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1906 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football
ConferenceSouthern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1906 record6–3–1 (4–3 SIAA)
Head coachJohn Heisman (3rd season)
CaptainE. C. Davies
Home stadiumThe Flats, future site of Grant Field
Seasons
← 1905
1907 →
1906 SIAA football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Vanderbilt § 5 0 0     8 1 0
Clemson § 4 0 0     4 0 3
Sewanee 5 1 0     8 1 0
Alabama 3 1 0     5 1 0
Texas A&M 2 1 0     6 1 0
Ole Miss 3 2 0     4 2 0
Texas 1 1 0     9 1 0
Georgia Tech 3 3 0     6 3 1
Georgia 2 2 1     2 4 1
Mississippi A&M 0 2 1     2 2 1
LSU 0 2 1     2 2 2
Mercer 0 2 0     1 4 0
Tennessee 0 3 1     1 6 2
Tulane 0 3 0     0 4 1
Auburn 0 5 0     1 5 1
Cumberland            
Nashville            
§ – Conference co-champions

The 1906 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team represented the Georgia Institute of Technology during the 1906 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. In the third season under coach John Heisman, Georgia Tech posted a 6–3–1 record.

Before the seasonEdit

In no small part thanks to Heisman, the forward pass was legalized in 1906.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 29Maryville*
T 6–6
October 6North Georgia*
  • The Flats
  • Atlanta, GA
W 11–0
October 13Chattanooga*
  • The Flats
  • Atlanta, GA
W 18–0
October 20Sewanee
  • The Flats
  • Atlanta, GA
L 0–16
October 27Davidson
  • The Flats
  • Atlanta, GA
W 4–0
November 3Auburn
W 11–0
November 10Georgia
W 17–0
November 17Vanderbilt
  • The Flats
  • Atlanta, GA
L 6–37
November 24at MercerMacon, GAW 61–0
November 29Clemson
L 0–10
  • *Non-conference game

[1][2]

Game summariesEdit

MaryvilleEdit

Maryville at Georgia Tech
by Quarter1234 Total
Maryville 0 6 0 0 6
Ga Tech 0 6 0 0 6

Sources:

Under the new rules, Maryville surprised Tech with a tie, 6–6.[3]

The starting lineup was: Hightower (left end), Monroe (left tackle), Bell (left guard), Luck (center), Henderson (right guard), McCarty (right tackle), Hill (right end), Robert (quarterback), Davids (left halfback), Means (right halfback), Sweet (fullback).[3]

North GeorgiaEdit

In the second week of play, Tech defeated North Georgia 11–0.

ChattanoogaEdit

Against Chattanooga, Tech won 18–0 .

SewaneeEdit

Sewanee defeated Georgia Tech 16–0. The game's account is the first involving the jump shift.[4] The starting lineup was Brown (left end), Luck (left tackle), Bell (left guard), Monroe (center), Smith (right guard), McCarty (right tackle), Hill (right end), Robert (quarterback), Hightower (left halfback), Davies (right halfback), Sweet (fullback).

DavidsonEdit

Davidson at Georgia Tech
by Quarter1234 Total
Davidson 0 0 0 0 0
Ga Tech 4 0 0 0 4

Sources:

Lob Brown was responsible for the win over Davidson by a 40-yard field goal.[5]

AuburnEdit

Brown also helped in the victory over rival Auburn, the school's first.[6]

GeorgiaEdit

"Tech's cup of joy overflowed" as they defeated rival Georgia 17–0. An ambitious game with Vanderbilt was scheduled.[7]

VanderbiltEdit

Vanderbilt at Georgia Tech
by Quarter1234 Total
Vanderbilt 23 14 0 0 37
Ga Tech 0 6 0 0 6

Sources:[8]

Vanderbilt defeated Tech in the rain and mud of Atlanta 37–6.[9] Lobster Brown scored Tech's points.[8] Atlanta Constitution sportswriter Alex Lynn wrote after the game that Owsley Manier was: "the greatest fullback and all round man ever seen in Atlanta."[8] He again scored five touchdowns.

The starting lineup was: Brown (left end); McCarty (left tackle); Snyder (left guard); Monroe (center); Henderson (right guard); Luck (right tackle); Brown (right end); Robert (quarterback); Davies (left halfback); Hightower (right halfback); Adamson (fullback).[8]

MercerEdit

The season's largest win came over Mercer, 61–0 .

ClemsonEdit

The season ended with a disappointing, 10–0 loss to Clemson. Fritz Furtick scored Clemson's first touchdown.[10] Baseball star Ty Cobb attended the game.[11]

PostseasonEdit

At season's end, Brown was elected captain for next season.[12][13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Georgia Tech Media Guide". http://www.ramblinwreck.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/geot/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/08-media-guide-119-208.
  2. "1906 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Schedule and Results - College Football at Sports-Reference.com". https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/georgia-tech/1906-schedule.html.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Alex Lynn (September 30, 1906). "Yellow jackets Tied by Maryville eleven". The Atlanta Constitution: p. 1. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8450081/the_atlanta_constitution/. Retrieved January 19, 2017. open access
  4. Woodruff 1928, p. 189
  5. ""Lobster" Brown". Atlanta Constitution: p. 1. October 28, 1906. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/1944533//. Retrieved March 8, 2015. open access
  6. Wiley Lee Umphlett (1992). Creating the Big Game: John W. Heisman and the Invention of American Football. p. 92.
  7. Woodruff 1928, p. 192
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Alex Lynn (November 18, 1906). "Brown's Toe and the Wet Cave Score". Atlanta Constitution: p. 1. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160304135443/https://www.newspapers.com/clip/2389757/the_atlanta_constitution/. Retrieved May 11, 2015. open access
  9. "The times dispatch. (Richmond, Va.) 1903-1914, November 18, 1906, SPORTING SECTION, Image 25". 1906-11-18. ISSN 1941-0700. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038615/1906-11-18/ed-1/seq-25/.
  10. Woodruff 1928, p. 196
  11. Hornbaker, Tim (7 April 2015). "War on the Basepaths: The Definitive Biography of Ty Cobb". Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.. https://books.google.com/books?id=FIJhCQAAQBAJ.
  12. ""Lobster" Brown Will Make Fine Leader For Tech Team". Atlanta Georgian. December 17, 1906. http://atlnewspapers.galileo.usg.edu/atlnewspapers/view?docId=news/aga1906/aga1906-5706.xml&query=%22All%20southern%22%20football&query-prox=10&brand=atlnewspapers-brand.
  13. John F. Stegeman. The Ghosts of Herty Field: Early Days on a Southern Gridiron. p. 77. https://books.google.com/books?id=5fhrEs09af8C&pg=PA77&lpg=PA77#v=onepage&q&f=false.
  • Woodruff, Fuzzy (1928). A History of Southern Football 1890–1928. 1.
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