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1927 Georgia Bulldogs football team

The 1927 Georgia Bulldogs football team represented the Georgia Bulldogs of the University of Georgia in the sport of American football during the 1927 Southern Conference football season. This was the last season George Cecil Woodruff served as the head coach of the football team and the team's 34th season of college football. The Bulldogs posted a 9–1 record,[1] and were retroactively selected as the 1927 national champion under the Berryman QPRS, Boand, and Poling systems.[2]

1927 Georgia Bulldogs football
National champion (Berryman, Boand, Poling)
ConferenceSouthern Conference
1927 record9–1 (6–1 SoCon)
Head coachGeorge Cecil Woodruff (5th season)
Offensive schemeNotre Dame Box
CaptainIvey Shiver
Home stadiumSanford Field
Uniform
20sGeorgiauniform.png
Seasons
← 1926
1928 →
1927 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Georgia Tech + 7 0 1     8 1 1
Tennessee + 5 0 1     8 0 1
NC State + 4 0 0     9 1 0
Vanderbilt 5 0 2     8 1 2
Georgia 6 1 0     9 1 0
Florida 5 2 0     7 3 0
Ole Miss 3 2 0     5 3 1
Virginia 4 4 0     5 4 0
Clemson 2 2 0     5 3 1
Alabama 3 4 1     5 4 1
LSU 2 3 1     4 4 1
Mississippi A&M 2 3 0     5 3 0
Washington and Lee 2 3 0     4 4 1
VPI 2 3 0     5 4 0
Maryland 2 3 0     4 7 0
South Carolina 2 4 0     4 5 0
VMI 2 4 0     6 4 0
Tulane 2 5 1     2 5 1
North Carolina 2 5 0     4 6 0
Sewanee 1 4 0     2 6 0
Kentucky 1 5 0     3 6 1
Auburn 0 6 1     0 7 2
  • + – Conference co-champions

Called the "dream and wonder team", the Bulldogs were ranked No. 1 in the nation with one regular season game remaining, but were upset in the mud by in-state rival Georgia Tech (the next season's national champion).[3] Georgia did not win the Southern Conference (SoCon) championship in 1927 as a result of its loss to Georgia Tech at season's end. Georgia Tech (7–0–1 SoCon), Tennessee (5–0–1 SoCon), and NC State (4–0–0 SoCon) all finished undefeated in conference play.[4]

The season featured Georgia's first-ever win against Yale as well as six shutouts. The win over Yale propelled Georgia to the national spotlight.[5] The team was anchored by two All-American ends, captain Chick Shiver and consensus All-American Tom Nash.

PreseasonEdit

At the end of last season, one source described Georgia as "probably the hardest hit team in the Southern Conference, losing 14 letter men with the Thanksgiving game."[6]

Woodruff resignationEdit

Coach Woodruff said he would quit after this season.[7] Former Notre Dame back Jim Crowley and Notre Dame lineman Harry Mehre assisted Woodruff with his Notre Dame Box scheme.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
October 1Virginia W 32–0
October 8at Yale*W 14–1018,000
October 15Furman*
  • Sanford Field
  • Athens, GA
W 32–0
October 22vs. AuburnW 33–0
October 29at TulaneW 31–010,000
November 5at FloridaW 28–016,000
November 12Clemson
W 32–0
November 19Mercer*
  • Sanford Field
  • Athens, GA
W 26–7
November 24at AlabamaW 20–725,000
December 3at Georgia TechL 0–1238,000
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming

Season summaryEdit

Week 1: VirginiaEdit

To open the season, Herdis McCrary averaged a touchdown a quarter and the Bulldogs romped over the Virginia Cavaliers 32–0.[8]

The starting lineup was: Nash (left end), Morris (left tackle), Jacobson (left guard), Boland (center), Smith (right guard), Stelling (right tackle), Shiver (right end), Broadnax (quarterback), Estes (left halfback), McTigue (right halfback), McCrary (fullback)[9]

Week 2: at YaleEdit

Week 2: Georgia at Yale
1 234Total
Georgia 7 700 14
Yale 7 300 10

In the second week of play, Georgia defeated Yale by the score of 14–10, the school's first win over an Eastern power.[10] Georgia was propelled into the national spotlight.[5] Bobby Hooks threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to Frank Dudley.[11]

