1922 Georgia Tech Golden Tornado football team

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1922 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football
SoCon co-champion
Conference Southern Conference
1922 record 7–2 (4–0 SoCon)
Head coach William Alexander (3rd season)
Offensive scheme Jump shift
Captain John McIntyre
Home stadium Grant Field
Uniform
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Seasons
← 1921
1923 →
1922 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
North Carolina + 5 0 0     9 1 0
Georgia Tech + 4 0 0     7 2 0
Vanderbilt* + 3 0 0     8 0 1
VPI 3 0 0     8 1 1
Florida 2 0 0     7 2 0
Auburn 2 1 0     8 2 0
Tennessee 3 2 0     8 2 0
Alabama 3 2 1     6 3 1
Virginia 1 1 1     4 4 1
Mississippi A&M 2 3 0     3 4 2
Kentucky 1 2 0     6 3 0
Clemson 1 2 0     5 4 0
Washington and Lee 1 2 0     5 3 1
Maryland 1 2 0     4 5 1
LSU 1 2 0     3 7 0
Georgia 1 3 1     5 4 1
Tulane 1 4 0     4 4 0
South Carolina 0 2 0     5 4 0
Ole Miss 0 2 0     4 5 1
NC State 0 5 0     4 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • * – co-member of SIAA

The 1922 Georgia Tech Golden Tornado football team[note 1] represented the Georgia Tech Golden Tornado of the Georgia Institute of Technology during the 1922 Southern Conference football season. The Tornado was coached by William Alexander in his 3rd year as head coach, compiling a record of 7–2 (4–0 SoCon) and outscoring opponents 157 to 59.

Red Barron made Walter Camp's second-team All-America.

Before the season[edit]

1922 is the first season of the new Southern Conference, and freshmen were barred from play.[3][4]

In the line, at either end one finds brothers John and Al Staton. At guard was Oscar Davis, who with Barron was later named to an All-Tech Alexander era team.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 30 Oglethorpe* Grant FieldAtlanta, GA W 31–6    
October 7 Davidson* Grant Field • Atlanta, GA W 19–0    
October 14 Alabama Grant Field • Atlanta, GA W 33–7    
October 21 at Navy* Worden FieldAnnapolis, MD L 13–0    
October 28 Notre Dame* Grant Field • Atlanta, GA L 13–3    
November 4 Clemson Grant Field • Atlanta, GA (Rivalry) W 21–7    
November 11 Georgetown* Grant Field • Atlanta, GA W 19–7    
November 18 NC State Grant Field • Atlanta, GA W 17–0    
November 30 Auburn Grant Field • Atlanta, GA (Rivalry) W 14–6    
*Non-conference game.

[6]

Season summary[edit]

Oglethorpe[edit]

Oglethorpe at Georgia Tech
1 234Total
Oglethorpe 0 006 6
Ga. Tech 6 7612 31

Sources:[7]

The season opened with a 31–6 defeat over the Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels.[7] Red Barron scored two touchdowns, and Oglethorpe's Adrian Maurer had a 90-yard touchdown run.[7]

The starting lineup was J. Staton (left end), Johnson (left tackle), McIntyre (left guard), Frye (center), Davis (right guard), Lyman (right tackle), A. Staton (right end), McDonough (quarterback), Barron (left halfback), Brewster (right halfback), Hunt (fullback).[7][8]

Davidson[edit]

In the second week of play, Tech beat the Davidson Wildcats 19–0. Red Barron ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns despite playing for only part of the contest.[9]

The starting lineup was J. Staton (left end), Johnson (left tackle), McIntyre (left guard), Frye (center), Davis (right guard), A. Staton (right tackle), Mitchel(right end), McDonough (quarterback), Barron (left halfback), Rather (right halfback), Hunt (fullback).[9]

Alabama[edit]

Alabama at Georgia Tech
1 234Total
Alabama 0 070 7
Ga. Tech 21 1200 33

Sources:

Tech defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 33–7. Alabama's score came when Country Oliver returned a kickoff 95 yards.[10]

The starting lineup was J. Staton (left end), Cornell (left tackle), McIntyre (left guard), Frye (center), Davis (right guard), A. Staton (right tackle), Mitchell (right end), McDonough (quarterback), Barron (left halfback), McWhorter (right halfback), Hunt (fullback).[11]

Navy[edit]

Red Barron played well in the 13–0 loss to the Navy Midshipmen.[12]

The starting lineup was J. Staton (left end), Connell (left tackle), McIntyre (left guard), Frye (center), Davis (right guard), A. Staton (right tackle), Mitchell (right end), McDonough (quarterback), Barron (left halfback), McWhorter (right halfback), Hunt (fullback).[12]

Notre Dame[edit]

Tech played Knute Rockne's Notre Dame Fighting Irish for the first time. The Four Horsemen were sophomores playing their first year on the varsity, and beat Tech 13–3.[13][14] The Irish stopped Red Barron.[15]

McDonough running interference for Brewster

The starting lineup was J. Staton (left end), Usry (left tackle), McConnel (left guard), Frye (center), Davis (right guard), Lyman (right tackle), A. Staton (right end), McDonough (quarterback), Barron (left halfback), Brewster (right halfback), Hunt (fullback)[16]

Clemson[edit]

The Clemson Tigers were defeated 21–7. Coach Alexander used a different platoon each quarter.[17]

