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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BallCoach

November 12th, 2009
3:10 pm

2005 was a great game in Athens. 2005 may have been the greatest game of the series even though we lost.

LHarding Dawg

November 12th, 2009
3:29 pm

I have been to all the Ga/Ab games since 1978. One of my frvorites was the game where Auburn fumbled on the 1 yard line and CRG had everyone lay on the field until the clock ran out. I was seated on the 50 yard line, right behind the Auburn bench. It was a fantastic win.

AU

November 12th, 2009
3:37 pm

I liked ‘96 when UGA sat on the ball on the UGA 1 yard line keeping Nix from running another play. Not cool. :)

joey

November 12th, 2009
3:45 pm

Im with Tim. 2005 game was awesome! Could have been th eyear if we win that one and shock stays healthy! Shoulda,woulda,coulda!

Chris in JAX

November 12th, 2009
4:30 pm

I was there for the 2005 game when we lost. Then I was able to attend the 2007 game. I still get goosebumps thinking about the noise in Sanford Stadium when the Dawgs came out in their balck uniforms. That was by far the best and most fun game I have ever been to. Granted, I am only 23 but I have been to my fair share of Ws and Ls. Hopefully we can pull off another one this weekend, I go to school with an Auburn grad (from D.C. so you can imagine how annoying he really is) and I do not want to put up with the obnoxious taunts that are sure to come from him. GO DAWGS!!!

dawg man

November 12th, 2009
4:53 pm

BRING OUT THE BLACK UNIFORMS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND BLACK HELMETS !!!!!!!!!!!!! WHITE FACEMASK THOUGH !!!!!! ITS BLACK OUT TIME COACH RICHT

Ed

November 12th, 2009
6:35 pm

One more black uniform gimmick and I’ll truly be convinced that the coaches are completely out of ideas for motivating these players.

We have the sharpest home uniforms in football. Let’s wear them with pride and GATA!

lol!!!

November 12th, 2009
6:55 pm

Will UGA break out the pink helments and pants this weekend? Or maybe they can have a big pink g on their helments with the letters irl following it!

lol!!!

November 12th, 2009
6:57 pm

sorry helmets

GoDawgs08

November 12th, 2009
7:39 pm

“Touchdown! Oh God a touchdown! In the corner…someone went up high wa-was it Watson or Gibson??? __________________Michael Johnson!”

haha, what a call! Munson was like…wait, who is Michael Johnson!? Oh well, God bless him!

I remember jumping up and down on the couch and knocking the Tostitos (which were limed flavored might i add) all over the place…and i did not get yelled at by my rents for doing so! One of the most memorable moments from my childhood was that catch.

yarddawg

November 12th, 2009
7:41 pm

I can at least say this, Auburn fans, the ones that i have been associated with over the past 30 years or so, have been one of the more classier groups of fans (people)that i’ve ever been around,win or loose.

Kobby

November 12th, 2009
8:09 pm

My personal favorites.

1992 Georgia stoning them on the goal line for the win
1996, Bobo Throwing that thing a mile to Corey Allen to send it to OT
2002, Defense forcing Auburn to 6 straight 3 and outs to keep us in it and then the miracle in the end zone to clinch the East.
2007, Knowshon breaking open a close game with one nasty cutback

happy days are here again

November 12th, 2009
9:54 pm

here’s video of the greatest game of all

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8GuH9oDHrU

Techno is for hot man on man

November 12th, 2009
10:47 pm

And Tech fans are still gay for robots

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Fuuf

November 13th, 2009
1:15 am

2002 was by far the most important win I can remember. I remember I had to work that night, so for my “15 minute break” I went outside sat in the car and listened to Munson on the radio make that call “OH GOD A TOUCHDOWN!”. Just hearing that call still gives me goosebumps. I would love to be able to watch that game sometime, as I was never able to do.

takedowndawg

November 13th, 2009
6:14 am

Stay Classy dog fans: Before you lecture Georgia and its fans I would remind you that you could not even field a team without Georgia players!Year after year. For that matter neither could Clemson or South Carolina.

Wes

November 13th, 2009
7:59 am

Living in Columbus, Ga. this is THE GAME every year. Being just across the river from the Plains makes it hard to stomach when we drop to the WAW EAGLES, but sweeter than sweet when we ruin their party. Throw out the records on this one, the home team is usually at a disadvantage, and there seems to always be an unknown hero in this one so…..buckle your chinstraps and hang on Saturday night………here we go again. GO YOU HAIRY DAWGS!!!!!!!!

North FLA Falcon

November 13th, 2009
9:10 am

I survived the 1986 fire hoses. That was quite a night. GO DAWGS.

Richt7-1vTech

November 15th, 2009
10:30 am

1991–Operation Turnaround–gave us our only home victory against AU between 1981 and 2003. I started going to Georgia games in 1983, and my brother got married that day in 1991, so I had to wait 20 years to see a home victory vs Auburn.