Georgia–Tennessee football rivalry
First contestedNovember 11, 1899
Tennessee 5, Georgia 0
Number of meetings48
Most recent meetingSeptember 29, 2018
Georgia 38, Tennessee 12
Next meetingOctober 5, 2019
All-time seriesTied, 23–23–2
Largest victoryTennessee, 46–0 (1936)
Longest win streakTennessee, 9 (1989–99)
Current streakGeorgia, 2 (2017–present)

The Georgia–Tennessee football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Georgia Bulldogs football team of the University of Georgia and Tennessee Volunteers football team of the University of Tennessee. The series is currently tied 23–23–2.[1] Both teams are founding members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Tennessee and Georgia are the second and third winningest football programs in SEC history, behind only Alabama.

Series history[edit | edit source]

From 1899 to 1989, UT and UGA met only 21 times before the Southeastern Conference (SEC) expanded to twelve members and split into two divisions of six members each, West and East. (The conference expanded by 2 members (Texas A&M and Missouri) in 2012; therefore the SEC West and East divisions have currently seven members each.) UGA held a 10–9–2 series lead in the rivalry before annual play began in 1992. Since 1992, the Dawgs and Vols have both been in the SEC's Eastern Division and have met annually on the football field. The largest margin of victory overall was Tennessee by 46 points in 1936 at Sanford Stadium in Athens in their 46–0 victory. The largest margin of victory for Georgia is by 44 points in 1981 at Sanford Stadium in their 44–0 victory. The longest win streak for Georgia is 5, twice, from 2010–14 and from 1909–24. The longest win streak for Tennessee is 9 from 1989–99.[1][2]

Throughout the 1990s, Tennessee went 9–0 vs Georgia, holding a nine-game win streak. Georgia ended the streak in 2000 under head coach Jim Donnan when they defeated the Volunteers 21–10. In 2001, the Mark Richt era began at Georgia. He led the Bulldogs to wins against the Volunteers in his first three seasons, beginning with a memorable upset in Knovxille in 2001. In 2007, Tennessee defeated Georgia 35–14 to win the tie-breaker for the conference title game. Georgia held a 6–4 advantage over the Volunteers in the 2000s.

In 2010, Derek Dooley became the Tennessee head coach. Throughout his tenure he went 0–3 vs Bulldogs, and Georgia extended another three-game winning streak against Tennessee. Georgia continued their streak until 2015 when Tennessee defeated the Bulldogs 38–31 in Knoxville, under head coach Butch Jones. From 2011 to 2016, every game in the series was decided by eight points or less, including one overtime thriller in 2013. In 2016 Kirby Smart succeeded Mark Richt as Georgia head coach. That year, Tennessee won by a Hail Mary pass with 4 seconds left on the clock. In the 2017 meeting, Georgia defeated Tennessee 41–0 in Knoxville, giving Tennessee its worst home loss since 1905.[1][3] In the latest meeting, Georgia defeated Tennessee 38–12 in Athens at Sanford Stadium. [1][4]

Game results[edit | edit source]

Rankings are from the AP Poll.

