Georgia Football: Dawgs All-Time Most Important Plays Against Tennessee
The Georgia-Tennessee rivalry has certainly had its share of important plays through the years.
There have been nearly 40 matchups between these Eastern foes, and since the conference split into divisions, the winner of this game has had a leg up on advancing to play for the SEC Championship in Atlanta.
Let's look back through the top four most important plays in the history of the Georgia-Tennessee rivalry.
4. Buzzer Beater, 2003
The Play: With Tennessee threatening to take the lead just before half, a botched hand-off turned into a 92-yard touchdown return.
Sean Jones had a long list of big time plays during his time in Athens, but this takes the cake. By tacking on a touchdown right before the half, Georgia broke Tennessee's back en route to a 41-14 whooping in Knoxville.
The look on that Vol fan's face at the end of the video says it all.
3. Drought Broken, 2000
The Play: Quincy Carter's final kneel down.
The value of the play itself is largely symbolic, but the importance cannot be overstated.
With his final kneel down, Quincy Carter and the Georgia Bulldogs had been the Tennessee Volunteers for the first time in more than a decade.
On a personal note, watching the field being swarmed with fans mauling the goal posts is one of my all-time Sanford Stadium memories.
2. My God, a Freshman! 1980
The Play: Herschel Walker scores his first collegiate touchdown, running over Tennessee safety Bill Bates and a slew of Vol defenders.
Larry Munson's famous "My God, a freshman!" call is one of the best of all-time, and trumped only by Lindsay Scott's touchdown that same year, and the play coming up at No. 1 on this countdown.
I wonder if Bill Bates still has cleat marks on his chest.
1. Hobnail Boot, 2001
The Play: David Greene's touchdown pass to Verron Haynes in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter.
The red-shirt freshman took the Bulldogs flying down the field to knock off the favored Volunteers. It was Georgia's first win in Knoxville since 1980, and got the Richt Era off to a great start.
This play will always be remembered by Georgia fans thanks to Larry Munson's famous "Hobnail Boot" call.