Mark Richt at his best: Five favorite games

Mark Richt has had a lot of wins worth celebrating at Georgia. Today we pick five favorites. (Associated Press)

Mark Richt has had a lot of wins worth celebrating at Georgia. Today we pick five favorites. (Associated Press)

In honor of Mark Richt’s 50th birthday today, here are the five games from his nine seasons at Georgia that I think are the Georgia coach at his very best.

Georgia’s 26-24 win over Tennessee in 2001. Forever hailed by Dogs fans as the “hobnail boot” game, it was Richt’s first signature victory and set the template for Richt at his most successful: Cool on the sideline, explosive offense moving the ball quickly downfield, superb call for the touchdown, beating the other guy on the road.

Georgia’s 24-21 win in Auburn in 2002. Perhaps the most important win of the Richt era in that it put the Dogs into their first SEC championship game. Another classic come-from-behind effort and another great call with the fourth-and-19 “70-X-Takeoff” pass to Michael Johnson in the end zone.

Georgia’s 37-15 upset win over Auburn in 2006. Richt later said that he was worried before this game that he had a terrible game plan. Not exactly. Georgia hit the No. 5 Tigers in the mouth from the first snap and never looked back.

Georgia’s 42-30 win over Florida in 2007. Was the dancing in the end zone call a brilliant gamble or Richt giving in to his dark side? Either way, this was a marvelous coaching job.

Georgia’s 30-24 win over Georgia Tech in 2009. Nobody expected the Dogs to have much of a chance in this game, but that’s when Richt is at his most dangerous. A great game plan running the ball down the Jackets’ throats.

Feel free to share your own favorite games under Richt. And happy birthday, Coach!

IN PRAISE OF BOBO

Senator Blutarsky of Get the Picture offers some praise for oft-criticized offensive coordinator Mike Bobo. He notes that despite the Dogs losing their star QB and running back in 2009, running fewer offensive plays than the year before, having way too many turnovers and playing a killer schedule, Georgia’s point production dropped only about two and a half points per game this past season.

The obvious conclusion is that while Bobo’s playcalling might not always be a thing of beauty, he generally knows what he’s doing.

HALF-FULL BETTER THAN EMPTY

T Kyle King of Dawg Sports has been one of the more pessimistic Georgia basketball fans this season, not letting a few big wins go to his head. After Mark Fox’s Dogs again let a lead slip away last night against Tennessee and remain winless on the road, King offers a downbeat but fair assessment of the state of UGA basketball: “Coach Fox deserves time to remake this program into one that can win, but, in the meantime, while we are forced to wait patiently with our teeth gritted, what we have is a team that cannot emerge triumphant twice consecutively and cannot do anything other than lose on the road. The best that can be said is that the glass is half-full because the glass was completely empty when it was handed to Mark Fox. Only half-empty represents real progress for the program with the weakest roundball tradition in the SEC.”

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McRib - why only for a limited time?

February 18th, 2010
10:49 am

vs. LSU between the hedges – 2004

FUGLYDAWG

February 18th, 2010
10:51 am

The 2004 blowout of LSU in Athens has to be up there as well.

FUGLYDAWG

February 18th, 2010
10:52 am

McRib – you took the checkered flag in my car bro !!!!!!

Eaassyy

February 18th, 2010
10:55 am

I enjoyed the second half comeback in the Chick Fil-a bowl against VT a few years back.

Nick

February 18th, 2010
11:00 am

I couldn’t agree more. And yeah that LSU game was a dandy too!
Of course, me hating Tennessee the way I do, the blowout in Knoxville in 2003 was a good one to me as well!

Starring Peter Graves as Capt Clarence Over

February 18th, 2010
11:05 am

My five favorite moments:

1) Auburn 2001: Running Jasper Sanks into the line with no time outs & 15 seconds left.
2) Music City Bowl 2001: Punting with under 2 minutes left.
3) Ga Tech 2008: Watching Tech dominate the second half
4) Florida 2009: Coming out all in the black with white shirts.
5) Kentucky 2009: Wetting the bed in the second half.

Frank Lane

February 18th, 2010
11:07 am

Actually l love the blow outs of Boise State and Hawaii also.

Gen Neyland

February 18th, 2010
11:08 am

I thought we returned that hobnail boot in 2006..?

Happy Birthday, Coach.

Brewdawg

February 18th, 2010
11:08 am

The Raping of Hawaii in the 2008 Sugar Bowl was pretty good. We made their head coach quit after that if i remember correctly.

Dan

February 18th, 2010
11:08 am

The kicking of Tech 51-7 in 2002 THEN winning the SEC!

