Georgia Tech: 6
On Thanksgiving weekend, 1931, Georgia and Georgia Tech would meet for the twenty-sixth time on the gridiron, but just the second time ever at Sanford Stadium. The squads entered with polar opposite records with the Jackets standing at 2-6-1 and the Bulldogs standing at 7-1 on the season. Georgia’s lone loss thus far had come at the hands of the eventual Southern Conference Champion Tulane Green Wave two weeks earlier in Athens by a score of 20-7. Tulane would go on to play in the Rose Bowl, where it would fall 21-12 to Southern California to finish the year at 11-1, overall. The Bulldogs had enjoyed recent success over the Jackets, taking the previous two meetings to nab a narrow lead in the all-time series at 12-11-2.
Georgia got off to a fast start, scoring two first quarter touchdowns to jump ahead 14-0 in the early going. The first score was setup when Pat Barron lost a fumble to Spurgeon Chandler at the Tech 36, eventually resulting in a 4 yard touchdown run by Chandler just seven plays later. The second score came late in period after the Bulldogs fielded a punt at their own 36. Lloyd Gilmore went for 18 as Georgia moved into Tech territory and later followed up with a 29 yard run for the score to push it to 14-0.
The second quarter passed without a score and Georgia would hold a fourteen point advantage at the break.
The third quarter played out in similar fashion to the first, as the Bulldogs added two touchdowns to virtually seal the victory. Homer Key gave Georgia its first of the two scores on a 13 yard run to cap off a 63 march to start the second half. Chandler would then add the second score on the next Bulldog possession, reeling off 76 yards off his right tackle to make it 28-0.
Things got worse as the fourth quarter got underway when Wendell Sullivan found Marion Dickens for a 49 yard touchdown pass to make it 35-0 and wrap up the Georgia scoring.
Tech’s lone score of the day came late in the contest after it began at its own 20 after a turnover on downs. Roy McArthur found Barron for 17 and George Vierick for 27 to push into Bulldog territory. Vierick and Barron combined for 11 on two runs to follow, and McArthur went back to the air for 18 more to Barron at the Bulldog 7. McArthur and Wink Davis finally hooked up for the touchdown to get Tech on the board, but a fumbled snap on the extra point left the Jackets with just six points on the day.
Following the victory, Georgia would participate in a rare late-season contest with Southern California on December 12 in Los Angeles, CA. The Bulldogs were embarrassed by the Trojans, falling 60-0 to finish the season at 8-2, overall.
GT – 8
UGA – 23
GT – 91
UGA – 409
GT – 6-15-90
UGA – 3-10-77
GT – 2
UGA – 2
GT – 1
UGA – 1
GT – 5
UGA – 65
Timer, Ole. “Bulldogs Crush Light But Game Tech Eleven.” The Atlanta Journal. 1931 Nov. 29
Unknown. “…[statistics]…” The Atlanta Journal. 1931 Nov. 29