Georgia–Tennessee football rivalry
|Georgia–Tennessee football rivalry|
|Series record||Tennessee leads, 21–20–2|
|First meeting||November 11, 1899
Tennessee 5, Georgia 0
|Last meeting||October 5, 2013
Georgia 34, Tennessee 31
|Next meeting||September 27, 2014|
|Longest win streak||Tennessee, 9 (1989, 1992-1999)|
|Current win streak||Georgia, 4 (2010-2013)|
The Georgia–Tennessee football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Georgia Bulldogs football team of the University of Georgia and Tennessee Volunteers football team of the University of Tennessee. Tennessee leads the series 21–20–2. Both teams are founding members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Tennessee and Georgia are the second and third winningest football programs in the history of the SEC, behind only Alabama.
From 1899 to 1992, they met only 20 times before the SEC expanded to twelve teams and split into two divisions of six members each, West and East. Since 1992, Georgia and Tennessee have been in the SEC's Eastern Division and have met annually on the football field. Since the annual matchup began in 1992, the Georgia-Tennessee game has been an important one in the SEC, as they have combined to win 10 SEC Eastern Division Championships and 4 SEC Championships.
Georgia victories are shaded ██ red. Tennessee victories are shaded ██ orange. Ties are white.
|November 11||1899||Knoxville, Tennessee||Tennessee||5||0|
|November 7||1903||Knoxville, Tennessee||Georgia||0||5|
|November 21||1906||Athens, Georgia||Tie||0||0|
|October 12||1907||Athens, Georgia||Tennessee||15||0|
|October 24||1908||Knoxville, Tennessee||Tennessee||10||0|
|October 23||1909||Knoxville, Tennessee||Georgia||0||3|
|October 22||1910||Athens, Georgia||Georgia||5||35|
|October 21||1922||Athens, Georgia||Georgia||3||7|
|October 20||1923||Knoxville, Tennessee||Georgia||0||17|
|November 1||1924||Athens, Georgia||Georgia||0||33|
|October 31||1925||Knoxville, Tennessee||Tennessee||12||7|
|October 31||1936||Athens, Georgia||Tennessee||46||0|
|October 30||1937||Knoxville, Tennessee||Tennessee||32||0|
|September 14||1968||Knoxville, Tennessee||Tie||17||17|
|November 1||1969||Athens, Georgia||Tennessee||17||3|
|November 4||1972||Athens, Georgia||Tennessee||14||0|
|November 3||1973||Knoxville, Tennessee||Georgia||31||35|
|September 6||1980||Knoxville, Tennessee||Georgia||15||16|
|September 5||1981||Athens, Georgia||Georgia||0||44|
|September 3||1988||Athens, Georgia||Georgia||17||28|
|October 7||1989||Knoxville, Tennessee||Tennessee||17||14|
|September 12||1992||Athens, Georgia||Tennessee||34||31|
|September 11||1993||Knoxville, Tennessee||Tennessee||38||6|
|September 10||1994||Athens, Georgia||Tennessee||41||23|
|September 9||1995||Knoxville, Tennessee||Tennessee||30||27|
|October 12||1996||Athens, Georgia||Tennessee||29||17|
|October 11||1997||Knoxville, Tennessee||Tennessee||38||13|
|October 10||1998||Athens, Georgia||Tennessee||22||3|
|October 9||1999||Knoxville, Tennessee||Tennessee||37||20|
|October 7||2000||Athens, Georgia||Georgia||10||21|
|October 6||2001||Knoxville, Tennessee||Georgia||24||26|
|October 12||2002||Athens, Georgia||Georgia||13||18|
|October 11||2003||Knoxville, Tennessee||Georgia||14||41|
|October 9||2004||Athens, Georgia||Tennessee||19||14|
|October 8||2005||Knoxville, Tennessee||Georgia||14||27|
|October 7||2006||Athens, Georgia||Tennessee||51||33|
|October 6||2007||Knoxville, Tennessee||Tennessee||35||14|
|October 11||2008||Athens, Georgia||Georgia||14||26|
|October 10||2009||Knoxville, Tennessee||Tennessee||45||19|
|October 9||2010||Athens, Georgia||Georgia||14||41|
|October 8||2011||Knoxville, Tennessee||Georgia||12||20|
|September 29||2012||Athens, Georgia||Georgia||44||51|
|October 5||2013||Knoxville, Tennessee||Georgia||31||34 OT|
In 1973, Georgia, who trailed 31-21, scored a touchdown in the final minutes as quarterback Andy Johnson ran into the end zone for an 8 yard score after the football bounced back into his hands after a botched handoff. The touchdown clinched the Georgia comeback 35-31
In 1980, Georgia, who trailed early 15-0, rallied back behind Herschel Walker, who, on his first collegiate touchdown, ran right over Tennessee defender Bill Bates. Georgia would go onto win 16-15, their first victory of an undefeated national championship season.
In 1995, Georgia had the ball with under two minutes to play in a tied game, 27-27. Georgia then missed a potential game-winning field goal with just over a minute and a half remaining. Peyton Manning then took the Volunteers to within 40 yards, and Tennessee kicked the game winning field goal with 10 seconds remaining to win their 5th game in a row against the Bulldogs, 30-27.
In 2000, Georgia quarterback Quincy Carter did just enough to beat the Volunteers 21-10 in Athens. The victory over Tennessee was Georgia's first win over the Vols since 1988, after 9 straight Tennessee wins. Fans stormed the field at Sanford Stadium in celebration for the first and only time in school history.
In the 2001 game (the Hobnail Boot game), Tennessee was ranked #6 as it faced UGA coach Mark Richt for the first time. The lead was traded multiple times, but Tennessee had seemingly won the game on a 62 yard touchdown pass with only 44 seconds remaining to take a 24-20 lead. Georgia quarterback David Greene would take the Bulldogs down the field and threw a touchdown pass to Vernon Hayes with 6 seconds remaining to upset Tennessee 26-24. Legendary Georgia radio announcer Larry Munson in an infamous call exclaimed, "We just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot and broke their nose! We just crushed their face!".
In 2004, #17 Tennessee ended the back to back SEC Eastern Division Champions 17 game home winning streak with a shocking upset, 19-14. The victory propelled the Volunteers to the SEC Eastern Division Championship, and knocked #3 UGA out of the national title picture.
In 2007, unranked Tennessee ran all over #12 Georgia in Knoxville early, en route to a 35-14 victory. Georgia and Tennessee would finish the season tied for the SEC Eastern Division, but Tennessee's head-to-head victory allowed the Vols to advance to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game. The Bulldogs would finish the season ranked #2, the loss preventing them from advancing to the BCS National Championship Game.