Georgia football: The 5 most epic home games since 2000

Sanford Stadium is illuminated in red (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
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5. Georgia football beats Clemson 45-21 to start 2014 season

Starting this list off with one of Todd Gurley’s best performances is the 2014 45-21 Georgia football victory over Clemson to start the season. After falling to the Tigers the previous year in Death Valley, Georgia made it a point to seek a little revenge, and boy did they.

Gurley saw 15 carries for 198 yards, averaging 17.2 yards a carry and scored three touchdowns on the ground, plus a 100-yard kick off return for a touchdown to give him 293 all-purpose yards and four scores on the day.

He was a monster in this game, and that return still gets played in hype videos. This game for Gurley solidified his first-round draft projection after his sophomore season was injury-plagued.

Georgia jumped out to a 14-7 lead after Gurley and starting quarterback Hutson Mason ran in a score. Clemson responded to those two touchdowns with a couple of scores,  including a 30-yard touchdown pass from freshman Deshaun Watson.

Gurley responded to those scores with that incredible 100-yard return that tied it up at 21-21 going into halftime.

Georgia’s defense held Clemson scoreless in the second half while Gurley scored an 18-yard and 51-yard touchdown run. Freshman Nick Chubb also got in on the action that day with a 47-yard scoring run. The crowd went nuts when he ran it all the way back, and after that, it was all dogs for the rest of the game.

They finished 10-3 that season with losses to South Carolina, Florida, and an overtime loss to Georgia Tech. Beating Clemson in Week 1 was one of the best parts of that entire year.