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Georgia Bulldogs
Georgia Bulldogs NCAA-SEC-Georgia Bulldogs helmet
First season 1892
Athletic director Josh Brooks
Head coach Kirby Smart
7th year, 81–15 (.844)
Home stadium Sanford Stadium
Year built 1929[1]
Stadium capacity 92,746[1]
Stadium surface Tifton 419 Bermuda Grass
Location Athens, Georgia, U.S.
Conference SEC (1932–present)
Division SEC Eastern Division (1992–present)
Past conferences SIAA (1895–1921)
Southern Conference (1921–1932)
All-time history
Georgia Bulldogs Historical Teams
1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899
1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
All-time record 868–428–54 (.663)
Postseason bowl record 37–21–3 (.631)
Claimed national titles 4 (1942, 1980, 2021, 2022) [2]
Conference titles 16
Division titles 12
Rivalries Auburn Tigers (rivalry)
Clemson Tigers (rivalry)
Florida Gators (rivalry)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (rivalry)
South Carolina Gamecocks (rivalry)
Tennessee (rivalry)

Alabama Crimson Tide (rivalry)

Heisman winners 2
Consensus All-Americans Template:American college football All-Americans
Current uniform
NCAA-SEC-Georgia Bulldogs Jerseys
Colors Red, Black, Silver, and White


Fight song Glory, Glory
Mascot Uga
Marching band Georgia Redcoat Marching Band
Website – Football

The Georgia Bulldogs football team represents the University of Georgia located in Athens, Georgia. The Bulldogs are a member of the NCAA FBS Southeastern Conference and are currently coached by Kirby Smart.

The University of Georgia has had a football team since 1892 and has an all-time record of 868–428–54 (a .663 winning percentage). The "Dawgs," as they are sometimes called, play in historic Sanford Stadium in Athens, which, with a capacity of 92,746, is the eighth largest on-campus stadium in the United States and the 15th largest stadium in the world.[3] The Bulldogs claim two consensus NCAA Division 1-A college football national championships[2] and have won 12 SEC championships. The team has also produced two Heisman Trophy winners, namely the running back Herschel Walker and No. 1 draft pick in the 1943 draft Frank Sinkwich, as well as winners of a number of other awards and numerous All-Americans and NFL players. As of the 2009-10 school year, the University of Georgia is the second most profitable program in college football.[4]



Season Coach Record
2024 Kirby Smart
2023 Kirby Smart 13-1
2022 Kirby Smart 15-0
2021 Kirby Smart 14-1
2020 Kirby Smart 8-2


Season Coach Record
2019 Kirby Smart 12-2
2018 Kirby Smart 11-3
2017 Kirby Smart 13-2
2016 Kirby Smart 8-5
2015 Mark Richt; Bryan McClendon 10-3
2014 Mark Richt 10-3
2013 Mark Richt 8-5
2012 Mark Richt 12-2
2011 Mark Richt 10-4
2010 Mark Richt 6-7


Season Coach Record
2009 Mark Richt 8-5
2008 Mark Richt 10-3
2007 Mark Richt 11-2
2006 Mark Richt 9-4
2005 Mark Richt 10-3
2004 Mark Richt 10-2
2003 Mark Richt 11-3
2002 Mark Richt 13-1
2001 Mark Richt 8-4
2000 Jim Donnan 8-4


Season Coach Record
1999 Jim Donnan 8-4
1998 Jim Donnan 9-3
1997 Jim Donnan 10-2
1996 Jim Donnan 5-6
1995 Ray Goff 6-6
1994 Ray Goff 6-4-1
1993 Ray Goff 5-6
1992 Ray Goff 10-2
1991 Ray Goff 9-3
1990 Ray Goff 4-7


Season Coach Record
1989 Ray Goff 6-6
1988 Vince Dooley 9-3
1987 Vince Dooley 9-3
1986 Vince Dooley 8-4
1985 Vince Dooley 7-3-2
1984 Vince Dooley 7-4-1
1983 Vince Dooley 10-1-1
1982 Vince Dooley 11-1
1981 Vince Dooley 10-2
1980 Vince Dooley 12-0


Season Coach Record
1979 Vince Dooley 6-5
1978 Vince Dooley 9-2-1
1977 Vince Dooley 5-6
1976 Vince Dooley 10-2
1975 Vince Dooley 9-3
1974 Vince Dooley 6-6
1973 Vince Dooley 7-4-1
1972 Vince Dooley 7-4
1971 Vince Dooley 11-1
1970 Vince Dooley 5-5


Early years: 1892–1909[]


The first football team of 1892.


