1932 VPI Gobblers football team

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1932 VPI Gobblers football
ConferenceSouthern Conference
1932 record8–1 (6–1 SoCon)
Head coachHenry Redd (1st season)
CaptainBill Grinus
Home stadiumMiles Stadium
Seasons
← 1931
1933 →
1932 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Tennessee + 7 0 1     9 0 1
Auburn + 6 0 1     9 0 1
LSU + 4 0 0     6 3 1
VPI 6 1 0     8 1 0
Vanderbilt 4 1 2     6 1 2
NC State 3 1 1     6 1 2
Alabama 5 2 0     8 2 0
Tulane 5 2 1     6 2 1
Duke 5 3 0     7 3 0
Georgia Tech 4 4 1     4 5 1
Kentucky 4 5 0     4 5 0
Virginia 2 3 0     5 4 0
Ole Miss 2 3 0     5 6 0
Georgia 2 4 2     2 5 2
Maryland 2 4 0     5 6 0
North Carolina 2 5 1     3 5 2
South Carolina 1 2 1     5 4 2
VMI 1 4 0     2 8 0
Washington and Lee 1 4 0     1 9 0
Florida 1 6 0     3 6 0
Clemson 0 4 0     3 5 1
Mississippi State 0 4 0     3 5 0
Sewanee 0 6 0     2 7 1
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1932 VPI Gobblers football team represented Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute in the 1932 Southern Conference football season. The team was led by their head coach Henry Redd and finished with a record of eight wins and one loss (8–1).

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 24Roanoke*W 32–7
October 1at GeorgiaW 7–6
October 8at MarylandW 23–0
October 15vs. William & Mary*W 7–017,000[1]
October 22Kentucky
  • Miles Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
W 7–0
October 29at Washington and Lee
W 32–64,000[2]
November 5at AlabamaL 6–911,000[3]
November 12Virginiadagger
  • Miles Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA (rivalry)
W 13–03,000[4]
November 24vs. VMI
W 26–012,000[5]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Source: HokieSports.com: 1932 Virginia Tech football schedule[6]

Players[edit]

The following players were members of the 1932 football team according to the roster published in the 1933 edition of The Bugle, the Virginia Tech yearbook.[7]

VPI 1932 roster
  • Bill Anderson
  • George Vanderslice Beamon
  • William Earle Betts
  • Benjamin Botnick
  • Alfred Layden Casey
  • George Clark
  • Dick Cofer
  • James Henry Copenhaver
  • Mart Cunningham
  • Owens L. "Scrapper" Day
  • Nick Dillon
  • Edward Ralph "Red" English
  • George Francis
  • James Curtis Geddie
  • Bill Grinus (Capt.)
  • Charles Alexander "Heinie" Groth
  • Earl Jenis Hall
  • Eugene Goliday Hite
  • William Roy Hoblitzell
  • Garland Woodrow Hoenstine
  • William Duncan Holsclaw
  • Frank Howard
  • Harry Worden Howard
  • Richard Huffman
  • Tom Hutcheson
  • Wiley Leroy Jennings
  • Red Kasun
  • John A. McIntre
  • Sonny Miles
  • Ray Mills
  • Charles Emmett Ashburn Morgan
  • John Marshall Murphy
  • Richard Whitmore Neale
  • Warren "Red" Negri
  • John Norman Ochs
  • Keith Oliver
  • James Edward Ottaway
  • Alex Pais
  • Benny Palmer
  • William Breckenridge Porterfield
  • Carl Francis Robison
  • Alfred Elsworth Seaman
  • Leon Dalmain Simmons
  • Bill Smith
  • George Maxie Smith
  • Dave Smoak
  • Howard Arnold "Hank" Spruill
  • Daniel Reiser Thoma
  • David Thomas
  • Buck Tyler
  • Hazell Eugene Waldrop
  • Paul Kenneth Wolfe
  • Jim Woodard
  • John Lester Yorke

Season summary[edit]

Georgia[edit]

VPI Captain Bill Grinus blocked the tying extra point in the upset over Georgia.[8]

at Alabama[edit]

VPI at Alabama
1 234Total
VPI 0 600 6
Alabama 0 090 9

Against the Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama, VPI lost 9-6 in front 11,000 spectators at Denny Stadium, which was the second largest crowd to ever visit the stadium at the time.[3] VPI came into the game undefeated (6-0), while Alabama was 5-1. After a scoreless first quarter, the Gobblers took a 6–0 lead in the second after Ray Mills threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Al Casey.[3] In the third, the score was cut to 6–2 after a bad snap to Casey from the center resulted in a safety.[3] Later in the quarter Alabama took a 9–6 lead that it held to the end of the game when halfback Dixie Howell scored a touchdown on a nine-yard run.[3]

Alabama's assistant coach was former VPI player Hank Crisp.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Indians Defeated By Gobblers, 7–0" (PDF). The Flat Hat. College of William & Mary. October 18, 1932. p. 1. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  2. ^ "Tough Gobblers Down Generals In Torrid Fray" (PDF). The Ring-tum Phi. Washington and Lee University. November 1, 1932. p. 1. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Crimson tide regains its crest to beat Gobblers, 9 to 6". The Tuscaloosa News. November 6, 1932. p. 10. Retrieved January 13, 2016 – via Google News Archives.
  4. ^ "Virginia Gives Gobblers Scrap". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. November 12, 1932. p. 18. Retrieved September 15, 2016 – via Google News Archives.
  5. ^ a b "Gobblers Prove Too Powerful For Keydets". The Cadet. Virginia Military Institute. November 28, 1932. p. 1. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  6. ^ Virginia Tech Football Past Schedules "1932–1933". Virginia Tech Sports Information Department, Hokiesports.com. Accessed January 9, 2016.
  7. ^ "The Bugle 1933" (PDF). Virginia Tech Bugle. 1933. Retrieved 2016-01-09.
  8. ^ Schlabach, Mark; Wood, Norm; Glier, Ray (August 2011). Always a Hokie: Players, Coaches, and Fans Share Their Passion for Virgina Tech Football. ISBN 9781617495625.