Remembering favorite Georgia bowl wins

Whether your dream best-case scenario for today’s Independence Bowl game involves the Dogs winning a high-scoring thriller against the Aggies or Georgia’s patchwork defensive scheme shutting down Texas A&M in a yawner, it’s highly unlikely this match will make any Bulldog fan’s list of favorite bowl games.

It comes at the end of a disappointing season. And it’s Shreveport. Enough said.

Still, unless the Dogs turn in a showing along the lines of earlier this season in Knoxville, it probably won’t rank as least favorite bowl, either. For me, that infamous distinction forever belongs to the 1974 Tangerine Bowl, when a Georgia team that should have stayed home lost a dismal game by a score of 21-10 to the other Miami. You know, the one in Ohio.

Of course, there’s no question which of Georgia’s 45 bowl games ranks first with fans. The Sugar Bowl game on Jan. 1, 1981, capped an undefeated season for the Dogs and gave them a national championship. And the loser was Notre Dame. Talk about perfect …

John Lastinger scores against Texas. (Associated Press)

John Lastinger scores against Texas. (Associated Press)

But when I asked some members of my family to pick their favorite Georgia bowl game besides that one, I got a variety of answers. One brother immediately noted that “it’s still 10 to 9 in Dallas,” referring to the Jan. 2, 1984 upset of the undefeated, No. 2-ranked Texas Longhorns by an underrated group of Bulldogs led by John “All He Can Do Is Win” Lastinger. Neither offense could do much except kick field goals that day and Texas led 9-3 when Georgia recovered a fumble, setting up the winning score when Lastinger ran the option to his right and scampered 17 yards with 3:22 left on the clock.

I think that game probably gets my nod as favorite besides the win over the Irish. But there are others still worth celebrating. The thrilling come-from-behind victory over Virginia Tech in the 2006 Chick-fil-A Bowl, which we all attended, drew a couple of mentions. That’s certainly a treasured memory.

And the 2007 Sugar Bowl against Hawaii, while not very competitive, was a lot of fun because the Dogs manhandled the Rainbow Warriors in every phase of the game and turned the pregame media hype on its head. A No. 2 national ranking to end the season was pretty sweet, too.

Among the most memorable Georgia bowl wins for me is the Jan. 1, 1960, Orange Bowl, in which Fran Tarkenton threw two touchdown passes as the Dogs beat Missouri 14-0. I woke up with the mumps that morning, but my parents still let me watch the first UGA game ever televised.

And while it wasn’t a major bowl, I have fond memories of the 1964 Sun Bowl win over Texas Tech because it wrapped up that first season for Vince Dooley that marked the rebirth of Georgia football.

The 24-9 win over SMU in the 1966 Cotton Bowl, with Kent Lawrence running for 149 yards, is another favorite, as is the 33-6 win over Wisconsin in the Jan. 1, 1998 Outback Bowl by a Jim Donnan team that featured Hines Ward, Robert Edwards and Mike Bobo, who completed 92.8 percent of his passes that day.

If there’s another Georgia bowl win that’s one of your favorites, share it with us in the comments. And come back during the game today, when I’ll be blogging live.

Go Dogs!

113 comments Add your comment

Cuz

December 28th, 2009
10:21 am

Sugar Bowl Jan 1, 1981. It was awesome baby.

Cuz

December 28th, 2009
10:32 am

That comeback win over Purdue when we spotted Drew Brees and company 19 points was pretty special.

Cuz

December 28th, 2009
10:37 am

How about the 1998 Outback bowl with MVP Mike Bobo completing 26 of 28 passes. Georgia 33- Wisconsin 6.

BG

December 28th, 2009
10:39 am

Sugar bowl aganist Hawaii.

Evidently, Cuz...

December 28th, 2009
10:40 am

…is having difficulty reading and comprehending the next to last paragraph in Bill’s story!

ARRESTED AGAIN

December 28th, 2009
10:41 am

Joe M

December 28th, 2009
10:41 am

Please forgive my copy and paste but, “the 33-6 win over Wisconsin in the Jan. 1, 1998 Outback Bowl by a Jim Donnan team that featured Hines Ward, Robert Edwards and Mike Bobo, who completed 92.8 percent of his passes that day” is mine simply because it was the first bowl game I ever attended.

Six months after graduation (HS) me and 2 buddies drove down spent two days and had a blast.

One of the great moments was spending the night before in Ybor City. We met a group of Badger fans and we hung out with them most of the night. A good part of that time we spent debating who’d have the better day, Ron Dayne or Robert Edwards. Well, the rest is history of course.

As for today, I just hope for a win fueled by a great day for the O and some quality D.

The we sit and wait for the big announcement and begin looking forward to spring practice!

ARRESTED AGAIN

December 28th, 2009
10:42 am

Salty Dawg

December 28th, 2009
10:42 am

Nothing compares to the 2000 Oahu Classic out in Hawaii. Watching Jim Donnan lead our boys into battle against that staunch UVA team, Hawai’ian shirts and all. I miss Jim Donnan.

