Georgia vs. Top Five Teams: A Brief History

ATHENS – #4 LSU rolls into town this weekend, and while big games in the SEC are nothing new, this is the first time since 1998 that the Bulldogs have hosted a top-five team. Here is a look at some of Georgia's recent matchups with highly ranked foes at home.

1998 - #5 Tennessee beats #7 Georgia

A week after Georgia's electric win over #6 LSU in Baton Rouge, the Bulldogs are manhandled by the eventual national champions. Tee Martin and the Vols scored 22 points thanks mostly to the field day from Tennessee's running back combination of Travis Henry and Travis Stephens. A week after running up and down the field against the Tigers, Georgia managed only 254 yards of offense and failed to score a touchdown in a game for the first time since 1995.

1995 - #3 Florida beats Georgia

Steve Spurrier and company were in full form the day they blew out the Bulldogs 52-17. Georgia, a team totally outclassed by the Gators, lost their first game in Athens to the Florida ever. Florida went on to get blasted in a national championship tilt by Nebraska. The Bulldogs ended the season 6-6 with a Peach Bowl loss to Virginia in Ray Goff's last game at Georgia.

Georgia vs. other teams ranked in the top five in Sanford Stadium:
1972 - #5 Alabama beats Georgia 25-7
1970 - #5 Ole Miss beats Georgia 31-21
1969 - #3 Tennessee beats Georgia 17-3
1966 - #7 Georgia beats #5 Georgia Tech 23-14
1965 – Georgia beats #5 Alabama 18-17
1963 - #3 Alabama beats Georgia 32-7
1961 - #3 Alabama beats Georgia 32-6
1956 - #4 Georgia Tech beats Georgia 35-0
1952 - #3 Georgia Tech beats Georgia 23-9
1952 - #4 Maryland beats Georgia 37-0
1942 - #5 Georgia beats #2 Georgia Tech 34-0

1990 - #2 Georgia Tech beats Georgia

On the way to a shared national championship with Colorado, the Yellow Jackets slashed the Dawgs 40-23 in a rare December contest between the two rivals. Tech wouldn't beat Bulldogs for another eight years, but made good on their victory that day. Tech's 17-point win in 1990 ties the Jackets' 1984 win over Georgia the biggest margin of victory for the Jackets since 1974. Since Tech's 1990 win the Jackets are 4-14 against the Dawgs.

1984 - #20 Georgia beats #2 Clemson

The Butler did it… and how. With time running out, and a tie secured, Kevin Butler kicked a 60-yard field goal to beat the Tigers 26-23. The win over the #2 Tigers is the highest-ranked team the Bulldogs have beaten since 1942. Butler's kick is etched into Bulldog fans' memories thanks to Larry Munson's great call…

"So we'll try to kick one a hundred thousand miles. We're holding it on our own 49-and-a-half ... gonna try to kick it sixty yards plus a foot-and-a-half ... and Butler kicked a long one ... a long one ... Oh my God! Oh my God! ... The stadium is worse than bonkers! I can't believe what he did! This is ungodly!"

1983 - #3 Auburn beats #4 Georgia

Auburn kick started their impressive run through the mid-to-late 1980s with a 13-7 win over the Bulldogs for the SEC title and a trip to the 1984 Sugar Bowl. The Bulldogs had won the previous three SEC championships, two of them on Auburn's home turf – the Tigers returned the favor with a hard-fought win over Georgia. Bo Jackson ended the game with 115 yards, while Lionel James had 84 yards and a touchdown. Georgia's long touchdown came on a John Lanstinger strike to Herman Harchie. The Tigers ended Georgia's undefeated season, but the Dawgs went on to beat the Texas Longhorns in the Cotton Bowl to prevent the Horns from winning the National Title.

Other notes:

Georgia is 4-12 against foes ranked in the top five. Two of the wins over the top-five teams have come over Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs have played many games on the road against top five teams, but only 16 in Sanford Stadium. The Dawgs are 5-14-2 away from Athens, including a 34-14 win over #3 LSU in the 2005 SEC Championship. The Dawgs last win over a top-five team came over #5 Auburn in 2006. That game was Matthew Stafford's coming out party. He destroyed the Tigers with precision passing, and more importantly no interceptions. The Bulldogs, 0-5, have never beaten a team ranked #4 in the country.

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