Revisiting the heartbreak of the Dog House of Pain

Herschel Walker's great career ended on a losing note in a definite House of Pain game. (File)

Herschel Walker's great career ended on a losing note in a definite House of Pain game. (File)

As much as college football fans love to relish great wins from the past, they also can’t help reliving the big ones that got away. It’s an intrinsic part of sports, as the old ABC “Wide World of Sports” opening so vividly summed up with the line about the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”

Along those lines, ESPN.com has been revisiting what it calls the House of Pain, with a list of the 50 most painful outcomes in college football history. Now, any loss is painful to a fan, especially games like the Dogs losing to Vandy in Athens in 2006. But that’s not what ESPN was going for here. Rather, they’re talking about losses where the stakes were high, the rivalry was intense and the pain and humiliation was long-lasting.

It’s only been a couple of years, but the 2008 “blackout” game against Alabama is more like it.

Still, there’ve been games for the Dogs that were higher on the heartbreak scale than the loss to Bama. ESPN’s SEC blogger, Chris Low, came up with his own list of most agonizing losses for each conference team, and interestingly Georgia figured in another one besides its own. For Florida, Low picked the Dogs’ 27-10 win over the Gators in 1966 when Vince Dooley’s team dashed eventual Heisman winner Steve Spurrier’s hopes of an SEC title.

For Georgia, Low’s choice of most agonizing loss is hard to argue with: Penn State’s 27-23 victory in the Jan. 1, 1983 Sugar Bowl, a virtual national championship game that matched the previously undefeated, No. 1-ranked Bulldogs against the No. 2 Nittany Lions. As Low noted, “Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker played his final game for the Bulldogs and didn’t have a run that was longer than 12 yards.”  Herschel did end up with 103 yards rushing and one touchdown, but Penn State’s Curt Warner ran for 177 and two scores and future SEC TV analyst Todd Blackledge clinched the win with a touchdown throw to Gregg Garrity.

Sure, losing the national championship in that game hurt, but the Nittany Lions got out to a 20-3 lead and the Dogs never really got on track. The final result wasn’t that big a surprise.

So you could make the case that there’ve been more agonizing losses for the Dogs that made up in closeness what they lacked in national import.

For instance, a personal sore spot is the 1993 loss to the Gators by a mediocre Georgia team. On a miserable rainy day in Jacksonville, Eric Zeier led the Dogs back to what appeared to be the game-tying touchdown with just 5 seconds left, only to have one of the officials reveal that he had read the mind of a Florida cornerback who wanted to call timeout just before the ball was snapped. A pass interference call on the Gators on the next play gave the Dogs one last chance after time had expired but Zeier threw incomplete and Florida won 33-26. That one still rankles.

Or how about the Jan. 1, 1982, Sugar Bowl against Pittsburgh, a game where the lead was swapped five times. It wasn’t for the national championship, but No. 2 Georgia finally lost to the No. 8 Panthers when Dan Marino threw a 33-yard touchdown pass with 35 seconds left for a 24-20 win.

Another game residing in the Dog House of Pain is the 1999 grudge match against Georgia Tech in Atlanta. On a day when almost no defense was played, the score was tied 48-48 in the closing seconds of regulation and an official ruled that the Dogs’ Jasper Sanks fumbled at the goal line, although replays clearly showed Sanks was down before the ball came loose. Tech went on to win the game 51-48 in overtime. A lotta pain there.

And then there’s the 2002 game in Jacksonville when a clearly superior Georgia team went 0-13 on third-down conversions against a struggling Ron Zook Gator team. With Florida leading 20-13, Georgia had a chance to tie the game when David Greene threw to a wide open Terrence Edwards at the Florida 30, but Edwards dropped the ball. The Dogs finished 13-1 and that loss probably cost Mark Richt his best shot at playing for a national championship.

House of Pain, indeed.

Do you agree with Low’s choice of the loss to Penn State as Georgia’s most agonizing, or does one of these other games hurt more? Any other game that you think belongs in the Dog House of Pain?

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Jim Doanan as in Doans Pills

August 7th, 2010
11:34 am

Leroy1970

August 7th, 2010
11:38 am

rrgunn

August 7th, 2010
11:39 am

Think you meant “Auburn” for the Blackout game, right?

rrgunn

August 7th, 2010
11:41 am

have to correct myself, we did where black for Bama in 2008. Guess I tried to block it out of my mind.

Treadways revenge

August 7th, 2010
11:41 am

The David Treadway last second kick to beat the Dawgs in 86 that was the the start of three straight Clemson victorys over the Dawgs thru 1990. Clemson folks Chanted Butler who?

Billy Jack could fight

August 7th, 2010
11:42 am

the loss to Pittsburgh I remember too well…Dooley chose to blitz we didn’t get to Marino and he completed a 4th down TD pass to win the game….

Willie Martinez

August 7th, 2010
11:45 am

The 4th and a mile by Auburn in 2005 which revealed the incompetence of my wait and see defense. Followed by the loss to WVU in the Sugar.

Knoshow

August 7th, 2010
11:49 am

The 16 – 12 loss at home to a pathetic SC team in 2007 without scoring a single TD. Eventually knocked UGA out for possibly playing for the MNC.

Ray Goof days are here again !!

August 7th, 2010
11:52 am

The half a hundred hung on the dawgs by the Gators back to back seasons and in Sanford Stadium too.

Class of '98

August 7th, 2010
11:53 am

The 1997 Auburn game stung as well.

But for me, the #1 most painful game was 2002 Florida.

northgadawg

August 7th, 2010
11:56 am

How about the lsu game last year could have been a different season had that call not been made on aj

Correction !!! Treadwells revenge

August 7th, 2010
11:59 am

Opps……. Make that David Treadwell ! He also did it twice to beat the Dawgs

dawgfan

August 7th, 2010
12:05 pm

northgadawg, did you see our defense last year? It was a tough loss but don’t get carried away.

This is kind of random and not that significant but 1999 Auburn was my lowest point as a Dawg fan. It was cold, rainy, and we got our arses kicked all over the field. They should have fired Donnan on the spot.

Snoop Dawg

August 7th, 2010
12:06 pm

Worst game in recent memory for Snoop was that total smackdown by Alabama when the Preacha Man was concentrating on Blackout gimmicks instead of coaching up all that home grown talent he had. The Tale of Two States continues today as our dumb neighbors to the west are evidently smarter than us in hiring a coach rather than a logo…

boots

August 7th, 2010
12:06 pm

I hurt just remembering these loses. I would add to them the drubbing UT put on us a few years ago in Athens and when Florida put over 50 on us in Athens. Those both sucked pretty bad, too.

BobDog

August 7th, 2010
12:10 pm

I agree. The Penn State loss cost us a national championship. We came out very lethargically and couldn’t dig ourselves out of the hole, even though we made it interesting.

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Ray Goof days are here again !!

August 7th, 2010
12:18 pm

Losing to Vandy on homecoming in 94 and 06. Very embarrassing!

Dawg House

August 7th, 2010
12:18 pm

As much as Tech fans will love to read this (because god knows they are obsessed with all things UGA, especially this blog), the 45-42 loss in 2008 really burned me more than any game in recent memory. UGA came out gunning, and looked like it was going to be another stomping of the state’s JV squad, but the nasty weather, and I feel lack of effort by a certain tackler in what was winding up a depleted season, had us coming up short.

Watching the Nerd’s players vandalize our hedges afterwards, upset the hell out of me and all of Dawg nation. I guarantee you if that happens again, some players will be leaving the field in full pads and handcuffs. Anyway, that game is what made last season’s 30-24 win over the bugs the sweetest win I can remember recently. We all saw how immature they acted for 365 days after their win in Athens, and it was a great justice to semi-shut them up. They now sit here and say “that win made your season”….. you’re damned right it did!!