Herty Field was Georgia’s first football venue. It was used until 1911.[5] (photo October 2005)

The University of Georgia first formed a football squad in 1892, with chemistry professor Charles Herty as head coach. The team played its first game against a team from Mercer University, in what was supposedly the first football game played in the deep south.[6] Playing on what was later called Herty Field, Georgia beat Mercer 50–0.[5] In the second (and final) game of that inaugural "season," Georgia lost 10–0 to Auburn University.[6] That game marked the beginning of Georgia’s longest-standing football rivalry, which is called the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry.

From 1892–1909, the head coach at Georgia changed frequently, with 14 different head coaches in a 17 year period. The combined record was 47–52–10 (.477 winning percentage). During this time period, Georgia’s greatest success came when Glenn “Pop” Warner coached it and Iowa State for two seasons.[7] In 1896, Warner-led Georgia went 4–0[6] on the way to its first conference championship, when the team was a co-champion of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association. It is thought that the first forward pass in football occurred in 1895 (passing was illegal at the time) in a game between Georgia and North Carolina when, out of desperation, the ball was thrown by the North Carolina quarterback instead of punted and a North Carolina player caught the ball.[8]

In 1897, football very nearly came to an end in the state when a Georgia fullback named Richard Vonalbade Gammon died as a result of injuries sustained in a game. The Georgia state legislature quickly passed a bill banning football from the state, but the bill was vetoed by Georgia Governor William Yates Atkinson, based upon an appeal from Gammon's mother, Rosalind Gammon.[9]

Mehre–Butts era: 1910–63[]

Beginning in 1910, Georgia started experiencing stability in its head coaches. In 1911, Georgia moved its playing field from Herty Field to Sanford Field, where wooden stands were built.[10] From 1910–63, Georgia had 7 head coaches and a record of 307–180–33 (a .622 winning percentage). Although Harry Mehre and Wally Butts are the two best-known coaches from this era, it was George “Kid” Woodruff who led the Bulldogs to their first claim to national championship. In 1927, Georgia finished the season 9–1[6] and could stake a claim to the national championship by finishing #1 in at least one national poll.[11] Herman Stegeman coached the Bulldogs to an 8–0 record in 1920, when the team was named co-champion of the SIAA.

Harry Mehre coached the Bulldogs from 1928–37, but perhaps his most memorable game was in 1929. October 12, 1929 was the inaugural game in the newly completed Sanford Stadium and Mehre’s Bulldogs responded with an upset victory over the powerhouse of the day, Yale University, winning 15–0.[12] In that game, Vernon “Catfish” Smith scored all 15 points for Georgia. As head coach, Mehre compiled a 59–34–6 record (.626 winning percentage), but was never able to win a conference championship.

Wally Butts coached the Bulldogs from 1939–60 and continued as athletic director until 1963.[12] Butts came to UGA as an assistant to Joel Hunt in 1938, but Hunt left UGA after a 5–4–1 season to take over at Wyoming; Butts succeeded him. During his tenure as head coach, Georgia had a claim to the national championship in 1942 being selected by 6 polls recognized by the NCAA Division 1-A college football national championship (Ohio St. was also selected by 6 polls, including the AP, and Wisconsin was selected by one poll), and in 1946 after finishing first in at least one national poll and/or rating system. Butts coached 1942 Heisman Trophy winner Frank Sinkwich and Maxwell Award winner Charley Trippi. His teams also won four SEC championships – 1942, 1946, 1948 and 1959.[13] As head coach, Butts posted a 140–86–9 record (.615 winning percentage), including six bowl games. His bowl record was 5–2–1.[14] Butts was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.[15]

Johnny Griffith, a former player and assistant coach to Butts, succeeded him in 1961. He resigned in December 1963 after going 10–16–2, including a combined 1–8 against Georgia Tech, Florida, and Auburn.

