1997 game saw underdogs rule in Jacksonville

Robert Edwards (Associated Press)

Robert Edwards (Associated Press)

One of Georgia fans’ favorite Bulldog wins over the Gators has to be the 37-17 decision in 1997.

The game had a Georgia back, Robert Edwards, running for 124 yards and four touchdowns. It saw Hines Ward accounting for 203 total yards, with seven receptions for 85 yards, five rushes for 21 yards, two pass completions for 27 yards and two kickoff returns for 70 yards. It broke a seven-game Florida winning streak and was the Gators’ worst regular season loss in five years.

Plus, it was a win over Steve Spurrier in his prime.

Despite QB Mike Bobo throwing three picks that day, Georgia racked up 434 yards of offense (287 through the air). The Dogs took a 14-3 lead into halftime thanks to two of Edwards’ touchdowns. Florida, which used three quarterbacks in that game (Doug Johnson, Noah Brindise and Jesse Palmer) came back to grab a 17-14 lead in the third quarter, but it was all Georgia from that point on, with the Dogs scoring 23 unanswered points, including a beautiful 37-yard Edwards scamper down the left sideline that lingers in the memory as one of the high points of UGA football in the 1990s.

The Dogs’ defense did its job that day, too. Florida entered the game averaging 440 yards of offense but was limited to 327 total yards as the Dogs snagged four interceptions — two by Kirby Smart, now Alabama’s defensive coordinator. It was the worst defeat for the Gators since their 62-24 drubbing by Nebraska in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl national championship game and Florida’s worst regular-season defeat since a 45-24 loss to Florida State in 1992.

Said Spurrier after the game: “I don’t know what else to say except they were better than us. The Georgia Bullodgs are a better football team than the Florida Gators and they proved it tonight. They beat us in every area, they outcoached us and outplayed us and the whole bit. We have no excuses, they just beat us.”

What’s often overlooked is that the 14th ranked Bulldogs entered the game 20-point underdogs to the No. 6 Gators — an even bigger point spread than the 16 points Tim Tebow and Co. are favored by this year.

Of course, the 1997 Dogs, Jim Donnan’s best team, had Ward.

But this year’s Dogs do have A.J. Green. Bobo was a more experienced quarterback than Joe Cox, though if Cox had been given more playing experience, he’d probably be as good as Bobo was.

The big difference is the 2009 Dogs don’t have a Robert Edwards. Not even close. Or a Matt Stinchcomb on the offensive line. Or a Champ Bailey or Kirby Smart on defense.

And Florida has Tim Tebow and Brandon Spikes.

Still, it’s good that the current Dogs can look at the record book and see that big upsets can happen in Jacksonville.

78 comments Add your comment

L-Dawg

October 28th, 2009
2:03 pm

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!

WHAT TO GEORGIA TECH “FANS” AND UGA FANS HAVE IN COMMON?? THEY ARE BOTH OBSESSED WITH THEM DAWGS AND WHAT GOES ON OUT IN THE GREAT TOWN OF ATHENS!!!

FIRE WILLIE MARTINEZ!!!!!

FIRE MIKE BOBO!!!!!

KEEP MARK RICHT BECAUSE HE HAS JESUS, THERFORE JESUS HAS THE DAWGS!!!

LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING TEBOW CRY DURING THE PRE AND POSTGAME INTERVIEWS!!!!

GO DAWGS!!!!!

THWGT AND THE PLAYBOOK THEY STOLE FROM PARKVIEW HIGH SCHOOL!!!!!

Brad in Jasper

October 28th, 2009
2:04 pm

Ya never know. I see a hard fought, well played game by UGA. I think in the end we’re outmuscled by the Gators, though.

Scott B in Dc

October 28th, 2009
2:09 pm

My favorite is still 1980: Buck Belue to Lindsay Scott! We had a great time in Jacksonville after that one. How about a Joe Cox to AJ Green redux!

HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS!

GATORS EAT BOOGERS!

Supes

October 28th, 2009
2:15 pm

That was a great game for UGA…but this current UGA team doesn’t have what it takes to man up against FLA.

