Georgia vs. Georgia Tech: Top 10 Moments in the History of This Rivalry
It’s the final week of the college football regular season for most schools in the country.
This means that it’s the beginning of rivalry week, and the Georgia Bulldogs are set to do battle with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Both teams enter the contest with 7-4 records, which is something that doesn’t happen too often.
There are plenty of reasons why both teams are not in a better place in terms of records and rankings, but as the cliche goes, you can throw the records out the window for this game.
And if both teams play up to their potential, it could be one of the more memorable games in recent history.
Speaking of memorable, here’s a list of the 10 most memorable moments in this storied rivalry.
Bulldogs Dominate in 2002
This game was glorious for Georgia fans and not so much for Tech fans.
The Bulldogs defeated the Yellow Jackets 51-7, which would be the most lopsided win in the history of the series.
Musa Smith ran for 121 yards, while David Greene was 10-of-14 through the air with 205 yards and one score.
The win improved the Bulldogs' record to 11-1, and they would go on to win the SEC title and the Sugar Bowl. The Yellow Jackets would fall to 7-5 and lose to Fresno State in the Silicon Valley Classic.
The First Time
The first game between the two teams was on November 4, 1893, and the Yellow Jackets won 28-6.
At the time, Georgia Tech was called the Georgia School of Technology and its nickname was the Blacksmiths. The Blacksmiths traveled 70 miles by train to play the University of Georgia at Herty Field in Athens.
After the game was over, Georgia fans threw rocks back at the Tech players and chased them back to their train.
And hence, this is why this rivalry is called Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate.
Tech Leaves SEC
Believe it or not, Tech was a charter member of the SEC back in 1932. It would stay in the SEC until 1964, when head coach Bobby Dodd started a feud with Alabama head coach Bear Bryant. Georgia Tech left the SEC but tried to re-enter not too long after it left.
It was turned down, and one of the biggest opponents of Tech not entering the conference again were the Bulldogs.
The Yellow Jackets would go on to join the Metro Conference and would stay there for 15 years. They joined the ACC in 1979.
The Bobby Dodd Era
Georgia Tech has not had much success against Georgia since the series started, but it does hold the longest winning streak between the two schools.
Under head coach Bobby Dodd, Georgia Tech won eight consecutive games from 1949-1956 and outscored the Bulldogs 176-39 during that span. Dodd would finish his career with a 12-9 record against Georgia.
The Mark Richt Era
When Mark Richt was hired to be the head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs back in 2001, no one really knew how much of an impact he would make.
Not only has he won two SEC titles, two Sugar Bowls and five SEC East titles, but he also has a near-flawless record against Georgia Tech.
Richt has won 11 games against the Yellow Jackets while losing only one. He won seven straight games against Tech, which is the longest streak for the Bulldogs in the series.
Richt has recently won the last four games against Tech, and they have not been really close.
So this question comes to mind: How did that loss happen and when did it happen?
The 2008 Comeback
The only time Richt lost to Tech was in 2008, when the Bulldogs were expected to play for the national title.
After disappointing losses to Alabama and Florida, the Bulldogs looked to get win No. 10 against the Yellow Jackets. And it looked like that was going to happen, as they were up 28-12 after the first half.
But the triple-option of Tech was too much for the Bulldogs to handle, which led to a 45-42 win over the boys in Athens.
That game was the second-highest-scoring game in the history of the series. We’ll get to the highest-scoring game later on because that was one for the ages.
The 2006 Comeback
When the Bulldogs lost to the Yellow Jackets in 2008, it was Matthew Stafford’s senior year and final home game as a Bulldog.
In his freshman season, he led an improbable comeback against the Yellow Jackets.
Georgia was down 12-7 late in the fourth quarter, but Stafford was able to put together a 12-play, 64-yard drive, which ended with a four-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Massaquoi with 1:45 left in the game.
The Bulldogs were able to hold on to win their eighth game of the year and save what appeared to be a lost season.
Running Wild in 2009
2009 was a good season for the Yellow Jackets, as they won the ACC Coastal Division. The Bulldogs, however, could not say the same because they had a subpar season by their standards.
But the Bulldogs took a page out of the Yellow Jackets' playbook and came away with a 30-24 win.
Tech came into the game as the top rushing team in the country, but it was the Bulldogs who had the upper hand, as they rushed for 339 yards, while Georgia Tech only rushed for 204 yards.
Tech finished with 10 wins but would have loved to beat the Bulldogs to make the year more memorable.
The Debut of Buck Belue
The game in 1978 was the game in which Buck Belue made a name for himself.
Georgia was down 20-0 when Belue made his way into the game in the first half. Thanks to a key punt return by Scott Woerner, Belue helped lead the rally and threw a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
The score led to a decision by Vince Dooley to either kick the extra point for the tie or go for two to get the win. Dooley took the latter and the Bulldogs won 29-28.
Wild Ride in 1999
Not only was this the highest-scoring game in the history of the series—it was probably the wildest one as well.
Georgia and Georgia Tech were tied at 48 with 13 seconds left on the clock. Georgia was at Tech’s 2-yard line and decided to go for the touchdown instead of the field goal.
As Jasper Sanks was running into the end zone, he fumbled the ball and Tech recovered. That led to overtime, and the Yellow Jackets went on to win 51-48.
But the crazy thing about the game is that when the replay of Sanks’ fumble was shown later, it showed that he was down before the ball came loose.
This game was another reason why this series is called Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate.