Georgia Bulldogs football under Kid Woodruff

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Georg "Kid" Woodruff was the 16th head coach of the University of Georgia Bulldogs college football team and served in that role from 1923 to 1927. He was the third former Georgia player to serve as head coach and compiled a 30–16–1 record (.649 winning percentage).

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1923 season[edit]

1923 Georgia Bulldogs football
Conference Southern Conference
1923 record 5–3–1 (3–2 SoCon)
Head coach George "Kid" Woodruff
Captain Joe Bennett
Home stadium Sanford Field
Seasons
« 1922 1924 »
1923 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Vanderbilt* § 4 0 1     5 2 1
Washington & Lee § 4 0 1     6 3 1
Florida 1 0 2     6 1 2
Georgia Tech 1 0 4     3 2 4
VMI 5 1 0     9 1 0
Alabama 4 1 1     7 2 1
Virginia Tech 4 2 0     6 3 0
Maryland 2 1 0     7 2 1
Mississippi A & M 2 1 2     5 2 2
Georgia 3 2 0     5 3 1
Tennessee 4 3 0     5 4 1
Tulane 2 2 1     6 3 1
North Carolina 2 2 1     5 3 1
Clemson 1 1 1     5 2 1
NC State 1 5 0     3 7 0
Auburn 0 1 3     3 3 3
Kentucky 0 2 2     4 3 2
Virginia 0 4 1     3 5 1
LSU 0 3 0     3 5 1
Ole Miss 0 4 0     4 6 0
South Carolina 0 4 0     4 6 0
* – co-member of SIAA            
§ – Conference co-champions


The 1923 Georgia Bulldogs football team completed the season with a 5–3–1 record. One of the assistant coaches was Harry Mehre, who would succeed Woodruff as head coach in 1928. Bulldogs tackle Joe Bennett was named an All-American for the second year in 1923, becoming the first two time All-American in Georgia Bulldog football history.

The 1923 season was the 30th season of football played at Georgia since the football program started in 1892 (no football was played in 1917 or 1918 during World War I). During the first 30 years of Georgia football, the Bulldogs compiled a 115–79–23 through 217 games for a 0.583 winning percentage.

Date Opponent Site Result
1923-09-29 Mercer* Sanford FieldAthens, GA W 7–0  
1923-10-06 Oglethorpe University* Sanford Field • Athens W 20–0  
1923-10-13 at Yale* New Haven, CT L 0–40  
1923-10-20 at Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN W 17–0  
1923-11-03 vs. Auburn McClung StadiumColumbus, GA (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) W 7–0  
1923-11-10 Virginiadagger Sanford Field • Athens W 13–0  
1923-11-17 at Vanderbilt Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN L 7–35  
1923-11-24 at Alabama Crampton BowlMontgomery, AL L 0–36  
1923-12-01 Centre College* Sanford Field • Athens T 3–3  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

1924 season[edit]

1924 Georgia Bulldogs football
Conference Southern Conference
1924 record 7–3 (5–1 SoCon)
Head coach George "Kid" Woodruff
Home stadium Sanford Field
Seasons
« 1923 1925 »
1924 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Alabama 5 0 0     8 1 0
Georgia 5 1 0     7 3 0
Florida 2 0 1     6 2 2
Tulane 4 1 0     8 1 0
Washington & Lee 4 1 1     6 3 1
Mississippi State 3 2 0     5 4 0
Sewanee 3 2 0     6 4 0
South Carolina 3 2 0     7 3 0
Virginia 3 2 0     5 4 0
Georgia Tech 3 2 1     5 3 1
Vanderbilt 3 3 0     6 3 1
Virginia Tech 2 2 3     4 2 3
VMI 2 3 1     6 3 1
North Carolina 2 3 0     4 5 0
Kentucky 2 3 0     4 5 0
Maryland 1 2 1     3 3 3
Auburn 2 4 1     4 4 1
NC State 1 4 1     2 4 2
LSU 0 3 0     5 4 0
Ole Miss 0 3 0     4 5 0
Clemson 0 3 0     2 6 0
Tennessee 0 4 0     3 5 0
† – Conference champion


The 1924 Georgia Bulldogs football team completed the season with a 7–3–0. This was the team's second season under coach George "Kid" Woodruff and the season included a narrow 7–6 loss to football powerhouse Yale. The other losses in the season came in the last two games against Alabama and Centre College. Six of the seven wins in the season were shutouts.