Georgia victoriesTennessee victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinning teamLosing team
1 November 11, 1899 Knoxville, Tennessee Tennessee5 Georgia 0
2 November 7, 1903 Knoxville, Tennessee Georgia 5 Tennessee 0
3 November 21, 1906 Athens, Georgia Tie0Tie0
4 October 12, 1907 Athens, Georgia Tennessee 15 Georgia 0
5 October 24, 1908 Knoxville, Tennessee Tennessee 10 Georgia 0
6 October 23, 1909 Knoxville, Tennessee Georgia 3 Tennessee 0
7 October 22, 1910 Athens, Georgia Georgia 35 Tennessee 3
8 October 21, 1922 Athens, Georgia Georgia 7 Tennessee 3
9 October 20, 1923 Knoxville, Tennessee Georgia 17 Tennessee 0
10 November 1, 1924 Athens, Georgia Georgia 33 Tennessee 3
11 October 31, 1925 Knoxville, Tennessee Tennessee 12 Georgia 7
12 October 31, 1936 Athens, Georgia Tennessee 46 Georgia 0
13 October 30, 1937 Knoxville, Tennessee Tennessee 32 Georgia 0
14 September 14, 1968 Knoxville, Tennessee Tie17Tie17
15 November 1, 1969 Athens, Georgia #3 Tennessee 17 #11 Georgia 3
16 November 4, 1972 Athens, Georgia #13 Tennessee 14 Georgia 0
17 November 3, 1973 Knoxville, Tennessee Georgia 35 #11 Tennessee 31
18 September 6, 1980 Knoxville, Tennessee #16 Georgia 16 Tennessee 15
19 September 5, 1981 Athens, Georgia #10 Georgia 44 Tennessee 0
20 September 3, 1988 Athens, Georgia #12 Georgia 28 #18 Tennessee 17
21 October 7, 1989 Knoxville, Tennessee #6 Tennessee 17 Georgia 14
22 September 12, 1992 Athens, Georgia #20 Tennessee 34 #14 Georgia 31
23 September 11, 1993 Knoxville, Tennessee #8 Tennessee 38 #22 Georgia 6
24 September 10, 1994 Athens, Georgia #19 Tennessee 41 #23 Georgia 23
25 September 9, 1995 Knoxville, Tennessee #8 Tennessee 30 Georgia 27
No.DateLocationWinning teamLosing team
26 October 12, 1996 Athens, Georgia #7 Tennessee 29 Georgia 17
27 October 11, 1997 Knoxville, Tennessee #10 Tennessee 38 #15 Georgia 13
28 October 10, 1998 Athens, Georgia #4 Tennessee 22 #7 Georgia 3
29 October 9, 1999 Knoxville, Tennessee #6 Tennessee 37 #9 Georgia 20
30 October 7, 2000 Athens, Georgia #19 Georgia 21 #21 Tennessee 10
31 October 6, 2001 Knoxville, Tennessee Georgia 26 #6 Tennessee 24
32 October 12, 2002 Athens, Georgia #6 Georgia 18 #10 Tennessee 13
33 October 11, 2003 Knoxville, Tennessee #8 Georgia 41 #13 Tennessee 14
34 October 9, 2004 Athens, Georgia #17 Tennessee 19 #3 Georgia 14
35 October 8, 2005 Knoxville, Tennessee #5 Georgia 27 #8 Tennessee 14
36 October 7, 2006 Athens, Georgia #14 Tennessee 51 #9 Georgia 33
37 October 6, 2007 Knoxville, Tennessee Tennessee 35 #12 Georgia 14
38 October 11, 2008 Athens, Georgia #10 Georgia 26 Tennessee 14
39 October 10, 2009 Knoxville, Tennessee Tennessee 45 Georgia 19
40 October 9, 2010 Athens, Georgia Georgia 41 Tennessee 14
41 October 8, 2011 Knoxville, Tennessee Georgia 20 Tennessee 12
42 September 29, 2012 Athens, Georgia #5 Georgia 51 Tennessee 44
43 October 5, 2013 Knoxville, Tennessee #6 Georgia 34 Tennessee 31OT
44 September 27, 2014 Athens, Georgia #12 Georgia 35 Tennessee 32
45 October 10, 2015 Knoxville, Tennessee Tennessee 38 #19 Georgia 31
46 October 1, 2016 Athens, Georgia #11 Tennessee 34 #25 Georgia 31
47 September 30, 2017 Knoxville, Tennessee #7 Georgia 41 Tennessee 0
48 September 29, 2018 Athens, Georgia #2 Georgia 38 Tennessee 12
Series: Tied 23–23–2
OT denotes game went into overtime.

Notable games[edit | edit source]

  • 1899: On November 11, 1899, was the first meeting between Georgia and Tennessee. Both teams met at Waite Field in Knoxville, TN. Tennessee defeated Georgia 5–0.
  • 1973: In 1973, Georgia, who trailed 31–21, scored a touchdown in the final minutes as quarterback Andy Johnson ran into the end zone for an 8-yard score after the football bounced back into his hands after a botched handoff. The touchdown clinched the Georgia comeback 35–31.
  • 1980: In 1980, Georgia, who trailed early 15–0, rallied back behind Herschel Walker, who, on his first collegiate touchdown, ran right over Tennessee defender Bill Bates. Georgia would go on to win 16–15, their first victory of an undefeated national championship season.[5]
  • 1992: In 1992, No. 20 Tennessee defeated No. 14 Georgia 34–31 to clinch a 2–0 start. It was the official start of the Georgia–Tennessee rivalry.
  • 1995: In 1995, Georgia had the ball with under two minutes to play in a tie game, 27–27. Georgia then missed a potential game-winning field goal with just over a minute and a half left. Peyton Manning then took the Volunteers to within 40 yards, and Tennessee kicked the game-winning field goal with 10 seconds left to win their 5th game in a row against the Bulldogs, 30–27.[6]
  • 2000: In 2000, Georgia quarterback Quincy Carter beat the Volunteers 21–10 in Athens. The victory over Tennessee was Georgia's first win over the Vols since 1988, after 9 straight Tennessee wins. Fans stormed the field at Sanford Stadium in celebration for the only time in school history – taking down the goalposts. Larry Munson, Georgia's radio announcer, said "The athletic department is about to lose about $11,000...we won by 11 points and a lot of praying up here!"[7]
  • 2001 The Hobnail Boot Game: In the 2001 game,[8] Tennessee was ranked No. 6 as it faced UGA coach Mark Richt for the first time. The lead was traded multiple times, but Tennessee had seemingly won the game on a 62-yard touchdown pass with only 44 seconds remaining to take a 24–20 lead. Georgia quarterback David Greene would take the Bulldogs down the field and threw a touchdown pass to Verron Haynes with 6 seconds left to upset Tennessee 26–24. Legendary Georgia radio announcer Larry Munson in a famous call exclaimed, "We just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot and broke their nose! We just crushed their face!".[9][10]
  • 2004: In 2004, No. 17 Tennessee ended the back to back SEC Eastern Division Champions 17 game home winning streak with a shocking upset, 19–14. The victory propelled the Volunteers to the SEC Eastern Division Championship, and knocked No. 3 UGA out of the national title.[11][12]

Erik Ainge and the Tennessee Volunteers offense lineup against Georgia.

