Auburn vs. Georgia: Ranking the Games of the Past Decade (with Video)

Mike Foster@michaelsfosterCorrespondent INovember 11, 2011

Auburn vs. Georgia: Ranking the Games of the Past Decade (with Video)

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    On Saturday, the "oldest rivalry in the south" will be renewed for the 115th time.

    There isn't a rivalry quite like the one that exists between Georgia and Auburn. Both schools are within less than two hours from the Atlanta perimeter, making the populous parts of Georgia a melting pot of red, black, navy blue and orange.

    This rivalry splits friends, spouses and families. There couldn't be enough elbow room to go around.

    With the clash between the Tigers and Dawgs always happening at the end of the SEC season, championship implications and drama hit a peak.

    In the past 10 years alone, we have witnessed a hand full of classic moments.

    Here (with video) are the top 10 Georgia-Auburn moments of the past decade. Enjoy!


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    Final score: Georgia 26, Auburn 7

    This might have been one of the more forgettable tussles between Auburn and Georgia. Auburn was struggling through a tough year, and Georgia's losses to LSU and Florida had written off any title hopes.

    The game wasn't much of a game either. Georgia took a 19-0 lead and sealed the victory when linebacker Odell Thurman picked off a Jason Campbell pass and ran it back 100 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

    But, what fans will always remember from this otherwise forgetful game was the hit Greg Blue laid on Auburn receiver Courtney Taylor.


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    Final score: Georgia 17, Auburn 24

    2001 was head coach Mark Richt's first season in Athens. It wasn't a great one, and fans don't have to look further than the Georgia-Auburn matchup to be reminded of the sour taste.

    The rivalry has always been a strange one, where the road teams have seemingly always handled the pressure.

    Cadillac Williams and his offensive line definitely applied the pressure on the fourth quarter of this game. With the game tied at 17 a piece, the Cadillac caught a screen pass and burst up field for the go-ahead touchdown.


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    Final score: Georgia 17, Auburn 13

    There wasn't really anything special about this matchup in 2008. Georgia was reeling after coming into the year with national title expectations, and Auburn was having a very average season.

    The game was full of sloppy tackling and ugly plays, and a lackluster Georgia offense put Dawg fans to bed in their seats.

    But, freshman sensation A.J. Green came through with a remarkable touchdown reception, thanks to a laser throw from quarterback Matthew Stafford, to give Georgia a 17-13 lead.

    Auburn would fail to have an answer, as quarterback Kodi Burns threw the ball into the stands on fourth down to relinquish the victory to the Red and Black.


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    Final score: Auburn 24, Georgia 6

    Georgia watched their season fall apart, on the road, against Auburn in 2004.

    The game was quite the event, with both teams battling for spots in a BCS bowl game.

    But, the Tigers dominated the contest.

    Georgia would receive its second loss of the campaign, while Auburn would eventually finish with a perfect season.

    Safety Junior Rosegreen's hit on Georgia receiver Reggie Brown left Brown unconscious. The image of Brown's face, flat in the grass, still lingers in Georgia fan's minds.


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    Final score: Georgia 31, Auburn 24

    The 2009 game between the Dawgs and Tigers didn't have many implications.

    But, it still turned out to be a blood bath. Auburn would open up a 14-0 lead on the Dawgs, but a long touchdown pass to Israel Troupe and a great game from Caleb King would give Georgia a 31-24 lead with time ticking down.

    Auburn would get on Georgia's doorstep again, and on a 2nd-and-11 pass from Chris Todd to Mario Fannin, it appeared they had the ball caught at the Georgia 2-yard line.

    But, a huge blow from Georgia's backup safety, Bacarri Rambo, knocked the ball loose. Rambo would injure his neck on the play, laying motionless on the Sanford Stadium turf for minutes.

    Eventually, with the crowd chanting "Rambo!", Bacarri would be carted off the field on a stretcher and taken to a hospital.

    Georgia would record a sack and knock down a pass in the ensuing plays to clinch a victory. 


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    Final score: Georgia 31, Auburn 49

    Last year's game between the Tigers and Dawgs will be a memorable one for years to come.

    With Auburn steamrolling towards a national title, Georgia went into Jordan-Hare Stadium and caught the Tigers off guard.

    The Dawgs took a 21-7 lead over the Tigers, but what looked like a feel good upset win for Georgia turned into a demoralizing blowout.

    Led by eventual Heisman trophy winner Cam Newton, Auburn managed to finish with a 49-31 win. But, the game will be remembered because of the fight between the two teams.

    Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley made multiple "dirty" hits on Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray throughout the game. And, as you can tell from the video, things got a little chippy.

    "A little" might be an understatement.


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    Final score: Georgia 37, Auburn 15

    As close as the games between Georgia and Auburn have been over the years, this game was a classic blowout.

    Auburn entered the game ranked No. 5 in the country, while Georgia was struggling mightily and breaking in a new quarterback in Matthew Stafford.

    With a rainy, local television, noon-kickoff environment set, Auburn completely came out flat.

    Georgia used three interceptions from safety Tra Battle to trounce the Tigers.

    The Dawgs would take 30 points into halftime and fend off a rally attempt by the Tigers, to demolish Auburn.


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    Final score: Georgia 30, Auburn 31

    This game is still one of the strangest games Georgia has ever played in.

    The Dawgs eventually won the SEC East title and the SEC Championship in 2005, led by fifth-year senior quarterback D.J. Shockley.

    But, they didn't clinch the east with a win against Auburn.

    Though, they thought they did.

    That was until, on 4th-and-a-mile with time ticking away, Auburn's Brandon Cox completed a deep seam pass to Devin Aromashodu.

    Aromashodu ran all the way to Georgia's end zone, but he actually fumbled the ball into the end zone at the 3-yard line.

    The Tigers recovered the ball in the end zone, and refs initially called it a touchdown for Auburn. But, ruling eventually put the Tigers inside Georgia's 5-yard line.

    Auburn would kick a chip shot field goal for the win.  


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    Final score: Georgia 45, Auburn 20

    Who can forget this game?

    The 2007 game between Georgia and Auburn might just be the greatest game ever played between the privet hedges.

    Georgia's coach Mark Richt called for the fans to wear black to the stadium. And, as expected, the team ran out of the tunnel in black jerseys.

    With a complete "blackout" set in motion, Georgia would trounce the Tigers in a thriller from start to finish. A 58-yard bomb to Mohamed Massaquoi opened up the touchdown barrage, and Knowshon Moreno's incredible cut and score gave Georgia a lead they would not relinquish.

    Fans will tell you the atmosphere from that night was unbelievable. 


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    Final score: Georgia 24, Auburn 21

    Georgia's football history has only so many truly great plays. 

    You have the flea-flicker against Alabama, Linday's scamper against Florida, the "hobnail boot" against Tennessee...

    ...and of course, you have the catch Michael Johnson made off the helmet of an Auburn defender to clinch the SEC East title for the Dawgs in 2002.

    Georgia was rolling in one of the most magical seasons in history, but a tough and determined Auburn team put them in an early hole.

    Georgia would have to scrape and scrap back into the game, and trailing 17-21 with "85 seconds" left, the season appeared to be done for.

    The Dawgs had a 4th-and-15 from Auburn's 19-yard line. The game was over.

    Well, according to everyone but Georgia receiver Michael Johnson. David Greene's desperation pass into triple coverage looked like a sure incompletion.

    But, Johnson lept up and snatched the ball right off the top of an Auburn defender, coming down in the back of the end zone with one of the most heart-stopping finishes in Georgia history.

    Georgia would ride the victory to an SEC championship and a 13-1 record, including a Sugar Bowl victory.