When Tennessee’s Jauan Jennings hauled in the 43 yard touchdown pass to beat the Georgia Bulldogs, many UGA fans exclaimed: “Oh, no! Not again!”
That’s because the Dawgs, just like any other team, have had their share of heartbreak losses. Most of them, seemingly, have come within the last 20 years.
If you are a long-time Dawgs fan, you can more than likely add a few games to this list. Here’s a look at the most heartbreaking losses by the team, most way too painful to relive.
5.) 1999: Georgia Tech 51, Georgia 48 OT
This was the game of the Jasper Sanks fumble at the 1 yard line at Bobby Dodd Stadium. With the game tied at 48, Al Ford’s officiating crew ruled that Sanks had fumbled, even though television replays clearly showed he was down first. Tech got the ball and eventually won in overtime. The crew was suspended by the SEC that season, and were not allowed to work the SEC title game. Ford has gone on to be one of the most hated men in football, as far as Georgia fans are concerned. The kicker to this story…Ford is now a replay official and worked the Georgia-Tennessee game this past Saturday.
4.) 2014: Georgia Tech 30, Georgia 24 OT
With :18 to go in the fourth quarter, Hutson Mason hit Malcolm Mitchell with a 3 yard touchdown pass to put the Dawgs ahead. But the infamous “squib kick” by the Dawgs gave Tech great field position and enabled the Jackets to work the ball own the field for a Harrison Butker 53-yard game-tying field goal. In overtime, a Zach Laskey touchdown run put Tech ahead, but Butker MISSED the extra point, opening the door for the Dawgs to win it. On 2nd and goal from the Tech 9, Mason was intercepted by D.J. White, ending the game and shocking the Sanford Stadium crowd. After the game, Mason mentioned it was the greatest moment in his career and the worst moment in his career all rolled into one.
3.) 2016: Tennessee 34, Georgia 31
Because the loss happened less than a week ago from this posting, it might be easy to call this the most heartbreaking moment ever. Though it was tough, the fact that the Dawgs were even in a position to win the game at all takes that thought away. Needless to say, the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty called on sophomore Rico McGraw for “taking his helmet off in the field of play,” followed by the offsides call on the kickoff will be forever remembered as the plays that gave Tennessee’s Josh Dobbs and Jennings a chance to connect and win the game.
2.) 2013: Auburn 43, Georgia 38
The “Prayer at Jordan-Hare” will go down as one of the biggest botched plays on defense ever. On 4th and 18 from the Auburn 27-yard line with 36 seconds remaining in the game, Auburn’s Nick Marshall heaved the ball downfield. To this day, Dawgs’ fans are wondering how both Georgia defensive backs Tray Matthews and Josh Harvey-Clemons could let Ricardo Louis catch the ball. It was a miraculous catch and incredible win. It also turned back a tremendous 21-point fourth quarter by the Dawgs.
1.) 2012 SEC Championship: Alabama 32, Georgia 28
Both teams entered the game 11-1 and played one of the best championship games in recent memory. The Dawgs’ last-chance drive started at their own 15 yard line. On the fourth play of the drive, Alabama’s Dee Milliner appeared to have intercepted an Aaron Murray pass. Replay overturned the call and the Dawgs would move all the way down to Alabama’s 8 yard line. With 9 seconds to play, Chris Conley caught Murray’s pass and fell at the 5 yard line. Time ran out. The Dawgs lost. The Crimson Tide went on to the national championship game where they beat Notre Dame. To this day, Dawgs fans feel that not only did the SEC title fall five yards short, but the BCS title fell short as well.