships 5
† Denotes co-champions; ? Denotes Game has not been played

Bowl history

Georgia Tech has appeared in 41 bowl games and ranks ninth in all time bowl wins with 23.[73] Georgia Tech's first four bowl game appearances, the Rose Bowl (1929), Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl Classic, and Sugar Bowl, marked the first time a team had competed in all four of the Major Bowl Games.[74]

Individual achievements

Heisman Trophy finalists

Georgia Tech has had several players receive votes in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Eddie Prokop finished fifth in the 1943 Heisman voting,[75] Lenny Snow finished 14th in the 1966 voting,[76] Eddie Lee Ivery finished 8th in the 1978 voting,[77] and Calvin Johnson finished 10th in the 2006 voting.[78] Billy Lothridge is the only Tech player to receive votes in multiple years. He was 8th in 1962 and runner-up in 1963.[76] Clint Castleberry was the only freshman in the history of the Heisman to finish as high as third until Herschel Walker's third-place finish in 1980.[79] Castleberry and Walker, however, were both surpassed in 2004 by true freshman Adrian Peterson's Heisman runner-up season. Joe Hamilton tied Lothridge's runner-up status in 1999.[80]

Player Position Year Finish
Clint Castleberry HB 1942 3rd
Eddie Prokop QB 1943 5th
Billy Lothridge QB 1963 2nd
Joe Hamilton QB 1999 2nd


Georgia Tech has fielded 50 First Team All-Americans. The first All-Americans at Tech were Walker Carpenter and Everett Strupper in 1917 while the most recent were Durant Brooks in 2007,[81] Michael Johnson in 2008, and Derrick Morgan in 2009, and Shaquille Mason in 2014.

Position award winners

Three Georgia Tech players have been awarded the highest collegiate award possible for their position. Joe Hamilton won the Davey O'Brien Award after his senior season in 1999, Calvin Johnson won the Fred Biletnikoff Award after his junior season in 2006, and Durant Brooks won the Ray Guy Award in 2007. Hamilton and Johnson were the only Tech players to be named ACC Player of the Year until Jonathan Dwyer received the honor in 2008.[82]

Name Award Year
Joe Hamilton O'Brien 1999
Calvin Johnson Biletnikoff 2006
Durant Brooks Ray Guy 2007

Post-collegiate accolades

Georgia Tech has had three coaches and thirteen players inducted into the

  • Official website
  • Tech Traditions

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Year Opponent 1 Opponent 2 Opponent 3 Opponent 4
2016 09/03 vs Mercer 09/17 vs Vanderbilt 11/19 vs Georgia Southern 11/26 at Georgia
2017 09/04 vs Tennessee (neutral site game) 09/16 at UCF Jacksonville State 11/25 vs Georgia
2018 09/08 vs Tulane 11/24 at Georgia
2019 09/07 at Tulane 10/19 vs Notre Dame 11/30 vs Georgia
2020 09/19 vs UCF 11/28 at Georgia
2021 09/04 vs Kennesaw State 09/11 vs USF TBA at Notre Dame 11/27 vs Georgia
2022 09/10 at USF 09/17 vs Ole Miss 11/26 at Georgia
2023 09/16 at Ole Miss 11/25 vs Georgia
2024 TBA vs Notre Dame 11/30 at Georgia

Future non-conference opponents

Name Position Played Inducted
Joe Guyon HB, T 1920–1927 1966
Billy Shaw OG 1961–1969 1999

Two Yellow Jackets have been inducted into the Canton Bulldogs and finished with the New York Giants. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the class of 1966.[89] Billy Shaw played professional football for the Buffalo Bills from 1961-1969. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the class of 1999.[90]

Name Position Year Overall Pick Team
Derrick Morgan DE 2010 16th Tennessee Titans
Demaryius Thomas WR 2010 22nd Denver Broncos
Calvin Johnson WR 2007 2nd Detroit Lions
Keith Brooking LB 1998 12th Atlanta Falcons
Marco Coleman DE 1992 12th Miami Dolphins
Eddie Lee Ivery RB 1979 15th Green Bay Packers
Kent Hill OG 1979 26th L.A. Rams
Rufus Guthrie OG 1963 10th L.A. Rams
Larry Morris LB 1955 7th L.A. Rams
Eddie Prokop QB 1945 4th Boston Yanks

