Auburn–Georgia Tech football rivalry

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Auburn–Georgia Tech football rivalry
First meeting November 25, 1892
Auburn 26, Georgia Tech 0
Latest meeting September 3, 2005
Georgia Tech 23, Auburn 14
Next meeting None scheduled
Statistics
Meetings total 92
All-time series Auburn leads, 47–41–4 (.533)
Largest victory Auburn, 94–0 (1894)
Longest win streak Georgia Tech, 13 (1941–54)
Current win streak Georgia Tech, 2 (2003–present)

The Auburn–Georgia Tech football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Auburn Tigers and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.[1][2][3] Auburn leads the series 47–41–4.[4]

Series history[edit]

The first game took place on November 25, 1892 in Atlanta, Georgia. They played in the SIAA until it was defunct in 1922, before joining the Southeastern Conference. Georgia Tech left the SEC in 1963, playing as an independent until joining the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1980. Despite no longer being conference opponents, they played annually until 1987. The rivalry was renewed for a home and home series played in 2003 and 2005. There are no future games currently scheduled.

From 1915 to 1922, the game was pivotal in deciding the SIAA champion. John Heisman coached at both schools.

Sources: 2011 Auburn Football Media Guide [5]

Notable games[edit]

1908: SIAA champion Auburn defeats Tech[edit]

Auburn beat Georgia Tech 44–0. Lew Hardage had a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.[6]

1917: Tech's championship team wins easy[edit]

Tech's great backfield.

The 1917 Georgia Tech Golden Tornado were the south's first national champion and for many years considered the greatest team the region ever produced.[7] Heisman considered the 1917 team the best one he ever coached,[8] It finished the season with 68–7 victory over Auburn. Auburn was usually considered second best in the south; the team had lost only to a strong Davidson squad, and held undefeated Big Ten champion Ohio State led by Chic Harley to a scoreless tie the week before the Tech game. Ohio State was favored in the betting booth 4 or 5 to 1.[9] Heisman and his players were at the game, rooting on the Tigers.[9] Moon Ducote starred for Auburn.

Moon Ducote.

In the game with Auburn, Tech piled up 472 yards on the ground in 84 rushes, and got 145 yards through the air. Joe Guyon racked up four touchdowns. Everett Strupper had a 65-yard touchdown run that drew the following praise from the Atlanta Journal:

"It was not the length of the run that featured it was the brilliance of it. After getting through the first line, Stroop was tackled squarely by two secondary men, and yet he squirmed and jerked loosed from them, only to face the safety man and another Tiger, coming at him from different angles. Without checking his speed Everett knifed the two men completely, running between them and dashing on to a touchdown."[10]

In the second quarter Ducote broke through the line for what seemed like a sure touchdown with the help of the blocking from Pete Bonner and William Donahue. Guyon dove at him and missed, and then raced him down from behind with a showcase of tremendous speed, bringing Ducote down at the 26-yard line.[11] The only Auburn score came when Ducote circled around end for 17 yards and lateraled to Donahue, who ran down the sideline for a 6-yard touchdown.[9] Auburn was considered a strong team despite the large score; Ducote and Bonner were the only players not from Georgia Tech to be selected unanimous All-Southern. Tech's Walker Carpenter and Strupper were the first two players from the Deep South ever selected All-American.[7]

1919: Warren waddles for a TD[edit]

Auburn's Fatty Warren "waddled" for a 40-yard touchdown off a blocked punt,[12][13] netting the conference championship and giving Tech its first loss to an SIAA school in five years, since Auburn won in 1914.

Fatty Warren.

It was John Heisman's last game at Georgia Tech. Zelda Sayre sent All-Southern tackle Pete Bonner a telegram after the defeat of Georgia Tech, it read:[14]

"Shooting a seven, aren’t we awfully proud of the boys, give them my love—knew we could."

She signed it "Zelder Sayre." One account of Bonner's play that day reads, "The Jackets were unable to gain through the Auburn line because of Pete Bonner, giant tackle, who seemed to have a knack of being just where he should have for the best interests of his team."[15]

1920: Please omit Flowers[edit]

Buck Flowers.

Auburn had a powerful eleven which beat Vanderbilt 56 to 6 to counter Tech's 44 to 0. Some Auburn fans predicted a victory over Tech and the Southern title.[16] On November 25, 1920, Georgia Tech defeated Auburn at Grant Field by a score of 34 to 0 for a share of the SIAA title.[17] Buck Flowers, in his last game, scored three touchdowns, including punt returns of 82 and 65 yards and a 33-yard run from scrimmage, and also passed for a fourth touchdown.[18][19] Flowers also kicked a punt that went 65 yards in the air against Auburn.[17] Sportswriter Morgan Blake had this to say of Flowers' play against Auburn: "The Auburn Tiger came up with claws sharpened. As he writhed in death agony when the battle was over, he made one request, 'Please omit Flowers'".[18]

The Atlanta Journal wrote that Flowers was "flitting like a phantom, an undulating, rippling, chromatic phantom, over the whitewashed lines".[18] The yearbook remarked Bill Fincher "began his great work on the sand lots of Tech Hi here in Atlanta years ago and ended it up by smearing "Fatty" Warren of the Auburn Tigers all over the flats of Grant Field on Turkey Day last."[20]

1922[edit]

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.[22] Ed Sherling scored Auburn's touchdown on a 16-yard rush.

