1950 Season

1950-09-30 – Georgia Tech vs. South Carolina – Green

Georgia Tech vs. South Carolina - 1950

Georgia Tech vs. South Carolina – September 30, 1950

South Carolina: 7
Georgia Tech: 0

Having dropped the opening contest of the season 33-13 to SMU in Dallas, Georgia Tech looked to rebound against the South Carolina Gamecocks in week two back on the Flats. Tech had not lost to South Carolina in five straight tries, with its last defeat coming 47 years prior in 1903. The Gamecocks entered the contest at 0-1, having lost their home opener 14-0 to the Duke Blue Devils.

Neither team threatened until the Gamecock offense came alive in the second quarter. Rex Enright’s squad marched all the way to the Tech 13 yard line, but fell apart when three plays lost more than 50 collective yards.

Carolina marched right back into the red zone on its next possession, but Robert McCoy snatched an interception to keep the game scoreless as the teams broke for intermission.

The Yellow Jacket defense stepped up in the third quarter, but the offense took a blow when starting quarterback Darrell Crawford left with an undisclosed injury.

Backup quarterback Robie Robinson then sparked the Ramblin’ Wreck offense, guiding them to the Gamecock 14 yard line as the contest moved into the final stanza of play. But just then, Robinson was sacked and lost a fumble to Roy Skinner at the 17, ending Tech’s hopes of a score.

Carolina gave the ball right back when Matt Lyons intercepted a pass to give Tech possession at the 13. But the football gods did not favor the Jackets on this day and Robinson threw an interception to Don Early on second down, again dashing the hopes of the Ramblin’ Wreck faithful.

The Gamecocks took over at the 9 yard line and mounted a 91 yard drive for the game winning touchdown. A 15 yard penalty aided the offense in their march to the Tech 40 before Steve Wadiak exploded for 35 yards to the Yellow Jacket 5 yard line. Wadiak gained the final yards for the score one play later to give South Carolina 7-0 advantage with little time remaining.

The loss dropped Tech to 0-2 on the year for the first time since 1903. The Gamecocks went 2-0-2 over their next four games before dropping the final three contests to finish at 3-4-2 on the season.

Statistics:

First Downs:
SC – 18
GT – 9

Rushing Yards:
SC – 131
GT – 42

Passing (Comp-Att-Yds):
SC – 7-14-93
GT – 8-21-93

Fumbles lost:
SC – 1
GT – 3

Interceptions thrown:
SC – 2
GT – 3

Penalty yards:
SC – 54
GT – 60

References:
Danforth, Ed. “S.C. Nips Tech 7-0.” The Atlanta Journal Constitution. 1950 Oct. 1


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