Here is the best video out there to sum up just how bitter, and sweet this rivalry has become the last couple of years between the Dawgs and Nerds. Enjoy!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TsUPXUNAmY

Frank Lane

August 7th, 2010
12:18 pm

the two I remember most vividly are the losses to Blackledge at Penn State and Marino at Pittsburgh.

ca dawg

August 7th, 2010
12:22 pm

i remember that 1993 game and it stung pretty bad. 2005 auburn was awful, too. 2004 home loss to terrible UT team was just pathetic and cost us the division that year. last year’s LSU loss was bad but wouldn’t have made much difference ultimately.

but yeah, it’s got to be 2002 florida. damn those gators.

tbone

August 7th, 2010
12:22 pm

I indeed hurt remembering all of those significant losses & would add the last loss to GT to that list as 1 of the major ones. However, I can remember a lot of major wins going back to Tarkington to Herron against Auburn in 1959 to give Coach Butts his last SEC title. A lot of good to go with a lot of bad. It Is college football in the South,

Complete meltdown

August 7th, 2010
12:28 pm

Losing to the Zookster in 2002 still burns in the deepest pits of my stomach.

Scott W.

August 7th, 2010
12:34 pm

I agree with the 2007 loss to USC, completely inept never want to see that again.

Dawgtards ruin this state

August 7th, 2010
12:34 pm

You’re real house of pain is the whole city of JAX.

Dawgtards ruin this state

August 7th, 2010
12:36 pm

How about CPJ and GT beating the self proclaimed best team in the history of thUGA in the sewage at Stanford stadium in 2008?

SSIgator

August 7th, 2010
12:37 pm

“Revisiting the Gator Bowl House of Pain”

Spurrier 11-1

Zook 2-1

Meyer 4-1

Ouch

Concerned

August 7th, 2010
12:40 pm

In my life that I remember…
Auburn in ‘71
Pitt in ‘81
Alabama in ‘85
Florida in ‘92, ‘00, ‘02, ‘03, & ‘05
Auburn in ‘05
The Ray Goff era
and any other time Georgia lost

@Dawghouse

August 7th, 2010
12:42 pm

You freakin Moron – In 2008 GT made offense adjustments at halftime and thUGA couldn’t figure out we were pitching out side instead of running up the middle. I could see the adjustment from the stands, but your coaching staff was clueless. Blame that loss on your gameplan from half time on, not 1 tackler. I made it down to the sespool you call a stadium and got my latest piece of hedge marking another GT victory. thUGA will logo stomp other schools, oooohhh but don’t touch our hedges??? Another delusional thUGA thought.

Chazzo

August 7th, 2010
12:52 pm

Add to the list Dooley’s loss to Tony Dorsett and Pitt in the Sugar Bowl. You gotta love vince, but the man was incapable of deviating from a gameplan.

@Dawghouse is right.

Tide Roll

August 7th, 2010
12:54 pm

It Had to hurt losing to Ole Miss. the week after beating Ala. 21-0 in Athens in 1976.

PDawg

August 7th, 2010
1:03 pm

The next two which will probably be South Carolina and Arkansas. I think we are overrated.

Scott W.

August 7th, 2010
1:07 pm

Sure because logo stomping and tearing apart someone’s stadium is the same thing. Remembering what was the cause of the loss aside, why don’t you roll out in your jalopy?

Chazzo

August 7th, 2010
1:09 pm

PDawg,
I ain’t saying we’ll play for the crystal. I am saying we have ten returning starters on O and a considerably lighter schedule than the previous two seasons. How is #21 in the nation over-rated?

Thumper

August 7th, 2010
1:12 pm

@dawghouse………..”sespool”?……”marking yet another GT victory”…….really? Are you retarded? Before you call someone a moron think about what you post panty waste.

Gatorbait 17-3

August 7th, 2010
1:14 pm

I think you are right PDawg, starting 1-2 WILL be a house
of pain for Richt. If that happens the dawgs will struggle
for the rest of the year—-we shall see.

SMITTYSTHEMAN

August 7th, 2010
1:15 pm

I’m not even a Tech fan, but it’s so hypocritical to mention how the Tech fans acted “immaturely” for 365 days following their 45-42 victory two years ago. All you have to do is pull any AJC blog and ever since last year’s “hang on by a thread” 30-24 win by UGA, all you see is “30-24, 30-24, 30-24″ or “We run this state, we run this state”. If you consider Tech just a blip on your screen, then you guys ought to treat it as such instead of the “immature” rantings over and over again about last year’s win. UGA ran the ball down Tech’s defensive throats all game long and still had to rely on an uncharacteristic dropped pass by a now NFL first round draft pick. What a joke. Every time you want to talk big about beating somebody, you’re gonna hear this: “I see red panties falling from the sky! I see red panties falling from the sky!!” How’s that for immaturity. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Scott W.

August 7th, 2010
1:15 pm

Chazzo how about playing it close to the vest until we see a few key things first? BTW you had some excellent points yesterday.

Beast from the East

August 7th, 2010
1:16 pm

Classless move tearing up the hedges. So is stomping another team’s logo. Those are “bush-league” moves. Richt had a flashback to his days at the “U” with the endzone celebration and has paid dearly for it the last two years. Those things do not go unpunished and I would bet that UGA is looking to make sure it doens’t happen again “between the hedges”. You can’t try and show up your opponent with cheap antics, vandalism, etc. Either do it on the field or not at all.

Scott W.

August 7th, 2010
1:17 pm

If 30-24 is hanging by a thread what exactly is 45-42?

timthebrave

August 7th, 2010
1:18 pm

the fla loss in 02 and the auburn loss when it was 4th and about 30. i was too young to remember the early 80’s losses….all of them hurt a little

SMITTYSTHEMAN

August 7th, 2010
1:18 pm

Dawgtard Ruin This State —– Great point. The dawg fans want to laugh about their worst defensive team in recent history still beating the Jackets last year, but they don’t wanna talk about the year before when Tech’s “high school jv, yadayadayada” offense ran it down their throats against the supposed greatest UGA team in 20 years. Bwahahahaha

Beast from the East

August 7th, 2010
1:21 pm

SMITTYSTHEMAN,
To be fair, most of those 30-24 comments are in direct response to the idiot “Saint Simons” who made it his life’s mission to deride the Dawg faithful for 365 days after they lost at home to Tech. It apparently stuck with many a Dawg fan. Again, classless moves do not go unpunished.

timthebrave

August 7th, 2010
1:21 pm

smittystheman, way to prove your point on how to be mature. can’t even admit you are a tech fan

SMITTYSTHEMAN

August 7th, 2010
1:23 pm

In the 45-42 game, there was no chance for UGA to pull out a last second victory. The score was 45-35 when UGA scored a TD inside two minutes to play. Tech got the ball and stuffed it down their defensive throats until time ran out. That’s not near “hanging on by a thread” as last year’s game with Tech driving for the winning score in the final minute.

timthebrave

August 7th, 2010
1:23 pm

Thinking about the dawgs worse losses is making me mad…..Bad subject

timthebrave

August 7th, 2010
1:24 pm

smittystheman, both games were close

SMITTYSTHEMAN

August 7th, 2010
1:28 pm

FYI, I’m from the midwest where most teams admittedly aren’t as strong as the teams from the South. But I can’t help but laugh, since moving here several years ago, in reading how delusional dawg fans are. They had one great team 30 years ago and still wouldn’t have won the NC if not for the great Herschel Walker. Everyone knows that. And no, I’m not a Tech fan, although I admire Paul Johnson’s grit.

Ray Goof days are here again !!

