Georgia Bulldogs football
|Georgia Bulldogs football|
|Athletic director||Greg McGarity|
|Head coach||Kirby Smart
1st year, 0–0 (–)
|Other staff||Jim Chaney (OC)
Mel Tucker (DC)
|Division||SEC Eastern Division|
|Past conferences||SIAA (1895–1921)
Southern Conference (1921–1932)
|All-time record||787–413–54 (.649)|
|Bowl record||28–19–3 (.590)|
|Claimed nat'l titles||2 (1942, 1980)|
|Unclaimed nat'l titles||4 (1920, 1927, 1946, 1968)|
|Conference titles||14 (12 SEC)|
|Colors||Red and Black
|Fight song||Hail to Georgia, Glory, Glory|
|Marching band||Georgia Redcoat Marching Band|
|Primary Rivals||Florida Gators
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
The Georgia Bulldogs football program 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 home games at historic Sanford Stadium on the university's Athens, Georgia, campus. Georgia's inaugural season was in 1892. UGA claims two national championships (1942 and 1980); the AP and Coaches Polls have each voted the Bulldogs the national champion once (1980). UGA declines to claim four other national championships awarded by some selecting organizations and publications. The Bulldogs have won 14 conference championships, and have appeared in 48 bowl games, the fifth most all time. The program has also produced two Heisman Trophy winners, four No. 1 National Football League (NFL) draft picks, and many winners of other national awards.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Early history (1892–1909)
- 1.2 Bill Cunningham era (1910–1916; 1919)
- 1.3 Herman Stegeman era (1920–1922)
- 1.4 Kid Woodruff era (1923–1927)
- 1.5 Harry Mehre era (1928–1937)
- 1.6 Wally Butts era (1939–1960)
- 1.7 Johnny Griffith era (1961–1963)
- 1.8 Vince Dooley era (1964–1988)
- 1.9 Ray Goff era (1989–1995)
- 1.10 Jim Donnan era (1996-2000)
- 1.11 Mark Richt era (2001–2015)
- 1.12 Kirby Smart era (2016– )
- 2 Conference affiliations
- 3 Nicknames
- 4 Traditions
- 5 Rivalries
- 6 Seasons
- 7 Current coaching staff
- 8 Recruiting
- 9 Team awards and records
- 10 Players
- 11 College Football Hall of Fame
- 12 Coaching history
- 13 Future opponents
- 14 See also
- 15 References
- 16 Suggested reading
- 17 External links
Early history (1892–1909)
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. This was the first intercollegiate football game played in the deep south. Playing on what would later be called Herty Field, Georgia beat Mercer 7–6. 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 to 1909, the Georgia Bulldogs changed head coaches frequently, with 14 different coaches in a 17-year period. Their combined record was 47–52–10 (.477 winning percentage).
Pop Warner era (1895–1896)
During its early years, Georgia's greatest success came during Glenn "Pop" Warner's tenure from 1895-1896. 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. In 1896, Warner's Georgia team, led by quarterback Richard Von Albade Gammon, recorded the program's first conference championship, winning the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) 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.
Charles McCarthy era (1897–1898)
In 1897, the team acquired Reynolds Tichenor and moved Gammon to fullback. The program was nearly terminated when 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 Governor William Yates Atkinson, based upon an appeal from Gammon's mother, Rosalind Gammon.
Bill Cunningham era (1910–1916; 1919)
Beginning in 1910, Georgia started experiencing stability in its head coaches. From 1910–63, Georgia had 7 head coaches and a record of 307–180–33 (a .622 winning percentage). 1910 saw the introduction of coach Bill Cunningham and a player who would be Georgia's first All-American in Bob McWhorter, College Football Hall of Fame running back. Georgia won its first two games of 1910 by a combined 180–0. In 1911, Georgia moved its playing field from Herty Field to Sanford Field, where wooden stands were built. In 1911 and 1912 Georgia suffered its only loss to SIAA champion Vanderbilt. George "Kid" Woodruff was quarterback and captain in 1911. "Kid" and his older brother "Big Kid" were both quarterbacks for the Bulldogs and were the namesakes of Woodruff Hall. It was "Kid" who later led the Bulldogs to their first claim to a national championship, the third former Bulldog player to serve as coach. In 1927, Georgia's "dream and wonder team" finished the season 9–1 and could stake a claim to the national championship by finishing #1 in at least one national poll.