  • 2007: In 2007, unranked Tennessee ran all over No. 12 Georgia in Knoxville early, en route to a 35–14 victory. Georgia and Tennessee would finish the season tied for the SEC Eastern Division, but Tennessee's head-to-head victory allowed the Vols to advance to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game which they lost. The Bulldogs would finish the season ranked No. 2, the loss preventing them from advancing to the BCS National Championship Game, while Tennessee finished No. 14.[13][14]
  • 2013: In 2013, Georgia jumped to a 17–3 half time lead. In the third quarter of the game Tennessee came back by a block punt for a touchdown, and a couple of touchdowns. With 1:13 left in the game Tennessee scored a touchdown by Rajion Neal to make the score 31–24. With 5 seconds to go Georgia answered back, with Aaron Murray's pass complete to Rantavious Wooten. In overtime Tennessee scored a touchdown, but after review, the officials deemed it was a fumble, causing a touchback and turning the ball over to the Bulldogs. After the play Georgia took the 42 yard field goal by Marshall Morgan and was good to win the game 34–31.[15][16]
  • 2015: In 2015, the No. 19 Georgia Bulldogs made their way up to Knoxville riding a 5-year winning streak over the Volunteers but coming off a disheartening loss to Alabama at home. After the Bulldogs went up 24–3 before half, making it seemingly impossible for the Volunteers to come back, momentum would seem to switch hands quite fast. With just 3 minutes left in the half the Volunteers scored a touchdown and recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, propelling Tennessee to score again before half. Tennessee took control of the game in the second half outscoring Georgia 21–7. Georgia was rallying late in the 4th quarter down 38–31 when Greyson Lambert launched a long pass right into the waiting arms of wide receiver Reggie Davis only for Davis to drop the game-tying touchdown. The unranked Tennessee Volunteers would hold on and give Coach Butch Jones one of the biggest wins of his career, beating the No. 19 Bulldogs 38–31, and snapping a five-game losing streak. The game would prove costly to Mark Richt. Even though Georgia's only other loss after would be to eventual SEC East champion Florida, Richt would be dismissed as head coach at season's end.[17][18][19]
  • 2016: DobbNail Boot: The No. 25 Georgia Bulldogs and the No. 11 Tennessee Volunteers, like last year's matchup, saw the game end on a crazy and controversial finish, in Athens. The Bulldogs stormed to a 17–0 lead in the second quarter, but the Vols rallied to take their first lead of the game at 28–24 with under three minutes to play in the fourth quarter when Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason was sacked and fumbled. Tennessee's Corey Vereen recovered the loose ball in the end zone for the touchdown, setting up the dramatic finish. After an Eason interception and a Vols punt, the Bulldogs found themselves at the Vols' 47-yard line with 19 seconds to go. Out of timeouts, Eason launched a deep pass to receiver Riley Ridley. Ridley caught the pass and ran into the end zone, and Georgia regained the lead at 31–28 with 10 seconds left in regulation. At this point the CBS television broadcasters were heaping praise on Eason as going down in Bulldog lore, replaying the Larry Munson "Hobnail Boot" broadcast while the final seconds ticked off. However, in what appeared to be the turning point of the game, the Bulldogs were whistled for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the score and were forced to kickoff from their own 20-yard line. After another Georgia penalty, Tennessee found themselves at the Bulldogs' 43-yard line lining up for a desperation final play. Quarterback Joshua Dobbs heaved a long Hail Mary pass to receiver Jauan Jennings, who caught the pass in the end zone, leading the undefeated Volunteers to the 34–31 win.[20][21]
  • 2017: With revenge on their minds and a zero in the loss column, the Georgia Bulldogs entered Knoxville, TN ready to punish the Tennessee Volunteers. From the games opening snap from scrimmage, that is exactly what they did. Georgia's Ty McGee intercepted the first pass of the game and Georgia never looked back. QB Jake Fromm had a very impressive day throwing a TD to Javon Wims and running for 2 scores as well. The running of Sony Michel, Nick Chubb, and DeAndre Swift proved too much for the Vols defense as Georgia blanked Tennessee 41–0, handing them their worst loss at home in over 100 years.

See also[edit | edit source]

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