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Georgia Bulldogs football
2014 Georgia Bulldogs football team
UGA logo.svg
First season 1892
Athletic director Greg McGarity
Head coach Mark Richt
13th year, 126–45  (.737)
Other staff Mike Bobo (OC)
Jeremy Pruitt (DC)
Home stadium Sanford Stadium
Year built 1929[1]
Stadium capacity 92,746[1]
Stadium surface Grass
Location Athens, Georgia
Conference SEC (1932–present)
Division SEC Eastern Division
(1992–present)
Past conferences SIAA (1895–1921)
Southern Conference (1921–1932)
All-time record 768–406–54 (.647)
Postseason bowl record 27–18–3 (.594)
Claimed national titles 2 (1942,1980)
Conference titles 14 (12 SEC)
Division titles 7
Heisman winners 2
Consensus All-Americans 24
Current uniform
SEC-Uniform-UGA.png
Colors

Red and Black

          
Fight song Glory, Glory
Mascot Uga
Marching band Georgia Redcoat Marching Band
Rivals Florida Gators
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
South Carolina Gamecocks
Clemson Tigers
Tennessee Volunteers
Auburn Tigers
Vanderbilt Commodores
Website georgiadogs.com

The Georgia Bulldogs football team represents the University of Georgia in the sport of American football. The Bulldogs compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They play their homes games at Sanford Stadium on the university's Athens, Georgia, campus, and are currently coached by Mark Richt. Inaugural season was in 1892. UGA teams have won two NCAA football national championships and 14 conference championships, and have appeared in 48 bowl games, the fifth most all time. The program has also produced two Heisman Trophy winners, two No. 1 NFL draft picks, and many winners of other national awards.

History[edit]

Early History (1892–1927)[edit]

The first football team of 1892.
Herty Field was Georgia's first football venue. It was used until 1911.[2] (photo October 2005)

Georgia's football program began in 1892, when Dr. Charles Herty, a chemistry professor and former player at Johns Hopkins, assembled a team and arranged a game against Mercer University on January 30, 1892.[3] This was the first intercollegiate football game played in the deep south. Playing on what would later be called Herty Field, Georgia beat Mercer 50–0.[4] Georgia's second game was on February 20, 1892, against Auburn University, inaugurating what would come to be known as the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry.

From 1892–1909, the Georgia changed head coaches frequently, with 14 different coaches in a 17 year period. Their combined records were 47–52–10 (.477 winning percentage). During this period, Georgia's greatest success came during Glenn "Pop" Warner's tenure from 1895-1896 [5] In 1896, Warner's Georgia team recorded the program's first conference championship, winning the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship with a 3-0 conference record. Georgia's overall season record was 4–0, which marked the team's first undefeated season, as well.[3] It is thought that the first forward pass in football occurred in 1895 in a game between Georgia and North Carolina when, out of desperation, the ball was thrown by the North Carolina quarterback instead of punted and a North Carolina player caught the ball.[6]

In 1897, the program was nearly terminated when a Georgia fullback named Richard Vonalbade Gammon died as a result of injuries sustained in a game against the University of Virginia. The Georgia state legislature quickly passed a bill abolishing collegiate football in the state, but the bill was vetoed by then-Governor William Yates Atkinson, based upon an appeal from Gammon's mother, Rosalind Gammon.[7]

Beginning in 1910, Georgia started experiencing stability in its head coaches. In 1911, Georgia moved its playing field from Herty Field to Sanford Field, where wooden stands were built.[8] From 1910–63, Georgia had 7 head coaches and a record of 307–180–33 (a .622 winning percentage). Although Harry Mehre and Wally Butts are the two best-known coaches from this era, it was George "Kid" Woodruff who led the Bulldogs to their first claim to national championship. In 1927, Georgia finished the season 9–1[3] and could stake a claim to the national championship by finishing #1 in at least one national poll.[9] Herman Stegeman coached the Bulldogs to an 8–0 record in 1920, when the team was named co-champion of the SIAA.

Harry Mehre era (1928-1937)[edit]

Harry Mehre coached the Bulldogs from 1928–37, but perhaps his most memorable game was in 1929. October 12, 1929 was the inaugural game in the newly completed Sanford Stadium and Mehre's Bulldogs responded with an upset victory over the powerhouse of the day, Yale University, winning 15–0.[10] In that game, Vernon "Catfish" Smith scored all 15 points for Georgia. As head coach, Mehre compiled a 59–34–6 record (.626 winning percentage), but was never able to win a conference championship. Mehre left after ten seasons to accept the head football coach position at Ole Miss.

Wally Butts era (1939-1960)[edit]

Coach Butts

Wally Butts coached the Bulldogs from 1939–60 and continued as athletic director until 1963.[10] Butts came to UGA as an assistant to Joel Hunt in 1938, but Hunt left UGA after a 5–4–1 season to take over at Wyoming; Butts succeeded him. During his tenure as head coach, Georgia had a claim to the national championship in 1942 being selected by 6 polls recognized by the NCAA Division 1-A college football national championship (Ohio St. was also selected by 6 polls, including the AP, and Wisconsin was selected by one poll), and in 1946 after finishing first in at least one national poll and/or rating system. Butts coached 1942 Heisman Trophy winner Frank Sinkwich and Maxwell Award winner Charley Trippi. His teams also won four SEC championships – 1942, 1946, 1948 and 1959.[11] As head coach, Butts posted a 140–86–9 record (.615 winning percentage), including six bowl games. His bowl record was 5–2–1.[12] Butts was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.[13]

Johnny Griffith era (1961-1963)[edit]

Johnny Griffith, a former player and assistant coach to Butts, succeeded him in 1961. Things did not get any better under Griffith and he was only able to compile a 10–16–4 record during his three-year term as head coach. While there were few successes during this time as head coach, he did have two big victories, a 30–21 upset win over Auburn in 1962 and a 31–14 win over heavily favored Miami in 1963. Griffith was replaced after the 1963 season by Vince Dooley. He resigned in December 1963 after going 10–16–2, including a combined 1–8 against Georgia Tech, Florida, and Auburn.

