1934 Season

1934-10-20 – Georgia Tech at Michigan

Georgia Tech at Michigan - 1934

Georgia Tech at Michigan – October 20, 1934

Georgia Tech: 2
Michigan: 9

After dropping Clemson in the season opener by a score of 12-7, Georgia Tech fell in each of its two subsequent contests to Vanderbilt and Duke, respectively, to fall to 1-2 on the season. The Jackets would then head to Ann Arbor, Michigan for their first-ever battle with the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan entered the contest in similar fashion at 0-2, having fallen to Michigan State and Chicago in its first two games for a very poor start to the season.

The first quarter was consumed with punts as neither team mounted a single scoring threat. The Wolverines then caught the game’s first break midway through the second quarter when Mike Savage recovered Jerry Perkerson’s fumble at the Ramblin’ Wreck 11 yard line. But the Tech defense held strong and eventually forced a field goal attempt by Vincent Aug that missed short to the right to give the ball back to the Jackets.

Michigan would push to the Tech 29 later in the quarter, but again came away empty to leave the game knotted at 0-0 after two quarters of play.

Early in the third quarter, Michigan would crack the scoreboard when Ferris Jennings fielded a Tech punt at his own 32 and raced 68 yards on the return for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

A series of punts then ensued before Tech again found itself punting from its own 11 following a 15 yard penalty. But rather than kick it out, McKay attempted a pass from his own end zone and was sacked for a safety to increase the Wolverine lead to 9-0.

Michigan found itself in a similar situation early in the fourth quarter as John Regeczi lined up to punt from deep within in Wolverine territory. The Jackets then repaid the favor when Thompson blocked Regeczi’s kick for a safety to notch the scoreboard at 9-2.

Tech threatened to score shortly thereafter, but fell apart on a promising drive, losing 7 and 20 yards on two out of three plays before punting over the goal line for a touchback.

The remainder of the contest would pass without a serious scoring threat and the Jackets would fall to 1-3 on the season.

Michigan would go on to lose all of its remaining games to finish the year at 1-7, overall. The performance was the worst by the Wolverines since finishing 1-2 in 1889.

Unknown. “Tech-Michigan Detail.” The Atlanta Journal. 1934 Oct. 21

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