Originally created 11/26/05

Bulldogs vs. Yellow Jackets: 10 significant meetings



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. Morris News Service's Adam Van Brimmer picks 10 of the best 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 Georgia Tech players with rocks and clods of dirt during and after the game.

YELLOW JACKETS 12, BULLDOGS 0

Dec. 3, 1927, at Grant Field

- Georgia Tech coach William 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 Louisiana State University, Oglethorpe and Auburn.

BULLDOGS 35, YELLOW JACKETS 7

Nov. 30, 1946, at Sanford Stadium

- With the SEC title on the line, the great Charlie 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 spectators.

YELLOW JACKETS 23, BULLDOGS 9

Nov. 29, 1952, at Sanford Stadium

- Georgia 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 Jackets winning streak known as "The Drought" to Georgia fans. The victory capped an undefeated, national championship season for Georgia Tech.

BULLDOGS 7, YELLOW JACKETS 0

Nov. 30, 1957, at Grant Field

- "Thunderin" Theron Sapp becomes a Bulldogs legend by recovering a fumble and scoring the game's only touchdown as Georgia snapped "The Drought."

BULLDOGS 7, YELLOW JACKETS 0

Nov. 28, 1964, at Grant Field

- Vince Dooley begins his dominance of Georgia Tech with a narrow victory. Bulldogs 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.

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.

BULLDOGS 38, YELLOW JACKETS 18

Nov. 26, 1982, at Sanford Stadium

- Tailback Herschel Walker ran for three touchdowns for top-ranked and unbeaten Georgia.

YELLOW JACKETS 20, BULLDOGS 16

Nov. 30, 1985, at Grant Field

- Georgia Tech's Gary Lee returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to give the Yellow Jackets the lead for good. Georgia rushed for 341 yards in the game and came from behind twice before Lee's return.

YELLOW JACKETS 51, BULLDOGS 48, OT

Nov. 27, 1999, at Bobby Dodd Stadium

- Georgia Tech's Chris Young recovered a fumble by Bulldogs 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 suspended the officiating crew for blowing the call.