10 favorite Georgia wins over Tech gets an updating

Caleb King runs away from the Jackets in the 2009 win at Grant Field. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Caleb King runs away from the Jackets in the 2009 win at Grant Field. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Last year, in the afterglow of my unexpectedly enjoyable journey to Grant Field, I said I’d have to adjust the list of my 10 all-time favorite Georgia victories over Tech in order to accomodate the Dogs’ 2009 upset win over the No. 7 ranked Jackets.

There are a lot to choose from in compiling such a list, fortunately. As I noted last year, I’ve been fortunate to have followed the Dogs through a wonderful era beginning with Vince Dooley’s first team that has seen Georgia dominate Tech 34-12, with the Dogs twice running off seven wins in a row while the Jackets have three times won two in a row and had one streak of three in a row over Jim Donnan. So there have been many more great days for the Red and Black in the in-state rivalry than there have been bad ones.

But these are the wins over the insects of which I’m especially fond …

1964: Georgia wins 7-0 in Athens. The first of Dooley’s 19 wins over the Jackets in 25 seasons was played on a cold, rainy day Between the Hedges. I had to listen to Ed Thilenius call it on radio by my Dad was there and came home damp but extremely happy. A Tech fumble was recovered by the Dogs at the 22, leading to a winning score by Preston Ridlehuber. The Dogs went on to the Sun Bowl while the loss to Georgia kept the Jackets out of the Gator Bowl, which made the win even sweeter.

1971: Georgia wins 28-24 in Atlanta. This nationally televised game on Thanksgiving night was highlighted by one of the greatest Bulldog comebacks ever. Tech had jumped out to a 14-0 lead and led 17-14 at halftime. Led by Andy Johnson, a classmate of mine in junior high and at Athens High School, the Dogs roared back in the second half to take a 21-17 lead, only to see Tech regain the upper hand, 24-21. The Dogs got the ball at their own 30 with 1:29 on the clock and in one of the most memorable Georgia drives of my lifetime Andy’s running and passing moved them downfield, with Jimmy Poulos going over for the winning TD. As I was chatting with Andy at our 40th high school reunion a few weeks ago, I couldn’t help thinking about that night.

1975: Georgia wins 42-26 in Atlanta. Another nationally telecast Thanksgiving night game on ABC saw the Dogs, led by Ray Goff and Glynn Harrison, run wild over Pepper Rodgers’ Jackets in freezing weather. I was watching this at my future wife’s family home just two days before our wedding (Monday will be our 35th anniversary), and their next-door neighbor was a big Tech fan. We promised to touch base after the game. I got to make the victory call.

1978: Georgia wins 29-28 in Athens. The game that cemented Buck Belue’s place in the Bulldog pantheon two years before the national championship. The Jackets were up 20-0 when the freshman quarterback got put into the game late in the first half. Helped by a great Scott Woerner punt return, Belue brought the Dogs back and threw a fourth-quarter scoring pass to Amp Arnold that gave Georgia the choice of kicking the PAT for a tie or going for two points and the win. Dooley the gambler won.

1981: Georgia wins 44-7 in Atlanta. The Dogs were riding high with Herschel Walker, but somehow that week the Atlanta sports media latched onto the idea that Georgia was ripe for an upset and we had to put up with a week of hype for the Jackets. Belue put an end to that nonsense on the first play from scrimmage with an 80-yard scoring strike to Lindsay Scott. Oh yes, and Herschel scored four touchdowns.

1993: Georgia wins 43-10 in Atlanta. Another Thanksgiving Day game on TV. This is the one where a brawl between the two teams broke out late after the Jackets had been mouthing off throughout the game. I can still see Ray Goff pulling players out of the fray like they were children.

1997: Georgia wins 27-24 in Atlanta. Tech took a 24-21 lead and thought it had won the game, but Mike Bobo, who threw four touchdown passes that day, led the Dogs downfield, with four pass plays in 40 seconds. The folks in yellow and white still gripe about the interference flag that helped the Dogs along. I think everyone in my neighborhood probably heard the yell I let out when Corey Allen made that winning catch.

2002: Georgia wins 51-7 in Athens. Total domination from beginning to end for Mark Richt’s SEC champions. Probably the most satisfying performance I’ve ever seen by a Georgia team against Tech. And still one of the best days I can ever recall in Sanford Stadium.

2006: Georgia wins 15-12 in Athens. Tech was the ACC Coastal Division champion and No. 16 in the country while Georgia was unranked. You would have expected Tech to be the overwhelming favorite, but the oddsmakers liked the Dogs by 2. Probably because Reggie Ball was Tech’s QB and no team could get in Ball’s head like Georgia. I remember having no doubt the Dogs would win this game simply because the Jackets still had our favorite QB. It didn’t hurt, though, that Paul Oliver never let Tech’s celebrated receiver, Calvin Johnson, become a factor. My daughter says this is the most exciting game she’s ever seen.