1913 was when McWhorter was Georgia's first ever All-American. The next season saw the second, quarterback David Paddock. 1914 was a lackluster 3–5–1 season on paper but included an upset of Sewanee and closed with a scoreless tie against Auburn. Sewanee had a 55-game unbeaten streak at home and the Bulldogs won 7–6 on a Tom Thrash touchdown and John G. Henderson conversion. Auburn was undefeated and defending SIAA champion having been undefeated the year before. The Tigers finished the season as co-champion. In 1915, Henderson was the head of a group of three men, one behind the other with his hands upon the shoulders of the one in front, to counter Georgia Tech's jump shift offense utilized by John Heisman. The game ended 0–0.
The Bulldogs did not field a team for the 1917 or 1918 season due to World War I.
Herman Stegeman era (1920–1922)
Herman Stegeman coached the Bulldogs to an 8–0 record in 1920, when the team was named co-champion of the SIAA with rival Georgia Tech and posted the conference's best record. The "ten second backfield" of 1920 led by Buck Cheves featured on the team– the first dubbed "the Bulldogs." In 1921 not one team all year scored on Georgia through its line. The line included Joe Bennett, Bum Day, Artie Pew, Owen Reynolds, and Puss Whelchel. Jim Taylor was a substitute. Vanderbilt executed a trick onside kick from scrimmage to tie the score 7–7 and share the SIAA title between the two. It was said Lynn Bomar stopped five Georgia touchdowns. Day played for Georgia Tech in 1918 and was the first southern player selected first-team All-American by Walter Camp. Bennett and Whelchel were both notorious kick blockers; "Prior to the 1960s, Bennett is likely Georgia's most outstanding tackle." In 1922 Georgia joined the Southern Conference.
Kid Woodruff era (1923–1927)
In 1923, Vanderbilt defeated Georgia by a lopsided score of 35 to 7. Morgan Blake, sportswriter in the Atlanta Journal, wrote "No southern team has given the Georgia Bulldogs such a licking in a decade." Georgia was labeled "Dixie's top team;" its only loss up to that point coming against traditional powerhouse Yale. In 1924, Georgia defeated Vanderbilt for the second time ever and the first time since 1898, via a Scrappy Moore drop kick; a victory clouded by the brain hemorrhage sustained by Lynn Bomar from a kick to the chin. In 1927, Georgia's "dream and wonder team" finished the season 9–1 and could stake a claim to the national championship by finishing #1 in at least one national poll. The 1927 Bulldogs were the first in school history to defeat Yale and went undefeated until the season's final game against Georgia Tech–the next season's national champion. Though still picked by some as national champion, the loss to Tech negated any claim to the conference title.
Harry Mehre era (1928–1937)
Harry Mehre coached the Bulldogs from 1928 to 1937, 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. 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)
Wally Butts coached the Bulldogs from 1939 to 1960 and continued as athletic director until 1963. Butts came to UGA as an assistant to Joel Hunt in 1938, but Hunt left 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. As head coach, Butts posted a 140–86–9 record (.615 winning percentage); his bowl record was 5–2–1. Butts was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.
Johnny Griffith era (1961–1963)
Johnny Griffith, a former player and assistant coach to Butts, succeeded him in 1961. Butts' last few seasons had been somewhat pedestrian apart from an SEC title-winning season in 1959, despite the presence of future Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton. 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. 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)
Vince Dooley, an assistant at Auburn, took over for the 1964 season. He held the head coach position longer than any other Bulldogs coach, leading the Bulldogs from 1964–88. During his tenure as head coach, Georgia won its second consensus national championship in 1980, 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. 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. 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. 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 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.
