1924 Georgia Tech Golden Tornado football team
|1924 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football|
|1924 record||5–3–1 (3–2–1 SoCon)|
|Head coach||William Alexander (5th year)|
|Offensive scheme||Jump shift|
|Home stadium||Grant Field|
|1924 Southern Conference football standings|
|Washington and Lee||4||–||1||–||1||6||–||3||–||1|
The 1924 Georgia Tech Golden Tornado football team represented the Georgia Tech Golden Tornado of the Georgia Institute of Technology during the 1924 college football season. The Tornado was coached by William Alexander in his 5th year as head coach, compiling a record of 5–3–1 record.
The Tornado defeated eastern power Penn State, and suffered losses to SoCon champion Alabama, national champion Notre Dame, and Vanderbilt, which defeated Tech in Atlanta for the first time since 1906.
|September 27||Oglethorpe*||Grant Field • Atlanta, GA||W 19–0|
|October 4||VMI||Grant Field • Atlanta, GA||W 3–0|
|October 11||Florida||Grant Field • Atlanta, GA||T 7–7|
|October 18||Penn State*||Grant Field • Atlanta, GA||W 15–13||22,000|
|October 25||Alabama||Grant Field • Atlanta, GA||L 0–14|
|November 1||at Notre Dame*||South Bend, IN||L 3–34|
|November 8||LSU||Grant Field • Atlanta, GA||W 28–7|
|November 15||Vanderbilt||Grant Field • Atlanta, GA||L 0–3|
|November 27||Auburn||Grant Field • Atlanta, GA (Rivalry)||W 7–0|
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Tech edged VMI with an Ike Williams field goal.
The starting lineup was Merkle (left end), Usry (left tackle), Godwin (left guard), Poole (center), Carpenter (right guard), Gardner (right tackle), Nebelle (right end), Wilton (quarterback), Williams (left halfback), Reeves (right halfback), Wycoff (fullback).
Tech and the Florida Gators fought to a 7–7 tie, the second Florida-Tech tie in two years.
Within the first few minutes, Tech scored when Gus Merkle launched at Edgar C. Jones, causing him to crash into the approaching Cy Williams and fumble. Doug Wycoff picked it up and ran 35 yards for the score. Florida once fumbled at Tech's 1-yard line. Again the Gators drove to the goal, and a Jones to Ark Newton pass tied the game.
The starting lineup was Merkle (left end), Usry (left tackle), Godwin (left guard), Poole (center), Carpenter (right guard), Gardner (right tackle), Nebelle (right end), Wilton (quarterback), Williams (left halfback), Connelly (right halfback), Wycoff (fullback).
Tech upset the Penn State Nittany Lions 15–13. Ike William made two field goals, one in the first and the other in the third quarter. In the second quarter, Tech's Gardner picked up a fumble by Penn State's quarterback Baker, and raced 20 yards for a touchdown. and a safety made Tech's 15. Soon after, Tech gots its safety. In the final period, State staged a desperate comeback and scored two touchdowns.
The starting lineup was Merkle (left end), Usry (left tackle), Godwin (left guard), Glenn (center), Carpenter (right guard), Gardner (right tackle), Nebelle (right end), Moore (quarterback), Williams (left halfback), Reeves (right halfback), Wycoff (fullback).
Coach Wallace Wade's Alabama Crimson Tide defeated Tech 14–0, handing coach Alexander his first loss to a Southern team. Tech drove the ball to the Alabama 6 in the third with a chance to tie the game up but was stopped on 4th and 1.
The Vanderbilt Commodores traveled to Atlanta followed by the largest crowd ever to accompany Vanderbilt on a trip, with five special sections. The lone score of the game could largely be credited to halfback Gil Reese. Vanderbilt elected to start the game with the wind at its back, hoping for an edge in punts which would lead to good field position early. Reese caught one of these punts in these exchanges on the fly and, noticing both of Tech's ends blocked to the ground, raced to within striking distance of the end zone. From there, Hek Wakefield made a drop kick. Wakefield was the star of the game; "He was death on returning punts and when he started around the ends the Tech stars groaned," recalls one account.
Georgia Tech's one chance to score came when fullback Douglas Wycoff missed a kick low, partially blocked by Vanderbilt. Hendrix attempted to recover but missed, and Georgia Tech retained possession at the 4-yard line. On first down, a snap from center missed Wycoff, and Vanderbilt fullback Tom Ryan recovered the ball at the 15-yard line, and later punted it away to safety. The game was a defensive scrap the rest of the way.
Gil Reese gained −15 yards rushing, and Wycoff was stopped all game. Bip Farnsworth was the Tornado's lone consistent ground gainer. The punting battle between Douglas Wycoff and Tom Ryan was one of the few noted features of the game. It was the first win for Vanderbilt in Atlanta since 1906.
Tech beat rival Auburn 7–0. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Wycoff extended the ball over the goal line.
Doug Wycoff was selected first-team All-American by Lawrence Perry.
- Although Georgia Tech's teams are officially known as the "Yellow Jackets", northern writers called the team the "Golden Tornado" in 1917; the name was commonly used until 1928 and for many years afterwards as an alternate nickname. It may have been coined by Morgan Blake.
- Van Brimmer & Rice 2011, p. 147
- "Golden Tornadoes". Retrieved January 28, 2015.
- "1924 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Schedule and Results".
- "Georgia Tech Wins From Flying Squadron By Field Goal". The Cadet. October 6, 1924.
- Associated Press (October 12, 1924). "Yellow Jackets Tie With Gators". The Index-Journal. p. 6. Retrieved September 1, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Missed Field Goals Cost Each Team Win". Miami Tribune. October 12, 1924. p. 11. Retrieved September 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Dixie Eleven Resists Invasions of Warriors From the East 15 to 13". The Anniston Star. October 19, 1924. p. 8. Retrieved May 6, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Strategy of Commodores Defeats Tech". Atlanta Constitution. November 16, 1924.
- Russell, Fred, and Maxwell Edward Benson. Fifty Years of Vanderbilt Football. Nashville, TN, 1938, p. 42-43
- Georgia Tech Alumnus. Atlanta, GA. December 1924. p. 79.
- Van Brimmer, Adam; Rice, Homer (2011). 100 Things Yellow Jackets Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die. Chicago: Triumph Books. ISBN 978-1-61749-703-2.