1924 Georgia Tech Golden Tornado football team

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1924 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football
Conference Southern Conference
1924 record 5–3–1 (3–2–1 SoCon)
Head coach William Alexander (5th season)
Offensive scheme Jump shift
Home stadium Grant Field
Uniform
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Seasons
← 1923
1925 →
1924 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Alabama $ 5 0 0     8 1 0
Florida 2 0 1     6 2 2
Georgia 5 1 0     7 3 0
Tulane 4 1 0     8 1 0
Washington and Lee 4 1 1     6 3 1
South Carolina 3 2 0     7 3 0
Sewanee* 3 2 0     6 4 0
Mississippi A&M 3 2 0     5 4 0
Virginia 3 2 0     5 4 0
Georgia Tech 3 2 1     5 3 1
Vanderbilt* 3 3 0     6 3 1
VPI 2 2 3     4 2 3
VMI 2 3 1     6 3 1
Kentucky 2 3 0     4 5 0
North Carolina 2 3 0     4 5 0
Auburn 2 4 1     4 4 1
Maryland 1 2 1     3 3 3
NC State 1 4 1     2 4 2
LSU 0 3 0     5 4 0
Ole Miss 0 3 0     4 5 0
Clemson 0 3 0     2 6 0
Tennessee 0 4 0     3 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • * – co-member of SIAA

The 1924 Georgia Tech Golden Tornado football team[note 1] represented the Georgia Tech Golden Tornado of the Georgia Institute of Technology during the 1924 Southern Conference football season. The Tornado was coached by William Alexander in his 5th year as head coach, compiling a record of 5–3–1 record.

The Tornado defeated eastern power Penn State, and suffered losses to SoCon champion Alabama, national champion Notre Dame, and Vanderbilt, which defeated Tech in Atlanta for the first time since 1906.

Doug Wycoff was All-American.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 27 Oglethorpe* Grant FieldAtlanta, GA W 19–0    
October 4 VMI Grant Field • Atlanta, GA W 3–0    
October 11 Florida Grant Field • Atlanta, GA T 7–7    
October 18 Penn State* Grant Field • Atlanta, GA W 15–13   22,000
October 25 Alabama Grant Field • Atlanta, GA L 14–0    
November 1 at Notre Dame* South Bend, IN L 34–3    
November 8 LSU Grant Field • Atlanta, GA W 28–7    
November 15 Vanderbilt Grant Field • Atlanta, GA L 3–0    
November 27 Auburn Grant Field • Atlanta, GA (Rivalry) W 7–0    
*Non-conference game.

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Season summary[edit]

Oglethorpe[edit]

The season opened with a 19–0 defeat of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association co-champion Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels.

V. M. I.[edit]

V. M. I. at Georgia Tech
1 2 3 4 Total
V. M. I. 0 0 0 0 0
Ga. Tech 0 3 0 0 3

Tech edged VMI with an Ike Williams field goal.[4]

The starting lineup was Merkle (left end), Usry (left tackle), Godwin (left guard), Poole (center), Carpenter (right guard), Gardner (right tackle), Nebelle (right end), Wilton (quarterback), Williams (left halfback), Reeves (right halfback), Wycoff (fullback).[4]

Florida[edit]

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

Tech and the Florida Gators fought to a 7–7 tie, the second Florida-Tech tie in two years.

Within the first few minutes, Tech scored when Gus Merkle launched at Edgar C. Jones, causing him to crash into the approaching Cy Williams and fumble. Doug Wycoff picked it up and ran 35 yards for the score.[5] Florida once fumbled at Tech's 1-yard line. Again the Gators drove to the goal, and a Jones to Ark Newton pass tied the game.

The starting lineup was Merkle (left end), Usry (left tackle), Godwin (left guard), Poole (center), Carpenter (right guard), Gardner (right tackle), Nebelle (right end), Wilton (quarterback), Williams (left halfback), Connelly (right halfback), Wycoff (fullback).[6]

Penn State[edit]

Penn State at Georgia Tech
1 2 3 4 Total
Penn St. 0 0 0 13 13
Ga. Tech 3 9 3 0 15

Tech upset the Penn State Nittany Lions 15–13. Ike William made two field goals, one in the first and the other in the third quarter;[7] in the second quarter, Tech's Gardner picked up a fumble by Penn State's quarterback Baker, and raced 20 yards for a touchdown. and a safety made Tech's 15.[7] Soon after, Tech gots its safety;[7] in the final period, State staged a desperate comeback and scored two touchdowns.[7]

The starting lineup was Merkle (left end), Usry (left tackle), Godwin (left guard), Glenn (center), Carpenter (right guard), Gardner (right tackle), Nebelle (right end), Moore (quarterback), Williams (left halfback), Reeves (right halfback), Wycoff (fullback).[7]

Alabama[edit]

Alabama at Georgia Tech
1 2 3 4 Total
Alabama 0 7 0 7 14
Ga. Tech 0 0 0 0 0
  • Sources:

Coach Wallace Wade's Alabama Crimson Tide defeated Tech 14–0, handing coach Alexander his first loss to a Southern team.[8] Tech drove the ball to the Alabama 6 in the third with a chance to tie the game up but was stopped on 4th and 1.