FLA has better players on both offense and defense. Logic dictates FLA wins this game any way you wanna look at it.

DBalcer

October 28th, 2009
2:16 pm

acmdawg

October 28th, 2009
2:16 pm

Enter your comments here

Skipper

October 28th, 2009
2:16 pm

OMG!!! A win over Steve Spurrier in his prime!!! More like THE ONLY win over Steve Spurrier in his prime.

You are just too much, Bill. Tell those boys not to look too closely at the record books, they might find out that Florida has owned Georgia, not just since 1990, but since the advent of PLASTIC. That’s right, look it up. Gators started winning after they scrapped the leather helmet.

Yellow=Pee

October 28th, 2009
2:16 pm

L-Dawg- I thought you loved our coaches so long a they are our coaches?

YANKEEDAWG

October 28th, 2009
2:17 pm

After all his said and done Walker is the greatest college player of all time for only playing three years. Tebow maybe the greatest with four years.But remember David Green still holds the record for more wins then any quarterback including Tebow. Go DAWGS and GO YANKEES!

Saint Simons

October 28th, 2009
2:21 pm

Florida 77 uga 0

Saint Simons

October 28th, 2009
2:21 pm

((((( 45 42 ))))) hahahahahahahahahaha

RedPantsDawg

October 28th, 2009
2:22 pm

As UGA fans we need to stop living in the past and do something now to get this program back on the right track.

Gordon

October 28th, 2009
2:22 pm

L-Dawg,

Didn’t Parkview win 4 state championships?

The North Avenue Trade School Poet

October 28th, 2009
2:22 pm

DEAREST PUPPY DAWGS – HERE YOU GO, TO THE TUNE
“BALLAD OF GILLIGAN’S ISLE”

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip
To Jacksonville in Florida, by a team not worth a flip

Their QB was named Joey Cox, he viewed his fans as fools
The little doggies took the field for a 3 hour school , a 3 hour school

The beatdown started getting rough, the pups were whipped and tossed
If not for the one star named AJ, each game would be a loss, each game would be a loss

The puppies tucked their tails and ran across their home state line
The post-game interviews were short, just blame the refs each time, blame the refs each time

With Bobo, and Willie too, “Special” John, and Saint Mark
The Looooosing squad,
Crept back to Athens with the rest
Here in Jax, Floridaaaaaaa

(Applause)

WTFyousay

October 28th, 2009
2:23 pm

Here’s a dose of reality. The entire state of Georgia acknowledges the decline of Georgia and eth ascention of Georgia Tech. The Memory Lane blog is good for nostalgia and there were some great teams over the years for Georgia but we live in the 21st century now and it’s over. No one talks about Georgia football any more, it’s “what’s Tech doing”? Keep the pipes lit and we’ll try to remember back when with you when we can.

Delbert D.

October 28th, 2009
2:29 pm

Mike Bobo is still throwing picks, by proxy. I think Hines Ward is the toughest, hardest-blocking wide receiver in NFL history.

LARRY

October 28th, 2009
2:32 pm

L-Dawg = UGA’s version of SAINT SIMONS what a tool. What happened to Ill love my coaches as long as there my coaches?

SkipperIsAceandGaryLike

October 28th, 2009
2:33 pm

By the way St. Simons. I hope you burn in hell soon.

Supes

October 28th, 2009
2:33 pm

As UGA fans we need to stop living in the past and do something now to get this program back on the right track.

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That’s absolutely correct…but it starts with the coaching and then the personnel on both offense and defense. Look @ this year’s FLA squad. Would you take any of UGA’s coaches over the FLA staff, or any of their starters on defense/offense (aside from AJ, maybe Rennie and Owens).

FLA has better coaching (I can’t stand that ego maniac Meyer but he’s a darn good coach) and better players.

UGA has serious catching up to do. CMR has to either go or find new OC and DC and start recruiting better players (that fit the schemes at UGA) or simply needs to be replaced and a total rebuilding needs to take place (when Donnan was fired)

L-Dawg

October 28th, 2009
2:35 pm

I WAS TOLD I WAS A BLIND HOMER FOR SUPPORTING MY TEAM AND COACHES.

