Jolly Good Fellow
It was late October 1954, a couple of days before we were to play #16 Duke in Durham. Our star was halfback Billy Teas, a likely All American with a 7.9 yards per carry average to that point in the season. On Thursday before the game Coach Dodd kicked Teas off the team for missing curfew. Dodd said he didn't have many rules but those he did have he expected to be adhered to. On Saturday I was sick as a dog, listening to the Duke game broadcast from my bed in Charlotte. For most of the first three quarters Tech's sophomore backfield ran wild, building up a 20 - 0 lead. Then we totally ran out of gas and lost 21 - 20. Terrible loss, dropping our record to 4W, 3L, but this game saw the emergence of one of the great Tech backfields. The team went on to win their last three games over Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia, and beat Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl.