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1926 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football
ConferenceSouthern Conference
1926 record4–5 (4–3 SoCon)
Head coachWilliam Alexander (7th season)
Assistant coachDon Miller
Assistant coachBill Fincher
Offensive schemeJump shift
Home stadiumGrant Field
Uniform
Seasons
← 1925
1927 →
1926 Southern Conference football standings
v · d · e 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
Georgia 4 2 0     5 4 0
South Carolina 4 2 0     6 4 0
Virginia 4 2 1     6 2 2
Virginia Tech 3 2 1     5 3 1
Washington & 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 State 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 seasonEdit

Doug Wycoff had graduated.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 25Oglethorpe*L 7–610,000
October 2VMI
  • Grant Field
  • Atlanta, GA
W 13–0
October 9Tulane
  • Grant Field
  • Atlanta, GA
W 9–6
October 16Alabama
  • Grant Field
  • Atlanta, GA
L 21–018,000
October 23Washington & Lee
  • Grant Field
  • Atlanta, GA
W 19–7
October 30at Notre Dame*South Bend, INL 12–0
November 6Vanderbilt
  • Grant Field
  • Atlanta, GA
L 13–7
November 13Georgia
L 14–13
November 25Auburn
W 20–7
  • *Non-conference game
[3]

Season summaryEdit

OglethorpeEdit

Oglethorpe at Georgia Tech
by Quarter1234 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]

VMIEdit

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]

TulaneEdit

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]

AlabamaEdit

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 LeeEdit

Tech beat the Washington & Lee Generals 19–7.

Notre DameEdit

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

VanderbiltEdit

Vanderbilt at Georgia Tech
by Quarter1234 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]

GeorgiaEdit

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]

AuburnEdit

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]

PlayersEdit

Depth chartEdit

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)

NotesEdit

EndnotesEdit

ReferencesEdit


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