The starting lineup was Marshall (left end), Usry (left tackle), Godwin (left guard), Poole (center), Carpenter (right guard), Tharpe (right tackle), Nabelle (right end), Moore (quarterback), Williams (left halfback), Reeves (right halfback), Wycoff (fullback).[9]

Notre Dame[edit]

Tech lost to Knute Rockne's national champion Notre Dame Fighting Irish with the Four Horsemen 34–3. The starting lineup was Nabelle (left end), Gardner (left tackle), Carpenter (left guard), Poole (center), Godwin (right guard), Usry (right tackle), Marshall (right end), Wilton (quarterback), Williams (left halfback), Connelly (right halfback), Wycoff (fullback).[10]

LSU[edit]

Tech beat coach Mike Donahue's LSU Tigers 28–7, the starting lineup was King (left end), Usry (left tackle), Godwin (left guard), Poole (center), Forrester (right guard), Huffkines (right tackle), Gardner (right end), Wilton (quarterback), Williams (left halfback), Murray (right halfback), Wycoff (fullback).[11]

Vanderbilt[edit]

Vanderbilt at Georgia Tech
1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 3 0 0 0 3
Ga. Tech 0 0 0 0 0

The Vanderbilt Commodores traveled to Atlanta followed by the largest crowd ever to accompany Vanderbilt on a trip, with five special sections,[13] the lone score of the game could largely be credited to halfback Gil Reese. Vanderbilt elected to start the game with the wind at its back, hoping for an edge in punts which would lead to good field position early. Reese caught one of these punts in these exchanges on the fly and, noticing both of Tech's ends blocked to the ground, raced to within striking distance of the end zone, from there, Hek Wakefield made a drop kick.[12] Wakefield was the star of the game; "He was death on returning punts and when he started around the ends the Tech stars groaned," recalls one account.[14]

Georgia Tech's one chance to score came when fullback Douglas Wycoff missed a kick low, partially blocked by Vanderbilt. Hendrix attempted to recover but missed, and Georgia Tech retained possession at the 4-yard line, on first down, a snap from center missed Wycoff, and Vanderbilt fullback Tom Ryan recovered the ball at the 15-yard line, and later punted it away to safety.[13] The game was a defensive scrap the rest of the way.

Gil Reese gained −15 yards rushing, and Wycoff was stopped all game. Bip Farnsworth was the Tornado's lone consistent ground gainer,[14] the punting battle between Douglas Wycoff and Tom Ryan was one of the few noted features of the game.[12][note 2]

The starting lineup was King (left end), Usry (left tackle), Godwin (left guard), Poole (center), Carpenter (right guard), Gardner (right tackle), Nabelle (right end), Wilton (quarterback), Williams (left halfback), Murray (right halfback), Wycoff (fullback).[15]

Auburn[edit]

Auburn at Georgia Tech
1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 0 0 0 0 0
Ga. Tech 0 0 0 7 7
  • Sources:

Tech beat rival Auburn 7–0, on the first play of the fourth quarter, Wycoff extended the ball over the goal line.[16]

The starting lineup was King (left end), Usry (left tackle), Godwin (left guard), Poole (center), Carpenter (right guard), Gardner (right tackle), Nabelle (right end), S. Murray (quarterback), I. Williams (left halfback), Farnsworh (right halfback), Wycoff (fullback).[17]

Postseason[edit]

Doug Wycoff was selected first-team All-American by Lawrence Perry.

Personnel[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

The following chart provides a visual depiction of Tech's lineup during the 1924 season with games started at the position reflected in parenthesis, the chart mimics the offense after the jump shift has taken place.

LE
King (3)
Gus Merkle (3)
Johnny Marshall (1)
Nabelle (1)
LT LG C RG RT
Usry (7) Walt Godwin (7) Owen Poole (7) Six Carpenter (6) Gardner (5)
Gardner (1) Six Carpenter (1) Glenn (1) Wally Forrester (1) Huffines (1)
Walt Godwin (1) Mack Tharpe (1)
Usry (1)
RE
Nabelle (6)
Gardner (1)
Johnny Marshall (1)
 
QB
Wilton (5)
Fred Moore (2)
Sam Murray (1)
RHB
Reeves (3)
Vaughn Connelly (2)
Sam Murray (2)
Bip Farnsworth (1)
FB
Doug Wycoff (8)
LHB
Ike Williams (8)

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]
  2. ^ It was the first win for Vanderbilt in Atlanta since 1906.

Endnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Van Brimmer & Rice 2011, p. 147
  2. ^ "Golden Tornadoes". Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ "1924 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Schedule and Results". 
  4. ^ a b "Georgia Tech Wins From Flying Squadron By Field Goal". The Cadet. October 6, 1924. 
  5. ^ Associated Press (October 12, 1924). "Yellow Jackets Tie With Gators". The Index-Journal. p. 6. Retrieved September 1, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "Missed Field Goals Cost Each Team Win". Miami Tribune. October 12, 1924. p. 11. Retrieved September 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Dixie Eleven Resists Invasions of Warriors From the East 15 to 13". The Anniston Star. October 19, 1924. p. 8. Retrieved May 6, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/schools/alab/graphics/docs/24-m-footbl-recaps.pdf
  9. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 32
  10. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 38
  11. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 48
  12. ^ a b c "Strategy of Commodores Defeats Tech". Atlanta Constitution. November 16, 1924. 
  13. ^ a b Russell, Fred, and Maxwell Edward Benson. Fifty Years of Vanderbilt Football. Nashville, TN, 1938, p. 42-43
  14. ^ a b Georgia Tech Alumnus. Atlanta, GA. December 1924. p. 79. 
  15. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 55
  16. ^ http://georgiatechticketstubs.com/collection/1920s/1924-season/1924-11-17-georgia-tech-vs-auburn/
  17. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 63

References[edit]

  • Woodruff, Fuzzy (1928). A History of Southern Football 1890–1928. 3.