Vince Dooley era (1964–1988)[edit]

Vince Dooley held the head coach position longer than any other Bulldogs coach, leading the Bulldogs from 1964–88.[14] During his tenure as head coach, Georgia won its second consensus national championship in 1980,[9] winning the Grantland Rice Award. Dooley's 1968 team finished first in at least one national poll, giving Georgia a claim to the national championship in that year.[15] The 1967 Cotton Bowl win over SMU made Georgia only the 3rd school in college football history to have won all 4 of the historical major bowls, Rose, Cotton, Sugar, Orange. His teams gave Georgia six SEC Championships and he coached 1982 Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award winner Herschel Walker, 1968 Outland Trophy winner Bill Stanfill and 40 All-Americans.[10] Dooley won the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award in 2001. He compiled a 201–77–10 record (.715 winning percentage), which included twenty bowl appearances. His bowl record was 8–10–2.[16] From 1976–82, his teams were in contention for the national title 4 times (1976, 1980, 1981, and 1982). His 6 SEC titles ties him for second place all time amongst SEC coaches for SEC titles. Dooley's offenses were known primarily for running the football. He converted UGA's single-wing offense to a Split-Back Veer in the early 1970s, and later ran a professional I-type offense with the development of Herschel Walker. For a while during the 1980s UGA was known as "Tailback U." Dooley was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997[17] In 1981, Professor Jan Kemp complained that Georgia officials had intervened allowing nine college football players to pass a remedial English course, allowing them to play against Pittsburgh in the Sugar Bowl. The board of regents of the University System of Georgia issued a report in April 1986 implicating Dr. Fred C. Davison and the Georgia athletic department, headed by Dooley, who was also the football coach, in a pattern of academic abuse in the admission and advancement of student-athletes over the previous four years.[18]

Ray Goff era (1989–1995)[edit]

Ray Goff was promoted from assistant coach and took over as head coach in 1989. He coached the Bulldogs until 1995, posting a 46–34–1 record (.574 winning percentage). Goff's tenure got off to a slow start, with just ten wins in his first two seasons, before reeling off nine wins in 1991 and ten in 1992; the latter campaign finished with Georgia ranked eighth by the Coaches Poll. Over the next three years, Goff's Bulldogs never again posted as many as seven wins. His teams were 0–5 against Tennessee, 1–6 against Florida, 2–4–1 against Auburn, 5–2 against Georgia Tech and won no conference titles. During his time at Georgia, Goff was often derisively referred to as Ray "Goof", a nickname given to him by former Florida and current South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier. Goff had a 2–2 bowl record.[19] Goff's 1995 team was on the receiving end of Spurrier's "Half a Hundred" game in which his Florida Gators team put up 52 points on the beleaguered Bulldogs. They were the first and, to date, only team to do so inside Sanford Stadium. He was fired at the end of the 1995 season.

Jim Donnan era (1996-2000)[edit]

Jim Donnan left Marshall and took over as head coach of the Bulldogs in 1996 and coached the team until 2000, posting a 40–19–0 record (.678 winning percentage). He was the first head football coach in UGA history to lead teams to four consecutive bowl victories. Under Donnan, the Bulldogs won the 1998 Outback Bowl, the 1998 Peach Bowl, the 2000 Outback Bowl, and the 2000 Oahu Bowl. Before the 1997 game against Mississippi State, Donnan drove a steamroller into practice and told his players they "were either going to be the steamroller or the pavement"; Georgia won the game, 47–0.[20]

Donnan was fired by University President Michael F. Adams, against the wishes of athletic director Vince Dooley, in 2000 after the Bulldogs posted two consecutive eight-win seasons and three consecutive losses against Georgia Tech. Donnan's inability to return the program to the national prominence of Dooley's era, compete with longtime SEC Eastern Division rivals and off-the-field problems for players, are believed to be the reasons for his dismissal. Donnan was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2009.

Mark Richt era (2001–present)[edit]

Coach Richt

The current head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs is Mark Richt, who joined the Bulldogs in 2001 after serving as the offensive coordinator of the Florida State Seminoles under Bobby Bowden.[21] Since Richt's tenure began, Georgia has won two SEC championships – 2002 and 2005 – and 6 of their 7 SEC East Division Championships – 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, and 2012.[11] (Out of those years Georgia represented the East in the SEC Championship Game in all but 2007.) Including bowl games, Richt's record, as of January 14, 2014, is 126–45–0 for a (.737 winning percentage) and 72–32 (.692) in the SEC .[22] His bowl record through 2012 is 8–4. Richt has been a fixture in the recruiting world ending up with top 5 classes the past 3 years. On October 8, 2011 Richt won his 100th career game as UGA's coach against Tennessee at Neyland Stadium 20–12.