Vince Dooley era: 1964–88[]

Vince Dooley held the head coach position longer than any other Bulldogs coach, leading the Bulldogs from 1964–88.[12] During his tenure as head coach, Georgia won its second consensus national championship in 1980,[11] winning the Grantland Rice Award. Dooley’s 1968 team finished first in at least one national poll, giving Georgia a claim to the national championship in that year.[16] The 1967 Cotton Bowl win over SMU made Georgia only the 3rd school in college football history to have won all 4 of the historical major bowls, Rose, Cotton, Sugar, Orange. His teams gave Georgia six SEC Championships and he coached 1982 Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award winner Herschel Walker, 1968 Outland Trophy winner Bill Stanfill and 40 All-Americans.[12] Dooley won the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award in 2001. He compiled a 201–77–10 record (.715 winning percentage), which included twenty bowl appearances. His bowl record was 8–10–2.[17] From 1976–82, his teams were in contention for the mythical national title 4 times (1976, 1980, 1981, and 1982). His 6 SEC titles ties him for second place all time amongst SEC coaches for SEC titles. Dooley's offenses were known primarily for running the football. He converted UGA's single-wing offense to a wishbone-type scheme in the early 1970s, and later ran a professional I-type offense with the development of Herschel Walker. For awhile during the 1980s UGA was known as "Tailback U." Dooley was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997[18] In 1981, Professor Jan Kemp complained that Georgia officials had intervened allowing nine college football players to pass a remedial English course, allowing them to play against Pittsburgh in the Sugar Bowl. The board of regents of the University System of Georgia issued a report in April 1986 implicating Dr. Fred C. Davison and the Georgia athletic department, headed by Dooley, who was also the football coach, in a pattern of academic abuse in the admission and advancement of student-athletes over the previous four years.[19]

Post-Dooley era: 1989–2000[]

Ray Goff took over as head coach in 1989 and coached the Bulldogs until 1995, posting a 46–34–1 record (.574 winning percentage). His teams were 0–5 against Tennessee, 1–6 against Florida, 2–4–1 against Auburn, 5–2 against Georgia Tech and won no conference titles. During his time at Georgia, Goff was often derisively referred to as Ray "Goof", a nickname given to him by former Florida and current South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier. Goff had a 2–2 bowl record.[20]

Jim Donnan took over as head coach in 1996 and coached the Bulldogs until 2000, posting a 40–19–0 record (.678 winning percentage). Donnan's teams produced no conference titles and were 1–4 against Tennessee, 2–3 against Auburn, 1–4 against Florida and 2–3 against Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs lost to all four of these rivals in 1999 and only posted a win against Tennessee in 2000. Donnan had a 4–0 bowl record.[17]

Mark Richt era: 2001–2015[]

File:Mark Richt-May-21-08-CoachesTour2008.jpg

Mark Richt

The current head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs is Mark Richt, who joined the Bulldogs in 2001 after serving as the offensive coordinator of the Florida State Seminoles under Bobby Bowden.[21] Since Richt's tenure began, Georgia has won two SEC championships – 2002 and 2005 – and 5 of their 6 SEC East Division Championships – 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2011.[13] (Georgia represented the East in the SEC Championship Game in 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2011.) Including bowl games, Richt’s record, as of March 17, 2012, is 106–38–0.[22] His bowl record through 2010 is 7–3. Richt has been a fixture in the recruiting world ending up with top 5 classes the past 3 years. On October 8, 2011 Richt won his 100th career game as UGA's coach against Tennessee at Neyland Stadium 20–12.

Under Richt, Georgia is 7-4 against Tennessee, 3-8 against Florida, 7-4 against Auburn, and 10-1 against Georgia Tech, including games from 2001–11. In 2011, under Richt, Georgia defeated all four in the same season for the first time since 1981.

Conference affiliations[]

Georgia was a founding member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, one of the first collegiate athletic conferences formed in the United States. Georgia participated in the SIAA from its establishment in 1895 until 1921. Durings its tenure in the SIAA, Georgia was conference co-champion in two years, 1896 and 1920.[23] In 1921, the Bulldogs, along with 12 other teams, left the SIAA and formed the Southern Conference.[24] During its time in the Southern Conference, the team never won a conference championship. In 1932, the Georgia Bulldogs left the Southern Conference to form and join the SEC, where Georgia has won the third most SEC football championships, with 12, behind Alabama (22) and Tennessee (13).[13]

Team Nicknames[]

It was not until 1920 that the nickname "Bulldog" was used to define the football team, a name bestowed by sportswriters. On November 3, 1920, Morgan Blake of the Atlanta Journal wrote a story about school nicknames and proposed:

The Georgia Bulldogs would sound good because there is a certain dignity about a bulldog, as well as ferocity.[25]

Shortly thereafter, another news story appeared in which the name "Bulldogs" was used several times to describe the Georgia team and the nickname has been used ever since. Prior to that time, Georgia was simply known as the "Red and Black." In more recent years, the Bulldogs have been referred to by fans as the "Dawgs."



