1927 Georgia Bulldogs football team
|1927 Georgia Bulldogs football|
|1927 record||9–1 (6–1 SoCon)|
|Head coach||George "Kid" Woodruff|
|Home stadium||Sanford Field|
|1927 Southern Conference football standings|
|Georgia Tech +||7||–||0||–||1||8||–||1||–||1|
|NC State +||4||–||0||–||0||9||–||1||–||0|
|Washington and Lee||2||–||3||–||0||4||–||4||–||1|
The 1927 Georgia Bulldogs football team represented the Georgia Bulldogs of the University of Georgia during the 1927 college football season. This was the last season that George "Kid" Woodruff served as the head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs football team and the team's 34th season of college football. The Bulldogs posted a 9–1–0 record, and were retroactively selected as the 1927 national champion under the Boand, Poling, and Berryman QPRS systems.
Called the "dream and wonder team," the Bulldogs were ranked No. 1 in the nation with one regular season game remaining, but were upset by Georgia Tech (the next season's national champion) by a score of 12–0 at Grant Field in Atlanta, Georgia.
Oddly enough, Georgia did not win the Southern Conference championship in 1927 as a result of their loss to Georgia Tech in the last game of the season. Georgia Tech (7–0–1 in the conference), NC State (4–0–0 in the conference) and Tennessee (5–0–1) all finished undefeated in the Southern Conference that year.
|1927-10-01||Virginia||Sanford Field • Athens, GA||W 32–0|
|1927-10-08||at Yale*||Yale Bowl • New Haven, CT||W 14–10||18,000|
|1927-10-15||Furman*||Sanford Field • Athens||W 32–0|
|1927-10-22||vs. Auburn||McClung Stadium • Columbus, GA||W 33–0|
|1927-10-29||at Tulane||Tulane Stadium • New Orleans, LA||W 31–0|
|1927-11-05||at Florida||Barrs Field • Jacksonville, FL||W 28–0|
|1927-11-12||Clemson||Sanford Field • Athens||W 32–0|
|1927-11-19||Mercer*||Sanford Field • Athens||W 26–7|
|1927-11-24||at Alabama||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL||W 20–7||25,000|
|1927-12-03||at Georgia Tech||#1||Grant Field • Atlanta, GA||L 0–12||38,000|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming.|
Week 2: at Yale
In the second week of play, Georgia defeated Yale for the first time by the score of 14 to 10. By season's end, both Georgia and Yale were national champions according to various selectors. 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."
The starting lineup for Georgia against Yale: 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: Furman
Georgia defeated the Furman Purple Hurricane 32 to 0, giving the Purple Hurricane its only loss this season. Georgia's back ran well. 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. Furman twice was within Georgia's 5-yard line.
The starting lineup for Georgia against Furman: 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).
Week 6: at Florida
Week 9: at Alabama
The game on November 24 against the Alabama Crimson Tide was the first game played in the newly completed Legion Field and snapped a five-game losing streak against Alabama. Alabama's loss to Georgia Tech snapped their own 24-game unbeaten streak.
Week 10: at Georgia Tech
Grant Field was expected to be filled to capacity, the largest crowd ever in the south. 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."
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. Thomason scored on a 13-yard end run.
The starting lineup for Georgia against Tech: 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).
1927 Georgia Bulldogs roster
- Head coach: Kid Woodruff
- Manager: Keith Lewis, James M. Roberts
- Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate
- Deep South's Oldest Rivalry
- Clemson–Georgia football rivalry
- Florida–Georgia football rivalry
- 1927 Georgia vs. Yale football game
- 1927 College Football All-America Team
- 1927 College Football All-Southern Team
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