1902 Georgia Bulldogs football team

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1902 Georgia Bulldogs football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1902 record 4–2–1 (4–2–1 SIAA)
Head coach William A. Reynolds (2nd season)
Captain Frank M. Ridley
Home stadium Herty Field
Seasons
← 1901
1903 →
1902 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Clemson $ 5 0 0     6 1 0
Vanderbilt 5 1 0     8 1 0
LSU 5 1 0     6 1 0
Texas 4 1 0     6 3 1
Sewanee 4 2 0     7 2 0
Tennessee 4 2 0     6 2 0
Georgia 4 2 1     4 2 1
Ole Miss 3 3 0     4 3 0
Auburn 2 4 1     2 4 1
Alabama 2 4 0     4 4 0
Furman 1 2 1     4 3 4
Davidson 1 2 0     3 5 1
Nashville 1 2 0     1 3 0
Cumberland 1 3 0     1 3 0
Kentucky State 0 2 0     4 6 1
Tulane 0 3 2     1 4 2
Mississippi A&M 0 4 1     1 4 1
Georgia Tech 0 5 2     0 6 2
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1902 Georgia Bulldogs football team represented the Georgia Bulldogs of the University of Georgia during the 1902 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. The Bulldogs compiled a 4–2–1 record, including victories over Auburn and Alabama and a 0–0 tie with Georgia Tech. The losses included Georgia's fourth consecutive loss to Sewanee. This was the team's second and final season under the guidance of head coach William A. Reynolds.[1]

Before the season[edit]

Frank M. Ridley was captain-elect, Georgia's first two-time captain. He was moved to end from the backfield.[2] One account of Ridley reads "Ridley's first year on the team he played this position so well that Coach Heisman named his as the All-Southern end. He is quick and active and never hesitates to tackle a man, seldom being blocked."[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 18 Furman Herty FieldAthens, GA W 11–0  
October 25 at Georgia Tech Brisbine Park • Atlanta, GA (Rivalry) T 0–0  
November 1 at Alabama West End Park • Birmingham, AL W 5–0  
November 7 Davidson Herty Field • Athens W 20–0  
November 8 at Clemson Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC (Rivalry) L 0–36  
November 11 vs. Sewanee Atlanta, GA L 0–11  
November 27 vs. Auburn Piedmont Park • Atlanta, GA (Rivalry) W 12–5  
*Non-conference game.

Game summaries[edit]

Furman[edit]

To open the season, Georgia beat Furman 11–0. The game's highlight was an end run for touchdown from Harman.[4]

Georgia Tech[edit]

Georgia came in as 6–1 favorites to in-state rival Georgia Tech, and were held to a 0–0 tie. "It's the worst game we have ever played." said captain Ridley. The starting lineup was Bower (left end), Willingham (left tackle), Beaver (left guard), Ketron (center), Nix (right guard), Smith (right tackle), Baxter (right end), Harman (quarterback), Dickinson (left halfback), Ridley (right halfback), Turner (fullback).[5]

Alabama[edit]

Alabama was shutout 5–0 at Birmingham. Marvin D. Dickinson scored the only touchdown of the game for Georgia in the second half.[6] Alabama was trying to tie up the game late, but time expired as the Tide reached the Georgia twelve-yard line.[6]

The starting lineup was Bower (left end), McIntosh (left tackle), Beaver (left guard), Ketron (center), Willingham (right guard), Smith (right tackle), Baxter (right end), Harman (quarterback), Dickinson (left halfback), Ridley (right halfback), Turner (fullback).[6]

Davidson[edit]

Davidson was defeated 20–0.

Clemson[edit]

Georgia vs. Clemson
1 2 Total
Georgia 0 0 0
Clemson 12 24 36

Sources:[7]

On November 8, Georgia lost to SIAA champion Clemson by a score of 36–0. Despite the score, one writer called it "the hardest fought football game ever seen here."[7] Frank McIntyre, Harman, and Smith all had to be carried off the field.[8]

The starting lineup was Baxter (left end), McIntosh (left tackle), Beaver (left guard), Ketron (center), Willingham (right guard), Smith (right tackle), Ridley (right end), Harman (quarterback), Allen (left halfback), Dickinson (right halfback), Turner (fullback).[7]

Sewanee[edit]

Sewanee defeated Georgia 11–0.

Auburn[edit]

Georgia upset Auburn 12–5. The same night, Rufus Nalley, great former Georgia star, died. Having learned of Georgia's victory; "He died with a smile on his lips", reported his brother.[9]

Postseason[edit]

Ridley was selected an All-Southern along with teammates Harold Ketron and Sandy Beaver,[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1902 Georgia Bulldogs Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ Kyle King. Fighting Like Cats and Dogs (PDF). p. 31. 
  3. ^ "Georgia Will Send Great Team To Oppose Clemson". Atlanta Constitution. November 6, 1902. p. 11. Retrieved March 10, 2015.  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 129
  5. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 131
  6. ^ a b c "1902 Season Recap" (PDF). RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c "Crackers Make A Brave Fight But Are Fairly Bested". Atlanta Constitution. November 9, 1902. p. 5. Retrieved July 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 136
  9. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 140
  10. ^ e. g. "From Southeastern College Teams The Constitution Selects An Eleven". Atlanta Constitution. December 1, 1902. 
  • Woodruff, Fuzzy (1928). A History of Southern Football 1890–1928.