1902 Georgia Bulldogs football team
|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|
|1902 SIAA football standings|
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.
Before the season
Frank M. Ridley was captain-elect, Georgia's first two-time captain. He was moved to end from the backfield. 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."
|October 18||Furman||Herty Field • Athens, 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|
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).
Alabama was shutout 5–0 at Birmingham. Marvin D. Dickinson scored the only touchdown of the game for Georgia in the second half. Alabama was trying to tie up the game late, but time expired as the Tide reached the Georgia twelve-yard line.
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).
Davidson was defeated 20–0.
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." Frank McIntyre, Harman, and Smith all had to be carried off the field.
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).
Sewanee defeated Georgia 11–0.
- "1902 Georgia Bulldogs Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
- Kyle King. Fighting Like Cats and Dogs (PDF). p. 31.
- "Georgia Will Send Great Team To Oppose Clemson". Atlanta Constitution. November 6, 1902. p. 11. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
- Woodruff 1928, p. 129
- Woodruff 1928, p. 131
- "1902 Season Recap" (PDF). RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
- "Crackers Make A Brave Fight But Are Fairly Bested". Atlanta Constitution. November 9, 1902. p. 5. Retrieved July 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Woodruff 1928, p. 136
- Woodruff 1928, p. 140
- 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.