LAKE OCONEE DAWG

February 18th, 2010
11:10 am

Thought the offense performed very well to have lost a great QB and a great RB….Time for another QB and RB to emerge this spring…Look forward to spring practice…..P-44 Bobo is still my man…..

WonderDawg

February 18th, 2010
11:11 am

So Mike Bobo knew what he was doing against OSU (no answers for DC’s adjustments after 1st drive), UT (no points scored offensively) , LSU (no first downs in the first half), and UF (no comment necessary)? I won’t blame Bobo for fumbling away the UK game, but he got outcoached against every decent DC that we played.

12345679

February 18th, 2010
11:16 am

The Apostle Mark’s BEST “game” so far is the “game” still being played,
whose outcome is still to be determined.

It it the BIGGEST “game” UGA has “played” in 30+ years.

It’s the “game” the Apostle Mark & the UGA-AA is “playing” with Decory Bryant.

And, it’s a “game” the UGA-AA is going to lose.

The final scoe will be:

Apostle Mark & UGA-AA: 0

Decory Bryant: $5,000,000

Where’s Hoke Wilder ??

WonderDawg

February 18th, 2010
11:21 am

Great, a shyster on a football blog. Go chase an ambulance …in the middle of I-75.

Brewdawg

February 18th, 2010
11:23 am

I think when Bobo has a better QB behind the helm, he will show more potential as a really good OC. Last year was just a disaster for everyone.

SSIgator

February 18th, 2010
11:35 am

Time Out – Florida

Chicago Dawg

February 18th, 2010
12:01 pm

The season opener in 2002, against Clemson (I believe). With under 1 minute remaining, he went for it on 4th and 1 at his own 38, instead of punting it and giving Clemson a chance to score. He trusted his offensive line and they delivered, even though Clemson would have had great field position if it failed.. Georgia then ran the clock out and brought home the victory. It was a big statement that help to catapult them to an SEC title and trip to the Sugar Bowl that year. Even though it was his 2nd year as coach – it pretty much put his stamp on the program from that point on.

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Gary

February 18th, 2010
12:07 pm

Uh…..didn’t Decory lose that battle here recently?

As for Coach, Happy 50th. My favorites are of course the 01 UT game, the 02 Bama, Auburn, and GT games, and the 07 Florida game. Coach gets a bad rap and many are saying he is on the hot seat after his worst season by far since coming to UGA. A season that saw him admit major disappointment and make the necessary changes to get the team back on track. Some of his detractors cry about Saban and Meyer demanding excellence and being the anti Richt, but no one mentions that they too have recent 4 loss seasons and made comebacks the next season. Richt has had one – one – lousy season and he immediately began working on changes to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

On the radio he recently answered that one question about how he is going to change his coaching style by saying he will spend more time with the offense going forward – not because of the job Bobo is doing – but because he misses the one on one coaching. This shows me that Richt lately has been acting like a CEO and is now going to go back to the things that made him so successful and that is the hands on approach to coaching. Watch for the offense to be more efficient this year.

Concerned

February 18th, 2010
12:09 pm

It’s Captain Oveur

JG

February 18th, 2010
12:12 pm

My favorite game was the black out for Bama. Seemed to work well.

Valdosta Dawg

February 18th, 2010
12:12 pm

I love all 90 of his wins, and there are not many coaches out there that have won 90 games in 9 seasons! I love them all, beating the brakes of Arkansas in the 2002 SEC title game was nice, the blowout of UT in 2003 was sweet too!

Jimbo

February 18th, 2010
12:13 pm

Let’s not forget the original Blackout between the hedges against Auburn in ‘07. The players didn’t know they would be wearing black jerseys until just a few minutes before they ran onto the field and the place exploded when they came out, they proceeded to whip Auburn 45-20

123456789

February 18th, 2010
12:13 pm

Wonder-dawg = typical ignorant mutt

Fomer UGA football player Decory Bryant and his family
are being represented by veteran UGA alum/lawyer Hue Henry of Athens, GA.

What has ANY UGA alum or fan done to help Bryant, after his career-ending injury ?

What has the Multi-Million corporation called the UGA-AA done to help a former player,
that spent 3 years lernign to walk again after on ON THE FIELD injury ?

Answer: Nada, Zilch, Nothing.

123456789

February 18th, 2010
12:16 pm

Bryant case is under Appeal.

When the case reaches the Appeals court,
the UGA-AA will lose big.

The settlement will be $5,000,000+

Your Daddy

February 18th, 2010
12:27 pm

51-7! The only thing on their side that didn’t quit that day was reggie ball’s mouth!

fwiw

February 18th, 2010
12:30 pm

2002: GA 51 Tech 7

Reggie Ball was not on the Tech roster until 2003.