1987: Tillman, Tillman, Tillman[edit]

Trailing 10-7 with 4:01 remaining, Auburn took over on its own 9-yard line, needing a touchdown to win the game. Quarterback Jeff Burger led a 14-play drive that he capped off with a four-yard pass to Lawyer Tillman. Aundray Bruce led Auburn's defensive effort with three interceptions, a caused fumble, a recovered fumble, three QB sacks and an interception that he returned 45 yards for a touchdown.

Game results[edit]

Auburn victoriesGeorgia Tech victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 November 25, 1892 Atlanta, GA Auburn 26–0
2 December 7, 1893 Atlanta, GA Tie0–0
3 November 17, 1894 Atlanta, GA Auburn 94–0
4 November 7, 1896 Auburn, AL Auburn 45–0
5 November 5, 1898 Auburn, AL Auburn 29–6
6 October 14, 1899 Auburn, AL Auburn 63–0
7 October 11, 1902 Atlanta, GA Auburn 18–6
8 November 14, 1903 Atlanta, GA Auburn 10–5
9 October 29, 1904 Auburn, AL Auburn 12–0
10 November 3, 1906 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 11–0
11 October 26, 1907 Atlanta, GA Auburn 12–6
12 November 7, 1908 Atlanta, GA Auburn 44–0
13 November 6, 1909 Atlanta, GA Auburn 8–0
14 November 5, 1910 Atlanta, GA Auburn 16–0
15 November 4, 1911 Atlanta, GA Auburn 11–6
16 November 2, 1912 Atlanta, GA Auburn 27–7
17 November 8, 1913 Atlanta, GA Auburn 20–0
18 November 7, 1914 Atlanta, GA Auburn 14–0
19 November 25, 1915 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 7–0
20 November 30, 1916 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 33–7
21 November 29, 1917 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 68–7
22 November 28, 1918 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 7–0
23 November 27, 1919 Atlanta, GA Auburn 14–7
24 November 25, 1920 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 34–0
25 November 24, 1921 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 14–0
26 November 30, 1922 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 14–6
27 November 29, 1923 Atlanta, GA Tie0–0
28 November 27, 1924 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 7–0
29 November 26, 1925 Atlanta, GA Tie7–7
30 November 25, 1926 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 20–7
31 November 24, 1927 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 18–0
32 November 29, 1928 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 51–0
33 November 28, 1929 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 19–6
34 October 18, 1930 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 14–12
35 October 17, 1931 Atlanta, GA Auburn 13–0
36 October 15, 1932 Atlanta, GA Auburn 6–0
37 October 14, 1933 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 16–6
38 November 10, 1934 Atlanta, GA Auburn 18–6
39 November 9, 1935 Atlanta, GA Auburn 33–7
40 November 7, 1936 Atlanta, GA #20 Auburn 13–12
41 October 23, 1937 Atlanta, GA #20 Auburn 21–0
42 October 22, 1938 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 7–6
43 October 28, 1939 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 7–6
44 October 26, 1940 Atlanta, GA Auburn 16–7
45 October 25, 1941 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 28–14
46 September 26, 1942 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 15–0
47 October 14, 1944 Atlanta, GA #10 Georgia Tech 27–0
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
48 October 27, 1945 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 20–7
49 October 26, 1946 Atlanta, GA #15 Georgia Tech 27–6
50 October 18, 1947 Atlanta, GA #5 Georgia Tech 27–7
51 October 16, 1948 Atlanta, GA #7 Georgia Tech 27–0
52 October 15, 1949 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 35–21
53 October 21, 1950 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 20–0
54 October 20, 1951 Atlanta, GA #5 Georgia Tech 27–7
55 October 18, 1952 Atlanta, GA #4 Georgia Tech 33–0
56 October 17, 1953 Atlanta, GA #6 Georgia Tech 36–6
57 October 16, 1954 Atlanta, GA #19 Georgia Tech 28–7
58 October 15, 1955 Atlanta, GA #17 Auburn 14–12
59 October 20, 1956 Atlanta, GA #3 Georgia Tech 28–7
60 October 19, 1957 Atlanta, GA #9 Auburn 3–0
61 October 18, 1958 Atlanta, GA Tie7–7
62 October 17, 1959 Atlanta, GA #11 Auburn 7–6
63 October 15, 1960 Birmingham, AL Auburn 9–7
64 October 21, 1961 Atlanta, GA #8 Georgia Tech 7–6
65 October 20, 1962 Birmingham, AL Auburn 17–14
66 October 19, 1963 Atlanta, GA Auburn 29–21
67 October 17, 1964 Birmingham, AL Georgia Tech 7–3
68 October 16, 1965 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 23–14
69 October 15, 1966 Birmingham, AL #7 Georgia Tech 17–3
70 October 21, 1967 Atlanta, GA Auburn 28–10
