10 great Georgia wins over Auburn

Tra Battle was one of the stars of the 2006 game. (University of Georgia)

Tra Battle was one of the stars of the 2006 game. (University of Georgia)

I said yesterday that Georgia-Auburn is my favorite of UGA’s rivalries. I’m sure a big reason for that is that the Dogs have clinched so many SEC titles against the Tigers, and in keeping with the quirky nature of the series, quite often at Auburn.

But there have also been some terrific upsets by less than great Georgia teams.

Overall, Georgia-Auburn has provided many thrilling moments. Here are the 10 greatest games in the series since I’ve been following the Dogs:

1959: Georgia’s 14-13 win in Athens. After a key fumble recovery by the Dogs’ Pat Dye, who would later become head coach and athletics director at Auburn, Fran Tarkenton threw a fourth-down 13-yard touchdown pass to Bill Heron to secure Wally Butts’ last SEC championship.

1962: Georgia’s 30-21 win at Auburn. Larry Rakestraw threw three touchdown passes to Don Porterfield as the Dogs upset the heavily favored Tigers in the biggest win of coach Johnny Griffith’s short tenure at UGA.

1966: Georgia’s 21-13 win at Auburn. The Dogs were down 13-0 midway through the third quarter, but quarterback Kirby Moore engineered three long scoring drives to clinch Vince Dooley’s first SEC championship.

1968: Georgia’s 17-3 win at Auburn. With Mike Cavan having a sensational sophomore season at QB and Jake Scott and Bill Stanfill the defensive superstars, the No. 5 Dogs beat the No. 12 Tigers to secure Dooley’s second SEC title. This was the game where I clearly remember realizing for the first time that Larry Munson really cared whether the Dogs won.

1982: Georgia’s 19-14 win at Auburn. A classic Georgia defensive stand secured the win with Munson pleading for the Dogs to “hunker down” one more time. After which, of course, it was “Look at the sugar falling out of the sky.”

1986: Georgia’s 20-16 win at Auburn. With starting QB James Jackson attending his grandmother’s funeral, backup Wayne Johnson got the nod and led the Dogs to a major upset over the No. 8-ranked Tigers. An interception by Steve Boswell sealed the win. The game is most notable in UGA football history, though, for Auburn officials turning fire hoses not only on those Georgia fans who had stormed the field, but the ones still in the stands, too.

1996: Georgia’s 56-49 win at Auburn. This one started out sucky, with the Dogs down 28-7. But Mike Bobo led Georgia back to tie the game and send it into four overtime periods. Robert Edwards ran for three touchdowns and Hines Ward caught nine passes for 175 yards as Jim Donnan’s Dogs prevailed in the SEC’s first overtime game.

2002: Georgia’s 24-21 win at Auburn. Another one that started out with the Dogs not looking good, as the Tigers led 14-3 at the half. Everyone remembers how this one ended, but often overlooked is the defensive performance by Sean Jones, who snagged two interceptions and a fumble recovery in addition to returning punts. Then came that thrilling fourth-down pass from David Greene to Michael Johnson with 1:25 left on the clock, giving the Dogs the SEC East title and, eventually, Mark Richt’s first SEC championship. As Munson put it: “Touchdown! Oh, God, a touchdown!”

2006: Georgia’s 37-15 win at Auburn. Nobody gave the Dogs much of a chance against the No. 5-ranked Tigers, but in perhaps Willie Martinez’s finest hour the Georgia defense smacked AU quarterback Brandon Cox in the mouth from the get-go. Tra Battle wound up with three interceptions and the Dogs held Auburn to 171 yards of offense (all but 35 on the ground) while Georgia’s Kregg Lumpkin ran for 105 yards. Those Georgia fans who hope for a strong finish this season point to the 2006 Dogs as inspiration.

2007: Georgia’s 45-20 win in Athens. The “Blackout” game was back and forth for a while, with Auburn taking the lead midway through the third quarter before Georgia ripped off 28 unanswered points. One of the greatest games ever held Between the Hedges.

I get goosebumps just thinking about those games. Are there other Georgia wins over Auburn that stick in your memory?

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Dawg Days

November 12th, 2009
7:31 am

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ParrisIsland Dawg

November 12th, 2009
7:39 am

How bout the 1994 tie against Terry Bowden’s undefeated team. Auburn had won something like 21 straight and were heavy favorites. Eric Zeier and Terrell Davis played inspired football and we kicked a fg in the last seconds to tie. Not a great win, but for that team it was a great showing.

Your Friend

November 12th, 2009
7:43 am

Buck blames the players lack of talent. Willie owns Auburn and Tech.


