Georgia Football: 5 Most Memorable Games Played at Sanford Stadium

Brian Jones@Brian_L_JonesContributor IMarch 25, 2012

Georgia Football: 5 Most Memorable Games Played at Sanford Stadium

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    Sanford Stadium is one of the most popular football stadiums in the country.

    Its location is in the heart of Athens and has attracted many fans not only from Georgia but from all over the world who have seen great games in Athens every fall.

    Speaking of great games, there have been quite a few memorable games that have been played at Sanford Stadium since the venue opened in 1929. From the first game ever played to the blackout, there has been no shortage of memorable moments between the hedges.

    Here's a look a the five most memorable games played in Athens.

Georgia vs. Yale: Oct. 12, 1929

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    One could argue that this was the biggest weekend in the history of Georgia football.

    People from all over the country traveled to Athens for the historical event; 35,000 fans were in attendance, including  governors from five different states. Georgia wore the white jerseys and Yale wore the blue jerseys.

    Yale was the heavy favorite, but thanks to Vernon "Catfish" Smith, who scored all the Bulldogs' points, Yale fell short 15-0, and the Sanford Stadium fun began.

Georgia vs. Alabama: Sept. 9, 1965

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    This was the first game of the 1965 season, and it was also the start of Vince Dooley's second season as the head man for the Bulldogs.

    Down 17-10 in the fourth quarter, QB Kirby Moore threw a pass to Pat Hodgson, who lateraled to Bob Taylor for the 73-yard touchdown.

    Moore threw it to Hodgson again for the two-point conversion, and the Bulldogs went on to win 18-17.

    Georgia finished the 1965 season with a 6-4 mark while the Crimson Tide finished with an 8-1-1 record and won their second consecutive national title.

Georgia vs. Clemson: Sept. 22, 1984

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    The Georgia-Clemson series is always intense, but this game could be the biggest win in series history.

    The Tigers came in to the game as the No. 2 team in the country, but Bulldogs kicker Kevin Butler nailed a 60-yard field goal with a few seconds left to lift the Bulldogs over the Tigers.

    Georgia only finished with a 7-4-1 record, but that game made Butler a legend and derailed Clemson's chances of winning a national title.

Georgia vs. Tennessee: Oct. 7, 2000

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    This game was memorable on different levels.

    Tennessee came in the game as a heavy favorite because they had beaten the Bulldogs every meeting since 1989.

    That would change this time, though, as Jasper Sanks scored two touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a 21-10 win over the Vols. The win also marked the 100th career win for Jim Donnan, and it would be the first and last time students rushed the field and tore down the goal posts.

    (The reason it was the last time students rushed the field is because the hedges got destroyed when it happened.)

Georgia vs. Auburn: Nov. 10, 2007

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    After earning an emotional win against the Florida Gators, the Bulldogs had their first "black out" in school history and debuted the black jerseys against the Auburn Tigers.

    The jersey gave the Bulldogs an extra boost of confidence, as they went on to crush the Tigers 45-20. The win also marked the first time Georgia defeated Auburn and Florida in the same year since 1982.

    But one of the most memorable things about the game was when the entire stadium (including the announcers) were dancing  when "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" was blasting through the PA system.