1956 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team

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1956 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football
Gator Bowl champion
Gator Bowl, W 21–14 vs. Pittsburgh
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 4
AP No. 4
1956 record 10–1 (7–1 SEC)
Head coach Bobby Dodd (12th season)
Captain Wade Mitchell
George Volkert
Home stadium Grant Field
(Capacity: 44,000)
Seasons
← 1955
1957 →
1956 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Tennessee $ 6 0 0     10 1 0
No. 4 Georgia Tech 7 1 0     10 1 0
Florida 5 2 0     6 3 1
Ole Miss 4 2 0     7 3 0
Auburn 4 3 0     7 3 0
Kentucky 4 4 0     6 4 0
Tulane 3 3 0     6 4 0
Vanderbilt 2 5 0     5 5 0
Alabama 2 5 0     2 7 1
Mississippi State 2 5 0     4 6 0
LSU 1 5 0     3 7 0
Georgia 1 6 0     3 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1956 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team represented the Georgia Institute of Technology during the 1956 college football season. The Yellow Jackets were led by 12th-year head coach Bobby Dodd and played their home games at Grant Field in Atlanta.

Georgia Tech was the preseason favorite to win the Southeastern Conference, but their hopes of reaching the Sugar Bowl were crushed when the Johnny Majors-led Tennessee Volunteers beat the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta, 0–6.[1] Georgia Tech cruised through the rest of their schedule and finished the regular season with the Tennessee game as their only blemish, finishing second in the SEC and ranked number 4 in the country in the final AP Poll, they accepted an invitation to the 1956 Gator Bowl, where they beat Pittsburgh, in a rematch of the 1956 Sugar Bowl, 21–14. This was the sixth straight season for Georgia Tech that ended with a bowl victory.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 22 at Kentucky No. 4 McLean StadiumLexington, Kentucky NBC W 14–6   30,000
September 29 at No. 5 SMU* No. 2 Cotton BowlDallas W 9–7   46,000
October 13 LSU No. 3 Grant FieldAtlanta W 39–7   39,500
October 20 Auburn No. 3 Grant Field • Atlanta, Georgia (Rivalry) W 28–7   40,000
October 27 No. 15 Tulanedagger No. 3 Grant Field • Atlanta, Georgia (Rivalry) W 40–0   40,000
November 3 at Duke* No. 2 Duke StadiumDurham, North Carolina W 7–0   38,000
November 10 No. 3 Tennessee No. 2 Grant Field • Atlanta, Georgia (Rivalry) L 0–6   40,000
November 17 Alabama No. 4 Grant Field • Atlanta, Georgia W 27–0   38,500
November 24 vs. No. 13 Florida No. 5 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida W 28–0   37,000
December 1 at Georgia No. 4 Sanford StadiumAthens, Georgia (Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate) W 35–0   50,000
December 29 vs. No. 13 Pittsburgh* No. 4 Gator Bowl Stadium • Jacksonville, Florida (Gator Bowl) CBS W 21–14   37,683
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Sources:[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vols Post Upset: Bronson Goes Over for Tennessee--Passing of Majors Excels". New York Times. November 11, 1956. p. 225. 
  2. ^ 2011 Georgia Tech Media Guide. p. 170.
  3. ^ "1956 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Schedule and Results".