Bubba

December 28th, 2009
10:48 am

TO ALL TECH FANS

December 28th, 2009
10:52 am

WE RUN THIS STATE. DON’T FORGET.

Cuz

December 28th, 2009
10:52 am

I have been to four bowls all of them Sugar. With me at bowls Dawgs are 1-3. For the good of the program, I will refrain from attending bowl games.

SUPER DAWG

December 28th, 2009
10:53 am

Georgia over Texas still rates as one of the bests of all times. Those Dawgs really had some heart!

SUPER DAWG

December 28th, 2009
10:55 am

My Bowl record is 4-0-1. Go Dawgs!

william cranman

December 28th, 2009
10:56 am

“Arrested Again” what are you trying to say? Your links don’t say anything.

william cranman

December 28th, 2009
10:57 am

The ‘Dawgs won the national title in ‘42 also.

Eric

December 28th, 2009
11:02 am

One of mine was the 89 Gator Bowl, Doley’s last game. It was also 1 of only 2 bowl games I have attended. The Dawgs whipped Andre Risen & the Spartans. Also memorable because my best friend had a little too much pre-game bourbon & slept through the first quarter & a half.

Pulpwood Smith

December 28th, 2009
11:03 am

The Peach Bowl when we lost to Syracuse 19-18.

GATA

December 28th, 2009
11:06 am

Sorry yellow jacket fan (such an apporpriate color for you). Colorado actually won the NC in 1990, but I guess we’ll give you a half. And how about mixing in a modern era NC before you talk smack.

Fact checking for Tech Mouthbreathers

December 28th, 2009
11:13 am

1) There are no “real” National Championships in D1A football and there never has been. The NCAA neither awards nor recognizes a national champion in division 1A.

2) UGA has been “awarded” two “Consensus” Mythical National Championships, in 1942 & 1980. Consensus in the fact that over 50% of the general public in the form of various polls thought they were the best team. Tech has NEVER been a Consensus national champion.

3) By the same fashion that Tech claims 4 National Championships, UGA could claim 5, and that is that any major recognized poll named you National Champions.

4) If you want to count the way Alabama counts, UGA could claim as many as 9 National Championships.

The fact is UGA founded, funded, chartered, and inititated the Georgia Institute of Technology. And for the better part of 100+ years of competing against Tech has a winning record verses the Trade School in every sport the two compete in. Especially football where UGA has a 20+ game lead and beat Tech’s best team in 20 years this past year with 7-5 squad.

Chuck

December 28th, 2009
11:14 am

The Top 5 Georgia games of all time, including bowls and regular season
1. Georgia-Florida, 1980
2. Georgia-Notre Dame, 1981 Sugar Bowl
3. Georgia-Texas, 1984 Cotton Bowl
4. Georgia-Alabama, 1965
5. Georgia-South Carolina, 1980

Fact checking for Tech Mouthbreathers

December 28th, 2009
11:15 am

Excuse me, to be fair every sport except Men’s Basketball.

Haley Hutchinson

December 28th, 2009
11:17 am

It’s a little silly for Techies to claim a “championship” in the 90’s when they haven’t played in a major bowl since the 60’s.

Just sayin’

Speed Racer

December 28th, 2009
11:21 am

Last trip to Shreveport, 1991 season, Eric Zeier running QB keeper around left side, met Arkansas defender head-on and flattened him, rude “Welcome to the SEC” for Arkansas as they were set to join the conference the next year…Not a “favorite” bowl but I wanted to add something…How about beating Ohio State after the 1992 season? Pretty good win.

Cuz

December 28th, 2009
11:28 am

I was in attendence the last time we played the Aggies. Now that was a good game.

Adam

December 28th, 2009
11:33 am

The Mountain West is 3-0 in bowl games, our SEC is 0-1 with a loss to an lowly ACC team. Our conference is terrible.

Dawg 4 Life

December 28th, 2009
11:34 am

I gotta admit the jackets are playing much better football than we are. I hope things turn around for us starting with the game today. Is it true Georgia Tech has more championships than us?

dd

December 28th, 2009
11:36 am

Dooley’s last against Michigan State.

30-24 techies

GT Brill

December 28th, 2009
11:39 am

I spent the holidays out at my cousins from Texas in 84. They were so obnoxious, I was openly rooting for the dawgs and actually barked at them when Lastinger scored the winning touchdown.
Does anyone remember UGA playing Arkansas in, I think it was the Cotton Bowl ? The Georgia punter pretended he was tying his shoe and they ran a fake punt. For some reason I still remember that play and this had to be in the 70’s I believe.

R

December 28th, 2009
11:45 am

Bowl record for me:

4-1 as a student (only loss 95 Peach Bowl, wins 98 Outback, 03 Sugar, 04 CapOne, 05 Outback)
2-0 as a spectator (08 Sugar, 09 CapOne). And I hope to make that 3-0 in Shreveport tonight. GO Dawgs!!

Joe T

December 28th, 2009
11:48 am

Without a doubt, the ‘84 Cotton Bowl was the best. I can still remember sitting there watching that game as a 12 year old Georgia fan, praying that they would win somehow. All of a sudden, Texas fumbles a punt and Georgia recovers. Lastinger takes it in…….Georgia 10-9!! The Good Lord was certainly helping us that day!

