Camp Countdown: WF Stuns Nation with win Over U-T, October 1946
Wake Forest Stuns Nation with win Over U-T, 19 to 6
Sacrinty Brothers and Brinkley Cross up Tennessee Team, Suffering From Big Let-Down After Alabama Victory
By Bob Wilson
Originally published in the Knoxville News-Sentinel, October 27, 1946
Deacons hoist Coach D.C. (Peahead) Walker following the UT Upset
The doughty Deacons of Wake Forest out-fought, out-smarted and out-scored Tennessee, 19 to 6, in derailing the previously unbeaten and united Bowl-bound Volunteers yesterday in one the nation's major football upsets of the season.
Some 25,000 Tennessee supporters were left stunned by the way Coach D.C. (Peahead) Walker's rugged Deacon line look command and thwarted the Tennessee attack, while Deacon backs ran and passed for three touchdowns that netted Wake Forest the most decisive victory ever scored on a Coach Bob Neyland team on the home gridiron.
Tennessee had no alibis to offer for the defeat. It was simply too much Wake Forest as the hard-charging, vicious-fighting Deacons and the Vols playing in reverse from the way they did the week before in dealing the fine Alabama Crimson Tide a 12-0 defeat.
From the opening kickoff, Tennessee was flat, showing effects of a severe letdown after their terrific battle with Alabama the week before. Except for their lone tally and the too-late rally just before half-time, the Volunteers never got close to scoring position.
The Vols might have drawn first blood and gone on to win, had they taken another slight gamble early in the first quarter. Maybe Capt. Slater had orders from the bench. Anyway, with inches to go a first down deep in Deacon territory, Slater punted 25 yards out of bounds on the Wake Forest 10, and Sacrinity Bros. and Company took over from there.
The Wake Forest line was a block of granite against the Tennessee running attack. Bob Leonetti and Ed Royston, guards; Boyd Allen, center; and Sidney Martin, tackle, refused to let the Vol backs loose for any damaging gains. The Deacon forwards also were terrific in rushing Vol passers.
The Deacons scored first in the opening period, and then came back in the third period to register two quick touchdowns to ice the ball game after the Vols had scored their lone marker in the second period to tie the score at 6-6.
Nick Sacrinty, one of the versatile backfield performers on Shields-Watkins Field in a long time, was the lad who made the Wake Forest offense click. He was ably assisted by his brother Bo, and by Harry Dowda, Nick Ognovich, Clay Croom and Dick (Rock) Brinkley. Incidentally, Brinkley, who had a "misunderstanding" with one of the Wake Forest assistant coaches and didn't make the trip with the team, arrived by plane Saturday morning. He smashed over one of the Deacon touchdowns.
Brinkley Arrives Late
However, matters were hurriedly straightened out and Brinkley flew here with Dr. Walton Kitchen, assistant team physician, arriving a couple of hours before game-time. Coach Walker used the hard-plunging fullback sparingly until the third period, when he turned him loose to rip the Tennessee line for good gains that paved the way for the second and third touchdowns.