Georgia–Tennessee football rivalry

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Georgia–Tennessee football rivalry
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Georgia Bulldogs Tennessee Volunteers

Total meetings 43
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.[1] 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.

Game results[edit]

Georgia victories are shaded ██ red. Tennessee victories are shaded ██ orange. Ties are white.

Date Year Location Winner Tennessee Georgia
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

Notable games[edit]

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.

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