Under Richt, Georgia is 9-4 against Tennessee, 5-8 against Florida, 8-5 against Auburn, and 12-1 against Georgia Tech, including games from 2001–13. In 2011, under Richt, Georgia defeated Tennessee, Florida, Auburn, and Georgia Tech in the same season for the first time since 1981.

Conference affiliations[edit]

Georgia was a founding member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, one of the first collegiate athletic conferences formed in the United States. Georgia participated in the SIAA from its establishment in 1895 until 1921. During its tenure in the SIAA, Georgia was conference co-champion in two years, 1896 and 1920.[23] In 1921, the Bulldogs, along with 12 other teams, left the SIAA and formed the Southern Conference.[24] During its time in the Southern Conference, the team never won a conference championship. In 1932, the Georgia Bulldogs left the Southern Conference to form and join the SEC, where Georgia has won the third most SEC football championships, with 12, behind Alabama (22) and Tennessee (13).[11]

Nicknames[edit]

The first mention of "Bulldogs" in association with Georgia athletics occurred on November 28, 1901, at the Georgia-Auburn football game played in Atlanta. The Georgia fans had a badge saying “Eat `em Georgia” and a picture of a bulldog tearing a piece of cloth"; however, it was not until 1920 that the nickname "Bulldog" was used to describe the athletic teams at the University of Georgia. Traditionally, the choice of a Bulldog as the UGA mascot was attributed to the alma mater of its founders and first president, Abraham Baldwin, who graduated from Yale University.[25] Prior to that time, Georgia teams were usually known as the "Red and Black." On November 3, 1920, Morgan Blake of the Atlanta Journal wrote a story about school nicknames and proposed:

The Georgia Bulldogs would sound good because there is a certain dignity about a bulldog, as well as ferocity.[26]

After a 0-0 tie with Virginia in Charlottesville on Nov. 6, 1920, Atlanta Constitution writer Cliff Wheatley used the name "Bulldogs" in his story five times. The name has been used ever since.

Traditions[edit]

Uga VI Official Photo
Sanford Stadium
  • Uga (pronounced UH-guh) is the name of a lineage of white Bulldogs which have served as the mascot of the University of Georgia since 1956. Russ, interim mascot, has been named UGA IX[27] since the previous mascot, Uga VIII, died of lymphoma on Feb 3, 2011.[28] Deceased Ugas are interred in a mausoleum near the main entrance to Sanford Stadium. Georgia is the only school to bury its past mascots inside the football stadium.[29]
  • Glory, Glory is the fight song for the Georgia Bulldogs and was sung at football games as early as the 1890s. The fight song was arranged in its current form by Georgia professor Hugh Hodgson in 1915.[29]
  • The ringing of the Chapel Bell after a Georgia victory started in the 1890s when the playing field was located near the Chapel and freshmen were compelled to ring the Chapel's bell until midnight to celebrate the victory.[26] Today, freshmen are no longer required to do the chore, with students, alumni, and fans taking their place.
  • "How 'Bout Them Dawgs" is a slogan of recent vintage that first surfaced in the late 1970s and has become a battle cry of Bulldog fans.[26] The slogan received national attention and exposure when Georgia won the national championship in 1980 and wire services proclaimed "How 'Bout Them Dogs!"
  • Silver Britches – When Wally Butts was named head coach in 1939, he changed the uniform by adding silver-colored pants to the bright-red jersey already in use. The "silver britches" became very popular, and were a source of multiple fan chants and sign references over the years, the most well-known being "Go You Silver Britches!" When he was hired in 1964, Vince Dooley changed Georgia's uniform to use white pants, but reinstated the silver pants prior to Georgia's 1980 national championship season. Georgia's use of the "silver britches" continues to the present day.[29]
  • The "Dawg Walk" is a tradition that features the football players walking through a gathering of fans and the Redcoat Band near the Tate Student Center as they enter Sanford Stadium. Vince Dooley began the tradition, originally leading the team into the stadium from the East Campus Road side. Ray Goff changed the Dawg Walk to its current location in the 1990s, but eventually discontinued the practice altogether. Mark Richt revived it starting with the 2001 season, and it continues to the present day.[30]

Uniforms[edit]

Georgia's standard home uniform has not significantly changed since 1980, and consists of a red helmet with the trademarked oval "G", red jerseys, and silver pants.[29]

Wally Butts first introduced the "silver britches," as they are colloquially known, in 1939. When Vince Dooley became Georgia's head coach, he changed the team's home uniform to include white pants. The uniform was changed back to silver pants prior to the 1980 season, and has remained silver ever since.[29]

Georgia's earliest helmet was grey leather, to which a red block "G" logo was added in 1961. The shirts were usually red, sometimes with various striping patterns. Their uniforms in the pre-World War II era varied at times, sometimes significantly. Photographic evidence suggests that black shirts, vests, and stripes of various patterns were worn at times over the years.

Vince Dooley was the first to incorporate a red helmet into the uniform in 1964, adopting the oval "G," a white stripe, and white facemasks. Anne Donaldson, who graduated from Georgia with a BFA degree and was married to Georgia assistant coach John Donaldson, was asked by Coach Dooley to come up with a new helmet design to replace the previous silver helmet. Coach Dooley liked the forward oriented stylized "G" Mrs. Donaldson produced, and it was adopted by him. Since the Georgia "G" was similar to the Green Bay Packers' "G" used by it since 1961, Coach Dooley cleared its use with the Packer organization. Nonetheless, Georgia has a registered trademark for its "G" and the Packers' current, redesigned, "G" logo is modeled after the University of Georgia's redesign of Green Bay's original "G" logo. The helmet change was part of a drastic uniform redesign by Dooley, who also replaced the traditional silver pants with white pants that included a black-red-black stripe. The jerseys remained similar to the pre-1964 design, however, with a red jersey and white numbers.

