5 Biggest games in Georgia Tech-Georgia series
There’s a lot on the line for both teams when No. 8 Georgia hosts No. 16 Georgia Tech on Saturday. Here’s a look at five of the biggest games in the series known as Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate:
1927 — The first game in the series to garner national attention. Georgia came in with a perfect 9-0 record and expecting an invitation from the Rose Bowl. But, on a muddy field in Atlanta, Georgia Tech ruined the Bulldogs’ season with a 12-0 upset.
1942 — In the middle of World War II, Georgia got its revenge for the loss 15 years earlier. Led by Heisman Trophy winner Frankie Sinkwich and future All-American Charlie Trippi, the Bulldogs routed unbeaten Georgia Tech 34-0 to earn a Rose Bowl bid. Georgia Tech freshman star Clint Castleberry, who was third in the Heisman balloting that year, played his only game in the series. He joined the Air Force and was killed in action in 1944.
1946 — With the war over, unbeaten Georgia romped to a 35-7 victory over once-beaten Georgia Tech to lock up a Sugar Bowl berth. The Bulldogs completed a perfect 11-0 season with a win over North Carolina but had to settle for No. 3 in the final rankings.
1948 — Georgia claimed the Southeastern Conference title and an Orange Bowl bid with a dominating 21-13 victory over the Yellow Jackets. In Miami, the Bulldogs were upset by Texas and finished 9-2.
1966 — In Bobby Dodd’s final season as coach, Georgia Tech’s perfect season was ruined by a 23-14 loss to Georgia. Kent Lawrence sparked the Bulldogs with a 71-yard punt return. Georgia Tech went on to lose to Steve Spurrier’s Florida Gators in the Orange Bowl to close at 9-2. Georgia (10-1) knocked off SMU in the Cotton Bowl and ended with a No. 4 national ranking in a season remembered for national champion Notre Dame’s 10-10 tie with Michigan State.