Today's Tidbit... Georgia Tech Hits Football’s First Grand Slam
Notre Dame wrecked Georgia Tech early in the 1943 season, but the Engineers rebounded to play and beat Tulsa in the 1944 Sugar Bowl. That victory followed Tech’s win over Cal in the 1939 Rose Bowl, a win over Missouri in the 1940 Orange Bowl, and a loss to Texas in the 1943 Cotton Bowl.
The combination made Georgia Tech the first school to appear in each of the big four bowl games of the era. All four games came under William Alexander’s leadership, who had taken the reins after John Heisman left Atlanta in 1920. Alexander took Tech back to the Orange Bowl in 1945 before he stepped down from the job and was replaced by Bobby Dodd. With three stellar coaches in a row, they were anything but a Wreck.
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