When you love to write about football, and your team is having a tough year, what do you do?
Well I say you focus on a few great wins in one of the greatest rivalries in the South. Georgia has played Georgia Tech 103 times. Georgia has won 59 of those games, and before Tech's win last season the rivalry had pretty much become one sided.
For Georgia fans they only need to look to the Florida series to understand how those on North Ave in Atlanta feel.
Since 1978, Georgia has won 23 of the 31 games played. Winning 74% of the time can really make your in state rival hate you.
But Tech has a new coach, and a new outlook. They remind us Georgia fans daily of their win last season. They are predicting another win this season, and many more to come with the new Paul Johnson regime.
Only time will tell us how the series unfolds over the next few years. But one thing is certain...history tells us of many great Georgia wins. I'm sure a Tech fan can tell you about many great Tech wins. I will leave that to one of them.
Today, I will give you five great Georgia wins over Georgia Tech. I hope all you Bulldogs enjoy reliving these great moments.
1) 1964: Georgia 7 Georgia Tech 0
This was Vince Dooley's first game against Tech. The Dawgs had lost three straight in the series and were ready for a win.
The only score of the game came when Tech's Jeff Davis fumbled at the Tech 22 late in the 3rd quarter. The Dawgs drove down to the Tech three, where quarterback Preston Ridlehuber took it in for the score.
Tech had a chance early in the 4th quarter when Tommy Jackson took a punt at his own 27 yard line and broke into the open. The only Dawg left in his way was the Georgia punter, Mack Faircloth. Faircloth made the tackle at the Georgia 34. Who said punter's can't tackle?
The defense took over from there and held the Jackets. Dawgs won 7-0.
Georgia went on to the Sun Bowl and beat Texas Tech 7-0. Dooley and the Dawgs finished the season 7-3-1.
2) 1968: Georgia 47 Georgia Tech 8
Georgia came into this one unbeaten with a record of 7-0-2, and ranked 4th in the nation. The Dawgs had already won the SEC title and were headed to the Sugar Bowl.
The win gave Georgia a five game win streak in the series for the first time. It was also the first time the Dawgs scored more than 40 points on Tech.
Georgia dominated this game from the start. The Dawgs accumulated 479 yards in total offense, to Tech's 164 yards. The Georgia defense held Tech to 2 yards rushing.
Georgia quarterback Mike Cavan threw for 194 yards and rushed for 208 more to lead the Dawgs on offense.
Many proclaimed this team to be the best Georgia team ever. But the Dawgs stumbled in the Sugar Bowl, losing to Arkansas 16-2.
The seniors from the 1968 season would leave Georgia with a 25-6-2 varsity record. They also never lost at Sanford Stadium.
3) 1976: Georgia 13 Georgia Tech 10
Georgia entered the game 9-1, ranked 4th in the nation. They were the SEC champs again, and were headed to the Sugar Bowl to play number one ranked Pittsburgh.
The Dawgs only loss came at the hands of the Ole Miss Rebels, losing 21-17. It was your classic let down loss. The Dawgs went in to the Ole Miss game coming off a 21-0 win over Alabama. The Dawgs were the first team to shut out the Tide in 70 games.
Georgia led Tech 7-0 at halftime. The weather made things messy in the second half.
After trading fumbles in the final minutes, it was Georgia that would get the break they needed. Tech fumbled at their own 34, giving the Dawgs the ball with the game tied at 10-10.
Al Pollard (24 carries for 112 yards) and Kevin McLee (30 carries for 105 yards) would help move the Dawgs down to within field goal range.
With nine seconds left on the clock, Alan Leavitt gave Georgia the win putting the game winner through the up rights.
Georgia finished the season 10-2 and ranked 10th in the country, after losing to the Pitt Panthers in the Sugar Bowl.
4) 1980: Georgia 38 Georgia Tech 20
This was the 75th meeting between these two teams. Georgia came into this one as the number one team in the country. They were also the only remaining unbeaten team in college football.
Georgia was coming off their miracle win in Jacksonville over the Gators, while Tech had just fought Notre Dame to a hard fought tie.
The Dawgs took the early lead on touchdowns from Herschel Walker, and a Buck Belue pass to Ronnie Stewart.
Tech got on the score board early in the third. During the celebration, one of the Tech players grabbed Scott Woerner and dragged him into the celebration. The "excessive" celebration drew a penalty from the officials.
With the penalty yardage and a very mad Scott Woerner returning the kick, the Dawgs answered back quickly. Woerner took the kick off and returned it 71 yards to the Tech 23. On the very next play it was Herschel doing the rest taking it in for the score.
Belue and Walker would tack on two more scores and the Dawgs put this one away. Perfect record still intact.
Walker finished with 205 yards and three touchdowns.
Georgia, of course, completed their season with a 17-10 win over Notre Dame. A perfect 12-0 record and a National Championship.
5) 2001: Georgia 31 Georgia Tech 17
Mark Richt took over the helm for the Dawgs in 2001. Tech had won three straight and once again the Dawgs were ready for a win. Sound familiar?
This one would belong to one of the smallest Dawgs on the field. Billy Bennett nailed four field goals in the first half, to give the Dawgs a 12-0 halftime lead.
Tech bounced back and took the lead 17-15. But David Greene to Fred Gibson for a 51 yard touchdown brought the Dawgs back, 21-17.
Tech made another run at a comeback but this time it was Tim Wansley spoiling the bid, when he intercepted George Godsey and returned the pick for a score.
Billy Bennett added two more field goals in the second half, for a total of six in the game.
Georgia finished Richt's first season 8-4, after losing to Boston College in the Music City Bowl. But most importantly the Dawgs beat the Jackets. They would continue that streak through 2007, winning seven straight in the series.
So there you have it. Just a few of my favorite wins over the Jackets. This list could go on and on. After all when you have 59 wins to choose from, its hard to pick just a few.
When you think about it, I could write a whole article on the Reggie Ball era...
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