THEREFORE IM JOINING THE MISERABLE BANDWAGON TO HATE ON OUR PROGRAM WE LOVE SO MUCH. I AM DECIDING TO LOOK PAST THE CHILLS I GET WHEN I SEE THE UGA FLAGS ON THE CARS ON HWY 316 HEADING INTO ATHENS ON GAMEDAY. I AM DECIDING TO LOOK PAST THE CHILLS I GET WHEN THE PLAYERS ARE WALING THROUGH THE DAWG WALK WHILE THE BAND PLAYS “GLORY GLORY”. I AM DECIDING TO LOOK PAST THE CHILLS I GET WHEN WE ALL POINT TO THE SOUTH WEST CORNER OF SANFORD STADIUM WHILE THE TRUMPETER PLAYS THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE BULLDAWG NATION. I AM DECIDING TO LOOK PAST THE CHILLS I GET WHEN WE ALL TWIRL OUR HANDS TOGETHER AND YELL “GO DAWGS, SIC EM, WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF” ON THE OPENING KICKOFF ON A COOL, FALL SATURDAY IN THE GLORIOUS SOUTH.

YEAH….. IM A BLIND HOMER WHEN I ADMIT THAT I LOVE THESE THINGS. I AM A BLIND HOMER WHEN I DECIDED TO BEAT ANY FAN ON HERE THAT WANTS TO SPIT ON OUR PROGRAM AND ATTEMPT TO DEFACE THE THINGS WE LOVE SO DEARLY.

SO IM JOINING THE REST OF YOU NOW. FIRE WILLIE MARTINEZ!!! FIRE MIKE BOBO!!!! HELL, FIRE RICHT, WHO HAS WORKED HIS ASS OFF TO MAKE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US CONTINUE TO LOVE THE TRADITIONS THAT MAKE OUR PRIDE WHAT IT IS. OBVIOUSLY ITS A BIT OF AN OFF YEAR…. SO FORGET IT ALL!!!!

HOW DARE ANYBODY SPEAK POSITIVE OF OUR PROGRAM FROM HERE ON OUT!!!!

LET ME BREAK THE RULES ONE MORE TIME AND BE A BLIND HOMER….. READY…. HERE IT GOES….. “GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!”

CraZyTRaDeMaN

October 28th, 2009
2:36 pm

Vince Vance arrested on driving without a licence. WTH is there not a place in Athens the students can go to renew or get a valid licence? Its probablly not as many as it seems but how many student athletes have been arested for this at UGA?

L-Dawg is an embarassment

October 28th, 2009
2:37 pm

Or should be. Unless he’s typical of Dawg fans. Which is it ?

Pat Dye

October 28th, 2009
2:42 pm

This Georgia team ain’t MAN ENOUGH to beat the gators! ;)

Cuz

October 28th, 2009
2:46 pm

Mark Richt needs to keep the traffiic violators off the street to make it safe for the drunk drivers.

CraZyTRaDeMaN

October 28th, 2009
2:47 pm

CAPS LOCK —— ITS CRUISE CONTROL FOR COOL

Way to go L-Dawg…

Cuz

October 28th, 2009
2:48 pm

L-Dawg you are warped. Join the club.

I hear Jim Donnan is just hanging around Athens. Put him on the sidelines for Saturday.

L-Dawg

October 28th, 2009
2:48 pm

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!!

LET’S GO GET EM TEAM, AND COACHES!!!!

OH WAIT….. IM BEING A BLIND HOMER AGAIN……

FIRE EVERYBODY!!!!! FOREFEIT THE SEASON!!!!

ratherBgambling

October 28th, 2009
2:57 pm

This blawg reeks of desperation. Get a coach who has a set, then you might have a chance.

Skipper

October 28th, 2009
3:00 pm

Ooooh! A gay reference! And a 1990s SNL reference!

