Georgia Football: 7 Best Victories the Last 7 Years
Ever since Mark Richt took over as head coach in 2001, the Bulldogs have had some great seasons. And as a result of the success, fans are still trying to figure out why they have had less than average seasons the last two years.
Regardless, Richt and company had some great wins during his tenure, and if they have the dream season everyone hopes they can have this year, some of the games they play should go down as classics.
Here's a look at the Bulldogs' seven best victories the last seven years.
2004: Georgia Takes Care of LSU
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It was early in the 2004 season and the Bulldogs faced their first real test of the season when they took on the SEC champion LSU Tigers. It was a game where the Bulldogs wanted revenge because LSU won the SEC title by overpowering the Bulldogs in the SEC title game.
And boy did they get their revenge. David Greene threw for 172 yards with five touchdowns while Danny Ware rushed for 109 yards as the Bulldogs took down LSU 45-16. Georgia would end their season with a 10-2 mark.
2004: Finally a Win in Jacksonville
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There was another big win for the Bulldogs in 2004, as they finally beat the Florida Gators which was the first time the Bulldogs defeated Florida since 1997. Greene was solid, throwing for three touchdowns and zero picks while tight end Leonard Pope caught three passes for 90 yards and two scores.
As many wins Greene has had in his career, this was probably his sweetest win just for the simple fact he did not beat Florida his first three tries.
2005: On Top of the SEC
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Led by D.J. Shockley, the Bulldogs finished the 2005 regular season with a 10-2 record and earned a birth in the SEC Championship game. They took on LSU and it was no contest as the Bulldogs tamed the Tigers 34-14.
Shockley threw for two touchdowns while Sean Bailey caught the two TD passes. The Bulldog defense also played big as cornerback Tim Jennings intercepted a Matt Flynn passes and returned it for a touchdown.
The Bulldogs would go on to the Sugar Bowl and lose to West Virginia in thrilling game.
2006: Bounce Back in Auburn
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2006 was considered by some an off year for Georgia. They lost to Vanderbilt at home and they were upended by Kentucky to lose their fourth game of the season.
Nobody thought they would have a chance against Auburn the following week. But the Bulldogs did not listen because they hammered the Tigers 37-15. Kregg Lumpkin rushed for 105 yards and one touchdown while Matthew Stafford rushed for 83 yards while throwing for 219 yards and one score.
The play of the game is when Tra Battle intercepted a Brandon Cox pass in the second quarter which was returned for a touchdown to put the Bulldogs up 24-0. Georgia improved their record 7-4 while Auburn record dropped to 9-2.
2006: Comback Win at the Dome
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Georgia had a strong finish to their 2006 regular season and as a result, they earned a birth to the Chick-fil-A Bowl. They went up against Virginia Tech and the Hokies took a commanding lead early in the contest, as they took a 21-3 lead after the first half.
However, Stafford and Tony Taylor were able to led the Bulldog offense and defense in the second half to overcome a 18-point defecit to win 31-24. Georgia would finish the season 9-4 and that momentum would carry over into the 2007 season.
2007: Stomp That Gator
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This was a game Georgia wanted to win in the worst way because they had Florida beat last year, but came up short.
So Mark Richt had a plan. In the first quarter when Knowshon Moreno scored the opening touchdown for the Bulldogs, he had every single Bulldog go to the end zone and celebrate. That led to a dominating win for the Bulldogs and would go on to finish the season No. 2 in the AP polls.
2007: Thriller in Tuscaloosa
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But before the Bulldogs would win a big game in Jacksonville, they would play a game against Alabama that would go down as one of the great games in SEC history. The Bulldogs would win 26-23 in overtime and it was a game that came down to one play.
Georgia was up 10-3 after the first half, but Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson led the Tide to a fourth quarter surge to tie the game at 20 at the end of regulation.
While Bama scored first via FG, Stafford threw a TD pass to Mikey Henderson on UGA's overtime possession to win the the game Georgia would improve to 3-1 while Alabama would drop to 3-1.