Ray Goff era (1989–1995)
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 disgruntled fans, and even rival coaches. There was one incident in which an aircraft flew over Sanford Stadium during the 1990 Georgia Tech game towing a banner reading "'Fire Ray Goof'". This nickname was resurrected after Goff's teams began to fall below expectations again. Goff had a 2–2 bowl record. Goff's 1995 team was on the receiving end of Steve 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 that injury-plagued season, despite the Bulldogs being invited to the Peach Bowl.
Jim Donnan era (1996-2000)
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 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.
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. Before the 2000 season, Georgia, led by a preseason Heisman Trophy candidate (Quincy Carter), was predicted by some prognosticators to contend for the National Championship. However, an early disappointing loss to rival South Carolina and later losses to rivals Florida, Auburn, along with the loss to Tech frustrated many in the fan base. 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 (2001–2015)
Mark Richt joined the Bulldogs in 2001 after serving as the offensive coordinator of the Florida State Seminoles under Bobby Bowden. During Richt's tenure, Georgia won two SEC championships – 2002 and 2005 – and 6 of their 7 SEC East Division Championships – 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, and 2012. (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, was 126–45 for a (.737 winning percentage) and 72–32 (.692) in the SEC. His bowl record through 2014 was 8–5. On October 8, 2011 Richt won his 100th career game as UGA's coach against Tennessee at Neyland Stadium 20–12.
Under Richt, Georgia was 10–5 against Tennessee, 5–10 against Florida, 10–5 against Auburn, and 12–2 against Georgia Tech. In 2011, under Richt, Georgia defeated Tennessee, Florida, Auburn, and Georgia Tech in the same season for the first time since 1981.
Despite his success, some supporters began to question whether the well-liked Richt could take the program to a higher level. Although some rivals had better facilities and larger recruiting budgets during most of his time in Athens,many supporters felt that given its in-state talent, Georgia should be a contender for the national championship on a regular basis. On November 29, 2015, Mark Richt and Georgia mutually agreed to part ways after 15 seasons.
Kirby Smart era (2016– )
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. In 1921, the Bulldogs, along with 12 other teams, left the SIAA and formed the Southern Conference. 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 (24) and Tennessee (13).
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. 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.
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.
- 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. The current mascot, "Que", officially took the role of Uga X on October 23, 2015, shortly before Uga IX, or "Russ", died after four years serving as the mascot. 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.
- 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.
- 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. 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. 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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 Dooley to come up with a new helmet design to replace the previous silver helmet. Dooley liked the forward oriented stylized "G" Donaldson produced, and it was adopted by him. Since the Georgia "G" was similar to the Green Bay Packers' "G" used since 1961, Coach Dooley cleared its use with the Packers 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 make 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  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.
- 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.
- For the 2011 Chick-fil-A Kickoff 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:
- 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
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 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, and in 2013 Missouri won, but South Carolina was second and Georgia was third.
|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||119||1892||2015||56||55||8||.505||2 wins||2015, 20-13|
|Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate||Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets||110||1893||2015||65||40||5||.614||1 win||2015, 13-7|
|Florida–Georgia football rivalry||Florida Gators||94||1915||2015||50||42||2||.543||2 losses||2013, 23-20|
|Georgia–Vanderbilt football rivalry||Vanderbilt Commodores||76||1893||2015||55||19||2||.743||2 wins||2015, 31–14|
|Georgia–South Carolina football rivalry||South Carolina Gamecocks||68||1894||2015||48||18||2||.727||1 win||2015, 52–20|
|Clemson–Georgia football rivalry||Clemson Tigers||64||1897||2014||42||18||4||.651||1 win||2014, 45–21|
|Georgia–Tennessee football rivalry||Tennessee Volunteers||45||1899||2015||21||22||2||.489||1 loss||2014, 35–32|
As of the end of the 2014 season, the Georgia Bulldogs had played 121 seasons with an all-time record of 777–410–54 (a .648 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.