August 7th, 2010
1:29 pm

Losing to Sparky( Spooky) Woods and SC in 93 on the last play of the game. Brandon Bennett dives over the Dawgs defense. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is6Sthr2a5A

PhilDawg

August 7th, 2010
1:31 pm

Penn State in Sugar Bowl
Pittsburg in Sugar Bowl with Dan Marino
Florida – phantom time out, Eric Zeier
Auburn at home in ‘82 after Hershel
LSU last year
Ga Tech in Atlanta in the fog when Steve Crumley missed 3 field goals and as I lamented his ineptitued I realized I was sitting behind his parents
Tennessee last year – for the sheer butt stomping, Kiffin of it
Nebraska in the Sun Bowl
Virginia in the Peach Bowl
Virginia at homecoming in ‘79

Heck forget those, think about those great WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Belue back to pass ……………. run Lindsay, run Lindsay

Turn on the hoses you Auburn sissies, we just beat you with a back up Quarterback in your home and the light on the noise meter barely moved when it was near the end

Sugar falling from the Sky

hirsutedawg

August 7th, 2010
1:31 pm

2001 against South Carolina is the game that infuriated me more than any other. CMR had to learn about clock management the hard way.

Pago Pago Dawg

August 7th, 2010
1:33 pm

When Florida beat the crap out of the DAWGS in Sanford Stadium.

SMITTYSTHEMAN

August 7th, 2010
1:34 pm

Beast from the East — Another great point. I consider St. Simons an immature idiot as well. Might as well say they’re on both sides, huh?!

Beast from the East

August 7th, 2010
1:34 pm

PhilDawg,
That must have been a very uncomfortable seat after realizing you were sitting behind the kid’s parents. Yeah, I guess that one does stick with you for years. Ouch!

Dawg House

August 7th, 2010
1:36 pm

We obviouly don’t see eye to eye on some issues here. I have my opionion, and you have yours. I don’t care to change your opinion, so please don’t bother trying to change mine.

However….. I think one point I made has been proven…… Tech is obsessed with all things UGA, especially this blog. I find it funny that Tech “fans” want to come and read a blog called the “Junkyard Blawg”…….

Tech’s rally cry: “To Hell With Georgia”
UGA’s rally cry: “Go Dawgs”

which would appeal to you as a recruit???

SOGADOG

August 7th, 2010
1:37 pm

#1 Penn State 82
#2 Fla. 02
#3 Kentucky 09 (Last year’s Ky game was the most painful loss to watch even though the stakes were not high.)

Beast from the East

August 7th, 2010
1:41 pm

SMIYYSTHEMAN,
We all got ‘em. No one’s fan base is immune to “dumb”. Opinions seem to vary as what team’s fan base is most “infected”. LOL!

SMITTYSTHEMAN

August 7th, 2010
1:42 pm

You need to check the Tech blogs. The obsession obviously comes from both sides. Check any Tech blog and you’ll see all kinds of dawg fans ranting about their so-called superiority. That’s a pretty lame statement.

SMITTYSTHEMAN

August 7th, 2010
1:42 pm

Beast from the East — Totally agree!!!

SMITTYSTHEMAN

August 7th, 2010
1:45 pm

It’s been fun, Dawg fans. Gotta go. Got things to do!

private plane watching

August 7th, 2010
1:45 pm

So many loses… so little time to discuss them all

Dorsey Hill

August 7th, 2010
1:47 pm

Bama-1985- td pass in final minute
Bama-1994- blew 17-6 halftime lead; lost by last minute fg
UT- 1995- led entire game; lost by fg with less than a minute
Auburn- 2005- gave up 4th and 20 conversion
USC-2000- espn game day embarrassment
UT and UF- 1992; lost by combined 5 points in only two losses of season

SSIgator

August 7th, 2010
1:48 pm

Overheard during the start of practice at UF this week between two UF players at which there was also the Gator cheerleading squad practicing, “Man, I haven’t seen this many girls on the field since the last time we played UGA in the Gator Bowl”.

Ouch

@ScottW

August 7th, 2010
1:52 pm

a hegde is a plant in a stadium, not the stadium. ScottW another clueless thUGA grad!

Real Athens

August 7th, 2010
1:52 pm

The loss to Tennessee (in Knoxville) when Robert Edwards was unstoppable for the first half, rushing for nearly 300 yards only to break his foot and not play in the second half.

Arrrrggggggggggggh.

Chazzo

August 7th, 2010
2:00 pm

Dorsey,
That block punt in the 85 Bama game, then (was it Shula at QB?) the march down the field to take it away. That sucked. That UF game in 84 was a stinger. UT last season and the Bama blackout debacle. I put the UT loss on Willie, but the Bama blackout that just wasn’t smart on Richt’s part to give a team more reason to beat you.

I’ll take that Lindsey Scott run, The FB pass against UT, Herschell’s run over UT backfield, that last second reception against Auburn, and Butler’s kick against Clemson as fair trade for all of the disappointments combined. I will throw in Donnan’s defeat of the Gators. That was his shining moment, brilliant job of coaching that day.

10SEConds

August 7th, 2010
2:02 pm

For one of the winningest programs in college football history, it’s actually surprising how may stomach churners there are. I agree with those I’ve seen already (esp. GT 2 yrs ago, ‘05 UF, ‘97 AU and the 82 and 83 Sugars) but I’ll add a few I haven’t seen mentioned here.

1971 loss to Auburn: the mediocre 1970 Dawgs screwed up a great AU/Pat Sullivan season (1 other loss, to LSU) by with a 31-17 butt-kicking at Auburn. Next year, both met in Athens undefeated. Great Dawg team, 4 shutouts (gave up only 4 TDs in preceding 8 games combined), had just killed FL. On morning of 11-13-71, I remember one Auburn loudmouth hanging out the window of a car crawling down Atlanta Hwy, screaming “Awbuhn gone keyul Joe-ja!” And they did, 35-20, only blemish on the year. Hated that!

1977 was a year full of futility, but nothing worse than the UK loss at home, in front of Prince Charles and James Brown, Art Still all over Jeff Pyburn, the vaunted Junkyard Dawg defense helpless, a UT “friend” of mine rubbing it in. Embarrassing for all Dawgs everywhere. Only good thing about it (besides the halftime show) was the set up for sweet revenge in ‘78, with Pyburn, Willie McClendon and Rex Robinson leading the 4th quarter miracle.

UT in Athens, 1992, Ray Goff’s best year, team loaded with talent. Dawgs up 31-27 well into 4th Q. Vols driving late in 4th. It’s something like 4th and 17. I see Dawg defenders high-fiving, turn to my wife and say “You see those idiots celebrating? Shuler will straighten up and throw deep into a soft zone. Tennessee’s about to win.” Sure enough, our slack “prevent” D gave it up. I was in K’ville last year and in 2007, really bad stuff, but ‘92 was sickening. Zeier, etc, deserved better.

This one wasn’t quite a loss, not quite agony, but one of those bitter things that haunted me for a couple of years. ‘78 in Auburn, UGA scores TD late in 4th (I think about 5 minutes to go), Dooley goes for 1 to tie instead of 2 to win and that wound up ending the scoring. Cost us an SEC title. ‘78 was one of Dooley’s greatest coaching seasons, textbook for underdog teams, but this decision was just wrong. He must’ve remembered it v. GT 2 wks later, winning on the famous Buck to Amp 2 point conversion. But I just hated that the Wonder Dawgs were deprived of an SEC title!

Chazzo

August 7th, 2010
2:02 pm

SSIgator,
I hope they post that one in the Dawgs locker room.

Dorsey Hill

August 7th, 2010
2:03 pm

Real Athens,

Edwards had 154 on 12 carries and 2 tds. Foot got broke before the half.

bill

August 7th, 2010
2:04 pm

The ‘93 loss to the mind-reading referee…the wettest I have ever been in my life!

