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1947 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 20–14 vs. Kansas
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
APNo. 10
1947 record10–1 (4–1 SEC)
Head coachBobby Dodd (3rd season)
Home stadiumGrant Field
Seasons
← 1946
1948 →
1947 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#13 Ole Miss 6 1 0     9 2 0
#10 Georgia Tech 4 1 0     10 1 0
#6 Alabama 5 2 0     8 3 0
Mississippi State 2 2 0     7 3 0
Georgia 3 3 0     7 4 1
Vanderbilt 3 3 0     6 4 0
Tulane 2 3 2     2 5 2
LSU 2 3 1     5 3 1
Kentucky 2 3 0     8 3 0
Tennessee 2 3 0     5 5 0
Auburn 1 5 0     2 7 0
Florida 0 3 1     4 5 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1947 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team was an American football team represented the Georgia Institute of Technology in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) during the 1947 college football season. In its third season under head coach Bobby Dodd, Georgia Tech compiled a 10–1 record (4–1 against SEC opponents), finished second in the SEC, was ranked No. 10 in the final AP Poll, and outscored all opponents by a total of 240 to 49. The team played three games against ranked opponents, losing to No. 14 Alabama and defeating No. 9 Duke and No. 12 Kansas, the latter in the 1948 Orange Bowl on New Year's Day.[1]

Georgia Tech shut out seven of eleven opponents and allowed an average of only 4.5 points per game, the third lowest among major college teams during the 1947 season.[1]

Tackle Bob Davis was a consensus first-team pick for the 1947 College Football All-America Team.[2] Five Georgia Tech players were honored by the Associated Press (AP) or the United Press (UP) on the 1947 All-SEC football team: Davis (AP-1, UP); guard Bill Healy (AP-1, UP); halfback Allen Bowen (AP-3); end George Broadnax (AP-3); and center Louis Hook (AP-3).[3][4]

The team played its home games at Grant Field in Atlanta.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 27TennesseeW 27–040,000[5]
October 4at TulaneW 20–048,000[6]
October 11VMI*No. 4
  • Grant Field
  • Atlanta, GA
W 20–025,000[7]
October 18AuburnNo. 5
W 27–737,000[8]
October 25The Citadel*No. 7
  • Grant Field
  • Atlanta, GA
W 38–020,000[9]
November 1No. 9 Duke*No. 6
  • Grant Field
  • Atlanta, GA
W 7–038,000[10]
November 8at Navy*No. 6W 16–1435,000[11]
November 15at No. 14 AlabamaNo. 6L 7–1435,000[12]
November 22Furman*No. 10
  • Grant Field
  • Atlanta, GA
W 51–020,000[13]
November 29GeorgiaNo. 9
W 7–038,000[14]
January 1vs. No. 12 Kansas*No. 10W 20–1459,578[15]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "1947 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Schedule and Results". https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/georgia-tech/1947-schedule.html.
  2. "Football Award Winners". National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 8. http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/2016/awards.pdf. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  3. "Tech, Ole Miss, State Also Get 2 Berths Each". The Anniston Star: p. 10. November 26, 1947. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/2520840/the_anniston_star/. Retrieved May 31, 2015.(AP)
  4. "Three Alabama Players Given Stellar Ratings". The Courier News: p. 35. November 26, 1947. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/2562361/the_courier_news/. Retrieved June 6, 2015.(UP)
  5. Ralph McGill (September 28, 1947). "Dodd Had Tech Ready; Vols Never in Game". The Atlanta Constitution: pp. 1, 12. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28510241/dodd_had_tech_ready_vols_never_in_game/.
  6. "Georgia Tech Coasts To Easy Win Over Tulane, 20-0". Montgomery Advertiser-Alabama Journal: p. 2B. October 5, 1947. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28511694/georgia_tech_coasts_to_easy_win_over/.
  7. "Georgia Tech Subdues VMI, 20-0". Daily Press (Newport News): p. 13A. October 12, 1947. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28307684/georgia_tech_subdues_vmi_200/.
  8. Johnny Bradberry (October 19, 1947). "Ziegler Romps as Jackets Win, 27 to 7". The Atlanta Constitution: p. 12C. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28510609/ziegler_romps_as_jackets_win_27_to_7/.
  9. Bert Prather (October 26, 1947). "Tech Crushes Citadel, 38-0". The Atlanta Constitution: p. 9B. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28510772/tech_crushes_citadel_380/.
  10. Johnny Bradberry (November 2, 1947). "Tech, Hard Pressed, Triumphs, 7-0". The Atlanta Constitution: p. 12C. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28398219/tech_hard_pressed_triumphs_70/.
  11. "Georgia Tech Defeats Navy, 16-14". The Baltimore Sun: p. 1. November 9, 1947. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28511819/georgia_tech_defeats_navy_1614/.
  12. Sam Adams (November 16, 1947). "Alabama Tops Georgia In Grid Upset". Montgomery Advertiser: pp. 1A, 7B. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28511958/alabama_tops_georgia_in_grid_upset/.
  13. Tommy Thomason (November 23, 1947). "Georgia Tech Rambles Over Furman's Hurricane, 51 To 0". The Greenville News: p. Sports 1. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28289206/georgia_tech_rambles_over_furmans/.
  14. Ed Danforth (November 30, 1947). "Tech Beats Georgia, 7-0". The Atlanta Journal: pp. 1A, 1B. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28511056/tech_beats_georgia_70/.
  15. Guy Butler (January 2, 1948). "60,000 Go Wild As Tech Staves Off Kansas Rally". Miami Daily News: p. 4B. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28511304/60000_go_wild_as_tech_staves_off/.
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