Prior to the 1980 season, the "silver britches" were re-added to Georgia's uniform with a red-white-black stripe down the side. Since the 1980 season, Georgia has utilized the same basic uniform concept. The sleeve stripes, trim colors, and font on Georgia's home and away jerseys have varied many times, but the home jerseys have remained generally red with white numbers, and away jerseys have remained generally white with black numbers.

The most recent trim redesign occurred in 2005, when sleeve stripe patterns were dropped in favor of solid black jersey cuffs on the home jersey and solid red cuffs on the away jersey. Matte gray pants have also been used at times instead of "true" silver since 2004, mainly because the matte gray pants are of a lighter material.

One of the things that makes Georgia's uniform unique is its relative longevity, and the fact that it has very rarely changed over the years. There have been occasions, however, when alternate uniforms have been worn.

  • Red pants were used instead of silver as part of Georgia's away uniform at various times during the 1980s.
  • Black facemasks and a white-black-white helmet stripe were worn during the 1991 Independence Bowl.
  • Black pants were used instead of silver as part of Georgia's away uniform during the 1998 Outback Bowl and home uniform during [31] the 1998 Florida game.
  • Black jerseys were worn instead of red as part of Georgia's home uniform in games against Auburn and Hawaii during the 2007 season, and in 2008 against Alabama.[32]
  • A unique away uniform was worn against Florida in 2009. This uniform included black helmets with red facemasks, a white stripe, and the traditional oval "G" logo; white jerseys with black numbers; and black pants.[33]
  • For the 2011 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game game against Boise State in the Georgia Dome, Georgia wore a Nike Pro Combat Uniform that was significantly different from the traditional home uniforms. The Nike Pro Combat uniforms used a non-traditional matte-finish red color, and included the following:[34]
    • Silver helmets with a large red stripe and traditional oval "G" logo
    • Black facemasks with a large red stripe in the middle, mirroring the red stripe on the helmet
    • Two-tone red jerseys with black sleeves, trim, and numbers
    • The word "Georgia" on the back of the jerseys instead of players' names
    • Red pants

Rivalries[edit]

The Bulldogs have three main football rivals: Auburn, Florida, and Georgia Tech. All three rivalries were first contested over 100 years ago, though the series records are disputed in two cases. Georgia does not include two games from 1943 and 1944 against Georgia Tech (both UGA losses) in its reckoning of the series record, because Georgia's players were in World War II and Georgia Tech's players were not. Georgia also includes a game against one of the four predecessor institutions of the modern University of Florida in 1904 (a Georgia win) that national sportswriters[35][36][37] and Florida's athletic association do not include.

Georgia has long-standing football rivalries with other universities as well, with over 50 games against five additional teams. Since the formation of the SEC Eastern Division in 1992, Georgia has had an emerging rivalry with the Tennessee Volunteers. The Georgia–South Carolina football rivalry has been a game of increasing importance; South Carolina won the SEC Eastern Division championship in 2010, Georgia in 2011 and 2012,[29] and in 2013 Missouri won, but South Carolina was 2nd and Georgia was 3rd.

Georgia Bulldog Rivalries: All-Time Records
Rivalry Rival Games Played First Meeting Last Meeting UGA Won UGA Lost Ties UGA % Streak Most recent win
Deep South's Oldest Rivalry Auburn Tigers 117 1892 2013 54 55 8 .495 1 loss 2012, 38-0
Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 103 1893 2013 64 39 5 .621 5 wins 2013, 41-34
Florida–Georgia football rivalry Florida Gators 90 1904 2013 49 40 2 .546 3 win 2013, 23-20
Georgia–Vanderbilt football rivalry Vanderbilt Commodores 74 1893 2013 53 19 2 .730 1 loss 2012, 48-3
Georgia–South Carolina football rivalry South Carolina Gamecocks 66 1894 2013 47 17 2 .734 1 win 2013, 41-30
Clemson–Georgia football rivalry Clemson Tigers 63 1897 2013 41 18 4 .651 1 loss 2003, 30-0
Georgia–Tennessee football rivalry Tennessee Volunteers 43 1899 2013 20 21 2 .476 4 win 2013, 34-31

Seasons[edit]

As of the end of the 2011 season, the Georgia Bulldogs had played 119 seasons with an all-time record of 747–400–54 (a .622 winning percentage). A complete decade by decade list of game results can be found at Georgia Bulldogs football (all games). Note: Georgia was also the only Division I FBS program to win at least 8 games every season from 1997–2009.