SkipperIsAceAndGaryLike:

Riddell introduced the plastic football helmet in 1939, a Georgia win. Since then… (all records are indicated with UGA on the LEFT)

1940s: 7-2
1950s: 4-6
1960s: 3-6-1
1970s: 7-3
1980s: 8-2
1990s: 1-9
2000s: 2-7

Total: 33-35-1 (that’s from 1939 through today)

I count four decades in favor of the Gators and three decades in favor of the Bulldogs. Also, I’m being generous and counting 1942, which actually doesn’t count because we fielded no varsity team that year.

Check YOUR facts, son.

Georgia is next

October 28th, 2009
3:00 pm

Come on Bill, this aint anywhere near the team of 1997. This team has a piss poor Quarterback and a defense that is ranked last in the SEC in points allowed per game. Remember I said it, the Dawgs will not score more than 20 points on Saturday so to win they will have to hold the Florida Offense to under 20 points to win the game. Good luck!

you spilt your spitter on your wife beater..

October 28th, 2009
3:02 pm

Bill you are streeeeetching to find some silver lining leading up to this game.

damngoodawg

October 28th, 2009
3:08 pm

These techies think they have a dynasty. As usual, every 8 or 10 years they lure a good coach (on his way up), keep him for a couple or 3 years and then he moves on. This one will move on when 1) a school that can sell all of it’s tickets calls his name, 2) he demonstrates that his high school offense doesn’t work for long in the big boys’ leagues, 3) when coaching in a ghetto with nothing but goat boys and ugly women around to look at. UGA, on the other hand, is down now but who the hell thinks it’s gonna stay down, other than a followers of goat boy tech “football”. THWGT!

gator bait

October 28th, 2009
3:09 pm

So what? What a stupid article Mr. King – Even as a Florida fan, I usually admire what you write – but this one was like you were trying to pull one out of your a** to meet a deadline. That was 1997 – 12 years ago – and UGA had Robert Edwards. There is no Robert Edwards on this team. Besides – talk about penalties and officials making calls – if I remember correctly – on that 37 yard TD run that Edwards ran – there were 2 holding calls that were not CALLED. It seems funny how people remember the calls that were made and not the ones that were not. And UGA’s offensive line was holding on EVERY play – and got away with it. Yes – I was there – and we could not believe it (even saw it on the video tape later).

CraZyTRaDeMaN

October 28th, 2009
3:09 pm

L-DAWG
YOU LEFT OUT
THE CHILLS I GET WHEN I SNEAK INTO THE LOCKER ROOM AND WATCH THE LINEMEN SHOWER AFTER PRACTICE. THE CHILLS I GET WHEN I SEE THE PRETTY LIPS AND SEXY COMBOVER OF MY HEAD COACH MARK RICHT.

Party at Joe Cox's to Watch SEC Title Game

October 28th, 2009
3:21 pm

Joe Cox formally invites you to a party to watch the SEC Title Game
December 5, 2009
5 P.M.
2009 Interception Way – Athens, Ga 30605
BYOB

TCDAWG

October 28th, 2009
3:21 pm

Good write Bill. That was one heck of a game. As I was 2 years out of high school it seemed that the DAWGS would nevere beat them GAYTORS again. I remember hollerin’ so loud for so long, I could’t hardly talk for 2 days. I love my DAWGS and HATE the GAYTORS, maybe just maybe this team will find a way to stand up play soud fundamental defense, give King or Ealey the ball early and often. Even if we don’t “establish” a run game that would hopefully loosen up their secondary. I’m gonna be right there hollerin’ again this year, win or lose, because as I said before, I love my DAWGS. They’re my horse if they never win another race.

GO DAWGS!!!!!!!

TCDAWG

October 28th, 2009
3:22 pm

Good write Bill. That was one heck of a game. As I was 2 years out of high school it seemed that the DAWGS would nevere beat them GAYTORS again. I remember hollerin’ so loud for so long, I could’t hardly talk for 2 days. I love my DAWGS and HATE the GAYTORS, maybe just maybe this team will find a way to stand up play soud fundamental defense, give King or Ealey the ball early and often. Even if we don’t “establish” a run game that would hopefully loosen up their secondary. I’m gonna be right there hollerin’ again this year, win or lose, because as I said before, I love my DAWGS. There my horse if they never win another race.