The Bulldogs have played in 51 bowl games and have a record of 29–19–3. They have played in a record 17 different bowls. On the all-time lists, the Bulldogs are tied for the fourth most bowl appearances and tied for third for bowl game victories.
|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's 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||Astro-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's 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's 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's 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|
|W||2014-12-30||Belk Bowl||Louisville||37||14||Mark Richt|
|Mark Richt's bowl record: 9–5|
|Bryan McClendon's bowl record: 1–0|
|W||2016-01-02||TaxSlayer Bowl||Penn State||24||17||Bryan McClendon (interim)|
|Overall bowl record: 29–19–3|
|Bowl||Record||Appearances||Last appearance||Winning %|
(formerly Continental Tire Bowl and Meineke Car Care Bowl)
|Bluebonnet Bowl (defunct)||0–1||1||1978 season||.000|
|Capital One Bowl
(formerly Tangerine Bowl and Citrus Bowl)
|Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
|Cotton Bowl Classic||2–1||3||1983 season||.667|
|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|
(formerly Hall of Fame Bowl)
|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|
|Taxslayer Bowl (formerly Gator Bowl)||3–1–1||5||2015 season||.600|
Current coaching staff
|Kirby Smart||Head Coach||1st|
|Mel Tucker||Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Backs||1st|
|Jim Chaney||Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks||1st|
|James Coley||Wide Receivers||1st|
|Shane Beamer||Tight Ends, Special Teams||1st|
|Dell McGee||Running Backs||1st|
|Sam Pittman||Offensive Line||1st|
|Glen Schumann||Inside Linebackers||1st|
|Kevin Sherrer||Outside Linebackers||3rd|
|Tracy Rocker||Defensive Line||3rd|
|Scott Sinclair||Strength & Conditioning||1st|
Georgia's football teams have benefited from strong recruiting classes. The table below shows their national class rankings since 2002.
|2016||7||10||7||20||Jacob Eason, QB|
|2015||6||7||8||29||Trenton Thompson, DT|
|2014||8||7||9||21||Sony Michel, RB|
|2013||12||12||10||33||Tray Matthews, S|
|2012||8||12||5||29||John Theus, OT|
|2011||6||5||6||26||Ray Drew, DE|
|2010||11||15||12||19||Alec Ogletree, LB|
|2009||5||6||6||20||Branden Smith, CB|
|2008||7||7||5||23||A.J. Green, WR|
|2007||9||9||13||23||Aron White, TE|
|2006||3||4||4||27||Matthew Stafford, QB|
|2005||6||10||19||Mohamed Massaquoi, WR|
|2004||7||9||19||Brandon Miller, LB|
|2003||9||6||24||Paul Oliver, CB|
|2002||9||3||29||Marquis Elmore, LB|
Team awards and records
Claimed national championships (2)
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:
|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, and UPI).
Georgia has won a total of 14 conference championships, including 12 SEC Championships.
- 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|
|† Denotes co-champions|
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||–||–|
|2007†||SEC East||N/A||Did Not Play||–||–|
|† Denotes co-champions|
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 12 overtime games and has won seven 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 51-48|
|2000||Purdue||Outback Bowl||1OT||Georgia||W 28–25|
|2000||Auburn||Jordan–Hare Stadium||1OT||Auburn||L 29-26|
|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 34-31|
|2012||Michigan State||Outback Bowl||3OT||Michigan State||L 33-30|
|2013||Tennessee||Neyland Stadium||1OT||Georgia||W 34–31|
|2013||Georgia Tech||Bobby Dodd Stadium||2OT||Georgia||W 41–34|
|2014||Georgia Tech||Sanford Stadium||1OT||Georgia Tech||L 30-24|
|2015||Georgia Southern||Sanford Stadium||1OT||Georgia||W 23-17|
- Georgia's victory over Auburn on November 11, 2006 was the Bulldogs' 700th win.