Bowl games[edit]

The Bulldogs have played in 49 bowl games and have a record of 27–19–3. On the all-time lists, the Bulldogs have the fifth most bowl appearances[38] and tied for third for bowl game victories.[39]

Georgia Bulldogs bowl games by year
W/L/T Date Bowl Opponent PF PA Coach
W 1942-01-01 Orange Bowl TCU 40 26 Wally Butts
W 1943-01-01 Rose Bowl UCLA 9 0 Wally Butts
W 1946-01-01 Oil Bowl Tulsa 20 6 Wally Butts
W 1947-01-01 Sugar Bowl North Carolina 20 10 Wally Butts
T 1948-01-01 Gator Bowl Maryland 20 20 Wally Butts
L 1949-01-01 Orange Bowl Texas 28 41 Wally Butts
L 1950-12-09 Presidential Cup Texas A&M 20 40 Wally Butts
W 1960-01-01 Orange Bowl Missouri 14 0 Wally Butts
Wally Butts Bowl Record: 5–2–1
W 1964-12-26 Sun Bowl Texas Tech 7 0 Vince Dooley
W 1966-12-31 Cotton Bowl Classic SMU 24 9 Vince Dooley
L 1967-12-16 Liberty Bowl NC State 7 14 Vince Dooley
L 1969-01-01 Sugar Bowl Arkansas 2 16 Vince Dooley
L 1969-12-20 Sun Bowl Nebraska 6 45 Vince Dooley
W 1971-12-31 Gator Bowl North Carolina 7 3 Vince Dooley
W 1973-12-28 Peach Bowl Maryland 17 16 Vince Dooley
L 1974-12-21 Tangerine Bowl Miami, Ohio 10 21 Vince Dooley
L 1976-01-01 Cotton Bowl Classic Arkansas 10 31 Vince Dooley
L 1977-01-01 Sugar Bowl Pittsburgh 3 27 Vince Dooley
L 1978-12-31 Bluebonnet Bowl Stanford 22 25 Vince Dooley
W 1981-01-01 Sugar Bowl Notre Dame 17 10 Vince Dooley
L 1982-01-01 Sugar Bowl Pittsburgh 20 24 Vince Dooley
L 1983-01-01 Sugar Bowl Penn State 23 27 Vince Dooley
W 1984-01-01 Cotton Bowl Classic Texas 10 9 Vince Dooley
T 1984-12-22 Citrus Bowl Florida State 17 17 Vince Dooley
T 1985-12-28 Sun Bowl Arizona 13 13 Vince Dooley
L 1986-12-23 Hall of Fame Bowl Boston College 24 27 Vince Dooley
W 1987-12-29 Liberty Bowl Arkansas 20 17 Vince Dooley
W 1989-01-01 Gator Bowl Michigan State 34 27 Vince Dooley
Vince Dooley Bowl Record: 8–10–2
L 1989-12-30 Peach Bowl Syracuse 18 19 Ray Goff
W 1991-12-29 Independence Bowl Arkansas 24 15 Ray Goff
W 1993-01-01 Florida Citrus Bowl Ohio State 21 14 Ray Goff
L 1995-12-30 Peach Bowl Virginia 27 34 Ray Goff
Ray Goff Bowl Record: 2–2
W 1998-01-01 Outback Bowl Wisconsin 33 6 Jim Donnan
W 1998-12-30 Peach Bowl Virginia 35 33 Jim Donnan
W 2000-01-01 Outback Bowl Purdue 28 25 Jim Donnan
W 2000-12-24 Oahu Bowl Virginia 37 14 Jim Donnan
Jim Donnan Bowl Record: 4–0
L 2001-12-28 Music City Bowl Boston College 16 20 Mark Richt
W 2003-01-01 Sugar Bowl Florida State 26 13 Mark Richt
W 2004-01-01 Capital One Bowl Purdue 34 27 Mark Richt
W 2005-01-01 Outback Bowl Wisconsin 24 21 Mark Richt
L 2006-01-01 Sugar Bowl West Virginia 35 38 Mark Richt
W 2006-12-30 Chick-fil-A Bowl Virginia Tech 31 24 Mark Richt
W 2008-01-01 Sugar Bowl Hawaii 41 10 Mark Richt
W 2009-01-01 Capital One Bowl Michigan State 24 12 Mark Richt
W 2009-12-28 Independence Bowl Texas A&M 44 20 Mark Richt
L 2010-12-31 Liberty Bowl Central Florida 6 10 Mark Richt
L 2012-01-02 Outback Bowl Michigan State 30 33 Mark Richt
W 2013-01-01 Capital One Bowl Nebraska 45 31 Mark Richt
L 2014-01-01 Gator Bowl Nebraska 19 24 Mark Richt
Mark Richt Bowl Record: 8–5
Overall Bowl Record: 27–19–3
Georgia Bulldog bowl games: all-time records by bowl
Bowl Record Appearances Last appearance Winning %
Bluebonnet Bowl (defunct) 0–1 1 1978 Season .000
Capital One Bowl
(formerly Tangerine Bowl and Citrus Bowl)
4–1–1 6 2012 Season .750
Chick-fil-A Bowl
(formerly Peach Bowl)
3–2 5 2006 Season .600
Cotton Bowl Classic 2–1 3 1983 Season .667
Gator Bowl 2–1–1 4 2013 Season .600
Independence Bowl 2–0 2 2009 Season 1.000
Liberty Bowl 1–2 3 2010 Season .333
Music City Bowl 0–1 1 2001 Season .000
Oahu Bowl (defunct) 1–0 1 2000 Season 1.000
Oil Bowl (defunct) 1–0 1 1945 Season 1.000
Outback Bowl
(formerly Hall of Fame Bowl)
3–2 5 2011 Season .600
Orange Bowl 2–1 3 1959 Season .667
Presidential Cup Bowl (defunct) 0–1 1 1950 Season .000
Rose Bowl 1–0 1 1943 Season 1.000
Sugar Bowl 4–5 9 2007 Season .444
Sun Bowl 1–1–1 3 1985 Season .500

Current Coaching Staff[edit]

Name Position
Mark Richt Head Coach
Mike Bobo Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Jeremy Pruitt Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Coach
Tony Ball Wide Receivers Coach
John Lilly Tight Ends Coach
Will Friend Offensive Line Coach
Bryan McClendon Running Backs Coach
Mike Ekeler Inside Linebackers Coach

Recruiting[edit]

Georgia's football teams have benefited from strong recruiting classes. The table below shows their national class rankings since 2002.