What a F-N DUMBAZZ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

studalert09

February 18th, 2010
12:34 pm

2002 vs. gt 51-7

studalert09

February 18th, 2010
12:36 pm

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WonderDawg

February 18th, 2010
12:41 pm

Uh, I think he got a little more than “nada, Zilch. Nothing.” Bryant got 4 years worth of education worth about $100,000 for his football prowness. I hope he doesn’t get a dime more.

Virginia Dog

February 18th, 2010
12:44 pm

Since I live in Virginia the comeback victory in the Chik-fil-a bowl against VT is a real standout game. Down 20-3 at the half it looked like the Hokies had things well in hand….but that was not to be!

Mark Richt

February 18th, 2010
12:58 pm

Actually fella’s my favorite was the 2007 gator game with the endzone celebration. You noticed I said it WAS. No more because I payed for it the next 2 years from that psycho coach in gainesville. Wont do that again.

Dorsey Hill

February 18th, 2010
1:02 pm

I would have to put the 2002 beating of Alabama (for the first time ever in Tuscaloosa) ahead of the 2007 Auburn game. That win was huge.

The 2005 SEC Championship game win over LSU has to be a Top-5 too, I’d probably take last year’s Tech win off the list and put that one up there. Afterall, I KNEW we were going to beat Tech last year. There was never a doubt.

gagirl

February 18th, 2010
1:04 pm

Beating LSU in Baton Rouge in 2008!! A Sweet Victory…especially when your sitting on the home side with all the alumni!!

AceDawg

February 18th, 2010
1:04 pm

Dawgs basketball MUST get one or two recruits this year that are good enough to start by the start of next season. If not, they won’t improve much. If they do, they’ll actually be pretty solid with Thompkins and Leslie becoming veterans. If one of those guys left for the NBA after this season (unlikely), it would be devastating.

AceDawg

February 18th, 2010
1:06 pm

And the fact that UGA scoring barely went down in 2009 from 2008, to me, really only puts more shame on how bad the Dawgs were at punching the ball in in 2008. For UGA to be a total yards leader in 2008, it was painful to watch the Dawgs sputter inside the 20 with often DUMB choices by Bobo.

Gatorguy

February 18th, 2010
1:18 pm

(((((((((((((((((((((41-17))))))))))))))))))))
7 out of 9

Gatorguy

February 18th, 2010
1:23 pm

5 Favorites

2004
2005
2006
2008
2009

What??

February 18th, 2010
1:26 pm

I think the big issue with scoring TDs in 2008 was the lack of an experienced and physical offensive line. Bobo made some questionable calls because he didn’t have the confidence that we could score on the ground.

As for DeCory Bryant, I feel sorry for him. An assistance AD forgot to file the paperwork for his insurance. I don’t think any of that reflects on Richt. He has very little control over that. I agree that the athletic dept. should give him some compensation.

Big E

February 18th, 2010
1:32 pm

How is 2005 SEC championship game not on anyones list
We were underdogs that game and LSU gave up by half time
That was a GREAT win for CMR

Spike

February 18th, 2010
1:33 pm

UGA butt whuupin’ over LSU in 2004 and the SEC Championship against the Bayou Bengals, the 51-7 shredding of Tech, and the Stafford to Mo Mass TD pass after “the Drive”in 2006, and the 2007 UF game. Ahh, good times.

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1:38 pm

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Cuz

February 18th, 2010
1:41 pm

First Happy Birthday Coach. Of course I doubt you will read it.

I was at the 2004 LSU game and it was electric. The crowd was really into that game. Put that one down as a close favorite.

Lindsey

February 18th, 2010
1:50 pm

Happy 50th Birthday to Coach Richt!! We actually share the same birthday and this Dawg fan thinks he has done a great job and is looking forward to the 2010 season, GO DAWGS!!!

FLDAWG

February 18th, 2010
1:54 pm

GATORGUY
All-time series 46–39–2, UGA
Largest victory November 7, 1942
75–0, UGA

FLDAWG

February 18th, 2010
1:55 pm

HAPPY B DAY CMR

Will Dawg

February 18th, 2010
2:02 pm

Gayturd fanz…go back to your hole. No Tebow, No Meyer No Conference titles for a while. Karma sux and you’ve got a big pile coming your way. Stay off our blogs and go home to Florduh!!

Will Dawg

February 18th, 2010
2:03 pm

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Haters.....

February 18th, 2010
2:06 pm

Make me proud to be a Dawg fan!!! There are so many and so many to come…can’t wait for them to start eating that crow next year!!! LOL!!!

Tom

February 18th, 2010
2:11 pm

How can the 07 blackout left off the list? What a great game! Happy birthday coach