National award winners
The Bulldogs have had 68 players selected as All-Americans. Of those 68 players, 25 were consensus All-Americans, as so-designated by NCAA rules. 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:
Current notable players
- Nick Chubb, Running Back, JR - One of two standout running backs for the Bulldogs along with Sony Michel. In eight starts, Chubb gained 1,547 rushing yards on 219 carries (7.1 YPC), and had 18 receptions for 213 receiving yards for a total of 16 touchdowns (14 rushing, 2 receiving) his freshman year. Chubb was a member of the 2014 Associated Press All-SEC Football Team (First Team Offense). For the 2015 season, Chubb had gained 747 yards on the ground and 37 yards in the air for a total of 8 touchdowns before suffering a season-ending knee injury on the first play from scrimmage in week 6 at Tennessee. He is scheduled to return for the 2016 season after recovering from a torn PCL as well as damage to two other ligaments and cartilage.
- Sony Michel, Running Back, JR - After a promising freshman season inhibited by a shoulder injury, Michel became the lead RB after starter Nick Chubb went down with a knee injury in 2015. Michel gained over 1300 yards from scrimmage, including 1076 rushing yards, for a total of 10 touchdowns on the season. A versatile player, Michel has the ability to play both the running back and wide receiver positions in each game.
- Dominick Sanders, Safety, JR - In the 2014 season, Sanders was the only true freshman to start every game for DC Jeremy Pruitt. Known for his big play ability, Sanders made 3 interceptions and returned a fumble 54 yards for a touchdown in the regular season, and also recorded 2 interceptions in the Belk Bowl vs Louisville. In 2015, Sanders led the SEC with 6 interceptions including one for a touchdown, and also recorded 48 total tackles and a sack for the Bulldogs. Sanders was named to the Second Team All-SEC for 2015.
- Jacob Eason, Quarterback, FR - Eason comes to UGA as one of the highest profile recruits for the class of 2016. As a 5-star pro-style quarterback, Eason is arguably the top recruit at his position and is expected to be the starter for the Bulldogs almost immediately.
College Football Hall of Fame
Sixteen former Georgia players and coaches have been inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame. In addition, one former player, Pat Dye, has been inducted into the Hall as a coach for Auburn. The 16 individuals from Georgia inducted into the Hall are:
|Charley Trippi||HB||1942, 1945–46||1959|
|Vernon "Catfish" Smith||E||1929–31||1979|
|Coach||Years at Georgia||Induction|
|Glenn "Pop" Warner||1895–96||1951|
Head coaching records
The Bulldogs have had 26 head coaches:
|Name||Seasons||All W/L/T||Win %|
|26||Kirby Smart||2016 - Present||0–0–0||.000|
|17||George "Kid" Woodruff||1923–27||30–16–1||.649|
|15||W. A. Cunningham||1910–19||43–18–9||.679|
|13 & 14||James Coulter & Frank Dobson||1909||1–4–2||.286|
|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|
|7||E. E. Jones||1900||2–4–0||.333|
|4||Glenn "Pop" Warner||1895–96||7–4–0||.636|
- 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
Georgia plays Auburn as a permanent non-division opponent annually and rotates around the West division among the other six schools.
|vs Auburn||at Auburn||vs Auburn||at Auburn||vs Auburn||at Auburn||vs Auburn||at Auburn||vs Auburn||at Auburn|
|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|
Announced schedules as of June 17, 2015
|vs Georgia Tech||at Notre Dame||vs Georgia Tech||vs Notre Dame||vs Georgia Tech||at Georgia Tech||vs Georgia Tech||at Georgia Tech||vs Georgia Tech||at Georgia Tech||vs Georgia Tech|
|vs Nicholls State||at Georgia Tech||vs. UMass Minutemen||at Georgia Tech||at UCLA||vs UCLA|
|vs Louisiana–Lafayette||vs Appalachian State||Murray State|
|vs North Carolina||vs Samford|
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