Georgia Tech Football History

The rich football history at Georgia Tech is in many ways the embodiment of the aura of college football excellence. 100 years ago, the Yellow Jacket program was the paramount institution, the first college football team to win the four major bowls, Rose, Orange, Sugar and Cotton. The team put up numbers that today defy even the most ardent fan's imagination.

A glimpse into Georgia Tech's Football program provides a unique slice of college football history,endearing, legendary and at times, perplexing.

The tradition that is College Football bears his name in its most prestigious award. Coach Heisman took over a 2-5 team the season before and immediately turned it around in his first season, leading the Yellow Jackets to a 8-1-1 record. He guided GT to its first National Title in 1917, wedged between several monumental feats, a 222-0 win, 33 game undefeated streak and one perplexing season in which GT scored 100 plus points in 3 games, yet was blown out 32-0 to a 4-1 Pittsburgh team. He was the “Father of the Forward Pass” as he lobbied for it to be instituted until it was finally passed. His defenses posted shutouts in 54 % of its games, 75 shutouts in 138 games. Coach Heisman had 4 undefeated seasons at GT.

Finest Game: GT 222 Cumberland 0, October 7, 1916.

In the Spring of 1916, Cumberland beat GT 22-0 in baseball. GT wanted revenge. In many eyes, they may have attained it. By the end of the first quarter, GT scored 9 TDs. The score would have been even more lopsided had GT coach, John Heisman, not agreed to shorten the quarters to 12.5 minutes. GT Game Notes:

  • 32 TDs
  • 978 Rushing Yds
  • 0 Passing Yds
  • 0 First Downs


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