1923 Georgia Tech Golden Tornado football team

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1923 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football
Conference Southern Conference
1923 record 3–2–4 (0–0–4 SoCon)
Head coach William Alexander (4th season)
Offensive scheme Jump shift
Home stadium Grant Field
Uniform
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Seasons
← 1922
1924 →
1923 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Washington & Lee + 4 0 1     6 3 1
Vanderbilt* + 3 0 1     5 2 1
Florida 1 0 2     6 1 2
VPI 4 1 0     6 3 0
Alabama 4 1 1     7 2 1
Maryland 2 1 0     7 2 1
Mississippi A&M 2 1 2     5 2 2
North Carolina 2 1 1     5 3 1
Georgia 3 2 0     5 3 1
Tennessee 4 3 0     5 4 1
Tulane 2 2 1     6 3 1
Clemson 1 1 1     5 2 1
Georgia Tech 0 0 4     3 2 4
NC State 1 4 0     3 7 0
Auburn 0 1 3     3 3 3
Kentucky 0 2 2     4 3 2
Virginia 0 3 1     3 5 1
LSU 0 3 0     3 5 1
Ole Miss 0 4 0     4 6 0
South Carolina 0 4 0     4 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • * – co-member of SIAA

The 1923 Georgia Tech Golden Tornado football team[note 1] represented the Georgia Tech Golden Tornado of the Georgia Institute of Technology during the 1923 college football season. Tech had ties in every one of its conference games.

Before the season[edit]

Tech used a starting backfield, including sophomore Doug Wycoff, and a "pony backfield" full of smaller, fast substitutes such as Jerry Albright and Frank Harris.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 29 Oglethorpe* Grant FieldAtlanta, GA W 28–13    
October 6 VMI* Grant Field • Atlanta, GA W 10–7    
October 13 Florida Grant Field • Atlanta, GA T 7–7   12,000
October 20 Georgetown* Grant Field • Atlanta, GA W 20–10    
October 27 at Notre Dame* South Bend, IN L 7–35   20,000+
November 3 Alabama Grant Field • Atlanta, GA T 0–0   10,000
November 10 2:30 p. m. at Penn State* New Beaver FieldState College, PA L 0–7    
November 17 Kentucky Grant Field • Atlanta, GA T 3–3    
November 29 Auburn Grant Field • Atlanta, GA (Rivalry) T 0–0    
*Non-conference game.

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Season summary[edit]

Week 1: Oglethorpe[edit]

Week 1: Oglethorpe at Georgia Tech
1 2 3 4 Total
Oglethorpe 7 6 0 0 13
• Ga. Tech 7 0 14 7 28

Oglethorpe led at the half on Tech, but Tech came back to win 28–13.[4]

The starting lineup was: Staton (left end), Carpenter (left tackle), McIntyre (left guard), Frye (center), McConnell (right guard), Usry (right tackle), Gardner (right end), Carter (quarterback), Hunt (left halfback), Reeves (right halfback), Wycoff (fullback).[5]

Week 2: VMI[edit]

Tech beat VMI 10–7. Both teams touchdowns came on interceptions, the starting lineup was: Staton (left end), Merkle (left tackle), McConnell (left guard), Frye (center), McIntyre (right guard), Usry (right tackle), Gardner (right end), I. Williams (quarterback), Hunt (left halfback), Reeves (right halfback), Wycoff (fullback).[6]

Week 3: Florida[edit]

Week 3: Florida at Georgia Tech
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 7 0 0 0 7
Ga. Tech 0 0 0 7 7

The game with the Florida Gators brought considerable interest;[7] in front of 12,000 at Grant Field, the Gators were up 7 to 0 until a rush of substitutes in the fourth quarter got the Yellow Jackets the tying score.

The starting lineup was: Staton (left end), Merkle (left tackle), McIntyre (left guard), Frye (center), McConnell (right guard), Usry (right tackle), Gardner (right end), Carter (quarterback), Hunt (left halfback), Farnsworth (right halfback), Wycoff (fullback).[8]

Week 4: Georgetown[edit]

Week 4: Georgetown at Georgia Tech
1 2 3 4 Total
Georgetown 7 3 0 0 10
• Ga. Tech 0 0 14 6 20

Georgetown led 10–0 at the half, but Tech won 20–10,[9] the starting lineup was: Staton (left end), Merkle (left tackle), McIntyre (left guard), Frye (center), McConnell (right guard), Huffines (right tackle), Gardner (right end), Hunt (quarterback), Williams (left halfback), Reeves (right halfback), Wycoff (fullback).[9]

