Georgia Tech: 7
Tech entered the 1947 installment of “Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate” holding an 8-1 record. The Jackets’ lone blemish came against the Alabama Crimson Tide in Birmingham two weeks prior in a 14-7 decision. Georgia entered at 7-3, also carrying a loss to Alabama in addition to losses at North Carolina and at Kentucky.
The squads would play a very uneventful first half. The first quarter passed without any scoring, as the teams exchanged punts throughout the duration. The second period was much like the first, but with a little added action for the fans. Holding the ball at the Tech 40, Georgia advanced to the 25 on a 15 yard scamper by Bernie Reid, but the play was called back due to an illegal shift and the Bulldogs eventually punted. Tech was at the Bulldog 41 later in the first half before James Patton threw an interception with roughly one minute to play. With little offense to show by either team, the game was knotted at 0-0 with two quarters remaining.
Midway through the third quarter, Tech began a drive at its own 21 yard line and quickly moved 43 yards to the Bulldog 36. But just when it looked like the Jackets had something going, Jim Southard threw an interception to Robert Walston at the Bulldog 15 yard line
Georgia began at its own 24 after the return, but quickly gave the ball back to Tech when Clint Castleberry intercepted John Rauch’s pass and returned it to the Bulldog 13.
Patton entered to hit George Brodnax on a 13 yard touchdown strike two minutes later and the jackets jumped ahead 7-0 after Rabbit Jordan’s extra point.
The teams traded turnovers at the end of the quarter with Georgia losing two fumbles and Tech losing one in a span of four plays. The Jackets came out on the winning end of the exchange, however, and held the ball near midfield as the period came to a close.
The Bulldogs made one last effort at a score in the final period when they advanced to the Yellow Jacket 25 for a first down with just over three minutes to play. But Rauch threw two incomplete passes and was sacked for a 10 yard loss on third down. His fourth down pass to Dan Edwards fell incomplete and the Jackets took over on downs at their own 35.
Tech would go on to run out the clock for a 7-0 victory in this defensive slugfest. Despite the loss, the Bulldogs earned a trip to the Gator Bowl where they would tie the Maryland Terrapins 20-20 to finish at 7-4-1. The Jackets victory earned them a trip to the Orange Bowl to face the Kansas Jayhawks on New Year’s Day.
UGA – 8
GT – 10
UGA – 61
GT – 129
UGA – 10-21-83
GT – 4-10-43
UGA – 60
GT – 65
Williams, F.M. “F.M. Willaims’ Play by Play of Game.” The Atlanta Constitution. 1946 Nov. 30
Jackson, Jack. “Jacket Superiority Shown by Statistics.” The Atlanta Constitution. 1946 Nov. 30