Top 10 moments in the Georgia-Georgia Tech rivalry
Getting Georgia and Georgia Tech fans to agree on anything is hard enough, as the two rival schools can’t even agree on the all-time record between one another.
UGA says its leads the series 65-38-5, while the Yellow Jackets insist that two games played during World War II did indeed count and that the Dawgs only have a 65-40-5 advantage.
But perhaps one of the few things both schools can agree on is that the rivalry has produced many great moments.
Here’s a look at the Top 10 moments and plays in the history of the Georgia/Georgia Tech series.
1. The Jasper Sanks fumble in 1999. Not only was Tech’s 51-48 victory the highest-scoring game in series history, but it was probably the wildest one as well. Georgia and Georgia Tech were tied at 48 apiece with 13 seconds left on the clock. The Dawgs were at the Yellow Jackets’ 2-yard line and decided to go for the touchdown instead of the field goal. As running back Jasper Sanks was heading into the end zone, he fumbled the ball and Tech recovered. That led to overtime, and the Yellow Jackets went on to win 51-48 behind a Luke Manget field goal. A replay of Sanks’ fumble later showed that he was down before the ball came loose.
2. The first game between the two teams was on November 4, 1893, and the Yellow Jackets won 28-6. At the time, Georgia Tech was called the Georgia School of Technology and its nickname was the Blacksmiths. The Blacksmiths traveled 70 miles by train to play the University of Georgia at Herty Field in Athens. Following the game’s end, Georgia fans threw rocks back at the Tech players and chased them back to their train, prompting the rivalry to from then be called Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate.
3. The Bobby Dodd era. Georgia Tech has not enjoyed great success against Georgia since the series started, but the Yellow Jackets do hold the longest winning streak between the two schools. Under head coach Bobby Dodd, Tech claimed eight consecutive games from 1949-1956 and outscored the Bulldogs 176-39 during that span. Dodd would finish his career with a 12-9 record against Georgia.
4. The Mark Richt era. Georgia hired the former Florida State offensive coordinator to be the head coach in late December 2000. Richt won two SEC titles, two Sugar Bowls and five SEC East titles during his 15-year tenure, but he sported a masterful 13-2 overall record against Georgia Tech, including seven consecutive from 2001-2007 to match the Dawgs’ longest winning streak in the series.
Richt closed out his Georgia career with a 13-7 win over Tech in 2015.
5. The 2008 Georgia Tech comeback. Richt’s most disappointing loss to Tech came in 2008, when the Bulldogs were expected to play for the national title. Following heartbreaking setbacks to Alabama and Florida, the Bulldogs looked to get win No. 10 against the Yellow Jackets. And it looked like as if it were about to become a reality, as they were up 28-12 at the first half. But new Tech coach Paul Johnson’s triple-option couldn’t be contained forever, and the Yellow Jackets rallied for a 45-42 win in Athens. That game was the second-highest-scoring game in the history of the series. Roddy Jones accounted for 299 all-purpose yards and the Jackets ran 410 yards on the ground.
6. The 2006 Georgia comeback. Freshman QB Matthew Stafford led Georgia’s improbable comeback against the Yellow Jackets. Down 12-7 late in the fourth quarter, Stafford was able to put together a 12-play, 64-yard scoring drive, punctuated with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Massaquoi with 1:45 left in the game to assure UGA’s 15-12 come-from-behind victory.
The win was the Dawgs’ eighth of the year and put a cherry atop what had otherwise been a very disappointing season to date.
7. Georgia runs wild. The 2009 season was an excellent one for the Yellow Jackets, as they won 10 games and claimed the ACC Coastal Division, but Georgia got the last laugh. Tech came into the game as the top rushing team in the country, but it was the Dawgs who chewed up 339 yards, while the No. 9-ranked Jackets managed just 204 in Georgia’s 30-24 win.
8. The start of the Buck Belue era in Athens. The game in 1978 was the game in which freshman Buck Belue first made a name for himself. Georgia was down 20-0 when Belue made his way into the game in the first half. Thanks to a key punt return by Scott Woerner, Belue helped lead the rally, throwing a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. The score made Dawgs coach Vince Dooley decide whether to kick the extra point for the tie or go for two to win. Dooley took the latter, and the Bulldogs won 29-28.
9. Tech’s 2014 stunner in Athens. Georgia Tech’s Harrison Butker drilled a career-best 53-yard field goal on the final play of regulation to force overtime. After Zach Laskey’s go-ahead touchdown in the extra period, D.J. White picked off a Hutson Mason pass to seal the Yellow Jackets’ 30-24 victory.
10. “The Goose is Loose.” Georgia Tech QB George Godsey was hardly fleet of foot, but went untouched on an option keeper for a career-long 33-yard touchdown run in 2000 to break open a scoreless game and key the Jackets’ 27-15 win at Sanford Stadium. The victory was Tech’s third consecutive over Georgia and all but assured the end of the Jim Donnan coaching era in Athens.