Georgia’s wins over Tech are the sweetest of all

georgia and tech mediumIf it’s Georgia-Georgia Tech week, then you know certain things are happening. Mark Richt and the UGA coaching staff are assuring everyone that Tech really is still Georgia’s chief rival. UGA fans are fretting about whether the Dogs’ defense can suddenly switch gears to stop that quirky triple option. And Paul Johnson is being his usual snarky, sarcastic self.

This year, there are also the added distractions of worrying about what Georgia’s running game will look like against the Jackets and wondering whether the Dogs might get caught looking ahead to the SEC Championship game the following week.

On that last point, I think it’ll help Georgia’s concentration on Tech that we don’t yet know for sure who the Dogs will play in the Dome.

As for the question of whether the Jackets remain Georgia’s main rival, that’s complicated. There’s no doubt that for many Georgia fans (and players) the game against the Gators in Jacksonville means more since it plays a big part in who wins the SEC East. But there’s also no doubt that the Dogs and their fans hate losing to Tech worse than any other opponent. So, yeah, beating Florida is more important, but losing to Tech hurts more and beating them is such fun.

Fortunately, Georgia has had a lot of fun during the years I’ve been following the Dogs. So here, for those who might have missed it in the past, here’s an updating of my Top 10 favorite wins over Georgia Tech …

1964: Georgia wins 7-0 in Athens. The first of Vince 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 but 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.

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, 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 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 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. Georgia’s last scoring drive, directed by Matthew Stafford, was a classic (and you can watch it here complete with Larry Munson’s play-by-play). My daughter says this is the most exciting game she’s ever seen.

2009: Georgia wins 30-24 in Atlanta. I had not gone to Grant Field for a football game 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!

There are many others to choose from, so feel free to share your own memories of great Georgia wins over Tech.

Go Dogs!

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548 comments Add your comment

NARD34

November 22nd, 2011
10:55 am

NARD34

November 22nd, 2011
10:56 am

UGA IS HIGHLY OVERRATED & WILL GET EXPOSED TERRIBLY AGAINST TECH!!!!!

ConeDawg

November 22nd, 2011
11:08 am

Bill, please have that ugly GT symbol removed from your blog ASAP. You deserve better.

WaycrossDawg

November 22nd, 2011
11:10 am

Dawgs OWN tech and STILL and will ALWAYS RUN THIS STATE

CMR absolutely owns tech and Coach Fish Fry and will continue to be undefeated at the Joke by Coke. Dawgs win 34-17!

tech continues to suck and look for moral victories…

Red-N-Black

November 22nd, 2011
11:12 am

NARD34

November 22nd, 2011
10:56 am
UGA IS HIGHLY OVERRATED & WILL GET EXPOSED TERRIBLY AGAINST TECH!!!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA – Jarvis Jones is going to eat your team alive and afte Murray carves them up. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Red-N-Black

November 22nd, 2011
11:14 am

Can we play this game on Thursday so Coach Turkey neck will be just a little bit more nervous? I think I’d like to see some joke by coke fans getting pummelled after “wanting and trying” to punch a Dawg fan in the face.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

The Institute

November 22nd, 2011
11:16 am

Dogs get pummeled 42-17.

Bobo runs the ball on 5 different 3rd and 10 plays.

CPJ has a fish fry afterwards.

The Institute

November 22nd, 2011
11:17 am

Hate to break it to the mutts, but you ain’t facin’ an SEC Least offense this week…

The Institute

November 22nd, 2011
11:18 am

Dogs get pummeled, then Richt gives a 7 second long kiss to Al Groh’s Super Bowl ring.

just a fan

November 22nd, 2011
11:18 am

How are we going to get exposed Nard we have a great run defense and that is all you do is run the ball our DL is big and physical and will maul your oline all day

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 22nd, 2011
11:19 am

“Weed Runz Dis Tate,” sez Crowell.

The Institute

November 22nd, 2011
11:20 am

just a fan: your defense is great… against those #90 to #118 offenses of the SEC Least.

Remove head from sand.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 22nd, 2011
11:22 am

The Kicking Walsh’s 12
The Triple Option 35

just a fan

November 22nd, 2011
11:28 am

@The Institute

We also faced a #60 nationally ranked offense get your facts straight

Victory Dawg

November 22nd, 2011
11:35 am

NARD34 you sir are delusional

ICMIII

November 22nd, 2011
11:36 am

That 1978 game is the greatest football game I have ever seen in person. Punt returns. Kickoff returns. Failed two-point attempt. Oops! Penalty on Tech. Make it on the second try. Dawgs win!! Bugs whine.

Dawg_Mike

November 22nd, 2011
11:37 am

Victory Dawg

November 22nd, 2011
11:40 am

We must have forgotten how great a conference the ACC is. HAHAHA!! Looks like Virginia Tech is the only reakl team in the bunch and they owened the NERDS

The Institute

November 22nd, 2011
11:42 am

Wow. Best offense you faced was #60 out of 120? LOL. FYI we are #16.

If Vandy can score 28, GT scores 48.

The Institute

November 22nd, 2011
11:42 am

Hell, if Florida scores 20, we score 120.

northern neighbor

November 22nd, 2011
11:42 am

You never know what will happen in the game. Maybe Tech can resurrect some of Dodd’s luck this year. Georgia seems to have found it for several years.
By the way, that quirky offense scored more points against mightly Alabama than anyone else this year, and that was by little old Georgia Southern. Maybe Tech will run it as well.
I’ll be at Grant Field. I hope it’s a great game, down to the wire and breaks one teams’ hearts – and I hope it’s not Tech’s.