November 12th, 2009
7:49 am

2005 was a great game between the hedges even though we lost. Auburn wins 31-30 in a game where D.J. Shockley was unstoppable. If only he could have been on defense to stop that 4th and long, how history could have been different. That was probably one of the few games that we lost but I was still proud of our Dawgs for how hard they played. Neither team deserved to lose in that game.

JB Wright

November 12th, 2009
7:59 am

I rushed the field in ‘86. Got me some of that Auburn sod. Got back to my seat right before the hoses came on. What a great night!


November 12th, 2009
8:07 am


November 12th, 2009
8:07 am

you have wasted space talking about the past glory days for Georgia. They are gone. Suck it up! Auburn is on the upswing and Georgia is groveling for a win from anyone. Georgia loses and the quarter back goes to the bench in the second half. War Eagle!


November 12th, 2009
8:12 am

The Kiffin Cup begins! Tennessee WR Nu’keese Richarson, and DBs Jansen Jackson and Mike Edwards were arrested by Knoxville police early this morning and charged with aggravated robbery. No comment thus far from the university.

Good to see Lame carrying on a true Tennersee tradtion…


November 12th, 2009
8:26 am

Well, this wasn’t a win and I don’t exactly remember what year it was, but I remember sitting in the stands in Athens when the duo of Sullivan and Beasley were here! Man, I enjoyed watching that combination even though they were Auburn Tigers!


November 12th, 2009
8:38 am

No joke godawg. I can’t even think of any Florida players that have gone that far. The closest comparisons I can come up with are maybe Maurice Clarett or Marcus Vick. I guess after several months of “wild boyz” dancing with their shirts off, you’ll do anything to get kicked off the team.

My personal favorite Auburn games are either the four OT game in 96 or the true blackout game in 07.

George G.

November 12th, 2009
8:44 am

2005 was one of the greatest games ever. Regardless of the team you pull for, that game was beyond thrilling.


November 12th, 2009
8:49 am

How about the 1992 game and Ray’s ‘lay down Dawgs!’? Of course Larry credited it to Old Lady Luck.


November 12th, 2009
8:49 am

Of course mine are a little bit more recent due to age, but here is my list:

1. The original blackout game. Man, when ACDC came on the loud speakers and that team ran out in black…..never, and I mean NEVER have I seen Sanford stadium like that.

2. The back and forth overtime game that changed the NCAA rules back in the mid 90s. That’s what the GA vs AU game is all about.

3. This might suprise you because it’s a game we lost, but 2005 with DJ Shockley at the helm. Towards the end of the game neither team could stop each other. AU got a hail marry bomb on 4th and long, the WR running toward the endzone got the ball knocked out for a fumble right before he crossed the goal line. If the ball went out of the endzone it would of been GA’s ball witha touchback. But it didn’t, an AU player jumped on it right at the back of the endzone with no room to spare. This gave AU the ball at like the 3 yard line with about 1min left. In hindsite, GA probably should of just let AU run right into the endzone for the score (we were up by 3 i think). But no coach can rightfuly tell his defense to let them score, so AU ran down the clock and kicked a field goal to win it. Bad ending, great game.

4. The 2002 game at Auburn when Michael Johnson caught a pass at the end to push UGA into the SEC championship game. I was there. Cold and miserable the entire time, surrounded by Auburn fans. I had to drive back immediately because I had a pharmacology final the following Monday. On the drive back, someone hung a sign on an interstate overpass congradulating the SEC east champion Georgia Bulldogs.

This game is by far my favorite of all the Georgia rivalries. Having all my War Eagle buddies over to the house Sat. Going to fire up the low country boil and watch some good ol’ fashion football. Go Dawgs!

Stay Classy Dawg Fans

November 12th, 2009
9:00 am

“Got me some of that Auburn sod”. And stupidity like this is why your fan base is hated throughout the South.


November 12th, 2009
9:07 am

correction, we were up by 2 and AU kicked a field goal to win by 3. It’s good to see a lot of other fans piont to how great that game truly was. Best loss the dawgs ever had.


November 12th, 2009
9:10 am

Warning! Stop

Incoming jealous Tech fans clamoring Stop

About how they are really UGA’s greatest rival Stop


November 12th, 2009
9:19 am

Stop living in the past. The ONLY game that matters is the NEXT game.

Auburn administers a serious beatdown to the hapless Dawgs this week:

Auburn 42, UGA 13.

And please don’t fire Mark Richt, he’s your opposition’s best friend.


November 12th, 2009
9:23 am






November 12th, 2009
9:25 am

I know this is not related, but I have to comment on the article that includes interview with Mike Slim from the SEC. Its funny that Nicky and Urban dont have any problems with the SEC officials- I wouldnt either- thanks to Mike and his scum UF and UA are still unbeaten- I hope which ever one makes it to the NC game (I pray neither does) they get drilled by whoever they play. Yeah- were in the SEC but NO WAY do I want to see one of those teams win a NC. I want this conference to become the joke of the nation- THEN maybe the idiot that runs the show will do something and get his people out of the bed with Urban and Nick


November 12th, 2009
9:40 am

“And please don’t fire Mark Richt, he’s your opposition’s best friend.”