Chazzo

August 7th, 2010
2:11 pm

bill,
The mind-reading ref in 93? this escapes my memory.

Big L

August 7th, 2010
2:16 pm

South Carolina in 2007. Did not even get n the end zone. If we win that game, we smoke LSU in the SEC championship and beat the hayle out of Ohio State. No excuse for not even one touchdown against South Carolina.

jackson

August 7th, 2010
2:20 pm

Bill,

It still has to be the Penn State game. I was a four year old watching the game with my family and my parents friends. I could not understand how Herschel could not run the ball…. he was superman after all. He was a kids hero who couldn’t save the day… That was the day I began wondering about Santa, the Easter Bunny and tooth fairy. I think I cried for a half hour after the game…. as a four year old. The other games were heart breaking but that game was down right painful.

Mr. Georgia Football Returns

August 7th, 2010
2:22 pm

Thanks a pant load Bill! You’ve put us into a world of hurt.

Pour some salt into the Dawg Nations wounds!

Is this some sort of “pain therapy”?

Damon Evans

August 7th, 2010
2:27 pm

Late in the night on June 30th ,2010 driving my BMW on an Atlanta highway with a pair of red panties in my lap. I felt pretty good at the time.

Budweiser Bob

August 7th, 2010
2:30 pm

Bill its a house of pain every year we lose to FL period

Alabama Jack

August 7th, 2010
2:31 pm

All UGA losses are good, just some are better than others.

Budweiser Bob

August 7th, 2010
2:32 pm

jackson

I’ll tell you why Herschel couldnt run the ball, because Dooly hardly ever passed the ball, always too one dimensional

Dorsey Hill

August 7th, 2010
2:33 pm

Chazzo,

On the replay of the td pass you see the ball between the center and zeier when Lott turns to call time out. So the only way to have called time was to have “read lott’s mind” before the balled snapped knowing that’s what he wanted. At least that’s what bill was suggessting. The reality is that the ref blew the whistle after the ball was snapped.

dacula dawg

August 7th, 2010
2:39 pm

Not a loss, but almost as bad: the 1968 game vs.Tennessee in Knoxville. National TV. Some great plays by Jake Scott. The Vols tied it right at the end on a two-point conversion. Those hillbillies were intolerable afterwards….

NO LINDSEY SCOTT,NO 1980 TITLE MUTTS

August 7th, 2010
2:40 pm

IF MIKE DUMB@$$ BOBO KEPT RUNNING KNOWSHON AGAINST SOUTH CAROLINA INSTEAD OF THOMAS BROWN IN 2007 WE WOULD HAVE WON THE GAME,NEXT COACH 2 GET FIRED WILL BE MIKE STUPID BOBO!

class of 81

August 7th, 2010
2:44 pm

I was at the Florida game in 93 and that one stuck with me for a while + any loss to the bumble bees, especially losses to that Dewberry dude at QB (gotta be over 35 to remember that one). I can handle losing to Vandy and KY once every 10 years, but not the Richmond Spiders.
People seem to forget Michigans loss to Happy State and how the mighty Crimson Tide has some really embarrasing losses in the last decade. I seem to recall an Ole Miss win over Tim Tebooooo that had me laughing for days, so all schools have that loss that they would like to forget.

Score check

August 7th, 2010
2:48 pm

Slow news day? Seems like there should be plenty of current topics to talk about.

Most painful

August 7th, 2010
2:54 pm

The alltime most costliest were the Penn State loss for a national title and the Pitt loss where we were ranked #2 and could have earned a split of the title. 4th ranked Miami upset #1 Nebraska to win that year in both polls.

Most painful loss recently was the blackout debacle against Bama in 08. It was total humiliation because it was the prime time national game and we were embarrassed at the half 31-0 with the whole nation watching. The worse thing about that loss is that since that game Georgia has not been the same. Look at our record under Richt pre-blackout game vs Bammer and post blackout game and its horrible. Its like night and day and I can’t be the only person who has noticed this.

Don’t know what it is about Bama and 31-0 but the 31-0 home beating we took in the 96 I think it was to Bama was also bad. It was that game that cost Ray Goff his job. One other hearbreaker to the Bammers was when we blocked a punt in the last minute for a td to take the lead. Then Mike Shula led them the distance of the field to win it with a few seconds left on a pass over the middle. I’ll never forget that.

A couple of losses to UT stick out such as the Robert Edwards injury game, the blowout last year to the bozo of all people. the 35-7 blowout in 07 that cost us a shot at a national title. Losing 9 in a row to the viles throughout the 90s was extremely painful every year.

The AU game in 05. And the Florida games are too numerous to go into but the one that really sticks out is the 50 pt game in Athens and the dismantling in 08.

The UK loss last year was humiliating in that our fans and our team seemingly just gave up.

RUSS GATA

August 7th, 2010
2:55 pm

If I recall a AJC from a back then article Jerry Argovitz a USFL guy kept Herschel up all night negotiating.
Hershel had no sleep and a big big big one slipped away.

Most painful

August 7th, 2010
2:59 pm

Class of 81,

When did we lose to Richmond? I don’t remember that. Everyone has embarrassing losses and I do remember the Bammers having some embarrassing losses also. But Tim Tebow and Florida losing to Ole Miss? I remember Ole Miss whipping us a couple of times and that Ole Miss team that beat Florida was a dang good team. They went 9-4 or 10-3 and put a pounding on 11-1 Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl. No shame at all in losing to Ole Miss and especially that ole miss team in 08.

MIGRAINE BOY

August 7th, 2010
3:02 pm

ANY LOSSES D@MMIT

Call IT

August 7th, 2010
3:04 pm

Excuses, excuses, all GA fans can say is “remember that time or remember when”?

LOL!

Keep your mouths shut and start to back-up your trash talking by winning for a change rather than reminiscing about the old days. The program is not that good, and it has done nothing since 1980!

Gators win the East again in 2010 and another beat-down in Jax, Promised!

Enough Said!

Mobile Dawg

August 7th, 2010
3:04 pm

2005 loss to AU. We had the lead and the ball midway through the 4th quarter. Richt elects to pass on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd down, all incomplete. Takes 26 seconds off the clock, the rest is history. That’s where the game was lost. A first down there and we probably never get to 4th and 20. We end our season at 11-1, SEC Champions, could we have played for the NC that year?

just a fan

August 7th, 2010
3:13 pm

The two Florida losses hurt more to me because I was at both and they were both very tough losses especially the 2002 game I was at every game that year and being so close to going undefeated and just playing so bad in jax.

Kennesaw Dawg

August 7th, 2010
3:20 pm

Can’t remember exactly what year it was……but early 1970’s…….I remember being sick watching Pat Sullivan and Terry Beasley personally put a whooping on us in Athens by the Auburn team. I admired them both for how good they were, but it turned my stomach that we lost.

dawggirl

August 7th, 2010
3:21 pm

The loss to WVa in the Sugar Bowl as well. It was eeriely similar to the blackout debacle against Bama.

“The worse thing about that loss is that since that game Georgia has not been the same. Look at our record under Richt pre-blackout game vs Bammer and post blackout game and its horrible. Its like night and day and I can’t be the only person who has noticed this.”

You’re not, Most painful. We never should have been ranked as high as we were that year.

1eyedJack

August 7th, 2010
3:26 pm

All the losses to that loud mouth to the south, Darth Visor.

What a depressing article Bill. But thanks.

Best game to me was the first one I was priveleged to see in person the ‘76 beating of Bear’s boys. I can still see that tight end rumbling down the field over and over.