2009: Georgia wins 30-24 in Atlanta. I had not been in Grant Field in decades, but my son took me as a belated birthday treat. Georgia uncharacteristically took the ball after winning the coin toss and set the template for the game by marching down the field on a 10-play scoring drive that saw the Dogs keeping it exclusively on the ground. Washaun Ealey ended up with 183 yards rushing on the night and Caleb King had 166, including a fantastic 75-yard touchdown run where the Jackets trailing after him reminded me of one of Herschel’s scores against Tech way back when. What a sweet walk that was from Grant Field back to the MARTA station amidst all those downcast folks in gold and white and blue!

I had to move a game down to “honorable mention” status in order to get last year’s game into my Top 10, and it was the 1995 game, where Georgia won 18-17 in Atlanta — coincidentally, the last time the Dogs had to beat Tech in order to become bowl-eligible. Hines Ward was still at QB and led Georgia back from 14 points down, with Kanon Parkman’s late field goal providing the difference. As I’ve said before, Ray Goff might not have been much of a coach, but he still managed to win five straight over Tech.

What are your favorite Dog wins over the Jackets?

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191 comments Add your comment

Really?

November 23rd, 2010
11:00 am

WDE

November 23rd, 2010
11:01 am

Doubt this weeks game will make the list- win or lose

Marcus

November 23rd, 2010
11:03 am

I am a duoche

WDE

November 23rd, 2010
11:03 am

Are Tech’s defenders allowed to hit Murray? Or has that been banned in the rules?

WDE

November 23rd, 2010
11:06 am

And will UGA stomp on its own logo before the game? Will the fans set a tree on fire?

Really?

November 23rd, 2010
11:08 am

There are way too many wins against Tech to pick just 10 for me!

WDE

November 23rd, 2010
11:08 am

Is CMR getting his spray-tan done before or after the game?

Dawg_Mike

November 23rd, 2010
11:08 am

WDE- They can hit him all they want if they can get to him. Hitting him is one thing. Leaving your feet and pile driving is entirely another, as your pride and joy number 90 will ultimately learn. Hope it doesn’t cost him a knee first.

WDE

November 23rd, 2010
11:08 am

BTW, my team pays it players to play football. Is that bad?

Buzz-kill

November 23rd, 2010
11:09 am

My favorite have been 8 out of the last nine, as well as ever single one Reggie Ball played in

WDE

November 23rd, 2010
11:10 am

Does Herschel still drive that sweet car he got from UGA to not go to Clemson?

Saint Simons

November 23rd, 2010
11:10 am

(((( 49 – 31 ))))

HAHAHAHAHAHA

Dawg_Mike

November 23rd, 2010
11:11 am

I do agree this years version of GA/GT will not make the highlight reels. Tough year for both teams.

At least the War Eagles have $cam to lead them to the promised land…..until the NCAA drops the hammer. Enjoy it while you can. It’s short lived.

WDE

November 23rd, 2010
11:11 am

Have Aaron Murray’s growth plates fused yet?

Sanford Drive

November 23rd, 2010
11:11 am

I THOROUGHLY enjoyed watching Paul Johnson scream and cuss at his jittery, inexperienced QB after turning the ball over 4 times against the Dawgs in 2010.

I was so proud of Richt for never letting off the gas pedel, and showing Tech that it was NOT ok to rip the hedges out 2 years ago.

The 48-13 win in 2010 is one of MY top favorites…….

oh….. I am 5 days early….. sorry.

WDE

November 23rd, 2010
11:12 am

Are the Gym Dawgs going to start on offensive line? I know they were looking to shake things up and get some power blocking, whatever it takes.

WDE

November 23rd, 2010
11:13 am

Will there be a “Party in the UGA” after the game? Miley Cyrus style?

Dawg_Mike

November 23rd, 2010
11:13 am

What’s the matter Saint Simons, you are getting slack ? You normally are one of the first ones in with your awe inspiring commentary. How long does it take you to come up with your masterful posts? You must really put a lot of thought into each and every one.

freaking moron.

MURPHY

November 23rd, 2010
11:14 am

We miss Reggie! A damn good Dawg!

WDE

November 23rd, 2010
11:14 am

Will there be some Soulja Boy crankin’ on the sidelines?

drunkyard dogs

November 23rd, 2010
11:15 am

WDE

November 23rd, 2010
11:15 am

Will there be a halftime ceremony to honor the 2008 Pre-Season National Champions?