[86] Georgia Tech has over 150 alumni that have played in the

Name Position Played Inducted
Maxie Baughan C 1957–1959 1988
Ray Beck G 1948–1951 1997
Bobby Davis T 1944–1947 1978
Bill Fincher E, T 1916–1920 1974
Buck Flowers HB 1918–1920 1955
Joe Guyon HB, T 1917–1918 1971
George Morris C 1950–1952 1981
Larry Morris C 1951–1954 1992
Pat Swilling DE 1982–1985 2009
Peter Pund C 1926–1928 1963
Randy Rhino S 1972–1974 2002
Everett Strupper HB 1915–1917 1972
Joe Hamilton QB 1996–1999 2014

Coaches Heisman, Alexander, and Dodd were inducted in the 1954, 1951, and 1993 classes respectively. [84][83]

  • Georgia – Georgia Tech's fight songs and cheers are tailored to belittle the State Governor's Cup. Georgia Tech trails Georgia in the all-time series 64-40-5.
  • The rivalry is also intense in basketball, baseball, etc. [60]


When head coach Paul Johnson was hired in 2008, the Yellow Jackets adopted a new uniform style. One year later, the uniforms were altered to change the yellow to gold. A year after that, the uniforms were altered again. This time, the team adopted separate white uniforms for both home and away games, while retaining the previous styles' navy and gold jerseys for occasions when the Yellow Jackets could not wear white at home.

The interlocking GT logo was created in 1967 at the request of Bobby Dodd. One of the varsity players was asked to design a logo for the helmets. Several variations of the design were submitted, including a yellow jacket design. The yellow jacket was not submitted because to make the insect look mean it would have to be stinging and therefore flying backwards. The interlocking GT was selected during the summer of 1967 and formalized into decals for the helmets. Over the years it became the official logo for Georgia Tech Athletics.[59]

Logos and uniforms

The stadium now sits amongst a unique urban skyline and is the oldest Division I FBS football stadium. In fact, the only Division I stadiums older are Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Stadium.[56] Grant Field was natural grass until 1971. The astroturf was replaced by grass in 1995.[54] The stadium officially holds 55,000 but has held up to 56,412 in 2005[57] and 56,680 in 2006.[58]

From 1893–1912, the team used area parks such as Brisbane Park, convict laborers clear rocks, remove tree stumps, and level out the field for play; Tech students then built a grandstand on the property. The land was purchased by 1913, and John W. Grant donated $15,000 towards the construction of the field's first permanent stands; the field was named Grant Field in honor of the donor's deceased son, Hugh Inman Grant.[8][55]

The Yellow Jackets play their home games at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon his hiring in 1904, John Heisman insisted that the Institute acquire its own football field. Grant Field was constructed to appease Heisman as well as bring a true home field advantage to Tech football.[54]

Grant Field and the east stands around 1912

Home stadium

The Mississippi State Bulldogs on December 31, 2014.[53] In the orange bowl game, Justin Thomas led the Jackets to a dominating 49-34 win over #7 Mississippi State. The Yellow Jackets finished the season 11-3, #8 in AP poll and #7 in the American Coaches Poll.

In 2012, 2012 ACC Championship Game on December 1 in Charlotte, which was coach Paul Johnson’s second appearance in the title game. The Yellow Jackets lost to the Seminoles 21-15.[47][48][49]

[46] Georgia Tech had another significant win over the

Several weeks after Johnson's defeat of rival Georgia, Georgia Tech rewarded Johnson with a new contract worth $17.7 million, a 53% raise that made him the second highest paid coach in the ACC before he had even completed his first year in the conference.[45] In 2009, Johnson led the Yellow Jackets to their first win over Florida State in Tallahassee in school history, a 49-44 shootout that featured over 1000 total yards between the two teams. One week later, Johnson defeated #4 Virginia Tech 28-23 at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The win broke an 0-17 losing streak to top five opponents at Grant Field in the past 47 years. On October 24, 2009, Johnson led the Yellow Jackets to their first win against the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville, VA since 1990. At Duke University Johnson and his team clinched the ACC Coastal Division for the first time since 2006. Still, Johnson and company could not win their second game in a row over hated Georgia as the Bulldogs upset Tech 30-24 in the final home game of the season in 2009. On December 5 the Jackets defeated the Clemson Tigers to make them ACC champions, a title that would be vacated on July 14, 2011 due to NCAA infractions. The Yellow Jackets went on to lose to Iowa in the Orange Bowl, 24-14.

