They call it “clean, old-fashioned hate,” but in reality, there is nothing clean about it.  When Georgia and Georgia Tech meet at Sanford Stadium on Saturday, there will still be a dispute between the two schools as to the overall record.  The Yellow Jackets claim two wins over the Dawgs during WWII in 1943 and 1944, but UGA does not count those wins by Tech because they had to use players from a naval officer’s training program on campus.

To add even more drama to the series, the two schools did not play each other from 1917 to 1924, according to the UGA Game Notes, “because of a dispute caused by a Georgia parade float that ridiculed the Yellow Jackets for playing football during World War I.”

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Nevertheless, the game has always had great moments ON THE FIELD, and that is where we focus our attention.

5.)  Theron Sapp breaks the drought, 1957

Georgia Tech headed into the game in 1957 with a nine game winning streak in the series.  However, after a scoreless first half, Macon native Theron Sapp recovered a Tech fumble at midfield and then used his powerful legs to rumble into the record books.  The Dawgs moved the ball down to the Tech 26.  Sapp then ran the ball six straight times to push the drive to the Tech one.  On fourth down, Sapp scored the only touchdown of the game, the first by the Dawgs against Tech in four years.  The Dawgs celebrated the 7-0 win by retiring Sapp’s number 40 one year later.

4.)  Stafford to Massaquoi, 2006

The Dawgs were down by five points very late in the game at Bobby Dodd Stadium in 2006.  However, freshman quarterback Matthew Stafford engineered a 12 play, 64 yard drive to win the game.  The winner was a 4 yard pass to Mohamed Massaquoi with 1:45 to go giving the Dawgs a 13-12 lead.  The duo combined for the two-point conversion for a 15-12 upset win over then 16th ranked Georgia Tech.

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3.)  Belue rallies the Dawgs, 1978

Buck Belue to Lindsay Scott in 1980 may be forever ingrained in the memory of UGA fans, but it was 1978 when the freshman quarterback from Valdosta made his name.  UGA trailed 20-0 in the second quarter when Belue entered the game.  He, and the punt return abilities of Scott Woerner, led the Dawgs to the biggest comeback in the series to that point, a 29-28 win in Athens.

2.)  Jackets outlast Dawgs in OT, 2014

Dawgs fans will remember this as the “squib kick game,” but Tech fans will remember it as the day Harrison Butker kicked a 53 yard field goal to send the game into overtime and D.J. White sealing the win.  The wild finish began with 18 seconds to go in the fourth, as UGA’s Hutson Mason hit Malcolm Mitchell with a 3-yard TD pass.  After tacking on the extra point, the Dawgs were up 24-21.  But Coach Mark Richt called for a Marshall Morgan squib kick, and Jackets returned it to their own 43.  It took the Jackets only one play to move close enough for the Butker clutch game-tying kick.  In OT, Zach Laskey scored the go-ahead touchdown for Tech followed by White intercepting Mason for the win.

 

1.)  The Jasper Sanks fumble, 1999

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With 13 seconds to go in the game at Bobby Dodd Stadium, the Dawgs had the ball on the Tech 2-yard line, first and goal, and decided to go for the touchdown instead of a field goal.  Jasper Sanks got the handoff, and what happened next is part of college football lore.  Did he fumble or not?  The officials said yes, and Tech recovered.  Dawgs fans say no, he was down.  The game went to overtime, where a Luke Manget field goal gave Tech a wild 51-48 win.  Replays showed that Sanks was down before the ball was out.  SEC Commissioner Roy Kramer later suspended referee Al Ford and his crew.  They were unable to work the SEC Championship game and many of the crew lost a chance to work a bowl game that season.