The starting lineup was: Nash (left end), Stelling (left tackle), Smith (left guard), Boland (center), Jacobson (right guard), Morris (right tackle), Shiver (right end), Broadnax (quarterback), Estes (left halfback), McTigue (right halfback), McCrary (fullback)

Week 3: FurmanEdit

Week 3: Furman at Georgia
1 234Total
Furman 0 000 0
Georgia 13 667 32

Georgia defeated the Furman Purple Hurricane 32–0, giving the Purple Hurricane its only loss this season. Furman twice was within Georgia's 5-yard line.[12]

However, Georgia's backs also ran well.[12] Frank Dudley had a 55-yard run for a score shortly after the start of the second quarter, and Roy Estes placed the ball in scoring position in the third with a 52-yard run.[12]

The starting lineup was: Nash (left end), Morris (left tackle), Haley (left guard), Boland (center), Jacobson (right guard), Paitz (right tackle), Shiver (right end), Broadnax (quarterback), Estes (left halfback), McTigue (right halfback), McCrary (fullback).[12]

Week 4: AuburnEdit

Week 4: Auburn at Georgia
1 234Total
Auburn 0 000 0
Georgia 0 2607 33
  • Source:

In the fourth week of play, Georgia beat Auburn 33–0. Four touchdowns were scored in the second period, when coach Woodruff sent in his first-string backfield.[13] A long pass from Hooks to McCrary got one touchdown.[13]

The starting lineup was: Nash (left end), Morris (left tackle), Haley (left guard), Boland (center), Jacobson (right guard), Lautzenheizer (right tackle), Shiver (right end), Broadnax (quarterback), Estes (left halfback), Hooks (right halfback), McCrary (fullback).[13]

Week 5: at TulaneEdit

The Bulldogs traveled to New Orleans and beat Tulane 31–0. McCrary was kept on the bench as the halfbacks provided most of the scoring.[14]

Week 6: at FloridaEdit

Week 6: Florida vs. Georgia
1 234Total
Florida 0 000 0
Georgia 0 7147 28

Georgia beat the Florida Gators 28–0 after leading just 7–0 at the half. Florida quarterback Goof Bowyer broke his leg.[15] The starting lineup was: Nash (left end), Morris (left tackle), Jacobson (left guard), Boland (center), Smith (right guard), Lautzenheizer (right tackle), Shiver (right end), Broadnax (quarterback), Estes (left halfback), McTigue (right halfback), Rothstein (fullback).[16]

Week 7: ClemsonEdit

Week 7: Clemson at Georgia
1 234Total
Clemson 0 000 0
Georgia 13 1306 32
  • Date: November 12
  • Location: Athens, Georgia

McCrary scored three of the five touchdowns in the 32–0 victory over Clemson.[17]

McTigue ran in the first score. Roy Estes threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to H. F. Johnston. McCrary replaced Rothstein and added two touchdowns.[17] The second team went in the second half, in which McCrary added another touchdown.[17]

The starting lineup was: Nash (left end), Morris (left tackle), Jacobson (left guard), Boland (center), Haley (right guard), Lautenheizer (right tackle), Shiver (right end), Broadnax (quarterback), Estes (left halfback), McTigue (right halfback), Rothstein (fullback).[18]

Week 8: MercerEdit

Week 8: Mercer at Georgia
1 234Total
Mercer 0 700 7
Georgia 7 6013 26
  • Date: November 19, 1927
  • Location: Athens, Georgia

Georgia started the Mercer game with its second string and won 26–7.[19] One report before the game reads: "Mercer's football team has about as much chance of beating Georgia as The Cluster has of having compulsory chapel abolished."[20]

Mercer's Phoney Smith was the first southern player to cross the goal line against Georgia, on an 80-yard punt return.[21][19]

Week 9: at AlabamaEdit

Week 9: Georgia at Alabama
1 234Total
Georgia 7 760 20
Alabama 0 007 7
  • Date: November 24
  • Location: Athens, Georgia
  • Game attendance: 25,000

The game on November 24 against the Alabama Crimson Tide was the first game played in the newly completed Legion Field. The 20–7 Bulldog victory snapped a five-game losing streak against Alabama.[n 1]

Estes passed to Nash for the first score, and Estes ran the second score in himself. Another pass to Nash got a touchdown in the third quarter. In the final period, Alabama's Brasfield went back to pass, but saw no one open, and took off running. In the game's most sensational play, he dodged three tacklers behind the line, and evaded three more on his way to the endzone.[22]