GT vs. Duke 11/17/12

[44][43] In recognition of his accomplishments in his first season, Johnson was named 2008 ACC Coach of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association as well as the coach of the year.[42] By the regular season's end, Johnson had led the Yellow Jackets to a 9–3 record including an ACC Coastal Division Co-Championship and a 45–42 win in Athens, GA over arch-rival UGA, Tech's first win against the Bulldogs since 2000.[41] On Friday, December 7, 2007, less than two weeks after Georgia Tech announced the firing of Chan Gailey,

Paul Johnson era: 2008–present

[40] The Yellow Jackets' Athletic Department hired

[39] Gailey's most successful year at Georgia Tech was in

Athletic Director Dave Braine retired in January 2006, and Dan Radakovich was hired as Athletic Director. [38] At the end of the

Calvin Johnson arrived as a true freshman in 2004. His performance against Clemson in 2004 helped cement Johnson's place in the annals of all-time Tech greats. Two off-the-field problems affected the Yellow Jackets' 2005 season. First, Reuben Houston, a starting cornerback, was arrested for possession of over one hundred pounds of marijuana. Houston was dismissed from the football team immediately following this arrest but a later court order forced Coach Gailey to allow Houston to return to the team. Houston would see little playing time following the court order.[34][35]

racked up over 300 yards rushing in the effort. P.J. Daniels. Humanitarian Bowl, Gailey would lead Tech to a seven-win season and humiliation of Tulsa in the Reggie Ball Despite the academic losses and the playing of true freshman [33]

Great upsets, upsetting losses, and a termination: 2002–2007 The end of the 2001 season saw George O'Leary entertain a coaching offer from Notre Dame after

[30] Hamilton's prowess as a runner and passer thrilled the Georgia Tech fans. Offensive coordinator

During the Summer of '94, George O'Leary was rehired as defensive coordinator, and quarterback Donnie Davis was injured so Lewis recruited 1995. O'Leary's first season saw Senior Donnie Davis return as starter and Tech won 6 games. O'Leary's second season saw the emergence of Joe Hamilton as starter when Brandon Shaw struggled in his first two starts. Hamilton would eventually lead the Jackets back to bowl contention and Tech attended its first bowl in six years, the 1997 Carquest Bowl.

Bill Lewis was hired from East Carolina. He led ECU to an 11-1 record, Peach Bowl Victory over NCSU and Final Poll ranking of #9. The Tech faithful hoped that he could continue the winning tradition of Tech that Bobby Ross has kick-started. They were wrong. Bill Lewis' first season at Tech in 1992 saw a team two years removed from a National Title only win 5 games. Preseason All-American Shawn Jones suffered from nagging injuries, leaving Tech's offense inept. After Jones' fourth year ran out, redshirt freshman Donnie Davis stepped in to fill his shoes in 1993. Davis did no better than Jones under Lewis. Davis only won 5 games for Tech. The Lewis era had completely squandered the successful momentum established by Bobby Ross.

Controversies and Heisman contention: 1992–2001

Tech's winning streak ended against Penn State in the 1991 Kick Off Classic. Ross and Jones never replicated that 1990 season but managed to win 8 games in 1991 making Shawn Jones one of the most heralded quarterbacks in Tech history. Ross was offered a head coach position after the Bill Lewis away from East Carolina soon after Ross' departure.