Uga VI Official Photo


Sanford Stadium

  • Uga (pronounced UH-guh) is the name of a lineage of white Bulldogs which have served as the mascot of the University of Georgia since 1956. There is currently no active Uga mascot, since the previous mascot, Uga VIII, died of lymphoma on Feb 3, 2011.[26] Deceased Ugas are interred in a mausoleum near the main entrance to Sanford Stadium. Georgia is the only school to bury its past mascots inside the football stadium.[27]
  • Glory, Glory is the fight song for the Georgia Bulldogs and was sung at football games as early as the 1890s. The fight song was arranged in its current form by Georgia professor Hugh Hodgson in 1915.[27]
  • The ringing of the Chapel Bell after a Georgia victory started in the 1890s when the playing field was located near the Chapel and freshmen were compelled to ring the Chapel's bell until midnight to celebrate the victory.[25] Today, freshmen are no longer required to do the chore, with students, alumni, and fans taking their place.
  • "How 'Bout Them Dawgs" is a slogan of recent vintage that first surfaced in the late 1970s and has become a battle cry of Bulldog fans.[25] The slogan received national attention and exposure when Georgia won the national championship in 1980 and wire services proclaimed "How 'Bout Them Dogs!"
  • Silver Britches – When Wally Butts was named head coach in 1939, he changed the uniform by adding silver-colored pants to the bright-red jersey already in use. The "silver britches" became very popular, and were a source of multiple fan chants and sign references over the years, the most well-known being "Go You Silver Britches!" When he was hired in 1964, Vince Dooley changed Georgia's uniform to use white pants, but reinstated the silver pants prior to Georgia's 1980 national championship season. Georgia's use of the "silver britches" continues to the present day.[27]
  • The "Dawg Walk" is a tradition that features the football players walking through a gathering of fans and the Redcoat Band near the Tate Student Center as they enter Sanford Stadium. Vince Dooley began the tradition, originally leading the team into the stadium from the East Campus Road side. Ray Goff changed the Dawg Walk to its current location in the 1990s, but eventually discontinued the practice altogether. Mark Richt revived it starting with the 2001 season, and it continues to the present day.[28]


Image gallery[]

Georgia's standard home uniform has not significantly changed since 1980, and consists of a red helmet with the trademarked oval "G", red jerseys, and silver pants.[27]

Wally Butts first introduced the "silver britches," as they are colloquially known, in 1939. When Vince Dooley became Georgia's head coach, he changed the team's home uniform to include white pants. The uniform was changed back to silver pants prior to the 1980 season, and has remained silver ever since. [27]

Georgia's earliest helmet was grey leather, to which a red block "G" logo was added in 1961. The shirts were usually red, sometimes with various striping patterns. Their uniforms in the pre-World War II era varied at times, sometimes significantly. Photographic evidence suggests that black shirts, vests, and stripes of various patterns were worn at times over the years.

Vince Dooley was the first to incorporate a red helmet into the uniform in 1964, adopting the oval "G," a white stripe, and white facemasks. Anne Donaldson, who graduated from Georgia with a BFA degree and was married to Georgia assistant coach John Donaldson, was asked by Coach Dooley to come up with a new helmet design to replace the previous silver helmet. Coach Dooley liked the forward oriented stylized "G" Mrs. Donaldson produced, and it was adopted by him. Since the Georgia "G" was similar to the Green Bay Packers' "G" used by it since 1961, Coach Dooley cleared its use with the Packer organization. Nonetheless, Georgia has a registered trademark for its "G" and the Packers' current, redesigned, "G" logo is modeled after the University of Georgia's redesign of Green Bay's original "G" logo. The helmet change was part of a drastic uniform redesign by Dooley, who also replaced the traditional silver pants with white pants that included a black-red-black stripe. The jerseys remained similar to the pre-1964 design, however, with a red jersey and white numbers.

Prior to the 1980 season, the "silver britches" were re-added to Georgia's uniform with a red-white-black stripe down the side. Since the 1980 season, Georgia has utilized the same basic uniform concept. The sleeve stripes, trim colors, and font on Georgia's home and away jerseys have varied many times, but the home jerseys have remained generally red with white numbers, and away jerseys have remained generally white with black numbers.

The most recent trim redesign occurred in 2005, when sleeve stripe patterns were dropped in favor of solid black jersey cuffs on the home jersey and solid red cuffs on the away jersey. Matte grey pants have also been used at times instead of "true" silver since 2004, mainly because the matte grey pants are of a lighter material.

Alternate uniforms[]

One of the things that makes Georgia's uniform unique is its relative longevity, and the fact that it has very rarely changed over the years. There have been occasions, however, when alternate uniforms were worn for one game during a season.

  • Red pants were used instead of silver as part of Georgia's away uniform at various times during the 1980's.
  • Black facemasks and a white-black-white helmet stripe were worn during the 1991 Independence Bowl.
  • Black pants were used instead of silver as part of Georgia's away uniform during the 1998 Outback Bowl and the 1998 Florida game.
  • Black jerseys were worn instead of red as part of Georgia's home uniform in games against Auburn and Hawaii during the 2007 season, and in 2008 against Alabama.
  • A unique away uniform was worn during the 2009 Florida. This uniform included black helmets with red facemasks, a white stripe, and the traditional oval "G" logo; white jerseys with black numbers; and black pants.
  • During the 2011 Chick-fil-A College Kickoff against Boise State in the Georgia Dome, Georgia wore a Nike Pro Combat Uniform that was significantly different from the traditional home uniforms. The Nike Pro Combat uniforms used a non-traditional matte-finish red color, and included the following:
    • Silver helmets with a large red stripe and traditional oval "G" logo
    • Black facemasks with a large red stripe in the middle, mirroring the red stripe on the helmet
    • Two-tone red jerseys with black sleeves, trim, and numbers
    • The word "Georgia" on the back of the jerseys instead of players' names
    • Red pants


The Bulldogs have three main football rivals: Auburn, Florida, and Georgia Tech. All three rivalries were first contested over 100 years ago, though the series records are disputed in two cases. Georgia does not include two games from 1943 and 1944 against Georgia Tech (both UGA losses) in its reckoning of the series record, because some of Georgia's players were in World War II. Georgia also includes a game against Florida in 1904 (a Georgia win) that Florida's athletic association does not in their series record, because Florida claims the game was played against a team from a predecessor institution of the modern University of Florida.

Georgia has long-standing football rivalries with other universities as well, with over 50 games against five additional teams. Since the formation of the SEC Eastern Division in 1992, Georgia has had an emerging rivalry with the Tennessee Volunteers. The Georgia–South Carolina football rivalry has been a game of increasing importance; South Carolina won the SEC Eastern Division championship in 2010, Georgia in 2011.[27]

Georgia Bulldog Rivalries: All-Time Records
Rivalry Rival Games Played First Meeting Last Meeting UGA Won UGA Lost Ties UGA % Streak Most recent win
Auburn–Georgia football rivalry Auburn Tigers 116 1892 2012 54 54 8 .500 2 wins 2012, 38-0
Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 103 1893 2012 63 39 5 .617 4 wins 2012, 42-10
Florida–Georgia football rivalry Florida Gators 90 1904 2012 49 40 2 .546 2 wins 2012, 17-9
Georgia–Vanderbilt football rivalry Vanderbilt Commodores 73 1893 2012 53 18 2 .726 6 wins 2012, 48-3
Alabama–Georgia football rivalry Alabama Crimson Tide 65 1895 2012 25 37 4 .403 1 loss 2007, 26-23
Georgia–Kentucky football rivalry Kentucky Wildcats 65 1930 2012 52 12 2 .797 3 wins 2012, 29-24
Georgia–South Carolina football rivalry South Carolina Gamecocks 65 1894 2012 46 17 2 .701 3 losses 2009, 41-37
Clemson–Georgia football rivalry Clemson Tigers 62 1897 2003 41 17 4 .693 5 wins 2003, 30-0
Georgia–Tennessee football rivalry Tennessee Volunteers 42 1899 2012 19 21 2 .476 3 wins 2012, 51-44

Bowl games[]

The Bulldogs have played in 46 bowl games and have a record of 26–18–3. On the all-time lists, the Bulldogs are sixth for bowls appearances[29] and tied for third for bowl game victories.[30]