Please enlighten us on class

August 7th, 2010
3:37 pm

Tearing up the hedges was classless? It’s tradition! Anytime Tech beats UGA in Athens, it’s tradition to tear up the hedges. Of course you guys were sore from last year so you had to go and tear up Grant Field. Apples and Oranges when you compare. Now you tell me what is classy.

Tears:

August 7th, 2010
3:50 pm

Tears are falling from the sky, tears are falling from the sky. Your Herschel days are over and it’s been 30 years since your team has won a NC in football. Pretty sad to say the least.

8 - 5

August 7th, 2010
3:52 pm

Nuff said. UGA suxs! How was the terd bowl last year boyz?

Evans:

August 7th, 2010
3:54 pm

UGA! Forget the drinking and driving! You are all losers anyway. At least I gotta a pair of red panties from this skank chick and I was the AD at Universety of Georgaia. If you drink and drive you lose. Heck, we lose anyway. In fact, we are all LOSERS!

bnwdog

August 7th, 2010
4:00 pm

While completely irelevant to the national landscape and not a nail biter, sitting in sanford stadium my freshman year, 1995 watching the spurrier led gators absolutely embarass us. Might have been crying in the upperdeck of the student secton when it was all over?

NOSTRAGATOR

August 7th, 2010
4:04 pm

2010 – after tebow graduated and the pups were supposed to start making the series somewhat competitive, johnny brantley throws 5 tds in the first half en route to a 70-3 blowout.

Boo Boo's boo's from Sanford.

August 7th, 2010
4:07 pm

The Kentucky Game last really churned my stomach after enduring the beatdowns from Florida and Tennessee last year. That loss sent the dawgs to stinking Shreveport .I always hate that the dawgs cant shake a pathetic football program in SC. UGA should bash their brains in more often than not.

Billy Jack could fight

August 7th, 2010
4:10 pm

How about the Clemson loss 13-3…that one stung..1981..

Willie Martinez

August 7th, 2010
4:15 pm

How about the 45 big ones allowed in Sanford Stadium in 2008 with a Stafford and a Moreno on the sidelines……

Delbert D.

August 7th, 2010
4:16 pm

What were the circumstances of the game at Auburn when the fire hoses were turned on the fans?

Scott W.

August 7th, 2010
4:18 pm

The Hedges are famously part of the stadium, if they weren’t the bugs wouldn’t want to ravage them. SMITTYSTHEMAN what you call hanging by a thread, I call great defense.

Jim Doanan as in Doans Pills

August 7th, 2010
4:19 pm

How about the 11 -7 loss to Southern Miss in 96 first game of the season at home. BTW Southern Miss does have 16 consecutive winning seasons…Watch out Gamechickens !!!!!

doneit

August 7th, 2010
4:39 pm

It is probably farther back than you want to go but the Houston game of 1967 broke my heart worse than any Bulldog game. Houston had a new offense. The Houston Veer they called it. They also were the only major college team in the nation to play on artificial turf. They got you in the Astro Dome with that artificial turf and that veer offense and beat you to death. They had two backs with blazing speed. Gipson and McVea I believe they were. The buildup to the game was intense. Nobody back then was able to adjust to artificial turf not having any place to practice on it. No TV of course in 1967. Munson called it in his second year on the air. Dooley and Russell had a good scheme for them and led in the Astro Dome 14-0 going into the fourth quarter. Houston scored two touchdowns and won the game 15-14. Georgia’s cornerback got knocked silly near the end of the game and the Houston coachs picked up on it before the Georgia coachs. Houston threw over him for the winning touchdown.

call IT is a ruhtard

August 7th, 2010
4:46 pm

Really? Our program has done nothing since 1980? Last time I checked UGA and UF have the same number of SEC titles this decade

worst recent losse

August 7th, 2010
4:53 pm

Worst of the recent losses was the blackout game in 08 vs Bama before a national tv audience in prime time. Look at Richt’s record pre-blackout game and post blackout game and its like 2 different worlds. Confidence was shattered from that game and dawgs have yet to get it back after that game. Ensuing blowout losses to UT, Florida, loss to UK the next year, and an 8-5 season all follow on the heels of that one game.

Call It

August 7th, 2010
4:55 pm

Florida has 3 sec titles 2000, 2006, and 2008 in the previous 10 years and 2 bcs titles. Georgia has 2 sec titles and zero bcs titles. You were even wrong on the sec titles buddy.

Smartest Bulldog

August 7th, 2010
4:55 pm

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@ScottW

August 7th, 2010
4:58 pm

What you call great defense the rest of the known world calls a dropped pass! Your great defense didn’t cover an NFL first round draft pick WR and HE dropped it.

Dawgtards ruin this state

August 7th, 2010
5:00 pm

Nobody is mentioning the Kentucky game last year? Are thUGA fans saying they expect to lose to Kentucky?

30-24

August 7th, 2010
5:04 pm

All 3 losses in 08 were equally heart-wrenching

ATLcracker

August 7th, 2010
5:09 pm

gergia fan since 1957.the 1982 sugar bowl was the worst. watch the replay. the game was over. 4th down marino thew the ball straight up in to the air. it hung there forever. it came down in the end zone and not one georgia player reacted to the ball. touchdown. game over. national championship gone.

Dog

August 7th, 2010
5:21 pm

I was in Oxford Miss. the week after we beat the Bear in Athens 21-0 in 1976. Uga jumped out front early, on a long run by Goff, but pretty much had it handed to them the rest of the way. 28-13 final I think. A real downer after the euphoria of the win vs. Bama

DexterJenkins

August 7th, 2010
5:25 pm

I seem to remember Dawg nation in tears being broadcast to the entire nation during the WVU loss in the Sugarbowl. There was more footage of sad dawg fans than there was footage of football being played. I would keep on ripping on the UGA fans, but they also showed a large, pot bellied WV fan with the WVU logo painted on his belly.

Don’t forget the game was in the GA dome that year. My UGA friends were making fun of me before the game started, but they shut up when the score was 28-0.

Scott W.

August 7th, 2010
5:36 pm

Really, lame.

Scott W.

August 7th, 2010
5:37 pm

Any loss to UF applies.

NO LINDSEY SCOTT,NO 1980 TITLE MUTTS

August 7th, 2010
6:24 pm

IF DUMBO MIKE BOBO WOULD HAVE RUN KNOWSHON AGAINST SOUTH CAROLINA INSTEAD OF THOMAS BROWN,UGAG WOULD HAVE WON THE GAME IN 2007,THATS Y THEY DIDNT PLAY 4 THE NATIONAL TITLE

NO LINDSEY SCOTT,NO 1980 TITLE MUTTS

August 7th, 2010
6:28 pm

TERRANCE EDWARDS I STILL SEE YOU WITH YOUR HANDS ON TOP OF YOUR HEAD AFTER YOU DROPPED THAT PASS FROM DAVID GREENE,AND THAT 1 PLAY SHOWS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UGAG AND FLO-RIDA

NO LINDSEY SCOTT,NO 1980 TITLE MUTTS

August 7th, 2010
6:29 pm

AND MARK RICHT YOU BETTER FIRE MIKE BOBO,HE IS THE REASON YALL DIDNT WIN THE TITLE IN 07

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Sarai

August 7th, 2010
6:52 pm

Now that we’re in the off-season, wouldn’t this be the perfect time to take an in-depth look at UGA and have a serious discussion about the problems at UGA and why the arrest rate of players is the highest in the country? it’s common knowledge that UGA is a party school, but have any football players every actually graduated with a real degree? Jan Kemp exposed the school and the coaches almost three decades ago, but there is no sign that anything has improved; if anything, the arrest rate shows that things are getting more outrageous every year while the clueless Mark Richt has absolutely no control over his players. And then there is the infamous “red panties” incident that will haunt UGA for decades.

