StatTiger: Remembering Auburn vs. Georgia

Stuart Carter (StatTiger) takes a look back at many memorable Auburn vs. Georgia football showdowns in the SEC's oldest series.

Remembering the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry

On February 20, 1892 the Auburn Tigers and the University of Georgia competed in a football game for the very first time. Auburn won 10-0 in front of an estimated crowd of 3,000 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Ga. Auburn's Frank Lupton scored the South's oldest rivalry's first offensive touchdown on a five-yard run.

After the first game the two schools would meet virtually every year except for five occasions (1893, 1897, 1917, 1918 and 1943) to compete in football. Auburn owns a slight edge in overall victories against Georgia, compiling a 53-48-8 series record. Some of the greatest players and coaches have competed in this rivalry making it one of the most respected rivalry games in the nation.

History Tidbits

* Auburn has held Georgia scoreless in 18 games and the Bulldogs have held Auburn scoreless 20 times during the series. Georgia recorded the last shutout in 1976 with a 28-0 victory over the Tigers.

* Legendary football coach Pop Warner is credited for utilizing the first "huddle" during the 1896 game. The tactic confused the Auburn team in a game which also included reverses and triple pass plays.

* Georgia completed the first touchdown pass in the series in 1898 in a game won by Auburn, 18-17. The game was contested by the Bulldogs after Georgia missed an extra point attempt in a play they felt Auburn was off sides. The point after would have tied the game at 18. Georgia's team captain walked away from the game with eight minutes remaining.

* Georgia's longest winning steak against Auburn was nine games from 1923 through 1931. Auburn's longest win streak against the Bulldogs was under Coach Ralph "Shug" Jordan with six games from 1953-1958.

* The game was played in Columbus, Ga., at Memorial Stadium 39 times from 1916 through 1958.

* Auburn is 18-9-0 in Athens and Georgia is 12-9-1 at Auburn. Georgia is 27-26-6 at neutral sites.

* Coach Pat Dye, an All-American player at Georgia, recorded his first victory against Georgia in 1983. Since the 1983 victory, Auburn is 15-7-1 against the Georgia, including a 10-2 record in Athens.

Highs and Lows

* Excluding the overtime game in 1996, the most points scored by Georgia was 49 points in 1944. The most points scored by Auburn in regulation was 45 points in 1997.

* The 1996 Tigers gained 539 yards against the Bulldogs. The 2005 Auburn offense gained 506 yards, which is the most in regulation play.

* The 1996 Bulldogs had 556 yards in total offense and the 1998 Georgia offense gained 527 yards in regulation.

* During the 1976 game Georgia rushed for 470 yards without completing a single pass in route to a 28-0 victory over Auburn.

* In 1978, Auburn rushed for 430 yards against the Bulldogs in a controversial contest that would end in a 22-22 tie.

* Auburn passed for 416 yards during the 1999 game in Athens, resulting in a 38-21 Auburn victory.

* In 1993, Georgia passed for 426 yards in Athens in a game won by Auburn, 42-28.

Memorable Games

* The 1971 showdown is probably the most remembered because both teams were ranked in the Top 10 and were undefeated coming into the game. Pat Sullivan passed for 248 yards and four touchdowns, which wrapped up the Heisman Trophy for the senior quarterback in that highly anticipated game in Athens.

* Last year's game might have been the most exciting in the series with Auburn winning 31-30 in the last minute on a John Vaughn field goal. The teams combined for 952 yards offense and 61 points.

Quarterback Brandon Cox is looking for another big day against Georgia this weekend.

* The 1999 Georgia game was the biggest Auburn victory of the year as Ben Leard passed for 416 yards and four touchdowns against 14th ranked Georgia. Ronney Daniels caught nine passes for 249 yards and scored two touchdowns.

* Auburn's 1983 victory in Athens over No. 4 Georgia prevented the Bulldogs from winning their fourth consecutive conference title. Lionel James scored the only touchdown of the game as the Tiger defense held the Bulldog offense to just 168 yards. The victory secured Dye's first conference title.

* Of all its Southeastern Conference opponents, Auburn has had more success running the ball on Georgia in terms of individual performances. Nine different Auburn running backs have rushed for more 150 yards against the Bulldogs on 11 occasions. Kenny Irons is the most recent with 179 yards against the Bulldogs in 2005.

* In 1954 Auburn defeated No. 20 Georgia 35-0 in a game the Tigers racked up 399 yards in total offense while holding to Georgia to 53 yards. Fob James scored two touchdowns.

* In 1969 Sullivan directed Auburn to a 16-3 victory over No. 16 Georgia in Athens. Auburn rushed for 232 yards and held the Bulldogs to just 101 yards in total offense.

* Bo Jackson rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns in 1985 while leading Auburn to a 24-10 victory over No. 12 Georgia.

* Jeff Burger passed for 217 yards and two touchdowns in 1987, leading Auburn to a 27-11 victory over No. 8 Georgia. The Auburn defense forced four Bulldog turnovers.

* In 1997 Dameyune Craig led the Auburn Tigers to a 45-34 victory over No. 7 Georgia in Athens. Craig passed for 231 yards and one touchdown and rushed for two additional scores.

* Rudi Johnson and the Tigers defeated the No. 14 Georgia Bulldogs in overtime, 29-26 in 2000. Johnson rushed for 152 yards as Auburn overcame a 13-3 halftime deficit.

Carnell Williams had memorable performances against the Bulldogs in 2001 and 2004.

* During the 2001 game against the No. 17 Bulldogs, Carnell Williams accounted for 238 yards in total offense and two touchdowns to win the game 24-17. The Tiger defense held the Bulldogs to 73 yards rushing, intercepted two passes and made a crucial goal line stand to preserve the victory.

* The unbeaten 2004 Auburn Tigers dominated fifth-ranked Georgia at Jordan-Hare resulting a 24-6 victory. Jason Campbell directed an offense that gained 404 yards, while the Auburn defense held the Bulldogs to 279 yards. The tandem of Williams and Ronnie Brown accounted for 260 yards and two touchdowns.

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