GO DAWGS!!!!!!!

Cuz

October 28th, 2009
3:23 pm

I need a designated driver for Joe’s Party. Someone find a football player with a valid license.

Cuz

October 28th, 2009
3:25 pm

TCDAWG, the Gators are probably number one in stopping the run. They allow an average of 95 yards per game rushing. I think we would be better off slinging the ball from the get go to open up the running attack later. If we open with the run, it will be over by halftime.

Jdawg

October 28th, 2009
3:31 pm

Gator Bait:

I was in agreement with you that it is pathetic that we have to go back 12 years to find one of very few great moments in the last 20 years of Ga-Fla, but when you go on and on about holding calls not called (never happened for UF I’m sure) then you are the one living in the past.

Let’s all move on to current day. Doubtless UF will beat us soundly again. Hopefully we won’t be talking about phantom holding calls 12 years later though.

Historian

October 28th, 2009
3:32 pm

To the UGA fans that defend the fact that Florida has dominated you for the past 20 years by giving records from before this point I say, that’s great but it is never going back to that point. Florida will continue to dominate you for several decades to come. There will never be another decade where the Dawgs own the Gators, it’s not happening. Florida is an elite program, kids want to play football there. Gators have the #1 recruiting class as of today and are just racking up top players at all positions. There will be no Georgia-esque meltdown next year or five years from now, they will continue to out-class and defeat you most of the time.

Concerned Gator

October 28th, 2009
3:34 pm

Vince Vance – The latest criminal on the UGA Football team, can’t these boys stay out of trouble?

Tim

October 28th, 2009
3:36 pm

First and formost i am a gator however i really enjoy you column. This comment is to coaches Richt and Meyer enough already in the last two yrs you both did something stupid. Since neither of you are entrenched in SEC tradition let me inform you this is the FLA-Ga game (were home this yr so we get top billing)it dosen’t need your stupid little motivational tricks ie dances and time outs. This is Christmas come early,the Easter bunny and Forth of July all wrapped in one. The game is a show case of my home with the GREATEST FANS on the planet Dawgs barkin Gators doing the chomp ORANGE BLUE BLACK RED breaking bread enjoying an adult beverage in moderation of course. Welcome Dawgs and good luck but not to much.

R.S.V.P.

October 28th, 2009
3:38 pm

Joe, I would love to come to your party and watch the SEC Title Game. I will bring a cheese tray and some beer for us to enjoy. Thanks for the invite and I will see you on the 5th anticipating the game we will watch.

A.J. Green

RxDawg

October 28th, 2009
3:42 pm

“Someone find a football player with a valid license.”

Cuz they don’t exist.

jawga boy

October 28th, 2009
4:04 pm

Hey WTFyousay about the “ascension of GT” vs UGA? Still can’t crack the TOP TEN in nation at #11. Remember, what goes up, must come down. Bro…. the option went out in the 60’s, and it will again. Enjoy your day in the sun cause it don’t shine on the same dawgsass all the time. You’ll be back under the porch at seasons end.

McDawg

October 28th, 2009
4:13 pm

Burdell

October 28th, 2009
4:14 pm

damnGOOdawg–

“2) he demonstrates that his high school offense doesn’t work for long in the big boys’ leagues”

Don’t you wish that was the case…keep holding your breath!

GO JACKETS!!! BEAT THAT SEC AZZ!!! (again, 3-1 and counting)

Cuz

October 28th, 2009
4:21 pm

That High School offense looks pretty good from down here.

Styles

October 28th, 2009
4:23 pm

UGA must play stone cold, mistake free football and play with more intensity than this entire season combined. Our special teams needs a run back and our O-line needs to be fierce. Tebow must have an interception or two and at least one fumble by the Gators. Ultimately, every UGA player must perform as if it’s the last game of their career.