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2006 Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Georgia Bulldogs Bowl Games by Year
W/L/T Date Bowl Opponent PF PA Coach
W 1942-01-01 Orange Bowl TCU 40 26 Wally Butts
W 1943-01-01 Rose Bowl UCLA 9 0 Wally Butts
W 1946-01-01 Oil Bowl Tulsa 20 6 Wally Butts
W 1947-01-01 Sugar Bowl North Carolina 20 10 Wally Butts
T 1948-01-01 Gator Bowl Maryland 20 20 Wally Butts
L 1949-01-01 Orange Bowl Texas 28 41 Wally Butts
L 1950-12-09 Presidential Cup Texas A&M 20 40 Wally Butts
W 1960-01-01 Orange Bowl Missouri 14 0 Wally Butts
Wally Butts Bowl Record: 5–2–1
W 1964-12-26 Sun Bowl Texas Tech 7 0 Vince Dooley
W 1966-12-31 Cotton Bowl Classic SMU 24 9 Vince Dooley
L 1967-12-16 Liberty Bowl N. C. State 7 14 Vince Dooley
L 1969-01-01 Sugar Bowl Arkansas 2 16 Vince Dooley
L 1969-12-20 Sun Bowl Nebraska 6 45 Vince Dooley
W 1971-12-31 Gator Bowl North Carolina 7 3 Vince Dooley
W 1973-12-28 Peach Bowl Maryland 17 16 Vince Dooley
L 1974-12-21 Tangerine Bowl Miami (OH) 10 21 Vince Dooley
L 1976-01-01 Cotton Bowl Classic Arkansas 10 31 Vince Dooley
L 1977-01-01 Sugar Bowl Pittsburgh 3 27 Vince Dooley
L 1978-12-31 Bluebonnet Bowl Stanford 22 25 Vince Dooley
W 1981-01-01 Sugar Bowl Notre Dame 17 10 Vince Dooley
L 1982-01-01 Sugar Bowl Pittsburgh 20 24 Vince Dooley
L 1983-01-01 Sugar Bowl Penn State 23 27 Vince Dooley
W 1984-01-01 Cotton Bowl Classic Texas 10 9 Vince Dooley
T 1984-12-22 Citrus Bowl Florida State 17 17 Vince Dooley
T 1985-12-28 Sun Bowl Arizona 13 13 Vince Dooley
L 1986-12-23 Hall of Fame Bowl Boston College 24 27 Vince Dooley
W 1987-12-29 Liberty Bowl Arkansas 20 17 Vince Dooley
W 1989-01-01 Gator Bowl Michigan State 34 27 Vince Dooley
Vince Dooley Bowl Record: 8–10–2
L 1989-12-30 Peach Bowl Syracuse 18 19 Ray Goff
W 1991-12-29 Independence Bowl Arkansas 24 15 Ray Goff
W 1993-01-01 Florida Citrus Bowl Ohio State 21 14 Ray Goff
L 1995-12-30 Peach Bowl Virginia 27 34 Ray Goff
Ray Goff Bowl Record: 2–2–0
W 1998-01-01 Outback Bowl Wisconsin 33 6 Jim Donnan
W 1998-12-30 Peach Bowl Virginia 35 33 Jim Donnan
W 2000-01-01 Outback Bowl Purdue 28 25 Jim Donnan
W 2000-12-24 Oahu Bowl Virginia 37 14 Jim Donnan
Jim Donnan Bowl Record: 4–0–0
L 2001-12-28 Music City Bowl Boston College 16 20 Mark Richt
W 2003-01-01 Sugar Bowl Florida State 26 13 Mark Richt
W 2004-01-01 Capital One Bowl Purdue 34 27 Mark Richt
W 2005-01-01 Outback Bowl Wisconsin 24 21 Mark Richt
L 2006-01-01 Sugar Bowl West Virginia 35 38 Mark Richt
W 2006-12-30 Chick-fil-A Bowl Virginia Tech 31 24 Mark Richt
W 2008-01-01 Sugar Bowl Hawaii 41 10 Mark Richt
W 2009-01-01 Capital One Bowl Michigan State 24 12 Mark Richt
W 2009-12-28 Independence Bowl Texas A&M 44 20 Mark Richt
L 2010-12-31 Liberty Bowl Central Florida 6 10 Mark Richt
L 2012-01-02 Outback Bowl Michigan State 30 33 Mark Richt
Mark Richt Bowl Record: 7–4–0
Overall Bowl Record: 26–18–3
Georgia Bulldog Bowl Games: All-Time Records by Bowl
Name of Bowl Record Appearances Last Appearance Winning %
Bluebonnet Bowl (defunct) 0–1 1 1978 Season .000
Capital One Bowl (Formerly Tangerine Bowl and Citrus Bowl) 3–1–1 5 2008 Season .700
Chick-fil-A Bowl (formerly Peach Bowl) 3–2 5 2006 Season .600
Cotton Bowl Classic 2–1 3 1983 Season .667
Gator Bowl 2–0–1 3 1988 Season .833
Independence Bowl 2–0 2 2009 Season 1.000
Liberty Bowl 1–2 3 2010 Season .333
Music City Bowl 0–1 1 2001 Season .000
Oahu Bowl (defunct) 1–0 1 2000 Season 1.000
Oil Bowl (defunct) 1–0 1 1945 Season 1.000
Outback Bowl (formerly Hall of Fame Bowl) 3–2 5 2011 Season .600
Orange Bowl 2–1 3 1959 Season .667
Presidential Cup Bowl (defunct) 0–1 1 1950 Season .000
Rose Bowl 1–0 1 1943 Season 1.000
Sugar Bowl 4–5 9 2007 Season .444
Sun Bowl 1–1–1 3 1985 Season .500

