Fletcher Page breaks down the biggest football moments of the last ten years.
The ups, the downs – all of the most critical and explosive moments people remember most and some that turned out to have the most impact.
1. 2007 Florida: End zone celebration
Nobody knew exactly what was happening in the moments that followed Knowshon Moreno's first quarter plunge into the end zone against Florida in 2007.
The entire Georgia team spilled out on the field as officials threw every flag possible. Were the two teams about to fight? That didn't happen, but it became evident that Georgia had planned a mass celebration involving the entire team. This had never been done before, and it left Florida – and everyone for that matter – stunned.
The Bulldogs went on to win the game 42-30, but the score and game were overshadowed by the image of those players jumping up and down in the end zone. Oddly, freshman offensive lineman Trinton Sturdivant stood out for his rendition of some type of dance (nobody could confirm exactly what he was doing).
Mark Richt would later say his original intentions for the 11 players on the team to draw a penalty were misinterpreted by the players. Either way, the ploy worked – perhaps on a larger scale than Richt wanted.
2. 2008 Alabama: First half meltdown
Perhaps the most anticipated game in the Mark Richt Era, Georgia and Alabama were set to do battle in an early season matchup between two Top 10 teams. The Bulldogs began the season ranked No. 1, but had slipped to fifth in the polls after lackluster play. Alabama entered ranked No. 10, but was slightly under the radar after a down 2007 season.
ESPN College Game Day was on hand in Athens for the first time since 1998, and the atmosphere in Athens was a real as it gets. The Bulldogs planned to wear black and a late start time gave both fan bases plenty of opportunity to build up liquid courage.
The game began – and was essentially over for Georgia before the end of the first quarter. A hands-to-the-facemask penalty on the Bulldogs negated a recovered fumble and freshman A.J. Green fumbled in the first half. Meanwhile Alabama could do nothing wrong.
The halftime score: 31-0. Fans in Sanford Stadium were devastated. Although Georgia mounted a furious comeback attempt in the second half, the Crimson Tide held on to win 41-30. The loss exposed Georgia as a team that wasn't deserving of the elite status preseason polls had granted. Alabama went on to lose to Florida in the SEC Title game, but would win two of the next three national championships from 2009-11.