1950 Season

1950-10-28 – Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky

Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky - 1950

Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky – October 28, 1950

Kentucky: 28
Georgia Tech: 14

Coming off of three consecutive wins following an 0-2 start, Georgia Tech would play host to Bear Bryant’s 4th ranked, 6-0 Kentucky Wildcats midway through the 1950 season. Kentucky had given up just two touchdowns over the first six games, defeating her opponents by a combined 181-14 before traveling to Atlanta. When the teams last met, the Jackets came away with a 47-7 victory en route to a 9-2 finish to the 1942 season.

Midway through the opening period, the Jackets recovered a fumble and took over at the Wildcat 21 yard line. Shortly thereafter, Darrell Crawford found Robert McCoy in the end zone to give the Jackets a 7-0 lead.

As the first quarter wound down, Kentucky pinned the Jackets deep in their own territory with spectacular defense. When James Patton dropped back to punt, Bob Gain blocked and recovered the kick at the Ramblin’ Wreck 13 yard line. As play carried into the second quarter, Clayton Webb scored on an 8 yard run to knot the game at 7-all.

While the Wildcat offense held possession for most of the second stanza, they were unable to mount another scoring drive until late in the period. With little time remaining, Bryant’s offense put together an 80 yard touchdown drive to regain the lead at the break. Vito Parilli capped off the march with an 11 yard pass to Harry Jones and Kentucky led 14-7 at intermission.

The Yellow Jacket offense remained asleep in the third quarter, while the defense played considerably well throughout. But with the period winding down the Wildcats struck another blow when Wilbur Jameson exploded for a 54 yard touchdown run to increase its advantage to 21-7.

With victory in hand, the Wildcats notched their final score of the afternoon late in the fourth quarter to take a three touchdown lead. This time, Parilli hit Dom Fucci on a 15 yard scoring strike to put the exclamation point on a 6 play, 73 yard drive that made it 28-7.

The Ramblin’ Wreck finally struck back on its next drive to make the score look respectable as the game wound down. It was sophomore running back Chappell Rhino who scored on a 36 yard dash to end a 4 play, 61 yard drive to reach the final score of 28-14.

After the victory, the Wildcats went on to win their next three games to improve to 10-0 and climb to 3rd in the AP poll. In the final contest of the regular season, Bryant’s squad fell 7-0 to Tennessee before eventually dropping Oklahoma 13-7 in the 1951 Sugar Bowl.


First downs:
UK – 20
GT – 12

Rushing Yards:
UK – 262
GT – 87

Passing (Comp-Att-Yds):
UK – 12-18-102
GT – 7-15-95

Interceptions thrown:
UK – 2
GT – 1

Fumbles lost:
UK – 1
GT – 0

Penalty yards:
UK – 65
GT – 65

Danforth, Ed. “Unbeaten Kentucky Floors Tech, 28-14.” The Atlanta Journal Constitution. 29 Oct. 1950

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