Georgia Tech 17
Baylor 14

January 1, 1952 – Orange Bowl Stadium
Late Field Goal Beats Baylor
Georgia Tech broke a 14-14 tie late in the fourth quarter on a 22- yard Pepper Rodgers field goal to beat Baylor 17-14 on a hot, muggy day in Miami.
Undefeated Georgia Tech came into the game as co-champion of the Southeastern Conference while Baylor was the Southwest Conference's runner-up. The Bears dominated the first half and led 14-7 at halftime.
With 6:53 left in the game, the Yellow Jackets knotted the score at 14 on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Darrell Crawford to Buck Martin.
Three minutes later, Tech's Pete Ferris picked off a Larry Isbell pass at midfield and returned it to the Baylor 9. Crawford tried right tackle for no gain. Leon Hardeman, who had scored his team's first touchdown, got three at left guard but a pass intended for Jeff Knox fell incomplete and Tech faced fourth down. Head coach Bobby Dodd sent second-team quarterback Franklin “Pepper” Rodgers to kick the field goal. Rodgers, a sophomore who would later coach in the 1969 Orange Bowl for Kansas, split the uprights.

First Downs 9 17
Rushing Attempts 35 60
Rushing Yards 152 206
Passes Attempted 14 18
Passes Completed 6 8
Had Intercepted 1 3
Passing Yards 84 93
Total Offense 236 299
Punts/Avg. 7/35.3 6/34.7
Fumbles/Lost  3/1 4/0
Penalties/Yards 6/60 7/85


Georgia Tech 7 0 0 10 - 17
Baylor 7 7 0 0 - 14

GT: Hardeman 3-yard run (Rodgers kick); BAY: Parma 1-yard run (Brocato kick); BAY: Coody 4-yard run (Brocato kick); GT: Martin 22-yard pass from Crawford (Rodgers kick); GT: Rodgers 16-yard FG
Georgia Tech Head Coach: Bobby Dodd
Baylor Head Coach: George Sauer



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