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1961 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team

The 1961 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team represented the Georgia Institute of Technology during the 1961 NCAA University Division football season. The Yellow Jackets were led by 17th-year head coach Bobby Dodd, and played their home games at Grant Field in Atlanta. Georgia Tech finished the regular season tied for fourth in the Southeastern Conference, with a 4–3 SEC record and a 7–3 overall record. They were ranked 13th in both final polls, and were invited to the 1961 Gator Bowl, where they lost to Penn State.[1]

1961 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets logo.svg
Gator Bowl, L 15–30 vs. Penn State
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 13
APNo. 13
1961 record7–4 (4–3 SEC)
Head coachBobby Dodd (17th season)
CaptainChick Graning
Willie McGaughey
Billy Williamson
Home stadiumGrant Field
(Capacity: 44,000)
Seasons
← 1960
1962 →
1961 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Alabama + 7 0 0     11 0 0
No. 4 LSU + 6 0 0     10 1 0
No. 5 Ole Miss 5 1 0     9 2 0
No. 13 Georgia Tech 4 3 0     7 4 0
Tennessee 4 3 0     6 4 0
Florida 3 3 0     4 5 1
Auburn 3 4 0     6 4 0
Kentucky 2 4 0     5 5 0
Georgia 2 5 0     3 7 0
Mississippi State 1 5 0     5 5 0
Tulane 1 5 0     2 8 0
Vanderbilt 1 6 0     2 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 22at USC*W 27–739,590
September 30No. 7 Rice*W 24–043,501
October 7at LSUNo. 3L 0–1066,000
October 14Duke*
  • Grant Field
  • Atlanta, Georgia
W 21–044,015
October 21AuburnNo. 8
  • Grant Field
  • Atlanta, Georgia (Rivalry)
W 7–645,376
October 28at TulaneNo. 9W 35–018,000
November 4Florida No. 7
  • Grant Field
  • Atlanta, Georgia
W 20–044,940
November 11at TennesseeNo. 9L 6–1046,000
November 18at No. 2 AlabamaL 0–1053,000
December 2Georgia
W 22–747,098
December 30vs. No. 17 Penn State*No. 13CBSL 15–3050,202
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Source:[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1961 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  2. ^ 2011 Georgia Tech Media Guide. p. 171.