Week 5: at Notre Dame[edit]

Week 5: Georgia Tech at Notre Dame
1 2 3 4 Total
Ga. Tech 0 0 7 0 7
Notre Dame 7 7 14 7 35

Rockne's Notre Dame Fighting Irish subs ran up a 35–7 score,[10] over 20,000 fans were in attendance.[11] The starting lineup was: Staton (left end), Merrin (left tackle), McIntyre (left guard), Frye (center), McConnell (right guard), Huffines (right tackle), Gardner (right end), Hunt (quarterback), Albright (left halfback), Reeves (right halfback), Wycoff (fullback)[12]

Week 6: Alabama[edit]

Week 6: Alabama at Georgia Tech
1 2 3 4 Total
Alabama 0 0 0 0 0
Ga. Tech 0 0 0 0 0

In a driving rain, Tech and Alabama under first year coach Wallace Wade played to a scoreless tie.[13]

Week 7: at Penn State[edit]

Week 7: Georgia Tech at Penn State
1 2 3 4 Total
Ga. Tech 0 0 0 0 0
Penn State 7 0 0 0 7

Penn State beat Georgia Tech 7–0,[14] the Atlanta Constitution's Paul Warwick protested "these eastern and western invasions."[15]

The starting lineup was: Staton (left end), Usry (left tackle), McIntyre (left guard), Frye (center), McConnell (right guard), Huffines (right tackle), Gardner (right end), Davis (quarterback), Williams (left halfback), Reeves (right halfback), Wycoff (fullback).[16]

Week 8: Kentucky[edit]

Tech used every backfield man in a 3–3 tie to Kentucky.[17]

Week 9: Auburn[edit]

Week 9: Auburn at Georgia Tech
1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 0 0 0 0 0
Ga. Tech 0 0 0 0 0

In awfully muddy conditions, Auburn and Tech fought to a scoreless tie.[18]

Postseason[edit]

Tech had its worst season in years.[19]

Personnel[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

The following chart provides a visual depiction of Tech's lineup during the 1923 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 (6)
 
LT LG C RG RT
Gus Merkle (3) John McIntyre (5) Claire Frye (6) F. McConnell (5) Usry (3)
Merrin (1) F. McConnell (1) John McIntyre (1) Huffines(3)
Six Carpenter (1)
Usry (1)
RE
Gardner (6)
QB
Pinkey Hunt (2)
Carter (2)
Davis (1)
Ike Williams (1)
RHB
Reeves (5)
Bip Farnsworth (1)
FB
Doug Wycoff (6)
LHB
Pinkey Hunt (3)
Ike Williams (2)
Jerry Albright (1)

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. ^ "1923 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Schedule and Results". 
  4. ^ Woodruff 1928, pp. 232–233
  5. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 234
  6. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 238
  7. ^ Lawrence Perry (October 12, 1934). "Game's For The Sake". Harrisburg Telegraph. p. 19. Retrieved September 8, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 243
  9. ^ a b Woodruff 1928, pp. 246–247
  10. ^ http://www.archives.nd.edu/Alumnus/VOL_0002/VOL_0002_ISSUE_0002.pdf
  11. ^ Heisler, Karen Croake (1 January 2006). "Fighting Irish: Legends, Lists, and Lore". Sports Publishing LLC – via Google Books. 
  12. ^ "How the Irish Whipped the South". The Fort Wayne Sentinel. October 29, 1923. p. 10. Retrieved January 2, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  13. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/schools/alab/graphics/docs/23-m-footbl-recaps.pdf
  14. ^ "1923-11-10 – Georgia Tech at Penn State - Georgia Tech Ticket Stubs". 
  15. ^ Oriard, Michael (15 December 2005). "King Football: Sport and Spectacle in the Golden Age of Radio and Newsreels, Movies and Magazines, the Weekly and the Daily Press". Univ of North Carolina Press – via Google Books. 
  16. ^ "Penn State Grid Teams Wins Over Georgia, 7 to 0". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. November 11, 1923. p. 44. Retrieved January 2, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  17. ^ Woodruff 1928, pp. 266–267
  18. ^ "1923-11-29 – Georgia Tech vs. Auburn - Georgia Tech Ticket Stubs". 
  19. ^ "Georgia Tech Suffers Worst Season In Years". The Ogden Standard-Examiner. December 3, 1923. p. 7. Retrieved January 2, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read

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