In Jones' sophomore season, Tech powered through their schedule and won the ACC. The four game unbeaten streak in 1989 extended all the way through 1990 and into the 1991 Citrus Bowl. The key victory in the streak was a huge 41-38 come from behind upset victory over then No.1 ranked Virginia in Charlottesville before a nationwide TV audience. Tech demolished Nebraska 45–21 in the 1991 Citrus Bowl, finishing the season 11–0–1, and earning a share of the 1990 National Title with the Colorado Buffaloes.[25][26]

Bobby Ross came from Maryland after winning three ACC titles over four years. Ross' first season at Tech experienced a severe talent vacuum after Curry's departure, and the players Ross inherited resisted the changes he demanded. The team only won two games, and Ross contemplated ending his coaching career after a humbling loss to Wake Forest in 1987. Ross decided to remain at Tech and continued to rebuild Tech's program. The turning point came in 1989 with the recruitment of Shawn Jones and several other key freshman. After two seasons and only five total wins, Jones helped the Jackets rebound at the end of the 1989 season.[24]

1990 AFCA National Championship Trophy Georgia Tech received.

Old gold gets new shine: 1987–1991

Tech's 1984–1985 teams featured the "Black Watch" defense. The Black Watch defense was created by defensive coordinator Don Lindsey and featured linebackers Ted Roof and Jim Anderson, safety Mark Hogan, and lineman Pat Swilling.[22][23] The elite defensive players were awarded black stripes down the center of their helmets and black GT emblems on the side of their helmets.[23] Curry's leadership and ability to build a winning program sparked interest from the Crimson Tide and Alabama hired Curry away from Tech in 1986. After Curry's departure, Tech hired the talented Maryland Terrapins Coach Bobby Ross, who departed a Maryland athletic program in turmoil after the Len Bias tragedy.

Bill Curry, who had no experience as a head coach, but was a refreshing change after the flamboyant Rodgers. Curry's first two Tech teams from 1980–1981 went 2-19-1 with the only bright spots being a brilliant 24-21 victory over Bear Bryant's Alabama team at Legion Field to open the 1981 season and a 3-3 slug fest in 1980 with then No.1 rated Notre Dame at Grant Field. Things had gotten so bad, they could only get better.[21] He slowly rebuilt the team, restored a winning mentality to the Georgia Tech fan base, and in 1985 Tech won 9 games, including a 17-14 victory over Michigan State in the All American Bowl.

Bill Fulcher supplanted Bud Carson. Fulcher appeared to be the right choice but quit after two seasons, overwhelmed by the Tech fan base. Fulcher's tenure included a terrible feud with Eddie McAshan, which peaked before the 1972 UGA game. McAshan had requested additional tickets for the game so that his family could attend. Fulcher refused the ticket request and McAshan sat out of practice in protest.[19] Fulcher responded by suspending the quarterback for the UGA game and the upcoming Liberty Bowl. The story exploded on the national scene when Jesse Jackson attended the UGA game, allowing McAshan to sit with him outside of the stadium in protest.[19]

Bud Carson was Tech's defensive coordinator in 1971, Tech went 6–6 and a fan base used to Bobby Dodd's 8 wins per season average forced Carson out by James E. Boyd's hand. Carson went on to form the Steel Curtain Pittsburgh Steelers defense.

Coaching in Dodd's shadow: 1967–1986

Another issue of concern for Dodd was Alabama's and other SEC schools' over-recruitment of players.[18] Universities would recruit more players than they had roster space for. During the summer practice sessions, the teams in question would cut the players well after signing day thus preventing the cut players from finding new colleges to play for. Dodd appealed the SEC administration to punish the "tryout camps" of his fellow SEC members but the SEC did not. Finally, Dodd withdrew Georgia Tech from the SEC in 1963.[18] Tech would remain an independent like Notre Dame and Penn State (at the time) during the final four years of Dodd's coaching tenure. In 1967, Dodd passed the head coach position to his favorite coordinator, Bud Carson. Dodd simply retained his athletic director position, which he had acquired in 1950. He would not retire from athletic directing until 1976.

