Instead, the star of the show was Tulane's Richie Petitbon, who scored both Greenie touchdowns, ran 88 yards in 18 carries, thus gaining nine more yards than the entire Navy running attack, and handled his team with a polished style. An extremely dangerous passer in Tulane's earlier luckless losses to four good teams—Florida, Texas, Georgia Tech and Mississippi—Petitbon stuck to the ground on Saturday, throwing just enough to confuse Navy's defense.
Auburn, which doesn't allow the opposition to score very often, frequently doesn't score very much itself. For almost two seasons a lot of people have been waiting for the day when unbeaten and untied Auburn would not score quite enough. It finally happened Saturday against Georgia Tech.
Tech's Bobby Dodd worked even harder than usual to perfect his pass defense for this game and then saw it pay off when Fred Braselton picked off an Auburn aerial and ran it back to set up the touchdown which he scored a few moments later. It was the only threat by Tech, which battled all afternoon long to hold a superior Auburn team away from its goal and managed to do so through frequent use of the quick kick, which is Dodd's defensive stock in trade. Auburn has a huge, fast line that would do credit to a pro team, and with this advantage it used its power-running backfield to control the ball most of the time. It is a tribute to Dodd's coaching skill and the determination of the Tech players that Auburn scored only once. This time one touchdown wasn't enough, and Tech had its 7-7 tie.