1939 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football
SEC co-champion
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 21–7 vs. Missouri
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
APNo. 16
1939 record8–2 (6–0 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive schemeSingle-wing
Home stadiumGrant Field
(Capacity: 30,000)
Seasons
← 1938
1940 →
1939 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 2 Tennessee + 6 0 0 10 1 0
No. 16 Georgia Tech + 6 0 0 8 2 0
No. 5 Tulane + 5 0 0 8 1 1
Mississippi State 3 2 0 8 2 0
Ole Miss 2 2 0 7 2 0
Kentucky 2 2 1 6 2 1
Auburn 3 3 1 5 5 1
Alabama 2 3 1 5 3 1
Georgia 1 3 0 5 6 0
LSU 1 5 0 4 5 0
Vanderbilt 1 6 0 2 7 1
Florida 0 3 1 5 5 1
Sewanee 0 3 0 3 5 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1939 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team represented the Georgia Institute of Technology during the 1939 college football season. The Yellow Jackets were led by 20th-year head coach William Alexander and played their home games at Grant Field in Atlanta, Georgia.

Georgia Tech finished undefeated in Southeastern Conference play, claiming a share of the conference title with Tennessee and Tulane. They suffered two close non-conference losses: the first, a season-opening road trip loss to Notre Dame; and the second, a one-point loss to Duke at home, in which Georgia Tech missed the would-be tying point-after attempt in the second quarter and missed the winning field goal in the final minute of the game.[1] The Yellow Jackets finished ranked in the final AP Poll for the first time, and were invited to their second ever bowl game, the 1940 Orange Bowl, where they defeated Missouri.

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendanceSource
October 7at Notre Dame*L 14–1717,322
October 14Howard (AL)*W 35–010,000[2]
October 21Vanderbilt
W 14–6
October 28Auburn
W 7–6
November 4No. 12 Duke*
  • Grant Field
  • Atlanta, GA
L 6–730,000
November 11No. 18 Kentucky
  • Grant Field
  • Atlanta, GA
W 13–6
November 18at AlabamaW 6–023,000[3]
November 25at FloridaNo. 19W 21–7
December 2Georgia
W 13–0
January 1vs. No. 6 Missouri*No. 16W 21–735,000[4]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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References

  1. ^ Troy, Jack (November 5, 1939). "Duke Beats Tech, 7 to 6, as Late Field Goal Attempt Fails". The Atlanta Constitution. p. 2B.
  2. ^ "Tech routs Howard, 35–0". The Atlanta Constitution. October 15, 1939. Retrieved August 24, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Jackets trip Tide, holds S.E.C. pace". The Atlanta Constitution. November 19, 1939. Retrieved February 22, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "35,000 See Missouri Beaten". The Miami Daily News. January 2, 1940. p. B1 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "1939 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Schedule and Results".