Memorable Moments of the Mark Richt Era (Part One)

College football kickoff week is my favorite time of the year as a college football fan. The college football world is filled with optimism because every team has the same record. Each passionate fan base believes that with each new year their team has a chance to shine. An offseason that was filled with scandal is finally over, and in just a few nights, we can all enjoy a brand new chapter in the sport we cherish.

I am looking forward to another wonderful college football season. There is nothing like getting back to football. Especially since the Bulldogs are playing the biggest opening game in Mark Richt’s tenure as head football coach. Win or lose, the Chic Fil- A- Kickoff game is going to be a focal point of the 2011 college football season for the Bulldogs, as well as the Broncos.

In anticipation of the opening game of the 2011 season I have decided to take a look back at my favorite memories from the Mark Richt era of Georgia Bulldog football in a multi part series.

2001: The Hobnail Boot.  After losing a heart breaker to the #21 ranked South Carolina Gamecocks, the Dawgs rebounded, getting a much needed win over Arkansas. Dawgs 34, Razorbacks 23. However, even the most optimistic of Georgia fans had to be concerned going into Neyland Stadium to battle the #5 Tennessee Volunteers. After all, then unknown freshman quarterback David Greene was making his first road start. Down 24-20, after running back Travis Stephens scored on a screen pass it appeared that Georgia Football fans were going to have a relapse of a broken heart. Cue one of the most famous plays, and play by play, in Georgia football history.

2002: Dawgs Punch Ticket to Atlanta. The Georgia Bulldogs were 6-1 in SEC play heading into another chapter of “The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry” against the Auburn Tigers. Georgia needed a win to secure their first appearance in the SEC championship game. Georgia struggled in the first half, falling down 14-3. A one yard Jon Stinchcomb run with 2:02 left in the third quarter gave the Bulldogs hope heading into the final frame. Georgia fans everywhere were living on a prayer on 4th down and 15 with 90 seconds to go. Thankfully, our prayers were answered as again, quarterback David Greene proved why he is a Damn good Dawg.

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