123456789

December 28th, 2009
11:49 am

The 1986 Toilet Bowl:

The year Truth, Ethics and Integrity got flushed down the toilet in Athens.

Final Score:
Jan Kemp: $1,000,000
UGA: 0

Adam is a tool

December 28th, 2009
11:50 am

The Mountain West is playing in the national Championship this year and had the top two ranked teams in the country before they played each other. We also have 3 BCS ranked teams in the top 12.

Denver Dawg

December 28th, 2009
11:55 am

actually, 10-9 was on Jan 2, 1984… that day was the coldest I’ve ever been

Favorite Georgia Bowl Win

December 28th, 2009
11:59 am

2009 Inner City Thugs Bowl: 30-24!!!

Fear The Nerd

December 28th, 2009
11:59 am

Gotta be the ‘81 Suga’ Bowl. No question.
Can we all get along too…. Tech Fans, UGA won this year, get over it. UGA fans, Tech is the better team, get over it.

nate

December 28th, 2009
12:00 pm

Both Purdue games were great. Don’t we still hold the record for comeback victory in a bowl game?

Adam

December 28th, 2009
12:00 pm

All your SEC homer logic told everyone that since UGA/South Carolina beat GT/Clemson that UGA and South Carolina should win the ACC. What about when Tennessee lost to lowly UCLA this season? What about when Utah smacked around Bama in the BCS last season? Or when UGA lost to Kentucky, would can’t even beat an ACC team? Why doesn’t the same logic work the other way?

atlcubsfan

December 28th, 2009
12:01 pm

I was ten years old and went to my third UGA game when Texas A&M came to Athens for Herschel’s first home game. It was a blowout- 42-0 Georgia win- and was a prelude of things to come for the next three years under Dooley/Walker.

The Sugar Bowl following the season would be my favorite bowl game of Georgia’s, followed by the ‘98 game vs Wisconsin where Georgia downed the Badgers and future Heisman winner Ron Dayne and held him to 36 yards rushing.

SUPER DAWG

December 28th, 2009
12:10 pm

Fear the nerd, Tech is not the better team, remember 30-24, yeah just keep saying that and you will come to your senses.

kah3sav

December 28th, 2009
12:14 pm

New Years Eve 1998, Georgia comes back from being down 21 to beat Virginia. I can still seeing the stuffed Chick-fil-a cows flying through the Georgia Dome.

What are you Stupid? Just Punch'em

December 28th, 2009
12:15 pm

Do the humble bumbles run the old single wing or what, couple of illegal chop blocks can go a long way…just ask that Qb from Green County. Hopefully all the tech moron juniors will go pro and then next year when they are working at Wendy’s we can have a good corporate softball team.

Valdosta Dawg

December 28th, 2009
12:15 pm

Lots of good Bulldogs bowl victories, I agree the Sugar Bowl victory over Notre Dame was the greatest, I did love the 2000 Outback Victory over Perdue where we spotted them a 25 point lead, not 19 CUz, and won 28 to 25. Chick Fil A 2006 was great, hell I love all of our bowl wins. I like it even more that I have been to every bowl this decade with the exception of 2! GO DAWGS!

swimdawg68

December 28th, 2009
12:15 pm

The 1964 Sun Bowl (Vince’s first bowl team), Texas Tech had Donnie Anderson a big running back who later became a star with Green Bay. We had the fastest white boy I have ever seen Judge Kent Lawrence. Kent gained well over 100 yds. that day and our defense began the tradition of “junkyard dawgs” that put fear in non conference bowl opponents.

What are you Stupid?

December 28th, 2009
12:17 pm

Come back win against VT in the Chicken bowl, all just look at the cattle falling from the sky, just look at the cattle falling from the sky! Go Dawgs whip them Aggies today.

What are you Stupid? Just Punch'em

December 28th, 2009
12:21 pm

I like the 2009 Paul Johnson Bowl over there in the hood this year. Georgia jumped out early and pounded the yellow maggots into the turf. All those blank stares on the tech fans faces, man priceless, just priceless.

JustMyOpinion

December 28th, 2009
12:26 pm

1993 Citrus Bowl. Georgia 21 Ohio State 14

D

December 28th, 2009
12:26 pm

In the Texas game it wasnt Lastingers talent, it was Guy McIntyre’s ability to hold and not draw a penalty. Look at the film. if the ref had of called it (and he was looking right at it. the game would have gone in another direction. Sometimes its the OL and not the QB that should get the credit

Lars Tate

December 28th, 2009
12:33 pm

Probably next years Jack Links Beef Jerky Bowl, Georgia apears to be accepting a bid already for next year before today’s weedeater bowl

Stinger

December 28th, 2009
12:36 pm

Well the ACC got on track with the Bowls last night by playing against the weak SEC.

These scores put everything into perspective.

Ken 34 UGA 27

Clem 21 Ken 13

GT 30 Clem 27

GT 39 Clem 34

GT is twice as good as UGA
Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!