Georgia Bulldogs Recruiting Class Rankings
Year Rivals.com ESPN.com Commits Top Commit
2014 7 9 21 Sony Michel, TB
2013 12 10 33 Tray Matthews, S
2012 12 5 29 John Theus, OT
2011 5 6 26 Ray Drew, DE
2010 15 12 19 Alec Ogletree, LB
2009 6 6 20 Branden Smith, CB
2008 7 5 23 A.J. Green, WR
2007 9 13 23 Aron White, TE
2006 4 4 27 Matthew Stafford, QB
2005 10 19 Mohamed Massaquoi, WR
2004 9 19 Brandon Miller, LB
2003 6 24 Paul Oliver, CB
2002 3 29 Marquis Elmore, LB

Team awards and records[edit]

Claimed national championships (2)[edit]

Years in which the Bulldogs finished with a number-one ranking in at least 3 of the final national polls recognized by the College Football Hall of Fame and included in the official NCAA Football Record Book:[9][40]

Year Coach Selector Record Bowl Opponent Result
1942 Wally Butts Houlgate, Sagarin, Litkenhous 11–1 Rose Bowl UCLA W 9-0
1980 Vince Dooley Coaches, AP 12–0 Sugar Bowl Notre Dame W 17-10
Total Claimed National Championships: 2
  • 1942 – 11–1 Georgia was chosen as champion by at least half of the recognized polls. Georgia was led by All-Americans Frank Sinkwich and end George Poschner, along with a young back named Charley Trippi. The Bulldogs knocked off 9 consecutive opponents and ranked No. 1 in the nation. Georgia earned a Rose Bowl bid after it blanked Georgia Tech 34–0 in Athens to end the regular season. Georgia then edged UCLA 9–0 in the Rose Bowl
  • 1980 – The Bulldogs beat Notre Dame 17–10 in the Sugar Bowl to finish 12–0 and claim the National Championship. Notable contributors during the season included Herschel Walker, Buck Belue and Lindsay Scott (Georgia was listed first by AP, Berryman, FACT, FB News, FW, Helms, National Championship Foundation, NFF, Poling, Sporting News & UPI).

Conference championships[edit]

Georgia has won a total of 14 conference championships, including 12 SEC Championships.

Conference affiliations:

  • 1891–95, Independent
  • 1896–1920, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
  • 1921–32, Southern Conference
  • 1933–present, Southeastern Conference
Year Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1896† SIAA Glenn "Pop" Warner 4–0 3-0
1920† SIAA Herman Stegeman 8–0–1 8-0
1942 SEC Wally Butts 11–0 6–1
1946† SEC Wally Butts 11–0 5–0
1948 SEC Wally Butts 9–2 6–0
1959 SEC Wally Butts 10–1 7–0
1966† SEC Vince Dooley 10–1 6–0
1968 SEC Vince Dooley 8–1–2 5–0–1
1976 SEC Vince Dooley 10–2 5-1
1980 SEC Vince Dooley 12–0 6–0
1981† SEC Vince Dooley 10–2 6–0
1982 SEC Vince Dooley 11–1 6–0
2002 SEC Mark Richt 13–1 7–1
2005 SEC Mark Richt 10–3 6–2
Conference Championships: 14
† Denotes co-champions

Division championships[edit]

Georgia has won 7 SEC Eastern Division championships, and has made 5 appearances in the SEC Championship Game, most recently in 2012. The Dawgs are 2–3 in those games. Twice, in 1992 and 2007, Georgia was the Eastern Division co-champion, but lost a tiebreaker to appear in the championship game.

Year Division Championship SEC CG Result Opponent PF PA
1992† SEC East N/A Did Not Play
2002 SEC East W Arkansas 30 3
2003† SEC East L LSU 13 34
2005 SEC East W LSU 34 14
2007† SEC East N/A Did Not Play
2011 SEC East L LSU 10 42
2012† SEC East L Alabama 28 32
Totals 7 2–3 115 125
† Denotes co-champions

Overtime Games[edit]

Following the 1995 season, the NCAA changed the rules to allow for overtime on games tied at the end of four quarters. Until that time, the Bulldogs had tied 34 times. Since then, Georgia has participated in ten overtime games and has won six of those games.

Year Opponent Venue Number of OT Victor Score
1996 Auburn Jordan–Hare Stadium 4OT Georgia W 56–49
1999 Georgia Tech Grant Field 1OT Georgia Tech L 48–51
2000 Purdue Outback Bowl 1OT Georgia W 28–25
2000 Auburn Jordan–Hare Stadium 1OT Auburn L 26–29
2003 Purdue Capital One Bowl 1OT Georgia W 34–27
2007 Alabama Bryant–Denny Stadium 1OT Georgia W 26–23
2010 Florida EverBank Field 1OT Florida L 31–34
2012 Michigan State Outback Bowl 3OT Michigan State L 30-33
2013 Tennessee Neyland Stadium 1OT Georgia W 34–31
2013 Georgia Tech Bobby Dodd Stadium 2OT Georgia W 41–34

Other[edit]

  • Georgia's victory over Auburn on November 11, 2006 was the Bulldogs' 700th win.