The starting lineup was: Nash (left end), Morris (left tackle), C. Smith (left guard), Boland (center), Jacobson (right guard), Lautenheizer (right tackle), Shiver (right end), Johnson (quarterback), McTigue (left halfback), Estes (right halfback), Hill (fullback).[23]

Week 10: at Georgia TechEdit

Week 10: Georgia at Georgia Tech
1 234Total
Georgia 0 000 0
Ga. Tech 0 660 12
  • Date: December 3
  • Location: Grant Field
    Atlanta
  • Game attendance: 38,000
  • Referee: Gardner (Cornell)

Georgia was ranked number 1 by the Dickinson system. Grant Field was expected to be filled to capacity, the largest crowd ever in the south.[26] One account read "And never in the history of athletics in the Southland has there been an occasion so momentous as this. The football championship of the South and as some may justifiably figure, the nation, will be decided on Saturday in the capital city and native sons will decide it."[27]

In the rain, the Bulldogs were defeated by rival Georgia Tech for the SoCon championship 12–0. For the first time this year, neither Nash nor Shiver played particularly well.[28]

Tech's first touchdown came on a pass from Warner Mizell to quarterback Bob Durant. The second one came shortly after Stumpy Thomason returned an interception 57 yards to Georgia's 22-yard line.[24][25] Thomason scored on a 13-yard end run.[25]

The starting lineup was: Nash (left end), Morris (left tackle), Jacobson (left guard), Boland (center), Smith (right guard), Lautenheizer (right tackle), Shiver (right end), Johnson (quarterback), Estes (left halfback), Dudley (right halfback), McCrary (fullback).[25]

PostseasonEdit

LegacyEdit

By season's end, both Georgia and Yale were national champions according to various selectors. Despite the loss to Tech, the Bulldogs were retroactively selected as the 1927 national champion under the Boand, Poling, and Berryman QPRS systems.[2] Walter Eckersall noted the progress of southern football as he reflected on Georgia's victory over Yale; "Old Eli, with its running attack, could do nothing against Georgia, which is represented by two of the finest ends in the country. Nash and Shiver would be valuable assets on any football team."[29]

PlayersEdit

Depth chartEdit

The following chart provides a visual depiction of Georgia's lineup during the 1927 season with games started at the position reflected in parenthesis. The chart mimics a Notre Dame Box on offense.

LE
Tom Nash (8)
Henry G. Palmer (0)
 
 
 
LT LG C RG RT
J. Robert Morris (7) Roy Jacobson (4) Ike Boland (8) Roy Jacobson (4) Glenn Lautzenhiser (5)
H. Cree Stelling (1) Gene Haley (2) Gene Smith (3) J. Robert Morris (1)
Theodore Frisbie (0) Gene Smith (2) Gene Haley (1) Paitz (1)
J. Hill (0) J. Hill (0) H. Cree Stelling (1)
 
RE
Chick Shiver (8)
Henry G. Palmer (0)
 
 
 
QB
Johnny Broadnax (6)
H. F. Johnson (2)
Tommy Paris (0)
RHB
Robert McTigue (5)
Frank Dudley (1)
Roy Estes (1)
Bobby Hooks (1)
LHB
Roy Estes (7)
Robert McTigue (1)
Cook (0)
FB
Herdis McCrary (5)
Bennie Rothstein (2)
Harvey Hill (1)

LineEdit

Number Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
18 Ike Boland Center 8 175
33 Theodore Frisbie Tackle
32 Eugene S. Haley Guard
17 J. Hill Guard
16 Roy H. Jacobson Guard 8
1 Glenn Lautzenhiser Tackle 5 Tech High
25 J. Robert Morris Tackle 8
19 Tom Nash End 8 Washington, Georgia 6'3" 205
27 Henry G. Palmer End
26 Chick Shiver End 8 Sylvester, Georgia 6'1" 190
10 Gene Smith Guard 5 Montgomery, Alabama 5'9" 190
23 H. Cree Stelling Tackle

BackfieldEdit

Number Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
8 Johnny Broadnax Quarterback University School for Boys
7 Cook Halfback
9 Frank Dudley Halfback
3 Roy Estes Halfback
28 Harvey Hill Fullback
29 Bobby Hooks Halfback
30 H. F. Johnson Quarterback
12 Herdis McCrary Fullback Bicknell, Indiana 6'0" 200
4 Robert McTigue Halfback
24 Tommy Paris Quarterback
6 Bennie Rothstein Fullback