Current Coaching Staff[]

Name Position
Kirby Smart Head Coach
Jim Chaney Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends
Mel Tucker Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
James Coley Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Dell McGee Running Backs
Cortez Hankton Wide Receivers
Sam Pittman Offensive Line
Tray Scott Defensive Line
Glenn Schumann Inside Linebackers
Dan Lanning Outside Linebackers
Scott Fountain Special Teams Coordinator

Team awards and records[]

National championships[]

Years in which the Bulldogs finished with a number-one ranking in at least 3 of the final national polls recognized by the College Football Hall of Fame and included in the official NCAA Football Record Book:[11][31]

Year Coach Selector Record Bowl Result
1942 Wally Butts Houlgate, Sagarin, Litkenhous 11–1 Rose Bowl Georgia 9, UCLA 0
1980 Vince Dooley Coaches, AP 12–0 Sugar Bowl Georgia 17, Notre Dame 10
Total national championships: 2
  • 1942 – 11–1 Georgia was chosen as champion by at least half of the recognized polls. Georgia was led by All-Americans Frank Sinkwich and end George Poschner, along with a young back named Charley Trippi. The Bulldogs knocked off 9 consecutive opponents and ranked No. 1 in the nation. Georgia earned a Rose Bowl bid after it blanked Georgia Tech 34–0 in Athens to end the regular season. Georgia then edged UCLA 9–0 in the Rose Bowl
  • 1980 – The Bulldogs beat Notre Dame 17–10 in the Sugar Bowl to finish 12–0 and claim the National Championship. Notable contributors during the season included Herschel Walker, Buck Belue and Lindsay Scott (Georgia was listed first by AP, Berryman, FACT, FB News, FW, Helms, National Championship Foundation, NFF, Poling, Sporting News & UPI).

Other years in which the Bulldogs finished with a #1 ranking in at least one of the final national polls and included in the official NCAA Football Record Book:[11][31]

  • 1927 – With a 9–1–0 record, the Bulldogs were called the "dream and wonder team" and were ranked No. 1 in the nation with one regular season game remaining, but were upset by Georgia Tech by a score of 12–0 at Grant Field in Atlanta, Georgia.[32] Nevertheless, at the end of the season, Georgia was ranked number 1 in two polls recognized by the NCAA.[33] The Bulldogs were also listed as number 1 in two other polls of the 1927 season, but most recognize Illinois as the 1927 National Champion.[34]<templatestyles src="Module:Hatnote/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • 1946 – Georgia went 11–0 and beat North Carolina 20–10 and was proclaimed national champions by one poll recognized by the NCAA.
  • 1968 – Georgia was chosen by one national poll when they went 9–1–2 losing to Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl. Overtime was not allowed in the NCAA yet so Georgia tied with Tennessee and Houston.

Conference championships[]

Georgia has won a total of 14 conference championships, including 12 SEC Championships.

