1922 Georgia Bulldogs football team

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1922 Georgia Bulldogs football
UGA logo.svg
Conference Southern Conference
1922 record 5–4–1 (1–3–1 SoCon)
Head coach Herman Stegeman
Captain Hugh Whelchel
Home stadium Sanford Field
Seasons
« 1921 1923 »
1922 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Vanderbilt* + 5 0 0     8 0 1
North Carolina + 5 0 0     9 1 0
Georgia Tech + 4 0 0     7 2 0
VPI 3 0 0     8 1 1
Florida 2 0 0     7 2 0
Auburn 2 1 0     8 2 0
Tennessee 3 2 0     8 2 0
Alabama 3 2 1     6 3 1
Virginia 1 1 1     4 4 1
Mississippi A&M 2 3 0     3 4 2
Kentucky 1 2 0     6 3 0
Clemson 1 2 0     5 4 0
Washington and Lee 1 2 0     5 3 1
Maryland 1 2 0     4 5 1
LSU 1 2 0     3 7 0
Georgia 1 3 1     5 4 1
Tulane 1 4 0     4 4 0
South Carolina 0 2 0     5 4 0
Ole Miss 0 2 0     4 5 1
NC State 0 5 0     4 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • * – co-member of SIAA

The 1922 Georgia Bulldogs football team represented the Georgia Bulldogs of the University of Georgia during the 1922 college football season. The team had an 5–4–1 record[1] and was the first Georgia team to compete in the newly formed Southern Conference, which was formed when a group of teams left the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) after the end of the 1921 season. This was Georgia's third and final season under the guidance of head coach Herman Stegeman, though he remained athletic director.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
1922-09-23 Newberry* Sanford FieldAthens, GA W 82–13  
1922-09-30 Mercer* Sanford Field • Athens W 41–0  
1922-10-07 at Chicago* Stagg FieldChicago, IL L 0–20   18,000
1922-10-14 at Furman* Manly Field • Greenville, SC W 7–0  
1922-10-21 Tennessee Sanford Field • Athens W 7–3  
1922-10-26 Oglethorpe* Sanford Field • Athens W 26–6  
1922-11-04 vs. Auburn McClung StadiumColumbus, GA (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) L 3–7  
1922-11-11 at Virginia Lambeth Field • Charlottesville, VA T 6–6  
1922-11-18 Vanderbiltdagger Sanford Field • Athens L 0–12  
1922-11-25 at Alabama Crampton BowlMontgomery, AL L 6–10   10,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

Season summary[edit]

Newberry[edit]

Teany Randall scored 19 points on three touchdowns and one PAT.[2]

Mercer[edit]

The September 30, 1922 game against Mercer, was the 200th football game played by Georgia. Including the victory over Mercer, Georgia's cumulative record over its first 200 games was 107–72–21, a winning percentage of .588.

Randall scored 29 points in the Mercer game. He had a 1-yard touchdown plunge followed by scores of 74 yards, a 90-yard interception return, and a 34-yard reception Dick Mulvehill and five PATs.[2]

The starting lineup was: Boney (left end), Taylor (left tackle), Grayson (left guard), Frier (center), Vandiver (right guard), Bennett (right tackle), Butler (right end), Collings (quarterback), Thompson (left halfback), Randall (right halfback), Tanner (fullback).[3]

Chicago[edit]

In front of 18,000 in Chicago, Georgia lost to the Maroons 20–0. In the first quarter, Joe Bennett caused a fumble on a Chicago punt return, and Randall ran it to Chicago's 10-yard line before Georgia fumbled and the chance to score was lost.[4]

The starting line up was: Boney (left end), Bennett (left tackle), Whelchel (left guard), Frier (center), Vandiver (guard), Taylor (right tackle), Butler (right end), Collings (quarterback), Randall (left halfbac), Thompson (right halfback), Fletcher (fullback).[5]

Furman[edit]

In Greenville, Georgia beat Furman 7–0. The starting lineup was: Mason (left end), Bennett (left tackle), Joselove (left guard), Frier (center), Vandiver (right guard), Taylor (right tackle), Butler (right end), Collings (quarterback), Post (left halfback), Thompson (right halfback), Fletcher (fullback).[6]

Tennessee[edit]

The Bulldogs defeated the Volunteers 7–3. A pass from Mulvehill to Smack Thompson got the touchdown. The starting lineup was: Richardson (left end), Taylor (left tackle), Whelchel (left guard), Boney (center), Vandiver (right guard), Bennett (right tackle), Collings (right end), Mulvihill (quarterback), Thompson (left halfback), Fletcher (right halfback), Tanner (fullback).[7]

Oglethorpe[edit]

The Bulldogs beat in-state foe Oglethorpe 26–6.

