1926 Georgia Tech Golden Tornado football team

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1926 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football
Conference Southern Conference
1926 record 4–5 (4–3 SoCon)
Head coach William Alexander (7th season)
Assistant coach Don Miller
Assistant coach Bill Fincher
Offensive scheme Jump shift
Home stadium Grant Field
Uniform
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Seasons
← 1925
1927 →
1926 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Alabama $ 8 0 0     9 0 1
Tennessee 5 1 0     8 1 0
Vanderbilt 4 1 0     8 1 0
South Carolina 4 2 0     6 4 0
Georgia 4 2 0     5 4 0
Virginia 4 2 1     6 2 2
VPI 3 2 1     5 3 1
Washington and Lee 3 2 1     4 3 2
Georgia Tech 4 3 0     4 5 0
North Carolina 3 3 0     4 5 0
Auburn 3 3 0     5 4 0
LSU 3 3 0     6 3 0
Ole Miss 2 2 0     5 4 0
Mississippi A&M 2 3 0     5 4 0
VMI 2 4 0     5 5 0
Tulane 2 4 0     3 5 1
Maryland 1 3 1     5 4 1
Clemson 1 3 0     2 7 0
Florida 1 4 1     2 6 2
Kentucky 1 4 1     2 6 1
NC State 0 4 0     4 6 0
Sewanee 0 5 0     2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1926 Georgia Tech Golden Tornado football team[note 1] represented the Georgia Tech Golden Tornado of the Georgia Institute of Technology during the 1926 Southern Conference football season. The Tornado was coached by William Alexander in his 7th year as head coach, compiling a record of 4–5.

Before the season[edit]

Doug Wycoff had graduated.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 25 Oglethorpe* Grant FieldAtlanta, GA L 7–6   10,000
October 2 VMI Grant Field • Atlanta, GA W 13–0    
October 9 Tulane Grant Field • Atlanta, GA W 9–6    
October 16 Alabama Grant Field • Atlanta, GA L 21–0   18,000
October 23 Washington & Lee Grant Field • Atlanta, GA W 19–7    
October 30 at Notre Dame* South Bend, IN L 12–0    
November 6 Vanderbilt Grant Field • Atlanta, GA L 13–7    
November 13 Georgia Grant Field • Atlanta, GA (Rivalry) L 14–13    
November 25 Auburn Grant Field • Atlanta, GA (Rivalry) W 20–7    
*Non-conference game.

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Season summary[edit]

Oglethorpe[edit]

Oglethorpe at Georgia Tech
1 2 3 4 Total
Oglethorpe 0 0 7 0 7
Ga. Tech 0 0 0 6 6

Sources:

The season opened with a great upset and perhaps the greatest victory in the history of the Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels when they downed Tech 7–6. Halfback "Cy" Bell ran for a 42-yard touchdown run, and "Nutty" Campbell got the game-winning extra point.[4] After the game, Oglethorpe fans reacted to the victory by staging a spontaneous parade through downtown Atlanta.[5]

The starting lineup was Irwin (left end), Gaston (left tackle), Lillard (left guard), Poole (center), Drennon (right guard), Hood (right tackle), Hearn (right end), McRae (quarterback), Brewer (left halfback), Parham (right halfback), Holland (fullback)[6]

VMI[edit]

In the second week of play, Tech shutout VMI 13–0. The starting lineup was Marshall (left end), Tharpe (left tackle), Martin (left guard), Poole (center), Angley (right guard), Hood (right tackle), Crowley (right end), McRae (quarterback), Smith (left halfback), Barron (right halfback), Murray (fullback)[7]

Tulane[edit]

Tech edged Tulane 9–6. The starting lineup was Crowley (left end), Tharpe (left tackle), Martin (left guard), Poole (center), Angley (right guard), Hood (right tackle), Marshall (right end), Brewer (quarterback), Parham (left halfback), Barron (right halfback), Murray (fullback).[8]

Alabama[edit]

Wallace Wade's national champion Alabama Crimson Tide surprised and held Georgia Tech to two first downs in a 21–0 victory. Hoyt Winslett passed for all three touchdowns.[9]

The starting lineup was Crowley (left end), Tharpe (left tackle), Martin (left guard), Pund (center), Angley (right guard), Hood (right tackle), Marshall (right end), McRae (quarterback), Smith (left halfback), Reed (right halfback), Murray (fullback).[10]

Washington and Lee[edit]

Tech beat the Washington & Lee Generals 19–7.

Notre Dame[edit]

Knute Rockne's undefeated Notre Dame beat Tech 12–0. Red Barron stood out in the cold weather.[11]

Vanderbilt[edit]

Vanderbilt at Georgia Tech
1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 0 0 7 6 13
Ga. Tech 7 0 0 0 7

Sources:

Vanderbilt beat Georgia Tech 13–7. Tech scored on an off0-tackle play when Carter Barron got lose for a 50-yard run. Bill Spears faked a pass and ran for 24 yards to spark a drive to tie the game at 7, and added to field goals to beat the Tornado.[12]

The starting lineup was Crowley (left end), Tharpe (left tackle), Martin (left guard), Poole (center), Lillard (right guard), Thrash (right tackle), Marshall (right end), Randolph (quarterback), Horn (left halfback), Barron (right halfback), Murray (fullback).[13]

Georgia[edit]

Down 13 to 0 at the half, rival Georgia came back to beat Tech.[14] Herdis McCrary and captain George Morton made the touchdowns.

The starting lineup was Crowley (left end), Hood (left tackle), Martin (left guard), Poole (center), Angley (right guard), Tharpe (right tackle), Marshall (right end), Brewer (quarterback), Parham (left halfback), Horn (right halfback), Murray (fullback).[15]

Auburn[edit]

In the annual rivalry matchup, Tech beat Auburn 20–7. The starting lineup was Erwin (left end), Tharpe (left tackle), Martin (left guard), Poole (center), Drennon (right guard), Hood (right tackle), Marshall (right end), Brewer (quarterback), Parham (left halfback), Barron (right halfback), Murray (fullback).[16]

Players[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
Ed Crowley (4)
Bull Irwin (2)
Johnny Marshall (1)
LT LG C RG RT
Mack Tharpe (5) Firpo Martin (5) Owen Poole (6) Tom Angley (4) Papa Hood (5)
Gaston (1) Peter Pund (1) Raleigh Drennon (2) Mack Tharpe (1)
Papa Hood (1) John Lillard (1)
RE
Johnny Marshall (5)
Ed Crowley (1)
Tiny Hearn (1)
QB
Finley McRae (4)
John Brewer (3)
Bob Randolph (1)
RHB
Carter Barron (4)
Bob Horn (1)
Bob Parham (1)
Reed (1)
FB
Sam Murray (6)
Ralph Holland (1)
LHB
Bob Parham (3)
Shorty Smith (2)
John Brewer (1)
Bob Horn (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]

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