Date Opponent Site Result
1924-09-27 at Mercer* Sanford FieldAthens, GA W 26–7  
1924-10-04 South Carolina Sanford Field • Athens W 18–0  
1924-10-11 at Yale* New Haven, CT L 6–7  
1924-10-18 vs. Furman* Augusta, GA W 22–0  
1924-10-25 at Vanderbilt Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN W 3–0  
1924-11-01 Tennesseedagger Sanford Field • Athens W 33–0  
1924-11-08 at Virginia Lambeth Field • Charlottesville, VA W   
1924-11-15 vs. Auburn McClung StadiumColumbus, GA (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) W 6–0  
1924-11-25 at Alabama Rickwood Field • Birmingham, AL L 0–33  
1924-11-26 at Centre College* Danville, KY L   
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

1925 season[edit]

1925 Georgia Bulldogs football
Conference Southern Conference
1925 record 4–5 (2–4 SoCon)
Head coach George "Kid" Woodruff
Home stadium Sanford Field
Seasons
« 1924 1926 »
1925 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Alabama § 7 0 0     10 0 0
Tulane § 5 0 0     9 0 1
North Carolina 4 0 1     7 1 1
Washington & Lee 5 1 0     5 5 0
Virginia 4 1 1     7 1 1
Georgia Tech 4 1 1     6 2 1
Kentucky 4 2 0     6 3 0
Florida 3 2 0     8 2 0
Auburn 3 2 1     5 3 1
Virginia Tech 3 3 1     5 3 2
Vanderbilt 3 3 0     6 3 0
Tennessee 2 2 1     5 2 1
South Carolina 2 2 0     7 3 0
Georgia 2 4 0     4 5 0
VMI 2 4 0     6 4 0
Sewanee 1 4 0     4 4 1
Mississippi State 1 4 0     3 4 1
LSU 0 2 1     5 3 1
NC State 0 4 1     3 5 1
Ole Miss 0 4 0     5 5 0
Clemson 0 4 0     1 7 0
Maryland 0 4 0     2 5 1
§ – Conference co-champions


The 1925 Georgia Bulldogs football team completed the season with a 4–5 season. This was the team's third under head coach Woodruff and his only losing season as a coach. In 1925, Georgia played Georgia Tech for the first time since 1916, losing 3–0 in Atlanta.

Date Opponent Site Result
1925-09-26 at Mercer* Macon, GA W 32–0  
1925-10-03 Virginia Sanford FieldAthens, GA L 6–7  
1925-10-10 at Yale* New Haven, CT L 7–35  
1925-10-17 vs. Furman* Augusta, GA W 21–0  
1925-10-24 Vanderbiltdagger Sanford Field • Athens W 26–7  
1925-10-31 at Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN L 7–12  
1925-11-07 vs. Auburn McClung StadiumColumbus, GA (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) W 34–0  
1925-11-14 at Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA (Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate) L 0–3  
1925-11-26 at Alabama Rickwood Field • Birmingham, AL L 0–27  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

1926 season[edit]

1926 Georgia Bulldogs football
Conference Southern Conference
1926 record 5–4 (4-2 SoCon)
Head coach George "Kid" Woodruff
Home stadium Sanford Field
Seasons
« 1925 1927 »
1926 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Alabama 8 0 0     9 0 1
Tennessee 5 1 0     8 1 0
Vanderbilt 4 1 0     8 1 0
Georgia 4 2 0     5 4 0
South Carolina 4 2 0     6 4 0
Virginia 4 2 1     6 2 2
Virginia Tech 3 2 1     5 3 1
Washington & Lee 3 2 1     4 3 2
Georgia Tech 4 3 0     4 5 0
North Carolina 3 3 0     4 5 0
Auburn 3 3 0     5 4 0
LSU 3 3 0     6 3 0
Ole Miss 2 2 0     5 4 0
Mississippi State 2 3 0     5 4 0
VMI 2 4 0     5 5 0
Tulane 2 4 0     3 5 1
Maryland 1 3 1     5 4 1
Clemson 1 3 0     2 7 0
Florida 1 4 1     2 6 2
Kentucky 1 4 1     2 6 1
NC State 0 4 0     4 6 0
Sewanee 0 5 0     2 6 0
† – Conference champion


The 1926 Georgia Bulldogs football team completed the season with a 5–4–0 record. This season included Georgia's fifth straight loss to Alabama and fourth straight loss to Yale.