Dodd's tenure included Georgia Tech's withdrawal from the Southeastern Conference.[16] The initial spark for Dodd's withdrawal was a historic feud with Alabama Crimson Tide Coach Bear Bryant.[18] The feud began when Tech was visiting the Tide at Legion Field in Birmingham in 1961. After a Tech punt, Alabama fair-caught the ball. Chick Granning of Tech was playing coverage and relaxed after the signal for the fair catch. Darwin Holt of Alabama continued play and smashed his elbow into Granning's face causing severe fracturing in his face, a broken nose, and blood-filled sinuses. Granning was knocked unconscious and suffered a severe concussion, the result of which left him unable to play football ever again. Dodd sent Bryant a letter asking Bryant to suspend Holt after game film indicated Holt had intentionally injured Granning.[18] Bryant never suspended Holt. The lack of discipline infuriated Dodd and sparked Dodd's interest in withdrawing from the SEC.

Dodd also understood the deep-seated rivalry with the University of Georgia. His teams won 8 games in a row over the Bulldogs from 1946–1954 outscoring the Bulldogs 176–39 during the winning streak.[17] This 8–game winning streak against Georgia remains the longest winning streak by either team in the series. Dodd would finish his career with a 12–9 record against the Bulldogs.[17]

Michigan State would capture the AP and UP titles, the Yellow Jackets' were ranked first in the International News Service poll.

Bobby Dodd in 1952

Dodd wins titles, sets records, & beats the Dogs: 1945–1966

The only retired jersey in Georgia Tech football history is #19.[15] The number belonged to Tech halfback Clint Castleberry. Castleberry played on the 1942 Tech team as a true freshman and was third place in the 1942 Heisman Trophy voting. After ending his freshman year at Tech, Castleberry elected to join the war effort and signed up for the Army Air Corps. While co-piloting a B-26 Marauder over Africa, Castleberry, his crew, and another B-26 disappeared and were never heard from again. Castleberry has been memorialized on Grant Field ever since his passing with a prominent #19 on display in the stadium.[15]

Coach Alexander found campus spirit to be particularly low following the 1930 to bolster student spirit.[14] The group would later become the Ramblin' Reck Club. Coach Alexander finally retired in 1944 after winning 134 games as head coach and taking Tech to the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl Classic, and Sugar Bowl. To this day, Alexander has the second most victories of any Tech football coach. The record for most coaching victories in Tech history is still held by Alexander's then coordinator and eventual successor Bobby Dodd.

Alexander's bear cub. He brought the cub back to Atlanta, where it lived under the bleachers of Grant Field for several years before it moved along with Stumpy up to Pittsburgh.[13]

Coach Alexander.

Alexander had attended Georgia Tech and after graduating as valedictorian of his class in 1912, taught mathematics at Tech and served as Heisman's assistant coach.[8] In dream and wonder team," and justified their rating throughout the season going 9–0 in their first 9 games. Alexander's plan was to minimize injuries by benching his starters early no matter the score of every game before the UGA finale. On December 3, 1927, UGA rolled into Atlanta on the cusp of a National Title. Tech's well rested starters shut out the Bulldogs 12–0 and ended any chance of UGA's first National Title.[7]

Georgia Tech vs Auburn, 1921

Alexander continues the trend: 1920–1944

Heisman coached Tech all the way up until 1919. He had amassed 104 wins over 16 seasons, helped students construct Grant Field in 1913, and led Tech to its first national title in 1917. However, in 1919, he had divorced his wife and felt that he would embarrass his wife socially if he remained in Atlanta.[11] Heisman moved to Pennsylvania leaving Tech's Yellow Jackets in the hands of William Alexander.[8]

Arguably the most notable game of Heisman's career was the most lopsided victory in college football history. In 1916, won 222–0.[10] Neither team achieved a first down other than a touchdown, as Cumberland either punted or turned the ball over before a first down and Tech scored on almost every play from scrimmage.[9] Jim Preas, Tech's kicker, kicked 16 point after tries, which is still a record for a single game.

From 1915 to 1917 Tech was the first southern team ever to win a national championship, which produced the first two players from the Deep South ever selected All-American in Everett Strupper and Walker Carpenter. In 1918 center Bum Day became the first player from the south selected for Walter Camp's first team. Bill Fincher was selected first-team All-American by Camp in 1920.

The scoreboard


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