Dawg_Mike

November 23rd, 2010
11:16 am

Anyone looking for $cam after the game when all the players are congratulating each other can find him in the stands mugging for the camera- he might be an attention wh0re.

JaxDawg05

November 23rd, 2010
11:17 am

Nice to see Auburn fan fill the void left by Gator fan on this blog for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. Stay classy, war eagle. Not sure exactly when the NCAA will finish up their investigation, but be assured it will finish it Auburn.

MURPHY

November 23rd, 2010
11:17 am

WDE,

We are going to honor your Heisman Canidate-Nesbitt-hahahahahahahahahahah!

WDE

November 23rd, 2010
11:17 am

Will Jane Kemp be doing the ceremonial coin toss?

WDE

November 23rd, 2010
11:17 am

In case you guys are wondering we are thrilled to possibly have our 4th undefeated team this year and nothing to show for it once again like in 2004, 1993(probation), and 1957(probation).

HawgDawg

November 23rd, 2010
11:17 am

Tech fans: so pathetic. There is no doubt in my mind that the Dawgs are going to absolutley take the Honey Bees apart. I can’t wait.

fan

November 23rd, 2010
11:18 am

wde,hershel flipped a coin between ga and fla and we all know what happened next. oh hershel never lost an sec game bo did

MURPHY

November 23rd, 2010
11:19 am

WDE,

We wanted to honor the last Tech Class that had a wining record against UGA-But we heard they are all to old and feeble to travel. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

WDE

November 23rd, 2010
11:19 am

Will Matt Stafford and Joe Cox be hosting a keg-lifting contest during tailgating?

RFP

November 23rd, 2010
11:20 am

There are just too many wins against Tech to pick one.

WDE

November 23rd, 2010
11:20 am

Even if Cam Newton doesn’t win the Heisman he will steal it from whomever does.

WDE

November 23rd, 2010
11:21 am

I know CMR ran out on the field this year, will he be doing a double-tuck-dive onto the field this week?

WDE

November 23rd, 2010
11:21 am

I heart tickle piles! I hope flag boy will be at the game. He could probably play WR for my little Yellow Jackets!! te-he-he

Clyde

November 23rd, 2010
11:21 am

Will the dawg players be wearing their special red panties for the game?

Dawg_Mike

November 23rd, 2010
11:22 am

WDE, you are on fire today !

What was Matt Stafford’s record against Auburn, by the way?

WDE

November 23rd, 2010
11:22 am

Do you guys think Cadilac and Ronnie Brown will continue to underachive in the NFL next year?

MURPHY

November 23rd, 2010
11:24 am

WDE,

Dont forget to pick up your complimentary pocket protector upon enetring the game on Sat.We have one for each Tech fan in attendance-All 250 of yall

funny...

November 23rd, 2010
11:24 am

2002 51-7

I still chuckle at the story that Chan never showed the tape again.

WDE

November 23rd, 2010
11:25 am

Will Georgia be wearing the Grambling State uniforms for this one?

Athens Correctional Institute

November 23rd, 2010
11:25 am

Will the UGA probation officers be at the game to make sure no one escapes?

ARdawg

November 23rd, 2010
11:26 am

Bill

All the wins against the Nerds are a joy and special delight. I’m just glad we play them last every year because, no matter how the year is going, we can always beat Tech and end on a high note

WDE

November 23rd, 2010
11:26 am

Will UGA be spraypainting Uga’s butt for this one?

ugaclassof2004

November 23rd, 2010
11:26 am

I think the 2006 game won by the Dawgs 15-13 should receive some attention. The 1983 game where the Dawgs won 27-24 was a good one as well. Bill Curry had a lousy team that year, but I’ll be damned if his boys didn’t come out ready to play.

Actually I think this game could be a lot closer than folks think. I know on paper, many people think UGA should win this game easily. But wins have not been easy to come by for either team this year. This Dawg fan thinks Paul Johnson is going to have his boys ready to play. I think its going to be a good game. I’m thinking Dawgs by like a field goal!

MURPHY

November 23rd, 2010
11:27 am

WDE,

It will be a blackout-All the Tech fans to wear Black Star Trek uniforms.

WDE

November 23rd, 2010
11:27 am

Ok that one was dumb and doesn’t make and sense cause UGA is all white. I am an idiot but GOOOOOOO TECH!!!!!!!!!!!

WDE

November 23rd, 2010
11:28 am

Tech is the best team in football hands down.

WDE

November 23rd, 2010
11:28 am

Here’s an article about my experience as a young lad attending Tech:

http://theantiorangepage.com/pages/105

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