Georgia Tech Football
With one of college football's dominant programs in the first half of the twentieth century, the Georgia Institute of Technology has won four national championships in four different decades and provided some of the sport's most memorable characters and moments.
Heisman, Alexander, and Dodd are all members of the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. The national memorial to Heisman, the Heisman Trophy, is presented annually by New York City's Downtown Athletic Club. The trophy has stood as college football's highest individual honor for a player since it was first given, in 1935.
Georgia Tech's home stadium, now known as Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field, was built in
Sixteen former Yellow Jackets have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, including eleven players, three coaches, and two former players who were enshrined as football officials.
Memorable Moments and Personalities
On October 7, 1916, Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland University, 222-0, in the most lopsided game in college football history. The trouncing was inspired in part by Cumberland's 22-0 whipping of the Tech baseball team the previous spring. Allegations were made suggesting that Cumberland had used professional players in the game, and Tech football coach Heisman (who also coached the baseball team) vowed revenge. Georgia Tech scored thirty-two touchdowns, rushed the ball for 978 yards, and did not attempt a pass in the blockbuster win.
Already a member of the College Football Hall of Fame from his days as a player at the University of Tennessee, Dodd was inducted as a coach in 1993, becoming the second man to be inducted as both a player and a coach. (Amos Alonzo Stagg was the first.)
Bill Cromartie, Clean Old-Fashioned Hate (Huntsville, Ala.: Strode, 1977).
John Chandler Griffin, Georgia vs. Georgia Tech: Gridiron Grudge since 1893 (Athens, Ga.: Hill Street Press, 2000).
Matt Bowers, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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