To cap off its second straight 12-0 regular season, Georgia football will face off against in-state rival Georgia Tech on Saturday. This game, commonly referred to as “Clean, Old Fashioned Hate,” is always circled on the calendars of many fans. Despite the recent lopsided history, the rivalry hasn’t always been like that.
This series has a rich history, as head coach Kirby Smart pointed out in his Monday press conference. These programs first met in 1893, which was ultimately a 28-6 loss for the Bulldogs. The teams were members of the SEC for many decades until the Yellow Jackets left the conference in 1964. Tech won five SEC championships, with their last coming in 1952.
Over the years, however, this rivalry has become pretty one-sided. Since 2000, Georgia Tech has only beaten Georgia four times. Most of this dominance can be credited to former Bulldog coach Mark Richt. During his 15 years with Georgia, Richt was 13-2 against the Yellow Jackets and never lost to them in Atlanta. Some fans have unofficially renamed Georgia Tech’s stadium “Mark Richt Field.”
Let’s look at three of the most memorable Georgia football games against Georgia Tech.
Smart has continued its dominance against Tech. He is 4-1 against them, with Georgia averaging 41 points per game in the five matchups.
It has been said that if you don’t believe Georgia Tech is Georgia’s biggest rival, experience losing to them. As someone who was at the game in 2016 when Georgia blew a 13-point lead in the final minutes of the fourth quarter and lost, I can tell you that statement is true.
In honor of this great rivalry, let’s look back at three classic matchups between these two schools.