Victory Dawg

November 22nd, 2011
11:42 am

One dementional teams like tech always struggle against good defenses non the less the 4th best D in the country. You nerds might as well sell your tickets to Dawg Fans – Oh, you alredy do.

Rich

November 22nd, 2011
11:43 am

Maybe the AJC can support the home town team. The only major college football team in Atlanta is Georgia Tech. The “A” in UGA does not stand for Atlanta.

Joey

November 22nd, 2011
11:44 am

I think its another nail biter that can go either way. GO DAWGS!!!! Gata

Spike

November 22nd, 2011
11:45 am

1978 was the best. What a game!!

Fulmer Cup Champs!

November 22nd, 2011
11:45 am

“Dawgs OWN tech and STILL and will ALWAYS RUN THIS STATE”

Well that explains our unemployment rate…

The Institute

November 22nd, 2011
11:47 am

Victory Dawg: 4th best D against the sorriest offenses in America, the SEC Least.

SC #80
Vandy, UK, Auburn, Ole Miss, MSU, Tenn, Fla, all #95 or WORSE. KY is #118 out of #120.

Wish we played in the SEC Least.

760

November 22nd, 2011
11:48 am

Vad Lee’s SAT score

JB

November 22nd, 2011
11:48 am

If Crowell and/or Thomas play the whole game, we win by 20 and the stat then goes to them being 1 for the last 11. Ouch!

HBTD!!!

Dawgs Rule Nerds

November 22nd, 2011
11:48 am

Go back to your halo or world of warcraft game nerds…..

Pee Pee Test

November 22nd, 2011
11:48 am

Oh Bill you are sooo giddy… Did Coach Jim get you involved in his Ponzi?

JB

November 22nd, 2011
11:51 am

Institute, are you really trying top compare playing in the acc to the sec??? Really? Perhaps you might want to go check out the strength of schedule rankings. Your maggots number is substanially higher.

Facts are facts. Ya know, like 1 of the last 10.

HBTD!!!

A.Bishop

November 22nd, 2011
11:53 am

2006 win in Athens and the 2010 win in Athens. 2006 was my first time watching a game between the Hedges and 2010 was my last time watching the rivalry as a student.

Victory Dawg

November 22nd, 2011
11:53 am

Institute- lets not mention your game against Duke #80 and your game against Kansas #95 and by the way your defense is ranked # 43. wow pretty scary

Poon

November 22nd, 2011
11:54 am

The nerds will lose again and in a painful fashion. It will be great. Georgia should be able to man up on the nerd receivers and put 9 up to stop the run. If you can beat that, go ahead. I don’t think you can and you ALWAYS, ALWAYS struggle against big, tough athletic defenses. See Miami, FSU, Va. Tech, etc. Its the same old story. In the SEC you would be lucky to be a .500 ball club.

Victory Dawg

November 22nd, 2011
11:57 am

You have to play who is on your schedule and we have done a better job against who we’ve played. Can you say that? most of your offensive stats came against cupcakes so why say anything at all

Victory Dawg

November 22nd, 2011
12:03 pm

BTW I wish you played in the SEC east so us Dawg fans could laugh when you finished in 7th place every year.

Victory Dawg

November 22nd, 2011
12:04 pm

Make that 8th place after MIZZ joins next season.

BobDawg

November 22nd, 2011
12:04 pm

What is the Over/Under on more Red n’ Black showing up to the game than Gold????

Like another Home Game for the Dawgs!!!!

Zebra

November 22nd, 2011
12:05 pm

“Dawgs win!! Bugs whine.”

Heh, nice. This is the theme of the last 50 years in 4 little words.

BobDawg

November 22nd, 2011
12:06 pm

Tell your #45 that he can take a swing or 2 at Murray also… Nice Sportsmanship on The Plains, Nerds….

PAR

November 22nd, 2011
12:08 pm

Tech Sucks!!! Go Dawgs!!!

KJ

November 22nd, 2011
12:09 pm

To all the Geek Squad lifers bleating about UGA’s “weak schedule”:

UGA SOS: 43
NATS SOS: 75

Amazing how someone from the All Cupcakes Conference can run their mouth about scheduling. But that’s what you losers are best at, running your mouths. I’ll take the results on the field, Each And Every Year.

PAR

November 22nd, 2011
12:12 pm

hahahahaha @ the institute. Tech has one 3 point win agains CMR in 10 years. Maybe its time for GT to call it quits in football.

THE INSTITUTE IDIOT

November 22nd, 2011
12:16 pm

You GEEKS beat ONE good team but wait that team got beat by NC State! Let’s look at who you GEEKS beat, several HIGH School teams! VANDY and Kentucky would beat TECH. Let’s hear from you after the DAWGS run you out of that HIGH School stadium!!! UGA 48 GEEKS 12

Real Time Inventory

November 22nd, 2011
12:18 pm

Institute which of the above mentioned Dawg victories hurt you the most? I’ll vote that as my favorite.

robodawg

November 22nd, 2011
12:18 pm

Ealey and King’s careers didn’t live up to their promise, but we’ll always have “We Run This State.” Thanks fellas.

Real Time Inventory

November 22nd, 2011
12:21 pm

I think the 5th down Reggie Ball was the funniest but the 51-7 was the one I remember as the pimp hand slap to the face of every Nerd fan out there.

L5P Inman Dawg

November 22nd, 2011
12:21 pm

While a Tech loss is never good……………. It is Allbarn that is the sweetest victory

Growing up in Columbus… You hear about Allbarn as much as UGA…………

GO DAWGS

roughrider

November 22nd, 2011
12:23 pm

It’s always fun to beat Tech. Then you can hear CPJ blame the players and the nerds crying and moaning.