Auburn[edit]

Auburn defeated Georgia 7–3. The starting lineup was: Richardson (left end), Bennett (left tackle), Whelchel (left guard), Boney (center), Vandiver (right guard), Taylor (right tackle), Collings (right end), Mulvihill (quarterback), Post (left halfback), Thompson (right halfback), Tanner (fullback).[8]

Virginia[edit]

At Virginia, Georgia fought the Cavaliers to a 6–6 tie.

Vanderbilt[edit]

Vanderbilt at Georgia
1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 6 0 6 0 12
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0
  • Sources:

The Georgia Bulldogs played Vanderbilt for their homecoming.[9] Georgia was hungry to finally beat Vanderbilt and this game was at the top of its list of desirable victories.[9] The Commodores were equally eager to defeat the Bulldogs and claim a Southern championship.[10][11] Vanderbilt won 12–0, with Bomar described as a "holy terror" to the Bulldogs by W. C. Munday.[12] As it had intended, Vanderbilt left the game as favorite to be crowned champions of the South.[13] The 1922 game between Georgia and Vanderbilt marked the last time Georgia had lost two consecutive games at home to Vanderbilt, having also lost 46 to 0 at Athens in 1912.[14]

The starting lineup was: Richardson (left end), Bennett (left tackle), Vandiver (left guard), Boney (center), whelchel (right guard), Taylor (right tackle), Anderson (right end), Collings (quarterback), Randall (left halfback), Fletcher (right halfback), Tanner (fullback).[15]

Alabama[edit]

Georgia at Alabama
1 2 3 4 Total
Georgia 6 0 0 0 6
Alabama 0 7 3 0 10
  • Date: November 25
  • Location: Cramton Bowl
    Montgomery, AL
  • Game attendance: 10,000

Playing their first all-time game at the Cramton Bowl, the Crimson Tide overcame an early 6–0 deficit and defeated the Bulldogs 10–6.[16][17] The Bulldogs scored first after John Fletcher recovered an Allen Graham MacCartee fumble and returned it 96-yards for a touchdown.[16][17]

Alabama responded with a short Charles Bartlett touchdown run in the second and with a 20-yard Bartlett field goal in the third for the 10–6 win.[16][17]

Post season[edit]

Tackle Joe Bennett and fullback John Fletcher appear on Billy Evans's All-America, "National Honor Roll".[18] One writer states, "Prior to the 1960s, Bennett is likely Georgia's most outstanding tackle."[19] Guard and captain Hugh Whelchel was All-Southern along with Bennett and Fletcher.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1922 Georgia Bulldogs Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Garbin, Patrick (2008-01-01). About Them Dawgs!: Georgia Football's Memorable Teams and Players. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9780810860407. 
  3. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 189
  4. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 189
  5. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 190
  6. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 196
  7. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 201
  8. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 207
  9. ^ a b "Four Stars Play Here For Last Time". The Red and Black (University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia). November 17, 1922. 
  10. ^ closed access publication – behind paywall "Centre Eleven Battles Tiger at Birmingham". The Macon Daily Telegraph. November 15, 1922. 
  11. ^ closed access publication – behind paywall "Vandy Hopes To Defeat Georgia". The Macon Daily Telegraph. November 17, 1922. 
  12. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 229
  13. ^ "Vandy Favored For Dixie Title." Port Arthur Daily News 20 Nov. 1922: 7.
  14. ^ T Kyle King (Oct 17, 2008). "Too Much Information: Georgia Bulldogs v. Vanderbilt Commodores". Retrieved September 18, 2016. 
  15. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 321
  16. ^ a b c d "Alabama upsets all dope: Defeats Bulldogs from Georgia". The Montgomery Advertiser. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. November 26, 1922. p. 1. 
  17. ^ a b c d "Alabama Crimson triumphs over Red and Black 10–6". The Augusta Chronicle. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. November 26, 1922. p. 2. 
  18. ^ Billy Evans (1922-12-13). "Big Ten Given Eleven Places on Honor Roll: Kirk, Kirke and Goebel Named". The Lima News. 
  19. ^ Patrick Garbin. About Them Dawgs!: Georgia Football's Memorable Teams and Players. p. 30. 
  • Woodruff, Fuzzy (1928). A History of Southern Football 1890–1928. 2.