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!

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December 28th, 2009
3:57 pm

To Adam and Stinger. You two are perfect examples of why no one takes the ACC seriously. You are so blinded by bias that you refuse to admit the truth.

Saying the ACC is better than the SEC in football this year, even in a down year for the SEC, is 100% laughable. Sure, you may win one or two games, but using those as a basis for superiority makes you look like complete and utter morons.

If you cannot admit obvious facts, then everything else you are trying to prove will be utterly ignored. Grow a pair and admit when things aren’t what you would like.

For instance, Georgia Tech had a better overall season and were the better overall team this year, but Georgia still beat them down without thier best player on offense and two of their best defenders. Had Georgia played that well in their losses this year, they probably would have only had two blemishes at most on their record. Sadly, they didn’t, which is why Tech had a better overall season.


December 28th, 2009
4:14 pm

Jon Kontract … that was the best post of the day.

I hate Boise State more than ay team in college football for two reasons. One is they are overrated EVERY single year and they claim to deserve this because of one big bowl win. The second is that turf is hideous and the rules should be changed to make it illegal.

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December 28th, 2009
4:27 pm

The 1982 Sugar Bowl, Dan Marino’s fourth down pass with :35 seconds left to lead PITT to a 24-20 WIN, and the 1983 Sugar Bowl, 27-23 Penn State win, both brought the dawgs back to reality. “95″ Peach Bowl, “01″ Music City, ad “06″ Sugar Bowl, were also very enjoyable.


December 28th, 2009
8:43 pm

ha, hey Stinger! 30-24 hoe!

Just a fan

December 28th, 2009
9:32 pm

I would say my favorite would be CMR first Sugar bowl victory over Fl. St 26-13

Beware of the junkyard dawg

December 28th, 2009
10:52 pm

Uga v fsu n the 2003 Sugar bowl..


December 28th, 2009
11:51 pm

Every game The Dawgs ever played is MY favorite………


December 29th, 2009
1:18 am

For those brining up the WVU game, that actually turned out to be a great game, aside from the final result. After being down 28-0 at the start of the 2nd qtr we wound up outscoring WVU 35-10, so we made a hell of a comeback, and if WVU doesn’t fake the punt(or if Martinez watched film) we would probably would have won that game.

My favorite bowl game is probably the Hawaii game due to ESPN predicting that Hawaii was going to walk all over us, and that no matter the pressure we got on Brennan, it wouldn’t be enough.

My favorite UGA regular season win is any of these 3: UGA vs UF 07, UGA vs LSU 08, UGA vs Tech 09. Each of those were awesome.

Dick Nixon

December 29th, 2009
7:13 am

Wow you Tech people sure have a case of team envy. When I was the starting quarterback at Duke we beat some sorta Tech every year, and I am not a liar!

Franklin Dawg

December 29th, 2009
10:09 am

swimdawg 68 has got his years/players mixed up. Kent Lawrence did not play in the Sun Bowl after the 64 season. He wasn’t on the team that year. Fred Barber was the running back and made a long run with a short pass from Ridlehuber to set up the winning score. There was not a lot of offense in that game; don’t think anyone rushed for 100 tho Ridlehuber had some good runs. Key was the defense stopping Donnie Anderson.


December 29th, 2009
11:57 pm

Ww no one mention Rodney Hampton and Wayne Johnson highlight real game
AND Coach Dooley’s last game. 1988 vs Michigan St. It was a great game. Also, 1998 we not only beat Wisconsin but people only remember BoBo’s 19 consecutive passes. Well how about our “D” stuffing Ron Dayne!
I will look it up in am but he had like 33 carries and 32 total yards!
Va. tech win was great but how about the Hines Ward passing for 422 yards in the bowl loss to Va Tech. Bummer we lost but Hines had a great day. Interesting isn’t it. 1993 Citrus beat Ohio State with Garrison Hearst taking the spot light away from Robert Smith and that QB named Kirk Herbstreet! Lastly, Cotton Bowl agaist Texas where Randy Moss (use to have a cold one with Rnady at the old bar in Athenswhich had the train) recovered the fumble. Great win! Bummer loses were 81 to Dan M.bombTD in last what 46 seconds? and my first bowl game when Penn State beat the Dawgs in 82′. We almost won THREE straight NC in 80′81′ and 82′. Hawaii was fun too. Go Dawgs! Va Dawg 85′


January 6th, 2010
11:54 am

What about the Sugar bowl game in 2002, when we kicked FSU butt! Coach Richt’s first major bowl….And against Coach Bowden! GREAT GAME!!