Wednesday, August 3
Georgia celebrates after the 2005 SEC title game victory over LSU (Photos courtesy of UGA Sports Communications).
With preseason camp officially underway and practice set to start Thursday, how about getting ready by scanning what I've judged to be the overall five best wins of Mark Richt's tenure as Georgia coach?
These are in no particular order, and there were some tough calls. See what you think ...
(Enjoy but know this: We'll have his worst five losses for tomorrow's coffee)
Georgia 26, Tennessee 24 -- October 6, 2001
Forever to be known as the "Hobnailed Boot" game for Larry Munson's memorable radio exclamations, Georgia marched 59 yards in 37 seconds and shock a No. 6-ranked Tennessee team that would not lose again until the SEC title game. Fullback Verron Haynes caught a 6-yard TD pass from David Greene with five seconds remaining to secure Mark Richt's first signature win as a head coach -- in only his fourth contest. It was UGA's first victory in Knoxville in 21 years.
Georgia 24, Auburn 21 -- November 16, 2002
The Bulldogs' first-ever SEC title game appearance looked as good as gone. Before a roaring crowd, Auburn was dominating possession time and leading 21-10 in the third quarter. But Georgia scored to cut the gap to four points, and then with time winding down, Greene ended a dramatic drive by finding Michael Johnson in the back of the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown on 4th-and-15 with 1:25 remaining. It was one of the biggest plays in program history, since the win clinched an SEC East title that led to ...
2002 SEC TITLE GAME: Georgia 30, Arkansas 3 -- December 7, 2002
UGA invaded the Georgia Dome and left no doubt in attaining the school's first SEC title in 20 years. A blocked punt on Arkansas' first possession set the tone for a rout, as Georgia scored on its first five possessions and led 23-0 at halftime.
2005 SEC TITLE GAME: Georgia 34, LSU 14 -- December 3, 2005
Conference title No. 2 was a bit more surprising, given that UGA had lost two of its previous four games before a rematch with 2003 title game winner LSU. But D.J. Shockley found Sean Bailey for two touchdowns in the first quarter and the Dogs cruised. As it stands, this UGA team remains the most recent SEC championship game winner to not go on to win the BCS title game.
Georgia 42, Florida 30 -- October 27, 2007
The Associated Press' game story started like this: "Knowshon Moreno leapt into the end zone and was quickly surrounded by all his Georgia teammates -- yes, all of them." The Bulldogs' memorable goal-line celebration triggered a rare UGA-themed postgame in Jacksonville and an upset of the No. 11 Gators. The Bulldogs wouldn't lose again in 2007, closing with a flourish and black jerseys to finish 11-2 and reach a BCS bowl game.
Five more that missed the cut
2002: Georgia 51, Georgia Tech 7
2002: Georgia 26, Florida State 13 (Sugar Bowl)
2003: Georgia 30, Clemson 0
2007: Georgia 45, Auburn 20
2007: Georgia 41, Hawaii 10 (Sugar Bowl)
ON THE AGENDA
Georgia's football players reported officially to camp Tuesday. Wednesday brings meetings, testing and physicals before the formal start of practice around 4 p.m. Thursday.
TWEET(S) OF THE DAY
Finding out that first day which freshman is gonna be that guy that the coaches ride all season #camplife
Going inspector gadget on your hotel tv so you can hook up ur game counsel #camplife
Realizing how many of ur teammates don't brush the teeth... #camplife
Hoping you get out of meetings first so you can get all the good color powerades and doritoes before they're gone #camplife
Realizing that football is going to control everyminute of ur life for two weeks #camplife
Realizing you are now the old guy on the team #heartbreaking #camplife
All of the above from TE Aron White
I got a hundred billion tweets to come
RB Ken Malcome