UGA has a lot bigger problem than hiring a new AD.

UGA has become a major embarrassment to all Georgians, and we want some answers starting now.

BigDawg

August 7th, 2010
7:12 pm

Don’t forget the BIG loss when we didn’t even play. DAWGS were #3 in the BCS and # 1 & # 2 teams lose and the DAWGS drop to 5 without playing a game.

Bill Parcells says you are what your record says you are

August 7th, 2010
7:16 pm

I can recall just about every tough loss mentioned on here. Of course, there are some great wins to offset those heartbreakers.

Per Parcells quote: the record says UGA is one of the top football programs in the country, and it goes back decades. There are a handful of programs above us, and boatloads beneath us, wishing they were us.

Dog Power: 132 SEC titles, NCs in 8 sports, not a one trick pony

Depressing Dog Days

August 7th, 2010
7:17 pm

Don’t know if I missed this amongst the others, but those losses to LSU in ‘03 hurt bad. We hadn’t lost much in a couple of years, and to lose that game late in Baton Rouge was really depressing. Then to turn around in the title game and get trounced like we did made it even tougher.

That’s why the Dawg fans were so riled up in ‘04 when LSU came visiting, and that’s why that win ranks as one of my favorites!

Depressing Dog Days

August 7th, 2010
7:20 pm

Oh yeah, and remember crying my eyes out in ‘85 when Bama beat us in Athens. Heartbreaking way to watch my Dawgs get beat as a youngster.

Mental health counselor

August 7th, 2010
7:22 pm

I won’t embarrass anyone by calling them out, you know who you are, but going through life full of bitterness and jealousy of all things UGA is no way to live. Look on the positive side, by relishing the things your favorite school has done, rather than being consumed by envy of UGA. Your school may or may not measure up to Georgia, but look at a glass half full, not a glass half empty.

NOBODYYOUKNOW

August 7th, 2010
7:28 pm

They all hurt but some little school from somewhere in N. Carolina with the mascot named DEMON DEACONS came into Athens several years ago and gave the dawgs a black eye and a bloody nose. The dawg nation was stunned!

ugag is irrelevant

August 7th, 2010
7:38 pm

envy? aw, c’mon … it’s just a great place to laugh at

cantondawg

August 7th, 2010
7:45 pm

1983 Auburn game- We lost 13-7. i remember Bo Jackson running a long one to win. Lost Sec championship
2005 Auburn game- We had the game won and they throw an 80 yard pass on 4th and 20 with under a minute left.
2006 Tennessee game. We’re up 20-7 first half. Tennessee catches on fire in second half wins 51-33
2009 LSU game- unbelievable penalty against AJ
1988 LSU game-great game went back and forth the whole day.i believe they won 27-24
1984 Florida game 27-0 OUCH.this was before Florida was Florida
Of course 1983 Sugar Bowl hurt the worst Penn State 27-23
1984 Auburn beat us either 10-7 or 13-7 at their place to win Sec championship
2000 GT wins on Jasper Sanks fumble.
I can’t remember the year. i think it was 93 or 94 when Heath Shuler scores in last minute to beat UGA

cantondawg

August 7th, 2010
7:47 pm

i keep seeing comments about how Knowshon should have played as a freshman. Do you idiots remember how good a player Thomas Brown and Kregg Lumpkin were. TB was a freak and has some great games for UGA. I don’t blame CMR for redshirting KM when we had the backs that we did.

r.t.dewart

August 7th, 2010
8:02 pm

1981… opened with a 44-0 white wash of the Vols, went up to Clemson, committed a gazillion turn-overs… only loss until the Sugar Bowl v. Pitt! Clemson won the national title that year… oh if we had just won that game, our best shot at back-to-back titles lost in a shower of fumbles and ints.

SAMMY DAVIS, JR

August 7th, 2010
9:11 pm

I think you got ‘em all. I will say that over the last 10-15 yrs it seems that everytime UGA has a game won against FLA that there seems to be a penalty,mind-reading time-out, etc. Even last yr Tebow got his towel spinning in the air to get the fans into the game & just about all of the FLA players were on the field, and the refs simply asked them to get back on the sidelines –which took probably 60+ seconds. If that would have been UGA they would have thrown the flag 3-4 seconds into the thing & called unsportsman like conduct –No question.

Act like you've been there

August 7th, 2010
10:11 pm

2007 Vandy game was a win though the dawgs hung on as they squeaked by in recovering a lucky fumble. Dawgs jumped up and down on the Vandy logo at midfield then somehow ended being ranked #2 at the end of the season.

Mac

August 7th, 2010
11:04 pm

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T-Dawg

August 7th, 2010
11:10 pm

UGA v. Pitt, the pass over poor Kelly’s outstretched hands. Kid had guts but was overmatched — at least he was in the game, which is more than I could ever say for myself…

Kyle

August 8th, 2010
1:46 am

The SC game where Quincy Carter threw the 5 picks.

The stakes weren’t particularly high but the late ’80s home game against LSU had several lead changes and it was painful to lose by one.

The ‘05 Auburn game was painful for the same reasons AND the stakes were relatively hign.

The late ’80s game at Clemson was painful. To have it wrapped up and then lose it by one because of a safety (Lars Tate stuffed on an attempted sweep from the endzone) still hurts.

12-2

August 8th, 2010
1:47 am

That is not what happened at all Bill King. True we were 0-13 on 3rd down conversions, but the throw to Terrence Edwards wide-open across the middle for a touchdown was OVER HIS HEAD.

It was a season in which only Auburn # 15 was the lone other SEC team ranked at all that year in the Final USA Today Coaches’ Poll. Our offense has been consistently poor.

Big D Dawg

August 8th, 2010
1:49 am

where’s the days to football kickoff countdown on the AJC sports site?

Classic City

August 8th, 2010
6:40 am

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Nesbitt for Heisman
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Yellow Fuzz

August 8th, 2010
8:31 am

Football Fan

August 8th, 2010
8:37 am

The Terrence Edwards drop was horrible. I think that play alone dropped him from a potential NFL contributor to a career journeyman.

Old Dawg

August 8th, 2010
8:44 am

The loss to Penn State still hurts. Two national titles in three years would have been sweat. Edwards’ drop is another one.

And the loss to WVU in the Sugar Bowl is something I’ll never forget. Even through UGA came back to make the game close, it was obvious the defense wasn’t prepared for the speed of WVU’s offense and the rest of the team looked like they though it would be a cake walk.

Old Dawg

August 8th, 2010
8:46 am

Sorry, I meant to write sweet. I’m not awake yet.

mountain fan

August 8th, 2010
9:04 am

old dog, it seemed that WV “let up”…..

'94 UGA Alumni

August 8th, 2010
10:03 am

Hey Smitty and St. Simons,

(((((((((((((((((((30-24)))))))))))))))))))))
(((((((((((((((((((73-66)))))))))))))))))))))
(((((((((((((((((((8 out of 9))))))))))))))))

soon to be 9 out of 10

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joe

August 8th, 2010
10:27 am

Auburn 2005–The loudest I’ve ever heard Sanford; then they converted, and there was silence…
Tennessee 2006–It being my 21st birthday made it especially painful.

Hilarious

August 8th, 2010
10:31 am

UGA is a solid 7-5 team….can’t win w/ a midget at QB.

Dale

August 8th, 2010
10:56 am

The most gut wrentching moment was watching Kirk Herbstreit, Mark May, and the ESPN crew vault LSU into the title game over Georgia. Haven’t watched Gameday since.

That and Auburn ‘05.

JCubby

August 8th, 2010
11:06 am

As bad as all this makes me feel. To completely erase it all I only have to repeat two words three times. Lindsay Scott, Lindsay Scott, Lindsay Scott.

