|1919 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football|
|Conference||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association|
|1919 record||7–3 (3–1 SIAA)|
|Head coach||John Heisman (16th season)|
|Offensive scheme||Jump shift|
|Home stadium||Grant Field|
|1919 SIAA football standings|
The 1919 Georgia Tech Golden Tornado football team[note 1] represented the Georgia Tech Golden Tornado of the Georgia Institute of Technology during the 1919 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. The Tornado was coached by John Heisman in his 15th year as head coach, compiling a record of 7–3 (3–1 SIAA) and outscoring opponents 257 to 33.
Before the season
|September 20||Camp Logan*||Grant Field • Atlanta||W 48–0|
|September 27||Furman||Grant Field • Atlanta||W 74–0|
|October 4||Wake Forest*||Grant Field • Atlanta||W 14–0|
|October 11||Clemson||Grant Field • Atlanta (Rivalry)||W 28–0|
|October 18||Vanderbilt||Grant Field • Atlanta||W 20–0|
|October 25||at Pittsburgh*||Forbes Field • Pittsburgh||L 16–6|
|November 1||Davidson*||Grant Field • Atlanta||W 33–0|
|November 8||Washington & Lee*||Grant Field • Atlanta||L 3–0|
|November 15||Georgetown*||Grant Field • Atlanta||W 27–0|
|November 27||Auburn||Grant Field • Atlanta (Rivalry)||L 14–7|
The season opened with a 48–0 defeat of Camp Logan.
In the second week of play, Tech swamped Furman 74–0.
Tech beat Wake Forest 14–0.
After being held scoreless in the first half, Tech beat Clemson 28–0. The entire backfield, as well Fincher, Lebey, and Higgins in the line, were cited as stars of the game. The play of Tech seemed stimulated in the second half by the substitution of Shorty Guill. The first touchdown was the best run of the game, for 26 yards around left end, Flowers "sidestepped, ducked, twisted and turned until he had again crossed the field almost to the opposite side and then stiff-arming the last man in his way, crossed the goal for a touchdown." Red Barron went around right end for 35 yards and the second touchdown. A 15-yard pass from Flowers to Bill Fincher netted the third touchdown. Ferst went back in for Guill and got the last touchdown on a 12-yard buck behind left guard.
The starting lineup was: Fincher (left end), Higgins (left tackle), Lebey (left guard), Phillips (center), Dowling (right guard), Lyman (right tackle), Staton (right end), McDonough (quarterback), Flowers (left halfback), Barron (right halfback), Gaiver (fullback).
The starting lineup was: Fincher (left end), Higgins (left tackle), Lebey (left guard), Amis (center), Dowling (right guard), Huffines (right tackle), Staton (right end), Guill (quarterback), Flowers (left halfback), Barron (right halfback), Gavier (fullback).
Tech beat Davidson 33–0, Flowers running around his old teammates.
Washington & Lee
The starting lineup was: Fincher (left end), Doyal (left tackle), Lebey (left guard), Phillips (center), Dowling (right guard), Higgins (right tackle), Staton (right end), Guill (quarterback), Flowers (left halfback), Ferst (right halfback), Gavier (fullback).
The Auburn Tigers beat Tech 14–7, its first loss to an SIAA school in five years. The first touchdown of the game was made by Jack McDonough. Judy Harlan later fell on his own punt for a safety. In the third quarter, Warren blocked a Dewey Scarboro punt and Sloan recovered the ball and ran it 35 yards for a touchdown. Auburn's Fatty Warren "waddled" for a 40-yard touchdown off a blocked punt in the victory.
The starting lineup was Guill (left end), Fincher (left tackle), Lebey (left guard), Phillips (center), Dowling (right guard), Huffines (right tackle), Staton (right end), McDonough (quarterback), Barron (left halfback), Ferst (right halfback), Harlan (fullback).
After a divorce in 1919, Heisman left Atlanta to prevent any social embarrassment to his former wife, who chose to remain in the city. He picked Bill Alexander as successor and went back to Penn for three seasons from 1920–1922.
- Van Brimmer & Rice 2011, p. 147
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- John Staton (November 17, 1921). "Golden Tornado Spends Day Studying Auburn Formations". Atlanta Constitution. p. 12. Retrieved April 24, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Outplaying Tornado, Auburn Eleven Won". The Atlanta Constitution. November 28, 1919. p. 19. Retrieved May 13, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
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- Van Brimmer, Adam; Rice, Homer (2011). 100 Things Yellow Jackets Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die. Chicago: Triumph Books. ISBN 978-1-61749-703-2.
- Woodruff, Fuzzy (1928). A History of Southern Football 1890–1928. 2.