100th or 98th Meeting between Tech and Dawgs

ATHENS - Saturday's game is more than just another meeting in the Georgia-Georgia Tech series. It's the 100th meeting between the traditional rivals.

Well, it is if you ask a Yellow Jackets' fan. Georgia's fans, and sports information department, consider it just the 98th time the two schools have played. The disputed games were played during World War II, and Georgia Tech won both, 48-0 in 1943 and 44-0 in 1944.

Dan Magill, the Bulldogs' former sports information director, noticed those scores in his school's record books shortly after he took the job in September of 1949. Magill, a Marine and World War II veteran, quickly put asterisks by those scores because during those two years Georgia Tech was operating a Navy V-12 program on its campus.

The V-12 program allowed draft-eligible players to remain on a college campus during the war. Therefore, Tech was able to keep most of its roster intact while also drawing transfers from other schools. In ‘43 and ‘44, the Yellow Jackets' roster was loaded with lettermen from across the South, including players who formerly had been captains at Alabama and Vanderbilt, Magill said.

"We played the Navy V-12 team. That's the truth of it," Magill said Magill. "Our boys in school were too young for the draft or they were 4-Fs (medically unqualified). If they had been old enough, they would have been in the war."

The Bulldogs' roster was severely depleted by the draft. With All-American Charley Trippi on the team in 1942 and back again in 1945 and 1946, Georgia beat Georgia Tech three times by a combined score of 102-7.

There are no hard feelings over the discrepancy on Georgia's side.

"I don't blame Tech for counting the games, they beat the hell out of us," Magill said, "but you can't blame me either. They are not true Georgia-Georgia Tech games."

The Bulldogs lead the series 56-36-5, by their records. The Yellow Jackets have the series at 56-38-5.

There are no plans to come to any resolution of the issue, current Georgia sports information director Claude Felton said. In fact, discrepancies in series records aren't rare around the country.

Georgia has another with Florida. The Bulldogs figure they lead that series 46-36-2, while the Gators think they're one closer at 45-36-2. That disagreement goes all the way back to the first game of the series, which was played in Macon in 1904.

At the time, the University of Florida was located in Ocala. The two schools didn't play their second game until 1915, when the school had moved to its current location in Gainesville.

"We can't help it they were run out of Ocala," Magill said, "but I can see why they wouldn't count it because we beat them 60-something to nothing."

The score was actually 52-0.


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