The starting lineup was J. Staton (left end), Usery (left tackle), McConell (left guard), Frye (center), Davis (right guard), Lyman (right tackle), A. Staton (right end), McDonough (quarterback), Barron (left halfback), Brewster (right halfback), Hunt (fullback).[17]

Georgetown[edit]

Georgetown at Georgia Tech
1 234Total
Georgetown 0 060 6
Ga. Tech 6 670 19

Sources:[18]

Tech's backfield starred in a 19–7 defeat of the Georgetown Hilltoppers. Jack McDonough scored two touchdowns and Brewster another.[19] Flavin scored for Georgetown.[19]

The starting lineup was J. Staton (left end), Usry (left tackle), McIntyre (left guard), Frye (center), Davis (right guard), A. Staton (right tackle), Mitchell (right end), McDonough (quarterback), Barron (left halfback), Brewster (right halfback), Hunt (fullback).[19]

NC State[edit]

NC State at Georgia Tech
1 234Total
NCST 0 000 0
Ga. Tech 7 703 17

Sources:

The Tornado shutout the NC State Wolfpack 17–0. Henry Reeves made a 40-yard drop kick.[20]

The starting lineup was Gardner (left end), Johnson (left tackle), McConnell (left guard), Fleetwood (center), Borum (right guard), Lyman (right tackle), Mitchell (right end), McDonough (quarterback), Barron (left halfback), Brewster (right halfback), Hunt (fullback)[20]

Auburn[edit]

Auburn at Georgia Tech
1 234Total
Auburn 0 006 6
Ga. Tech 0 770 14

Sources:[18]

Tech beat coach Mike Donahue's rival Auburn Tigers to secure a share of the SoCon championship. The 1922 team is considered one of Auburn's greatest football teams,[21] and they had lost only to undefeated Army. Still Tech held the Tigers without a first down in the second and third periods.[18] Ed Sherling scored Auburn's touchdown on a 16-yard rush.[18]

The starting lineup was J. Staton (left end), Usry (left tackle), McIntyre (left guard), Frye (center), Davis (right guard), Lyman (right tackle), A. Staton (right end), McDonough (quarterback), Barron (left halfback), Brewster (right halfback), Hunt (fullback).[18][22]

Postseason[edit]

Red Barron and Vanderbilt's Lynn Bomar were the only unanimous All-Southern selections.[23]

Personnel[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

The following chart provides a visual depiction of Tech's lineup during the 1922 season with games started at the position reflected in parenthesis. The chart mimics the offense after the jump shift has taken place.

LE
John Staton (8)
Gardner (1)
 
LT LG C RG RT
Usry (4) John McIntyre (6) Claire Frye (8) Oscar Davis (8) W. P. Lyman (6)
Johnson (3) McConnell (3) Fleetwood (1) Borum (1) Albert Staton (3)
Connell (2)
RE
Albert Staton (7)
Mitchell (2)
 
QB
Jack McDonough (9)
RHB
Jimmy Brewster (6)
McWhorter (2)
Rather (1)
FB
Pinkey Hunt (9)
LHB
Red Barron (9)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Although Georgia Tech's teams are officially known as the "Yellow Jackets", northern writers called the team the "Golden Tornado" in 1917; the name was commonly used until 1928 and for many years afterwards as an alternate nickname.[1] It may have been coined by Morgan Blake.[2]

Endnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Van Brimmer & Rice 2011, p. 147
  2. ^ "Golden Tornadoes". Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Drastic Rules Are Adopted By New Southern Conference To Keep College Sports Clean". The Atlanta Constitution. February 27, 1921. p. 2. Retrieved August 16, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "Vanderbilt to Pick Grid Team From 23 Candidates". Atlanta Constitution. July 18, 1922. p. 13. Retrieved March 22, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/geot/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/HONORS.pdf
  6. ^ "1922 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Schedule and Results". 
  7. ^ a b c d "Golden Tornado Sweeps Thru Oglethorpe; Wins". The Tennessean. October 1, 1922. p. 13. Retrieved June 26, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 186
  9. ^ a b Woodruff 1928, p. 190
  10. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/schools/alab/graphics/docs/22-m-footbl-recaps.pdf
  11. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 195
  12. ^ a b "Georgia Tech Is Beaten By Middies, 13-0, Before 20,000". The Washington Times. October 22, 1922. p. 1. Retrieved June 26, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  13. ^ "Epic defines Georgia Tech-Notre Dame series". savannahnow.com. 
  14. ^ "Irish Insider: ND-GT series history is rich in tradition // The Observer". The Observer. 
  15. ^ http://archives.nd.edu/Football/Football-1922s.pdf
  16. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 205
  17. ^ a b Woodruff 1928, pp. 212-213
  18. ^ a b c d e "Plainsmen Bow Before Tech Eleven By Score of 14 to 6 In Annual Turkey Day Game". Asheville Citizen-Times. p. 10. Retrieved May 6, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  19. ^ a b c "Golden Tornado Rips The Georgetown Line". Greensboro Daily News. November 12, 1922. p. 29. Retrieved June 26, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  20. ^ a b Woodruff 1928, pp. 218-219
  21. ^ cf. "Auburn's Gator Bowl Champs Rated Among Top Tiger Teams". Ocala Star-Banner. January 16, 1955. 
  22. ^ Woodruff 1928, pp. 225-227
  23. ^ "All-Southern Grid Warriors Chosen By Dixie Coaches". The Spartanburg Herald. December 9, 1922. 

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