Um I’m pretty sure he’s beat Auburn 3 years in a row now, Opelika.


November 12th, 2009
9:41 am

If you’re talking about greatest GA-WarTiglePlainsmen GAMES…not just WINS…you gotta include the 1978 “brutal, grim tie.”

Of course that tie kept us out of the Sugar Bowl, but the game itself was tense all the way through. I think that Auburn team featured William Andrews and Joe Cribbs, we had freshman Buck Belue at QB


Billy Boy

November 12th, 2009
9:41 am

Billy Boy is once again living in the past. The mutts better hope they beat Kentucky, because they won’t beat Auburn or Tech.

Back In The Day

November 12th, 2009
9:50 am

Great work Bill!

My most vivid memory of an excited Athens was in 1971, when we went into the Auburn game undefeated and lost to Pat Sullivan and Terry Beasley.

Even though we lost, I still remember (as a boy) how excited the Classic City was leading up to that one game.

As lifetime dawg fans know, we went 11-1 that year. Back when an 11 win season was just unheard of – instead of expected.

Florida Dawg

November 12th, 2009
9:50 am

Auburn is the “only” big name team that we have had some kind of positive success.
It should be every Dawgs favorite rivalry.
Now if we can ONLY make the Florida game our “favorite” rivalry…then I could move on.
Auburn is not the problem…FLORIDA is the problem. Tennessee will be our next “biggest” problem.


November 12th, 2009
10:02 am

Don’t forget the classic 1941 game. With no time left on the clock, Sinkwich passes to Lamar ” Racehorse ” Davis to close out a 7 – 0 victory. Most of the historians, believe this was the most dramatic play in UGA history. UGA’s ” dream backfield ” would form the next year in 1942, when Charley Trippi joined the team as a freshman. Sinkwich, Trippi, ” Racehorse ” Davis……UGA’s greatest backfield ever! I challenge anyone to name a better one.


November 12th, 2009
10:13 am

The Blackout from 2007 was my favorite GA/Auburn game,GO DAWGS!! Lets make it 4 in a row!!


November 12th, 2009
10:14 am

OK, OK, you may want us to talk about the GA-AUB rivalry, but this Tennessee thing is way too good to pass up. In fact it’s effin priceless (did you ever notice that if you drop the ‘k’ and rearrange the ‘e’ and ‘i’, you get ‘effin’?)…so I’ll start with these…I mean surely you have to let these guys off cause they were being ‘green’ – my God, what has the state of UT football come to, ‘holding up people while driving a Prius?’…or, they probably will be get off because they all had valid drivers licenses…or, the only way this could have been better is if a Florida and a Tech freshman could have been in on it – then the story could have started with ‘A Tennessee freshman, a Tech freshman and a Florida freshman football players go to this convenience store in a Prius’…or, the UT kids were still wearing their Halloween outfits – orange bottoms and black tops (the ones with the ‘hoods’ were in the locker room) – and instead of saying ‘give me all you got’, meant to say ‘trick or treat’….

I got a million of ‘em.

But on a genuinely serious note, whatayabet there was something in these kids background that should have set off alarms while they were being recruited, but Mr. Kiffen knew better. Just like that ‘risky’, best running back in the country, Brown – just wait. This is the price you pay when you don’t give a crap about a school’s tradition of class, values and integrity and are willing to cut a few corners in the pursuit of winning now – regardless of the consequences. By the way, we tried that in Athens in basketball a few years back, and look where it got us.


November 12th, 2009
10:37 am

Ah yes, those 02 and 06 victories in Auburn were priceless. I was there for both of em, fortunate enough to have ridden down in a limo from Birmingham, paid for by an AU Grad. Unfortunately he made us leave in the third quarter in 2006, just as the rain started coming down, and the real beatdown by the Dawgs was commencing. But priceless, nonetheless. It’s good to know that we own AU.

So Vol fans, was it comforting to wake up this morning and see the headlines? Lol, Great recruiting efforts by Lame Kitten. I predict by 2010 half of your team will be wearing Orange, but not the team Uni’s, the ones provided for them by taxpayer dollars at the State Jailhouse! LMAO!!!!


November 12th, 2009
10:42 am

What happened? Did Coach Kiffin forget to hand out the team meal tickets?

Hahahahahahahahahaha!! Robbing someone with a BB GUN. I just cant stop laughing.

Bill King

November 12th, 2009
11:10 am


I limited my list to games that I remember and the 1941 game is a few years before I was even born. These are just the greatest Georiga-Auburn games of my time.