Players[edit]

National award winners[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

The Bulldogs have had 68 players selected as All-Americans.[41] Of those 67 players, 24 were consensus All-Americans, as so-designated by NCAA rules.[42] While several players were selected in more than one year, only Frank Sinkwich, Herschel Walker, and David Pollack were selected as consensus All-Americans more than once.

The Georgia Bulldogs football players that have been selected as All-Americans are:

Georgia Bulldogs All-Americans
Player Position Selected Hometown
Bob McWhorter Halfback 1913 Lexington, Georgia
David Paddock Quarterback 1914 Brooklyn, New York
Joe Bennett Tackle 1922, 1923 Statesboro, Georgia
Chick Shiver End 1927 Sylvester, Georgia
Tom Nash End 1927† Washington, Georgia
Herb Maffett End 1930 Atlanta, Georgia
Red Maddox Guard 1930 Calhoun, Georgia
Vernon "Catfish" Smith End 1931† Macon, Georgia
John Bond Halfback 1935 Toccoa, Georgia
Bill Hartman Fullback 1937 Thomaston, Georgia
Frank Sinkwich Halfback 1941,† 1942‡ McKees Rock, Pennsylvania
George Poschner End 1942 Youngstown, Ohio
Mike Castronis Tackle 1945 Jacksonville, Florida
Charley Trippi Tailback 1946‡ Pittston, Pennsylvania
Herb St. John Guard 1946 Jacksonville, Florida
Dan Edwards End 1947 Gatesville, Texas
John Rauch Quarterback 1948 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Harry Babcock End 1952 Ocala, Florida
Zeke Bratkowski Quarterback 1952, 1953 Danville, Illinois
Johnny Carson End 1953 Atlanta, Georgia
Pat Dye Guard 1959, 1960 Blythe, Georgia
Fran Tarkenton Quarterback 1960 Athens, Georgia
Jim Wilson Tackle 1964 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Ray Rissmiller Tackle 1964 Easton, Pennsylvania
George Patton Defensive Tackle 1965 Tuscumbia, Alabama
Edgar Chandler Offensive Guard 1966, 1967† Cedartown, Georgia
Lynn Hughes Safety 1966 Atlanta, Georgia
Bill Stanfill Defensive Tackle 1968† Cairo, Georgia
Jake Scott Safety 1968† Arlington, Virginia
Steve Greer Defensive Guard 1969 Greer, South Carolina
Tommy Lyons Center 1969, 1970 Atlanta, Georgia
Royce Smith Offensive Guard 1971‡ Savannah, Georgia
Craig Hertwig Offensive Tackle 1975 Macon, Georgia
Randy Johnson Offensive Guard 1975† Rome, Georgia
Mike "Moonpie" Wilson Offensive Tackle 1976 Gainesville, Georgia
Joel Parrish Offensive Guard 1976† Douglas, Georgia
Ben Zambiasi Linebacker 1976 Macon, Georgia
Allan Leavitt Placekicker 1976 Brooksville, Florida
George Collins Offensive Guard 1977 Warner Robins, Georgia
Bill Krug Rover 1977 Washington, DC
Rex Robinson Placekicker 1979, 1980 Marietta, Georgia
Scott Woerner Cornerback 1980 Jonesboro, Georgia
Herschel Walker Tailback 1980‡, 1981‡, 1982‡ Wrightsville, Georgia
Terry Hoage Rover 1982†, 1983† Huntsville, Texas
Jimmy Payne Defensive Tackle 1982 Athens, Georgia
Freddie Gilbert Defensive End 1983 Griffin, Georgia
Kevin Butler Placekicker 1983, 1984† Stone Mountain, Georgia
Jeff Sanchez Safety 1984† Yorba Linda, California
Peter Anderson Center 1985† Vineland, New Jersey
John Little Safety 1986 Lynn Haven, Florida
Wilbur Strozier Offensive Tackle 1986 LaGrange, Georgia
Tim Worley Tailback 1988† Lumberton, North Carolina
Troy Sadowski Tight End 1988 Chamblee, Georgia
Garrison Hearst Tailback 1992‡ Lincolnton, Georgia
Eric Zeier Quarterback 1994 Marietta, Georgia
Matt Stinchcomb Offensive Tackle 1997, 1998† Lilburn, Georgia
Champ Bailey Cornerback 1998† Folkston, Georgia
Richard Seymour Defensive Tackle 2000 Gadsden, South Carolina
Boss Bailey Linebacker 2002 Folkston, Georgia
David Pollack Defensive End 2002†,2003, 2004† Snellville, Georgia
Jon Stinchcomb Offensive Tackle 2002 Lilburn, Georgia
Sean Jones Rover 2003 Atlanta, Georgia
Thomas Davis Free Safety 2004† Cuthbert, Georgia
Greg Blue Free Safety 2005† College Park, Georgia
Max Jean-Gilles Offensive Guard 2005† Miami, Florida
Knowshon Moreno Tailback 2008 Belford, New Jersey
Drew Butler Punter 2009‡ Duluth, Georgia
Rennie Curran Linebacker 2009 Snellville, Georgia
Justin Houston Linebacker 2010 Statesboro, Georgia
Bacarri Rambo Free Safety 2011 Donalsonville, Georgia
Jarvis Jones Linebacker 2011, 2012‡ Columbus, Georgia
Designates a consensus All-American
Designates a consensus All-American that was selected by a unanimous vote

