2005: No. 5 Georgia 27, No. 8 Tennessee 14
2005 is the last time Georgia and Tennessee have faced each other, with both schools ranked in the Top 10. This game definitely did not disappoint either.
Led by DJ Shockley, the Dawgs quarterback and current Bulldog radio sideline reporter, Georgia came into Knoxville with an undefeated record and SEC Championship aspirations.
This Georgia team was littered with talent, with guys like Shockley, Thomas Brown, Mohamed Massaquoi, Greg Blue, Tim Jennings, and Quentin Moses contributing to the team’s dominance in ’05.
The coaching staff also featured a young running backs coach by the name of Kirby Smart. I wonder if we’ll ever hear his name again.
Georgia jumped out to a 10-0 lead at halftime and made it 13-0 for most of the third quarter until Tennessee quarterback Rick Clausen scored on a one-yard quarterback keeper in the final minute of the third.
The Dawgs responded in the fourth when Thomas Flowers took a 54-yard punt to the house, and Thomas Brown would score with less than two minutes in the fourth to put the game away for good.
On defense, hard hitter Greg Blue led the team with 13 solo tackles. Demario Minter was second on the team in tackles, also had an interception and two pass deflections.
Georgia finished the regular season with a 10-2 record, defeated LSU in Atlanta to win the SEC Championship, and earned a Sugar Bowl birth with the win. Tennessee finished with a 5-6 record, their worst season since 1988.