UnlistedEdit

Number Player
2 Davidson
5 Cox
11 Buchanan
13 Bradley
14 Martin
15 Nixon
20 Collins
21 Sanford
22 Stewart
31 Greenfield
34 Reigle
38 Eubanks

[30]

StaffEdit

  • Head coach: Kid Woodruff
  • Manager: Keith Lewis, James M. Roberts

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Alabama's loss to Georgia Tech prior in the season snapped their own 24-game unbeaten streak.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1927 Georgia Bulldogs Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  2. ^ a b National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2015). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. p. 109. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  3. ^ "Football National Championships". UGA Sports Communications. 2006-08-02. Retrieved 2007-01-12.
  4. ^ "Conference Championships – Southern Conference". College Football Data Warehouse. 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-13.
  5. ^ a b Jon Nelson (August 1, 2010). 100 Things Bulldogs Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. Triumph Books. p. 25. Retrieved March 25, 2015 – via Google books.  
  6. ^ "Many Faces Pass From Grid After Thanksgiving Fights". Hattiesburg American. November 23, 1926. p. 3.
  7. ^ "Georgia Coach to Quit Post". Kingsport Times. October 2, 1927. p. 8. Retrieved April 14, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  8. ^ "Georgia Bulldogs Score Brilliant 32 to 0 Victory Over Virginia U". Kingsport Times. p. 2. Retrieved April 14, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  9. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 206
  10. ^ "Georgia Whips Yale Bulldogs". The Lincoln Star. October 9, 1927. p. 14. Retrieved March 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  
  11. ^ Garbin, Patrick (1 August 2007). ""Then Vince Said to Herschel... ": The Best Georgia Football Stories Ever Told". Triumph Books – via Google Books.
  12. ^ a b c d e "Georgia Backs Go Around Hurricane Ends To Win 32 to 0". The Index-Journal. October 16, 1927. p. 7. Retrieved August 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  
  13. ^ a b c "Bulldogs Add Another Scalp To Collection". The Anniston Star. October 23, 1927. p. 8. Retrieved January 3, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  
  14. ^ "Bulldogs Run Over Tulane Winning 31-0". The Anniston Star. October 30, 1927. p. 8. Retrieved April 14, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  15. ^ Frank S. Wright (December 8, 1927). "Ernest Bowyer Given Highest Florida Honor". St. Petersburg Times. p. 3.
  16. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 250
  17. ^ a b c "Georgia Rides To 32-0 Victory Over Clemson". Anniston Star. November 13, 1927. p. 10. Retrieved February 29, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  18. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 258
  19. ^ a b "Mercer Falls Before Georgia Bulldogs 26-8". The Anniston Star. November 20, 1927. p. 10. Retrieved January 5, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  
  20. ^ "The Georgia Game". Mercer Cluster. November 18, 1927.
  21. ^ Garbin, Patrick (2008). About them Dawgs!: Georgia football's memorable teams and players. United States: Scarecrow Press. pp. 43, 48. ISBN 978-0-8108-6040-7.
  22. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/schools/alab/graphics/docs/27-m-footbl-recaps.pdf
  23. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 273
  24. ^ a b Patrick Garbin. About Them Dawgs!: Georgia Football's Memorable Teams and Players. p. 44.
  25. ^ a b c d "Biggest Upset of Southern Conference Spoils 'U' Mark". Oakland Tribune. December 4, 1927. p. 33. Retrieved July 28, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  
  26. ^ "Georgia 11 Meets Ancient Tech Foes". Ironwood Daily Globe. December 3, 1927. p. 5. Retrieved August 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  
  27. ^ Lawrence Perry (December 2, 1927). "Georgia and Georgia Tech Clash in Annual Grid Classic". Oakland Tribune. p. 43. Retrieved July 28, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  
  28. ^ "All-American Debate Boils Over Nation". The Bismarck Tribune. December 7, 1927. p. 8. Retrieved July 28, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  
  29. ^ Patrick Garbin. About Them Dawgs!: Georgia Football's Memorable Teams and Players. p. 46 – via Google books.  
  30. ^ http://cdm16313.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p16313coll13/id/168
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