This Day in Georgia History: January 1st

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This Day in Georgia History: January 1st


Georgia beats TCU 40-26 in the 1942 Orange Bowl at the Orange Bowl in Miami. It is the first bowl game the program has ever participated in. Georgia All-American quarterback Frankie Sinkwich, playing with an oversized chin mask to protect a broken jaw, put on an offensive display still considered by many as the greatest in any bowl game as he led his Bulldogs to a 40-26 win over Texas Christian before a then-record 35,786 fans.


#2 Georgia beats #13 UCLA 9-0 in the 1943 Rose Bowl at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. With All-American Frankie Sinkwich hobbling on two sprained ankles, his young sophomore understudy — Charley Trippi — paced Georgia to a 9-0 victory over UCLA before 90,000 in the 1943 Rose Bowl at Pasadena. Trippi rushed 27 times for a net gain of 115 yards and received the Helms Award as the game's outstanding player.


#18 Georgia beats #17 Tulsa 20-6 in the 1946 Oil Bowl in Houston. Charley Trippi was at his best as Georgia defeated Tulsa, 20-6, in the Oil Bowl. He passed 64 yards to John Donaldson for Georgia's second TD and returned a punt 68 yards for the final Bulldog tally in the fourth quarter – a run still considered by many as the greatest punt return of all time. He completely reversed his field and ran over two Tulsa tacklers who had him trapped near a sideline


#3 Georgia beats #9 North Carolina 20-10 in the 1947 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. On a chilly and rainy day in New Orleans, Georgia battled back from two deficits to knock off North Carolina, 20-10, in front of 75,000 in the 13th renewal of the Sugar Bowl. Charley Trippi led the way for the Bulldogs, playing all 60 minutes in his last game wearing the red and black. His 67-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to Dan Edwards gave the Dogs a 13-10 lead that the club would not relinquish. The win was Georgia's 16th consecutive victory and gave the Bulldogs a perfect season (11-0) for just the second time in school history. The win gave the Bulldogs the 1946 National Championship – its second in program history.


Georgia ties Maryland 20-20 in the 1948 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville. Georgia's All-America quarterback Johnny Rauch had one of the best days of his career in Jacksonville, completing 12 of 17 passes for 183 yards. Captain Dan Edwards caught five passes and Joe Geri averaged 43.5 yards on seven punts.


Texas beats Georgia 41-28 in the 1949 Orange Bowl in Miami. Johnny Rauch, who directed Georgia to four straight bowl games, stood out in defeat as the Bulldogs finally lost their first post-season game – this time before a then record crowd of 60,523. Rauch completed 11 of 17 passes for 161 yards.


Georgia beats Missouri 14-0 in the 1960 Orange Bowl in Miami. Francis Tarkenton directed two excellent scoring drives of 62 and 71 yards in Georgia's 14-0 victory over Missouri before 75,280. It is the first time the Bulldogs play on television in their history. The game is broadcast nationally by CBS.


#9 Arkansas beats #4 Georgia 16-2 in the 1969 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. A huge Sugar Bowl crowd of 82,113 saw Arkansas, champion of the Southwest Conference, upset Georgia, champion of the Southeastern Conference, 16-2, on Jan. 1, 1969.


#18 Arkansas beats #12 Georgia 31-10 in the 1976 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The big clock in the Cotton Bowl showed 1:49 left in the first half with Georgia leading Arkansas, 10-0. Not a soul there or any one of the millions watching CBS-TV had any idea then that the Bulldogs, who had played almost a perfect game for nearly a half, would suffer one tough blow after another the rest of the game and finally succumb, 31-10.


#1 Pittsburgh beats #4 Georgia 27-3 in the 1977 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans to win the 1976 National Championship. Armed with a number four national ranking and the distinction of being first team to represent the conference in the SEC's ‘‘marriage'' with the Sugar Bowl, Georgia's dreams of a national title were convincingly shattered by top-ranked Pittsburgh, 27-3, in the Sugar Bowl with the national championship on the line.


#1 Georgia beats #7 Notre Dame 17-10 in the 1981 Sugar Bowl at the Superdome in New Orleans to win the 1980 National Championship. The Bulldogs capitalized on early Irish mistakes to take a 17-3 lead at halftime. Freshman sensation Herschel Walker scored two touchdowns in the first half and ended the game with 150 yards on 36 attempts. The Bulldogs only managed 127 yards of total offense and only completed one pass in the game. But Georgia's opportunistic defense forced four Irish turnovers – two in critical scoring spots on the field.


#10 Pittsburgh beats #2 Georgia 24-20 in the 1982 Sugar Bowl at the Superdome in New Orleans. Pittsburgh QB Dan Marino hit TE John Brown on a fourth-down 33-yard TD pass with just :35 seconds left to give the Panthers a come-from-behind 24-20 win over Georgia in the 1982 Sugar Bowl, dashing the Bulldogs' hopes for a second consecutive national championship. Perhaps the most exciting of the holiday games of 1982, the Pitt-Georgia matchup had six lead changes for the 77,224 who were in attendance at the Superdome.