Conference affiliations:

  • 1891–95, Independent
  • 1896–1920, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
  • 1921–32, Southern Conference
  • 1933–present, Southeastern Conference
Year Conference Overall Record Conference Record
1896 SIAA 4–0
1920 SIAA 8–0–1
1942 SEC 11–0 6–1
1946† SEC 11–0 5–0
1948 SEC 9–2 6–0
1959 SEC 10–1 7–0
1966† SEC 10–1 6–0
1968 SEC 8–1–2 5–0–1
1976 SEC 10–2 6–0
1980 SEC 12–0 6–0
1981† SEC 10–2 6–0
1982 SEC 11–1 6–0
2002 SEC 13–1 7–1
2005 SEC 10–3 6–2
† Denotes co-champions

Divisional championships[]

As winners of the SEC's Eastern Division, Georgia has made 4 appearances in the SEC Championship Game, with the most recent coming in 2011. The Dawgs are 2–2 in those games. The Dawgs also shared the Division title with Florida and Tennessee in two other years, but tie-breakers (i.e. head-to-head result) allowed Florida and Tennessee to go to the championship game in 1992 and 2007, respectively.

Year Division Championship SEC CG Result Opponent PF PA
1992 SEC East NA Did Not Play X X
2002 SEC East W Arkansas 30 3
2003 SEC East L LSU 13 34
2005 SEC East W LSU 34 14
2007 SEC East NA Did Not Play X X
2011 SEC East L LSU 10 42
Totals 6 2–2 - 87 93


Notable Alumni[]

See also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sanford Stadium. Retrieved on March 7, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2011 Media Guide,2011 Media Guide. University of Georgia. Retrieved on August 21, 2011. ISBN .
  3. Official 2006 NCAA Divisions I-A and II-A Football Records Book (PDF). Archived from the original on September 30, 2006. Retrieved on December 21, 2006.
  4. College football's $1.1 billion profit. Retrieved on November 25, 2011.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Herty Field State Historical Marker. Retrieved on September 28, 2011.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Georgia Football Through the Years
  7. Pop Warner in the Cornell Chronicle. Retrieved on September 28, 2011.
  8. Tar Heels Credited with Throwing First Forward Pass[dead link]
  9. This Day in Georgia History: October 30, Ed Jackson and Charly Pou, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, The University of Georgia
  10. UGA Historic Athletic Grounds Historical Marker. Retrieved on September 28, 2011.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Georgia Football National Championships
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Former Head Coaches[dead link]
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 All-Time Winningest Division 1-A Teams
  14. Official 2006 NCAA Divisions I-A and II-A Football Records Book, page 331
  15. Wally Butts profile in the College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved on September 28, 2011.
  16. History on Sic'Em Retrieved on September 28, 2011.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Official 2006 NCAA Divisions I-A and II-A Football Records Book, page 332
  18. Vince Dooley profile in the College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved on September 28, 2011.
  19. Goldstein, Richard. "Jan Kemp Dies at 59; Exposed Fraud in Grades of Players", The New York Times, December 12, 2008. 
  20. Official 2006 NCAA Divisions I-A and II-A Football Records Book, page 334
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  22. Mark Richt Profile. Retrieved on 17 March 2012.
  23. Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Conference Champions. Retrieved on September 28, 2011.
  24. Southern Conference History, Southern Conference 2006 Media Guide (accessed December 11, 2006)
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Georgia Traditions
  26. "Mascot Uga VIII dies from lymphoma", February 4, 2011. Retrieved on August 21, 2011. 
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  28. Richt to renew old Georgia traditions, Red and, August 31, 2001. (Last Retrieved August 21, 2011)
  29. Most Bowl Appearances. College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved on July 21, 2009.
  30. Football Data Warehouse Most Bowl Wins. Retrieved on July 21, 2009.
  31. 31.0 31.1 Past Division I-A Football National Champions. Archived from the original on October 24, 2001. Retrieved on January 13, 2007. [dead link]
  32. Football National Championships. UGA Sports Communications (August 2, 2006). Retrieved on January 12, 2007. [dead link]
  33. Past Division I-A Football National Champions. Archived from the original on October 24, 2001. Retrieved on January 13, 2007. [dead link]Georgia listed number one by Boand System and Poling System. Illinois was listed number one in five of the nine polls recognized by the NCAA.
  34. *1927 National Championships. College Football Data Warehouse (2007). Retrieved on January 13, 2007. Georgia also listed number 1 by 1st-N-Goal and James Howell. Illinois was listed number one in a total of 14 polls.

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