Dirty Dawg

August 8th, 2010
11:33 am

Was at that Sugar Bowl game with Penn State…having passed up the chance to go in ‘80 when we did win it all. The thing I remember most about the game, other than the touchdown pass Blackledge through that disappeared from view in the endzone below us, but the resultant jubilation of the Penn State crowd gave me the answer…no the thing I remember most is Bobo over-throwing a wide open Clarence Kay in the end zone and our having to settle for a fieldgoal – the ultimate difference in the score.

Kyle

August 8th, 2010
11:37 am

Dirty Dawg, Bobo was just a pup when Kay was catching passes.

Dirty Dawg

August 8th, 2010
12:22 pm

Kyle, you’re right, the Bobo on the roster was Tim, and not a QB. The one that ‘over’ threw the pass was John Lastinger – maybe I was just trying to forget the play, but it happened nonetheless and we lost.

dawgfan75

August 8th, 2010
2:36 pm

1992 tenn game. Sat in alum section with my father-in-law. UGA loaded with talent. Tenn being coached by stand-in coach. Near end of 4th quarter with defence celebrating prematurely. Alum fans screaming all around us ‘It’s not over!’ ‘Pay attention’. Ray’s noncoaching rears its ugly head and Tenn wins. We were expected to be in the top 5 if not in NC by the end of year. Saw several 50-70 year old men crying in the stands afterward. I had 3 tenn fans tell me that they didn’t win, but we sure as hell lost. One of the best teams in UGA history with the worst head coach. It took years to get rid of Goff. So much for the decisions of the ‘GREAT’ Vince Dooley.
1994-Vanderbilt Homecoming. The only time that a UGA team obviously threw a game. A lot of controversy the week before about homecoming queen selection committee. There was an editorial in the Red and Black newspaper the next week thanking those players who participated in the conspiracy to lose the game. The only time I’ve been ashamed to be a dawg fan. I blame the end result of both of these games on the head coach and the man who put him there.

Plain and simple

August 8th, 2010
3:51 pm

House of pain is Jacksonville Fla. gator bowl WLOCP. Its time to hire a coach to get it done !

bull dykes

August 8th, 2010
6:31 pm

bulldykes rock!

bull dykes

August 8th, 2010
6:32 pm

red panties rock!

bull dykes

August 8th, 2010
6:32 pm

damon evans and will martinez are awesome!

GaDawg

August 8th, 2010
6:41 pm

I’ve got to agree with Low about the Penn St game. Over the years, I have never been able to forget the freshman receiver who was all alone in the end zone and let, what would have been, the winning TD pass slip right between his hands. I’ ll always remember Herman Archie for that one play that he failed to make more than all the good things he did. That’s not to say I haven’t forgiven him; I’ve just never been able to forget it. House of Pain, yeah!

dawglasville

August 8th, 2010
7:42 pm

The Auburn loss in 83 was horrible. It was the first loss at home in ages. The 85 loss to Bama really hurt. That was the happiest and the saddest I’ve ever been in a 10 minute period (about 1:30) in actual game time.

dawglasville

August 8th, 2010
7:45 pm

The UF loss when Quincy took that late hit sucked too. Donnan was genius. We ran the option perfectly until Quincy got tagged and we he had to stop running the ball. That was a tough loss and playing them without DJ sucked.

T-Dawg

August 8th, 2010
10:02 pm

Did someone mention Lastinger? Oh, man — Cox was Namath compared to that guy (sorry, John). The Auburn loss in ‘83… and the inept qb. Epic.

Hunker Down

August 8th, 2010
11:17 pm

I remember the Jasper so called fumble very well ad it remided me alot of the LSU game last year i which the refs made a bad bad call that cost the Dawgs.

Hunker Down

August 8th, 2010
11:18 pm

remember the drops by Terrace Edwards ayoe?

Hunker Down

August 8th, 2010
11:19 pm

thats suppose to read “anyone”

Hairy Dawg

August 9th, 2010
12:07 am

I’ll take 2002 to Florida, but that’s only in retrospect. It didn’t kill me as much because the team won the SEC title for the first time in my memory. Looking back, that was pretty bad.

Bamafan

August 9th, 2010
9:09 am

Dawg fans it could be worse Bama lost to LA-MONROE!!!

robodawg

August 9th, 2010
10:00 am

The loss to Tennessee in ‘92 was disheartening, but the loss to Spurrier’s Gators later that year, with the division title on the line as I recall, was a huge disappointment.

We had a loss at Auburn in the mid to late 80s with the SEC on the line as well that was painful.

Suffering our worst home loss to the Gators (when the Jacksonville stadium was being renovated) was the low point of Georgia football in my lifetime.

The 2004 loss to UT a week after we shocked Saban’s defending national champ LSU Tigers was humiliating. It derailed what we thought might be a very special season with a fantastic group of seniors. But in hindsight, Auburn was better than us that year anyways, and even they got jobbed by the BCS.

And the 2000 loss to Florida was a heartbreaker. The ugly loss to Tech a few weeks later undid Donnan’s tenure, but expectations were high for breaking our SEC drought against Florida, until Quincy Carter threw that late interception.

robodawg

August 9th, 2010
10:20 am

A few more: I think it was 85, I was a kid and it was my first “big” game (as opposed to homecoming and other lightweight opponents) and we were playing Auburn. We needed to score late, our QB Jackson scrambled dangerously (as he was prone to do) and fumbled. Game over. Playing second fiddle to Auburn and LSU continued for several seasons.

I also remember the UT game in 95 (?) when Robert Edwards, newly switched to RB, was unstoppable, Bobo looked sharp, and you thought the mediocrity might finally be ending. Until Edwards broke his foot.

PMC

August 9th, 2010
10:27 am

That loss to Tennessee a couple of years ago that took them out of the SEC championship game was one of the worst losses ever because they had a real shot at a National Title and the blew it.

Neil sain

August 9th, 2010
10:47 am

Had to be the Florida game. We thought we had it won, then got called back. I thought I was going to kill my television set. I was screaming all kinds of things. I could not stand Steve Spurrier and that really hurt.The Bama game was so bad I could not watch it after the 1st quarter, even though we came back, too little too late. I also thought the LSU game last year could have turned their season around as well. The Tech fumble was probably next worse. Good call on all those loses.

Harry the Hat

August 9th, 2010
11:02 am

Kentucky was a great game last year. It was a hoot seeing the dawgtards pouring out of the stadium in a sea of red and black, while the game was still winnable.

What a hoot that was. Almost as much fun as seeing Florida slaughter the dawgs.

As a public service, here’s my prediction of this year’s game in Jax:

Gators 42, Dawgtards 13. SEC championship hopes dashed again!

It’s going to be so much fun watching all those top 5 recruiting classes self destruct again, as red panties fall from the sky!!!

kevin

August 9th, 2010
11:22 am

2002 vs UF was horrible. There was the dropped pass and there was the “lateral” call that we at least suspect, if not downright BS that took a TD away from UGA. Rough game.

Joey

August 9th, 2010
11:40 am

It kills me to see the Techies sneer about UGA losing to UF or SC. What doesn’t register with them is that while Tech has one “rival” in football, UGA has several, and rivals are always focusing on defeating you.

UGA has intense border-rivalries with SC, UT, UF, AU, and until SEC expansion, Clemson. Then we’ve got the in-state rival, Tech.

It’s tough to beat all of those teams in one season, even in good years, much less in down ones.

CLARK CO. PD

August 9th, 2010
11:44 am

As bad as all this makes me feel. To completely erase it all I only have to repeat two words three times. Lindsay Scott, Lindsay Scott, Lindsay Scott.

All I have to say to make me feel bad again is it’s been 30 YEARS!!!!

