1937 Season

1937-11-27 – Georgia Tech vs. Georgia

Georgia Tech vs. Georgia - 1930

Georgia Tech vs. Georgia – November 27, 1937

Georgia: 6
Georgia Tech: 6

Neither team had been having a great season when the 2-5-1 Georgia Bulldogs came to Atlanta to face the 4-4 Yellow Jackets. Nevertheless, a sold out crowd of 28,000 was on-hand to see the annual meeting between these tense rivals.

The first quarter was rather uneventful. There were several long punts (57 and 51 yards by Georgia, 55 yards by Tech), and a few fumbles (but no turnovers). Tech missed on an excellent opportunity when Georgia’s Vasa Cate fumbled a punt at the Bulldog 10 yard line. The Jackets had two players in the area, but the ball bounced out of bounds before they could make a play.

The second quarter was frustrating for Tech, as they almost scored on two occasions. In one instance, T.F. Sims badly missed a field goal from the Bulldog 13 yard line when the ball came off of his foot to the right. Tech’s following drive nearly resulted in points, as well. After a 16 yard punt return to the Yellow Jacket 41 yard line, Tech gained just 5 yards on two runs, but Georgia was flagged 15 yards for unnecessary roughness. Sims then connected on a 28 yard pass to Marion Konemann on the following play, driving the ball to the Bulldog 11 yard line. However, Tech was unable to score after several short runs and incomplete passes.

Tech closed out the first half with five first downs, while the Bulldogs accounted for just one. In another interesting statistic, the Bulldogs punted three times on first down, and once on second down during the first half.

The third quarter did not begin well for Tech. Georgia’s William Hartman, Jr. fumbled the kickoff at the 7 yard line, picked up the ball, and ran 93 yards for a touchdown, and the game’s first score. Hartman missed the extra point, resulting in a 6-0 lead for the Bulldogs.

After a quick three and out on their next possession, Tech punted to the Bulldog 18 yard line. Two plays later, a fumble by Georgia’s James Fordham was recovered by Konemann at the Bulldog 17 yard line. However, Tech was unable to take advantage of the gift, and turned the ball over on downs after being hit for a 10 yard loss on 4th and 1 from the Georgia 8. On the very next play, another Georgia fumble was recovered by Tech at the 17 yard line. Two plays later, Konemann caught a pass from Sims in stride and took the ball to the 1 yard line. Sims was able to punch the ball in on the next play to even the score at 6-6 after the missed extra point.

Georgia would not threaten to score again, but Tech nearly pulled out the victory. After being pinned at their own 15 yard line, Georgia punted the ball a short 20 yards to the 35. Tech gained 19 yards on a play-action pass on first down, leaving them with only 16 yards to the Bulldog end zone. The drive was cut short, however, when Tech threw an interception at the goal line two plays later. Georgia was able to run out the clock with a few short runs on the following series, ending the game in a 6-6 tie.

Troy, Jack. “Jack Troy’s Running Story of 32th Tech-Georgia Football Game.” The Atlanta Constitution. 1937 Nov. 28

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