Date Opponent Site Result
1926-09-25 Mercer* Sanford FieldAthens, GA W 20–0  
1926-10-02 at Virginia Lambeth Field • Charlottesville, VA W 21–0  
1926-10-09 at Yale* New Haven, CT L 0–10  
1926-10-16 Furman* Sanford Field • Athens L 7–14  
1926-10-23 at Vanderbilt Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN L 13–14  
1926-10-30 Floridadagger Sanford Field • Athens W 32–9  
1926-11-06 vs. Auburn McClung StadiumColumbus, GA (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) W 16–0  
1926-11-13 at Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA (Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate) W 14–13  
1926-11-25 at Alabama Rickwood Field • Birmingham, AL L 6–33  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

1927 season[edit]

1927 Georgia Bulldogs football
National Champions (Boand, Poling)
Conference Southern Conference
1927 record 9–1 (6–1 SoCon)
Head coach George "Kid" Woodruff
Captain Chick Shiver
Home stadium Sanford Field
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 0
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 State 2 3 0     5 3 0
Washington & Lee 2 3 0     4 4 1
Virginia Tech 2 3 0     5 4 0
Maryland 3 5 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


The 1927 Georgia Bulldogs football team had a 9–1–0 record and, for the first time in the history of the Georgia Bulldogs football program, could stake a claim to being National Champion. 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 by a score of 12–0 at Grant Field in Atlanta, Georgia.[1] Nevertheless, at the end of the season, Georgia was ranked number 1 in two polls recognized by the NCAA.[2] The Bulldogs were also listed as number 1 in two other polls of the 1927 season, but most recognize Illinois as the 1927 National Champion.[3]

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.[4]

The season featured Georgia's first-ever win against Yale and six shutouts. It was the win over Yale that propelled the Bulldogs to the national spotlight. The November 24, 1927 game against Alabama was the first game played in newly completed Legion Field and snapped a five-game losing streak against Alabama. The 1927 team was anchored by two All-American ends, Chick Shiver (Shiver was also the team captain) and Tom Nash (Nash was a consensus All-American). 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.

Date Opponent Site Result
1927-10-01 Virginiadagger Sanford FieldAthens, GA W 32–0  
1927-10-08 at Yale* Yale BowlNew Haven, CT W 14–10  
1927-10-15 Furman* Sanford Field • Athens W 32–0  
1927-10-22 vs. Auburn McClung StadiumColumbus, GA (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) W 33–0  
1927-10-29 at Tulane New Orleans, LA W 31–0  
1927-11-05 at Florida Jacksonville, FL W 28–0  
1927-11-12 Clemson Sanford Field • Athens W 32–0  
1927-11-19 Mercer University* Sanford Field • Athens W 26–7  
1927-11-24 Alabama Legion FieldBirmingham, AL W 20–7  
1927-12-03 Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA L 0–12  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.


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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Football National Championships". UGA Sports Communications. 2006-08-02. Retrieved 2007-01-12. 
  2. ^ "Past Division I-A Football National Champions". ncaa.org. Archived from the original on 2007-01-12. Retrieved 2007-01-13.  Georgia was listed number one by Boand System and Poling System. Illinois was listed number one in five of the nine polls recognized by the NCAA.
  3. ^ "1927 National Championships". College Football Data Warehouse. 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-13.  Georgia also listed number 1 by 1st-N-Goal and James Howell. Illinois was listed number one in a total of 14 polls.
  4. ^ "Conference Championships – Southern Conference". College Football Data Warehouse. 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 

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