71 October 19, 1968 Birmingham, AL Georgia Tech 21–20
72 October 18, 1969 Atlanta, GA #15 Auburn 28–10
73 October 17, 1970 Auburn, AL #8 Auburn 31–7
74 October 16, 1971 Atlanta, GA #5 Auburn 31–14
75 October 21, 1972 Auburn, AL #14 Auburn 24–14
76 October 20, 1973 Atlanta, GA Auburn 24–10
77 October 19, 1974 Auburn, AL #5 Auburn 31–22
78 October 18, 1975 Atlanta, GA Auburn 31–27
79 October 16, 1976 Auburn, AL Georgia Tech 28–10
80 October 15, 1977 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 38–10
81 October 21, 1978 Auburn, AL Georgia Tech 24–10
82 October 20, 1979 Atlanta, GA #14 Auburn 31–27
83 October 18, 1980 Auburn, AL Auburn 38–14
84 October 17, 1981 Atlanta, GA Auburn 31–7
85 October 16, 1982 Auburn, AL Auburn 24–0
86 October 15, 1983 Atlanta, GA #5 Auburn 31–13
87 October 20, 1984 Auburn, AL #13 Auburn 48–34
88 October 19, 1985 Atlanta, GA #8 Auburn 17–14
89 October 18, 1986 Auburn, AL #7 Auburn 31–10
90 October 17, 1987 Atlanta, GA #5 Auburn 20–10
91 September 6, 2003 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 17–3
92 September 3, 2005 Auburn, AL Georgia Tech 23–14
Series: Auburn leads 47–41–4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ HOUSEL, DAVID (October 13, 1966). "Tigers Are Out To Wreck Tech - Newspapers.com". The Atlanta Constitution. p. 50. The Auburn-Georgia Tech rivalry has always been considered a Southern football classic and a trip to the Auburn campus Wednesday afternoon would have left little doubt that a big football game was on tap. 
  2. ^ SMITH, GEORGE (October 19, 1963). "Auburn's Unbeaten Tigers Battle Mighty Tech Today - Newspapers.com". The Anniston Star. p. 10. Series history of the Auburn-Georgia Tech rivalry shows it to be one of the oldest in the country 
  3. ^ HICKS, TOMMY (October 18, 1980). "Tigers face traditional rival today - Newspapers.com". The Montgomery Advertiser. p. 15. The Auburn-Georgia Tech rivalry was at its height prior to 1966, when the Yellow Jackets were members of the SEC, and dates back to 1892 when the game was a club sport at both schools. 
  4. ^ College Football Data Warehouse, Auburn vs Georgia Tech Archived January 28, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved November 24, 2011.
  5. ^ 2011 Auburn Tigers Football Media Guide, Auburn University Athletic Department, Auburn, Alabama, pp. 178–189, 191 (2011). Retrieved November 28, 2011.
  6. ^ "Auburn Beats Yellow Jackets". Atlanta Constitution. November 8, 1908. p. 4. Retrieved September 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ a b Wiley Lee Umphlett (1992). Creating the Big Game: John W. Heisman and the Invention of American Football. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 141–142. ISBN 0313284040. 
  8. ^ Adam Van Brimmer (2011). 100 Things Yellow Jackets Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die. ISBN 9781617495748. 
  9. ^ a b c Heisman, John M. (2012). Heisman: The Man Behind The Trophy. Simon & Schuster. pp. 160, 164. ISBN 1451682913. 
  10. ^ Bernie McCarty (February 1988). "Georgia Tech's 1917 backfield, better than the Four Horsemen Part 1". College Football Historical Society. 1 (3).  Part 1 Part 2
  11. ^ "Golden Tornado Wins Great Victory" (PDF). The Technique. December 4, 1917. p. 4. 
  12. ^ "1920 Glomerata: Individual pdfs for printing :: Auburn University Glomeratas 1897 to 1932". content.lib.auburn.edu. 
  13. ^ John Staton (November 17, 1921). "Golden Tornado Spends Day Studying Auburn Formations". Atlanta Constitution. p. 12. Retrieved April 24, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  14. ^ Jeremy Henderson (October 27, 2014). "Zelda Fitzgerald, Auburn fan". 
  15. ^ "Jackets Hold Stiff Drills". The Evening Independent. October 17, 1925. p. 30. 
  16. ^ "Dixie Football is Given Praise". The Charlotte News. October 26, 1920. p. 2. Retrieved March 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  17. ^ a b "Golden Tornado Sweeps Through Auburn Team 34–0: "Buck" Flowers in Final Game of Career Plays Spectacular Football, Makes Two Eighty-Yard Runs". The Spartanburg Herald. November 26, 1920. p. 14. 
  18. ^ a b c "Buck Flowers Member Biography". College Football Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on March 13, 2016. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Golden Tornado Wins: Georgia Tech Crushes Alabama Poly by Score of 34 to 0" (PDF). The New York Times. November 26, 1920. p. 19. 
  20. ^ "The Blueprint". 
  21. ^ "Auburn's Gator Bowl Champs Rated Among Top Tiger Teams". Ocala Star-Banner. January 16, 1955. 
  22. ^ "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