Current notable players[edit]

  • Todd Gurley, RB, JR. - Stand out running back, and part of the "Gurshall" duo. Led the team with 989 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns, and was third on the team with 37 receptions for 441 yards and a team-high six touchdown catches in 2013. Voted to Associated Press All-SEC Second Team
  • Keith Marshall, RB, JR. - Five Star recruit and the other half of the "Gurshall" duo
  • Jordan Jenkins, OLB, JR. - Voted to the All-SEC Coaches' Second Team. Had 45 tackles in 2013, including a team-high 12 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble
  • Ray Drew, DE, SR. - Had 43 tackles, and six sacks in 2013

Retired numbers[edit]

College Football Hall of Fame[edit]

Sixteen former Georgia players and coaches have been inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame.[29] In addition, one former player, Pat Dye, has been inducted into the Hall as a coach for Auburn.[43] The 16 individuals from Georgia inducted into the Hall are:

Players[edit]

Player Position Years Induction
Bob McWhorter HB 1910–13 1954
Frank Sinkwich HB 1940–42 1954
Charley Trippi HB 1942, 1945–46 1959
Vernon "Catfish" Smith E 1929–31 1979
Bill Hartman FB 1935–37 1984
Fran Tarkenton QB 1958–60 1987
Bill Stanfill DT 1966–68 1998
Herschel Walker RB 1980–82 1999
Terry Hoage S 1980–83 2000
Kevin Butler PK 1981–84 2001
John Rauch QB 1945–48 2003
Jake Scott FS 1966–68 2011

Coaches[edit]

Coach Years at Georgia Induction
Glenn "Pop" Warner 1895–96 1951
Vince Dooley 1964–88 1994
Wally Butts 1939–60 1997
Jim Donnan 1996–2000 2009

Coaching history[edit]

Head coaching records[edit]

The Bulldogs have had 25 head coaches:[10]

Name Seasons All W/L/T Win %
25 Mark Richt 2001–present 126–45–0 .737
24 Jim Donnan 1996–2000 40–19–0 .678
23 Ray Goff 1989–95 46–34–1 .574
22 Vince Dooley 1964–88 201–77–10 .715
21 Johnny Griffith 1961–63 10–16–4 .400
20 Wally Butts 1939–60 140–86–9 .615
19 Joel Hunt 1938 5–4–1 .550
18 Harry Mehre 1928–37 59–34–6 .626
17 George "Kid" Woodruff 1923–27 30–16–1 .649
16 Herman Stegeman 1920–22 20–6–3 .741
15 W. A. Cunningham 1910–19 43–18–9 .679
13 & 14 James Coulter & Frank Dobson 1909 1–4–2 .286
12 Branch Bocock 1908 5–2–1 .688
11 W. S. Whitney 1906–07 6–7–2 .467
10 Marvin D. Dickinson 1903, 1905 4–9–0 .308
9 Charles A. Barnard 1904 1–5–0 .167
8 Billy Reynolds 1901–02 5–7–3 .433
7 E. E. Jones 1900 2–4–0 .333
6 Gordon Saussy 1899 2–3–1 .417
5 Charles McCarthy 1897–98 6–3–0 .667
4 Glenn "Pop" Warner 1895–96 7–4–0 .636
3 Robert Winston 1894 5–1–0 .833
2 Ernest Brown 1893 2–2–1 .500
1 Charles Herty 1892 1–1–0 .500
TOTALS 1892–present 733–389–34 .649

Coaching awards[edit]

Vince Dooley – 2001
Vince Dooley – 1980
Brian VanGorder – 2003
  • College Football Hall of Fame
    • Glenn "Pop" Warner, inducted in 1951
    • Joel Hunt, inducted in 1967
    • Wally Butts, inducted in 1997
    • Vince Dooley, inducted in 1995

Future opponents[edit]

Non-division opponents[edit]

Georgia plays Auburn as a permanent non-division opponent annually and rotates around the West division among the other six schools. [44]

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
vs Auburn at Auburn vs Auburn at Auburn vs Auburn at Auburn vs Auburn at Auburn vs Auburn at Auburn vs Auburn at Auburn
at Arkansas vs Alabama at Ole Miss vs Mississippi State at LSU vs Texas A&M at Alabama vs Arkansas at Mississippi State vs Ole Miss at Texas A&M vs LSU

Non-conference opponents[edit]

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
vs Clemson vs South Alabama
vs Troy vs Louisiana–Monroe
vs Charleston Southern vs Georgia Southern at Notre Dame
vs Georgia Tech at Georgia Tech vs Georgia Tech at Georgia Tech vs Georgia Tech

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Suggested reading[edit]

  • Stegeman, John F. (1997). The Ghosts of Herty Field: Early Days on a Southern Gridiron, Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press. ISBN 0-8203-1959-7
  • Reed, Thomas Walter (1949). Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press. History of the University of Georgia Chapter XVII: Athletics at the University from the Beginning Through 1947 imprint pages 3420–3691

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