Bill King

November 12th, 2009
11:12 am

Back in the Day:

The 1971 game was a terrific game (except the outcome) and the buildup to that game was wild. The atmosphere was electric. But since the Dogs didn’t win, I didn’t include it on my list.

Bill King

November 12th, 2009
11:14 am


The 1994 tie that ended Baby Bowden’s streak was pretty memorable, too!

Bill King

November 12th, 2009
11:18 am


Let the Tigers actually break Georgia’s winning streak first. Then you can crow.


November 12th, 2009
11:19 am

1980- Georgia 31-21. My first trip to the Plains. Auburn wore orange jerseys and all the pressure was on UGA as the new #1 ranked team. AU played well and was intent on stopping Herschel. I think he and Buck both had 70-something yards rushing, Freddie Gilbert blocked an AU punt to spark the Dawgs.


November 12th, 2009
11:23 am

For my money, the 2002 game was by favorite. Without that win, UGA was out of the SEC championship. And what Dawgs fans forget was how bad we played in the first half of that game. The Dawgs were down 14-3 and it could have been worse. But winning that game the way we did,proved what character and resolve that team had. It was the signature win for Richt’s program.

This year’s team would have quit under such adversity, which is why they are losers. Not because they lose, but because they quit. This is why I get so frusterated with the current situation at UGA. Where has the desire and heart gone in this program? What happened to laying it on the line? What happened to looking adversity square in the face and beating it? Champions are made of such things. That’s the kind of UGA football that makes me proud to be a fan, even in defeat.

Paul Shaffer's New Book

November 12th, 2009
11:24 am

Top Ten Mind Numbing Plays during a futball game.

Numb-er 10 – Pass
Numb-er 9 – Run
Numb-er 8 – Pass {are you dudes making these names up?}
Numb-er 7 – Kick
Numb-er 6 – Pass
Numb-er 5 – Run
Numb-er 4 – Run {it’s like I have a twin!}
Numb-er 3 – Kick {oops, sorry, that’s soccer!}
Numb-er 2 – Pass

….and the Numb-er One Play in Futball:

Three Words: Spay and Neuter! [sorry there are really only three plays in Futball]


November 12th, 2009
11:42 am

ALL AWESOME, THANKS BILL!!!I would have to rank the 2002 at the top, because it enabled us to get out of the 20 year SEC drought. The 1996 game is a close 2nd though, as the TD on the last play of the game, and EVERY OT posession provided a thrill-a-minute. I remember turning away from every game-tying extra point in OT because I was SO nervous that we might miss one. WHAT A GAME!!!

Dawg Man

November 12th, 2009
12:07 pm

Blackout 2007 = the greatest game ever played at Sanford Stadium


November 12th, 2009
12:29 pm

All of those games (at least the ones in my lifetime) bring back great memories. The ‘05 loss really stung, and it was a harbinger of the defensive breakdowns that would plague the Willie Martinez era. The ‘06 defensive performance would suggest that the scheme, when properly executed, actually works. The problem in recent years seems to be less about scheme and more about fundamentals and motivation, and that’s also on the coaches.


November 12th, 2009
12:51 pm

The 1970 game in which the Tigers were flying high and the Dawgs were suffering through a .500 season sticks in my mind. I watched it on TV when I was a child and the Dawgs pulled a major upset winning 31-17 at Auburn.


November 12th, 2009
1:14 pm

Man, if felony arrests equals talent then UT is closing the gap on UF quick!

Georgia Tech

November 12th, 2009
1:47 pm

Two GREAT Offenses playing saturday at 7:45PM two teams with good throwing game


November 12th, 2009
2:15 pm

I get chills thinking about another Blackout game in Athens but this one was in 2008. LOL!!

41 – 30.


Jeremy Knipe

November 12th, 2009
2:27 pm

1992 win in Auburn. WATCH THE CLOCK. I was at the game…12 years old back then. : D

Villa Rica DAWG

November 12th, 2009
2:28 pm

I was at the 2007 Blackout Game. It was the most exciting game I have ever attended in my entire life…

Jeremy Knipe

November 12th, 2009
2:33 pm

Then again, I’ve been to every UGA/AU game since ‘92. As many good moments as there has been…there’s been some bad ones too. 2005 being one of them. And then of course the Jasper Sanks debacle.


November 12th, 2009
2:51 pm

Yes, the Blackout was incredible, as I think it was the best atmosphere and crowd support I have ever witnessed in Athens. The sight of all black in the stands was just jaw-dropping. Yes, there have ben some painful losses too, but they all make for an entertaining, competitive, and yet civil, series.


November 12th, 2009
2:52 pm

By the way, let’s continue to ignore the haters and enjoy this discussion amongst ourselves Dawg Fans. Woof-Woof!