Here is a look at the top five teams in UGA history. Each team will have an explanation to why they were picked, also provided will be key moments or games during the season along with that season’s leader in passing, rushing, and receiving yards.
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2007 is the only team to make the top five that did not win the SEC. Most would argue that by the end of the season UGA was playing better than anyone in the country.
An early season loss to South Carolina, in which UGA did not score a touchdown and a blow out loss at Tennessee, kept UGA from winning the SEC East outright.
UGA still had a chance to win the SEC East, but Tennessee was able to survive a scare in Lexington and beat Kentucky in overtime. The 2007 season ended with a blowout victory over Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl.
This team also featured future first round draft picks Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno. Key moments of the season “the Florida Celebration," “the blackout” and “D. Gamble’s fumble recovery vs. Vandy.”
Passing: Matthew Stafford-2,523 yards
Rushing: Knowshon Moreno- 1,334 yards
Receiving: Sean Bailey-615 yards
1966 would be the first SEC Championship team for Vince Dooley. This team featured two All-Americans: Edgar Chandler and Lynn Hughes, with future All-Americans Bill Stanfill and Jake Scott.
A one point loss at Miami kept the Bulldogs from winning the National Championship. Key moments of the season: A win at Auburn to win the SEC and beating SMU in the Cotton Bowl.
Passing: Kirby Moore-524 yards
Rushing: Ronnie Jenkins-669 yards
Receiving: Billy Payne-144 yards
2002 was Mark Richt’s second season at UGA and first SEC championship team. The team was led by Sophomore All-American and SEC player of the year Defensive End David Pollack.
Offensive Tackle and recent Super Bowl winner Jon Stinchcomb was also an All-American that year. Other key players included: Quarter Back David Green, who’s 42 career wins record was broken this year by Colt McCoy, and future All-American Safety Sean Jones.
Key moments: “the Pollack strip-interception at South Carolina” and “Michael Johnson’s touchdown catch at Auburn.” The one loss came against rival Florida. The season ended as Mark Richt beat his mentor Bobby Bowden and FSU in the sugar bowl.
Passing: David Green-2, 924 yards
Rushing: Musa Smith-1,324 yards
Receiving: Terrence Edwards-1,004 yards
In 1942 legendary coach Wally Butts won a National Championship with Heisman trophy winner Frank Sinkwhich leading the way. This team is probably most known for its upset loss to rival Auburn.
The team ended on a high with a win over UCLA and a National Championship.
Individual stats were not recorded prior to the 1950 season.
In 1980 a young man from Wrightsville, Georgia became a legend.
The 1980 season brought Vince Dooley and UGA a National Championship. The college football world was introduced to all-everything Herschel Walker.
The 1980 team included All-Americans Herschel Walker, Rex Robinson, Scott Woerner and future All-Americans: Terry Hoage, Jimmy Payne, and Freddie Gilbert.
Key Moments: “Walker running over Bill Bates at Tennessee,” “Belue to Scott in Jacksonville.”
The season ended with a victory over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl and an Undefeated National Championship Season.
Passing: Buck Belue-1,314 yards
Rushing: Herschel Walker-1, 616 yards
Receiving: Amp Arnold-357 yards