Gtax

August 9th, 2010
11:50 am

Coach’s know best!

(((( 17 – 21 ))))

Glory glory to the Jackets, their truth is marching on!!!

CLARK CO. PD

August 9th, 2010
11:53 am

Joey, I have some co-workers who are UF fans and they look at us like we look at GT. Inferior!!!! And we are!!

Harry the Hat' Boyfriend

August 9th, 2010
11:59 am

Harry, don’t forget to catch some of those red panties for me . . .

Joey

August 9th, 2010
12:02 pm

Didn’t say anyone was inferior, just saying for whatever reason, UGA has more intense border-rivalries than most teams, not all, just most.

!!!!!!! Jeez.

I'm in therapy with Dr. Phil

August 9th, 2010
1:22 pm

I keep having re-occuring nightmares that I am a Dawg fan. I need help!!!

I'm in therapy with Dr. Phil

August 9th, 2010
1:28 pm

Joey, you forgot Kentucky and Vandy and then almost Az State last year.

I'm in therapy with Dr. Phil

August 9th, 2010
1:29 pm

kevin, is UGA the only team that has TD’s called back by the Refs?

droopydawg

August 9th, 2010
2:04 pm

That 2002 game in JAX (which was on my 21st birthday) is definitely #1 in my dog house of pain. The Tedwards moment was bad, but the worst moment of the game was DJ Shockley looking at the wideout to whom he threw from the time of the snap (and then getting nothing on th pass), giving an easy INT for a TD to #4 Kiewan Ratliff. I never became a DJ fan even in 2005 because of that play.

Ed

August 9th, 2010
2:34 pm

1. Penn State in ‘83 Sugar
2. Florida ‘02
3. Florida ‘93
4. Florida ‘92
5. Florida ‘05
6. Pitt ‘82 Sugar
7. Alabama (’85? Mike Shula game)
8. Auburn ‘05
9. Auburn ‘83
10. Clemson (not sure of year, but it was about 20 years ago and they kicked a late field goal to win – beginning of lost decade for UGA football)

dostadawg

August 9th, 2010
2:38 pm

In the Penn State game, Ashley Lee Walker had Herschel’s number.
Dooley finally turned Lastinger loose (too late) passing, and if there
had been one more possession by Georgia, the Dawgs would have
another NC. Same thing with Pittsburgh, turned BElue loose too
late. Dawgs should have had three consecutive NC’s but for Dooley’s
conservative play calling.

Ed

August 9th, 2010
2:41 pm

CLARK COUNTY PD: “Joey, I have some co-workers who are UF fans and they look at us like we look at GT. Inferior!!!! And we are!!”

Big difference, PD. Tech doesn’t hold the all-time series lead over Georgia the way Georgia still, after 20 bad years, holds it over Florida. An 8-game margin. Also, Georgia is a program that has won championships in 6 decades dating back to WWII, excluding only the 90s, while UF is still the program that got blanked from 1932 until their 1991 SEC championship and basically had nothing resembling tradition for the first 3/4 of their existence.

Not an apples to apples comparison. But if the next decade or two looks like the 90s and 00’s, then it’s a different story.

dostadawg

August 9th, 2010
3:24 pm

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dostadawg

August 9th, 2010
3:27 pm

FLASH – ORLANDO SENTINEL
The Gator nation is hurt and calling for an apology
from Emmit Smith, who delivered a 30 minute acceptance
speech at the NFL Hall of Fame, giving credit to his family,
and friends, players, coaches at both his High School and the
Dallas Cowboys, but never mentioned his college career or the
mighty Gators. According to the Sentinel, Emmit’s senior
year was Spurrier’s first year, and the two didn’t hit it off
that well. Sad, Sad, Sad

ga gator

August 9th, 2010
3:42 pm

dostadawg, Emmit already apologized during the game with an interview with Al Michaels. You need to check your facts though, Emmit never played for Spurrier.

shankit

August 9th, 2010
4:19 pm

T-Dawg
Your assessment of Lastinger losing to Auburn in ‘82, Dogs went 10-1-1,
beating Texas out of a NC in ‘83 Cotton Bowl, Lastinger voted MVP in this bowl.
Prior year, Lastinger went 11-0, lost to Penn STate in Sugar Bowl, because
Dooley kept running Herschel at Ashley Lee Walker.
Overall record two years 21-1-1.
What did you say Cox’s record was?

SAm

August 9th, 2010
4:58 pm

The Pitt one hurt as UGA had the game won. Lost when Russell went blitz and Marino found their big TE covered by our small safety.

It only marginally helps that Marino became one of the all-time great NFL QBs. If it had been Matt Cavanaugh, it would have hurt much more.

The Penn State loss was tough since UGA had a chance to score very early in the game–first drive maybe?. John Lastinger overthrew a wide open Clarence Kay in the end zone.

SSIgator

August 9th, 2010
6:25 pm

dostadawg -

Smiths last year at UF was 1989. Spurrier arrived in 1990 or did I need to remind you puppies of that. Moron.

59bulldawg

August 9th, 2010
6:35 pm

The Pitt and Penn State games top my list. I still think about those games. As for games where we dished out a little pain how about the 10-9 Georgia victory over Texas in the Cotton Bowl and the “Run Lindsey Run” 28-26 victory over Florida in 1980. But my favorite is the Richard Appleby to Gene Washington 10-7 end around pass that led us to victory over a favored Florida team way back in the 70s.

FORTY ONE POINTS to your seventeen points

August 9th, 2010
9:59 pm

How about….

(((((((((((((((((((41-17))))))))))))))))))))))

FORTY ONE POINTS to your seventeen points

August 9th, 2010
10:00 pm

or…..

((((((((((((((((49-10)))))))))))))

Reality

August 9th, 2010
10:08 pm

Same ol’ mutts, “It’s the Ref’s fault!!” “We’re the only team that has had blown calls!” You morons!

Ol' Ball Coach

August 9th, 2010
10:16 pm

What about “half a hundred” I laid on ya in Sanibowl?

Kentucky 09

August 9th, 2010
10:18 pm

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Allensburger

August 10th, 2010
5:26 am

Auburn tie in ‘78 and losses to Auburn in ‘79 and ‘83 else the Dawgs would have won 34 SEC games in a row.

dostadawg

August 10th, 2010
10:19 am

SsiGator, who are you to be calling someone a Moron?
Granted Emmitt’s last year was 1989 (his Junior year).
Florida fired Galen Hall and brought Spurrier and Jeremy
Foley on board, which would have been Emmitt’s Senior
year. Emmitt and Spurrier did not hit it off at all, and
Emmitt elected to vacate his Senior year rather than
play for Spurrier, and went with the draft.
Moron

back dog

August 10th, 2010
10:25 am

1980 loss to clemson,13-3 just turrible (yeah i know)

schmeckdawg

August 10th, 2010
10:42 am

back dog, that loss was in 1981. UGA was undefeated in 1980. Anyway, my worst loss and I am old enough to remember, is ALL OF THEM!!!!!!!!!

General Neyland

August 12th, 2010
11:21 am

Those who’ve referenced the the loss to UT in 1995 – I’d love to see a transcript of Munson’s call for the end of the game…..From UT’s side, it was one of John Ward’s greatest calls!

VA Dawg

August 14th, 2010
4:53 pm

The 2003 loss in Tiger Stadium where we completely dominated LSU and lost 17-10 eventually cost us a shot at a national title. How do you get inside the LSU 40 yard line 6 times in the first half and score 3 points? Billy Bennett, the most accurate kicker in NCAA history, misses 3 field goals in the first half? We win that, LSU has two conference losses, we play Ole Miss for conference title and dismantle them, then go on to play Oklahoma for national title.