#2 Penn State beats #1 Georgia 27-23 in the 1983 Sugar Bowl at the Superdome in New Orleans to win the 1982 National Championship. After staking powerful Penn State to a 20-3 second quarter lead, the Georgia Bulldogs staged a great comeback but came up short, 27- 23, to the Nittany Lions before 78,124 in the 1983 Sugar Bowl. The final result foiled Georgia's chances for another national championship and a perfect 12-0 season.


Georgia beats Michigan State 34-27 in the 1989 Mazda Gator Bowl in Jacksonville. Discarding the ‘‘run, run and run some more'' philosophy that had long since become their trademark, Vince Dooley's Bulldogs took to the air in the 44th Mazda Gator Bowl en route to a 34-27 victory over Michigan State. The win marked Dooley's final game on the sideline for the Bulldogs. He retired with 201 wins over his 25-year career as head football coach at Georgia. He remained Athletics Director until 2004.


#8 Georgia beats #15 Ohio State 21-14 in the 1993 Florida Citrus Bowl at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. Georgia secured its best finish in a decade, including a top-10 final ranking and the first 10-win season since 1983, with a 21-14 victory over the Buckeyes. A New Year's Day crowd of 65,861 attended the 47th annual Florida Citrus Bowl. Offensively, Georgia found ball control to its liking in the first quarter as it opened the game with its longest touchdown drive of the season. Kirk Herbstreit fumbled deep in Bulldog territory. Georgia then drove 80 yards in 11 plays and scored a touchdown with 4:32 left in the game. A final Buckeye drive ended with a desperation pass intercepted in the end zone.


#12 Georgia beats Wisconsin 33-6 in the 1998 Outback Bowl in Tampa Stadium in Tampa. Quarterback Mike Bobo completed 26-of-28 passes for 235 yards and one touchdown and running back Robert Edwards ran for three more touchdowns as Georgia defeated Wisconsin 33-6 before an Outback Bowl crowd of 56,186.


#21 Georgia beats #19 Purdue 28-25 in overtime at the 2000 Outback Bowl in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The game marks the third century of football played in by Georgia. The game between the two schools is also the first college football played in the new millennium. The Bulldogs staged the largest comeback in bowl history rallying from a 25-0 deficit with 28 unanswered points to defeat Purdue 28-25 in overtime at Raymond James Stadium in front of 54,059. Quarterback Quincy Carter forced overtime when he found tight end Randy McMichael on an eight-yard pass with 1:19 to play in the game. In overtime, Georgia managed to stop Purdue on its first drive as kicker Travis Dorsch missed a 43-yard field goal. Powered by two rushes for 19 yards by running back Patrick Pass on the drive, kicker Hap Hines nailed the 21-yarder to cap the Bulldogs' come from behind victory.


#4 Georgia beats #16 Florida State in the 2003 Nokia Sugar Bowl at the Superdome in New Orleans. Bruce Thornton scored on a 71-yard interception return and relentless defensive pressure forced three Seminoles turnovers as Georgia held off Florida State 26-13 at the Superdome. The win gave Georgia its first 13-win season in school history.


#11 Georgia beats #12 Purdue in the 2004 Capital One Bowl at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. Kregg Lumpkin saved himself and his Georgia teammates a bitter offseason when he scored an overtime touchdown to lift the Bulldogs past Purdue 34-27 in the Capital One Bowl. Georgia's defense, which had surrendered a 24-0 lead, stopped Purdue on first-and-goal from the 9. Junior linebacker Arnold Harrison, who left the game in the second quarter due to a dislocated finger, broke up passes on second and third down, and linebacker Tony Taylor intercepted a Kyle Orton pass in the end zone to seal the victory for No. 11 Georgia (11-3).


#8 Georgia beats #16 Wisconsin in the 2005 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. A near sellout crowd of 62,414 watched the Bulldogs (10-2) build a 24-6 lead and then hold off a furious Badger rally to notch their third straight season with 10 or more wins.


#4 Georgia beats #10 Hawaii 41-10 in the 2008 Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Superdome in New Orleans. Georgia beat the Warriors by battering Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan and brutalizing the nation's No. 1 scoring offense. Led by senior defensive end Marcus Howard, the Bulldogs sacked Brennan a school bowl-record eight times while holding the Warriors to 36 points below their season scoring average. Howard tied the BCS bowl record with three sacks and then helped dump ice water on head coach Mark Richt when the outcome was sealed. A Louisiana Superdome crowd of 74,383, more than 50,000 of whom were Georgia fans, watched the Warriors suffer their first loss of the season.


#15 Georgia beats #18 Michigan State 24-12 in the 2009 Capital One Bowl at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.


Aaron Murray celebrates his 87-yard touchdown pass to Chris Conley in the 4th quarter (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)

#6 Georgia beats #23 Nebraska 45-31 in the 2013 Capital One Bowl at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. Aaron Murray threw five touchdown passes to set a Georgia bowl record, including two in the fourth quarter. Murray shook off a pair of first-half interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, and passed for 427 yards - also a Bulldogs' bowl record – against the nation's top-ranked passing defense. He was named the game's most valuable player. Georgia (12-2) reached 12 wins for the third time in school history.

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