Ill will and great games mark the life of the Georgia-Georgia Tech series. From the first game in 1893 to last season's nail-biter in the freezing rain, the two rivals have met with bragging rights, league championships, bowl bids and national titles on the line. Here are some of the most significant games in the series:
Yellow Jackets 28, Bulldogs 6 (Nov. 4, 1893, at Herty Field)
Georgia Tech's first football victory came against its rival. Leonard Wood, a 33-year-old Army surgeon stationed at Atlanta's Fort McPherson, led a team of several other non-traditional students, including a medical student, a lawyer and an insurance agent. Georgia fans pelted Tech players with rocks and clods of dirt during and after the game. A rock opened up a cut above Wood's right eye during the game, but he remained on the field and scored a touchdown.
Yellow Jackets 12, Bulldogs 0 (Dec. 3, 1927, at Grant Field)
Tech coach William Alexander used an unheard-of strategy to upset Georgia's "Dream and Wonder" team that included Tom Nash, Chick Shirer and Herdis McCrery. Alexander split his squad in half three weeks before the Georgia game, taking his 12 best players and devoting their practice time entirely to preparations for Georgia. The rest of the team played the three games leading up to the Bulldogs, defeating LSU, Oglethorpe and Auburn.
Bulldogs 34, Yellow Jackets 0 (Nov. 28, 1942, at Sanford Stadium)
Tech came in undefeated but without injured freshman phenom Clint Castleberry. Georgia had Frank Sinkwich and Charlie Trippi in its backfield. Alexander suffered a heart attack earlier that week, leaving then assistant Bobby Dodd to coach in his place. "It was a terrible defeat for us," Georgia Tech player Bill Healy said. "We were unbeaten and they had gotten beaten the week before in their annual game with Auburn. They went on to the Rose Bowl."
Bulldogs 35, Yellow Jackets 7 (Nov. 30, 1946, at Sanford Stadium)
With the SEC title on the line, the great Trippi scored three touchdowns as the Bulldogs capped their first unbeaten, untied season since 1896 and advanced to the Sugar Bowl. The game featured a largest-ever crowd of 55,000.
Yellow Jackets 23, Bulldogs 9 (Nov. 29, 1952, at Sanford Stadium)
Tech's seldom-used reserve halfback Chappell Rhino tosses a momentum-swinging touchdown pass to Buck Martin in one of the most memorable games of an eight-year Yellow Jacket winning streak known as "The Drought" to Georgia fans. "Now here we are in the biggest game of our life, fourth and four, and Coach Dodd wants us to use a young man who hadn't played more than 30 minutes all season," Frank Broyles, Tech's offensive coordinator who would go on to become a coaching legend at Arkansas, told Dodd's biographer, Jack Wilkinson, in "Dodd's Luck." "I'd never even worked with Chappell on the running pass." The victory capped an undefeated, national championship season for Tech.
Bulldogs 7, Yellow Jackets 0 (Nov. 30, 1957, at Grant Field)
"Thunderin'" Theron Sapp becomes an instant Bulldog legend by recovering a fumble and scoring the game's only touchdown as Georgia snapped "The Drought". Sapp later has an epic poem written about him titled "The Drought Breaker" and is one of only four players in Georgia history to have his jersey number retired.
Bulldogs 7, Yellow Jackets 0 (Nov. 28, 1964, at Grant Field)
Vince Dooley begins his dominance of Tech with a narrow victory. Dooley would win his first five games coaching against Tech after losing every year to the Yellow Jackets as a player at Auburn. Bulldog quarterback Preston Ridlehuber scored the game's lone touchdown. The loss cost Georgia Tech a Gator Bowl bid while the Bulldogs went to the Sun Bowl, their first postseason appearance since 1959.
Yellow Jackets 34, Bulldogs 14 (Nov. 30, 1974, at Sanford Stadium)
Dooley calls this game one of his most humiliating defeats. Pepper Rodgers made his debut as Georgia Tech's coach in the series and dominated with his wishbone offense on a muddy field. "We'll never beat Tech again," an athletic board member told Dooley afterwards. For the record, Georgia won the next year.
Bulldogs 29, Yellow Jackets 28 (Dec. 2, 1978, at Sanford Stadium)
Georgia freshman quarterback Buck Belue came off the bench with his team trailing 20-0 in the second quarter and rallied the Bulldogs to a 29-28 victory. "That was the saddest point of my career," said Tech tailback Eddie Lee Ivery, who had to leave the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury. "Tears came to my eyes."
Bulldogs 38, Yellow Jackets 18 (Nov. 26, 1982, at Sanford Stadium)
Tailback Herschel Walker ran for three touchdowns for the top-ranked and unbeaten Georgia. Tech's Robert Lavette out-gained Walker, who went on to win the Heisman Trophy and leave school a year early. The Yellow Jackets came in 6-4 after winning just two games combined in the previous two seasons.
Yellow Jackets 51, Bulldogs 48, OT (Nov. 27, 1999, at Bobby Dodd Stadium)
"The Fumble" means something different to Georgia faithful than to football fans elsewhere, who associate it with the gaffe committed by Cleveland Browns' Earnest Byner in the 1988 AFC Championship game. Tech's Chris Young recovered a fumble by Bulldog tailback Jasper Sanks on the goal line in the closing seconds of regulation. The Yellow Jackets won the game in overtime on a Luke Manget 38-yard field goal. TV replays showed Sanks was down before he fumbled and the SEC later suspended the officiating crew for blowing the call.