1941 Georgia Bulldogs football team

The 1941 Georgia Bulldogs football team was an American football team that represented the University of Georgia as a member of the Southeastern Conference during the 1941 college football season. In their third season under head coach Wally Butts, the team compiled a 9–1–1 record (3–1–1 against SEC opponents), finished third in the SEC, outscored opponents by a total of 319 to 85, and defeated TCU in the 1942 Orange Bowl.[1] The team played its home games at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia, and at Ponce de Leon Park and Grant Field in Atlanta.

1941 Georgia Bulldogs football
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 40–26 vs. TCU
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
APNo. 14
1941 record9–1–1 (3–1–1 SEC)
Head coach
Home stadiumSanford Stadium, Ponce de Leon Park, and Grant Field
Seasons
← 1940
1942 →
1941 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 16 Mississippi State $ 4 0 1 8 1 1
No. 18 Tennessee 3 1 0 8 2 0
No. 20 Alabama 5 2 0 9 2 0
No. 14 Georgia 3 1 1 9 1 1
No. 17 Ole Miss 2 1 1 6 2 1
Vanderbilt 3 2 0 8 2 0
LSU 2 2 2 4 4 2
Tulane 2 3 0 5 4 0
Georgia Tech 2 4 0 3 6 0
Florida 1 3 0 4 6 0
Kentucky 0 4 0 5 4 0
Auburn 0 4 1 4 5 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Halfback Frank Sinkwich was selected as a consensus first-team player on the 1941 All-America team.[2] Early in the season, Sinkwich suffered a broken jaw and had to play with his jaw wired shut and a large jaw protector attached to his helmet.[3] In the Orange Bowl game, Sinkwich rushed for 139 yards (including a 43-yard touchdown run) on 22 carries and completed nine of 13 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns.[4]

Five Georgia players were recognized by the Associated Press (AP) or United Press (UP) on the 1941 All-SEC football team: Sinkwich (AP-1, UP-1); end George Webb (AP-2); tackle Charles Sanders (AP-2); halfback Cliff Kimsey (AP-3); end George Poschner (AP-3); guard Walter Ruark (AP-3).[5][6][7]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 27at Mercer*
W 81–012,000[8]
October 4South Carolina*W 34–617,000[9]
October 10Ole Miss
  • Sanford Stadium
  • Athens, GA
T 14–1425,000[10]
October 18at No. 20 Columbia*W 7–327,000[11]
October 25at AlabamaL 14–2723,000[12]
November 1vs. AuburnW 7–017,000[13]
November 8vs. FloridaW 19–321,000[14]
November 15Centre*W 47–65,000[15]
November 22Dartmouth* No. 20
  • Sanford Stadium
  • Athens, GA
W 35–0> 18,000[16]
November 29at Georgia TechNo. 20W 21–031,000[17]
January 1, 1942vs. TCU*No. 14W 40–2638,000[4]
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1941 Georgia Bulldogs Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  2. ^ "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 8. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  3. ^ A. Binford Minter (March 11, 2003). "Frank Sinkwich (1920-1990)".
  4. ^ a b Guy Butler (January 2, 1942). "Sinkwich Plays His Greatest Game In Bowl: Broken-Jawed Ace Outgains Entire T.C.U. Eleven". The Miami News. pp. 2B, 5B – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "All-Southeastern Team Is Selected". The Odessa American. December 1, 1941. p. 8. Retrieved June 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  
  6. ^ "Sinkwich, Nelson, Jenkins and Hapes Selected on All-Southeastern Eleven". The Palm Beach Post. December 2, 1941.
  7. ^ "Eight Teams Represented On UP Grid Squad". Bradford Evening Star. November 25, 1941. p. 12. Retrieved May 29, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  
  8. ^ Johnny Bradberry (September 28, 1941). "Georgia Slaughters Mercer, 81 to 0, in Opener of Season". The Atlanta Constitution. p. 4D – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ Johnny Bradberry (October 5, 1941). "Sinkwich Leads Georgia to 34-6 Victory Over S.C." The Atlanta Constitution. pp. 7B–8B – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ Jack Troy (October 11, 1941). "Georgia, Ole Miss Play to 14-14 Tie In Spectacular Game". The Atlanta Constitution. pp. 1, 8 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ Gene Ward (October 19, 1941). "Georgia's Sinkwich Beats Columbia, 7-3". New York Daily News. p. 82 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ Zipp Newman (October 26, 1941). "Bama Halts Unbeaten Georgia, 27 To 14". The Birmingham News. p. Sports 1 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ Johnny Bradberry (November 2, 1941). "Bulldogs Score in Last Seconds for Win". The Atlanta Constitution. p. 1D – via Newspapers.com.
  14. ^ Jack Troy (November 9, 1941). "Sinkwich Superb as Bulldogs Romp, 19-3". The Atlanta Constitution. p. 2D – via Newspapers.com.
  15. ^ John Martin (November 16, 1941). "Georgia Crushes Centre, 47-6". The Atlanta Constitution. p. 7B – via Newspapers.com.
  16. ^ "Sinkwich Sparks Georgia to 35-0 Victory Over Dartmouth". The Atlanta Constitution. November 23, 1941. p. 3D – via Newspapers.com.
  17. ^ Jack Troy (November 30, 1941). "Georgia Rips Tech, 21-0, Gets Orange Bowl Bid". The Atlanta Constitution. p. 2D – via Newspapers.com.