Tech v. Georgia.

It’s rivalry week in the Peach State as #16 Georgia Tech travels to Athens to take on the Dogs this Saturday. Just to let you folks know, a ranked Tech team has never lost to an unranked UGA team. 😉

Despite the teams being in different conferences now, it’s still a huge game, especially for Alums of both schools who reside in Georgia and have to live with the consequences of their team losing. Other rivalries may have more national implications, but few match the passion of Tech-UGA.

I found this blog post about the very first Tech-UGA game and one of the stars of the game – enjoy:

Georgia Tech’s first ever football win was 28-6 over Georgia in Athens in 1893, and was immediately followed by the first of the numerous ugly scenes that have marred the rivalry. Led by young Army Captain (and already a holder of the Medal of Honor) Leonard Wood, the Yellow Jackets were met with flying sticks and stones as they approached the train station for their trip back to Atlanta. Wood ended up with a nasty gash over his eye from one of the flying objects, a gash which he later stitched up himself upon returning to campus.


  1. Demonbeck says:

    Ironically, while sticks and stones did break Leonard Wood’s bones, he was ultimately killed in a freak dictionary accident. Words, therefore, did hurt him.

  2. Groseclose says:

    Got this email this morning under the subject Newsworthy. Thought I would share:

    Atlanta, GA. — A seven-year old boy was at the center of a Fulton County
    courtroom drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling over who should
    have custody of him.

    The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially
    awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with child custody law and
    regulations requiring that family unity be maintained to the degree

    The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more
    than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge
    suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried out that they
    also beat him.

    After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that
    domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took
    the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have
    custody of him.

    After two recesses to check legal references and confer with child welfare
    officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Football Team, the yellow jackets, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone.

  3. ugadog says:

    A ranked tech team has never lost to an unranked UGA team? Possible reason, a ranked GA Tech team has never played an unranked Georgia team.

  4. ColinATL says:

    ugavi, that’s very gracious of you to admit that possibility. 😉


    -Colin (who, despite his prof. degree from UGA, is still a Tech fan through and through)

  5. drjay says:

    as someone in a mixed marriage–i plucked one of the few pretty girls off tech’s campus–it makes for an annoying few months when tech does manage to squeak by the dawgs…

  6. RiverRat says:

    Interesting historical note – when Tech beat Cal in the 1929 Rose Bowl to capture the 1928 National Championship, Georgia students joined the 50,000 people at the Atlanta train station to welcome home the football team that at the time was known as the Golden Tornado. UGA students held aloft a banner reading “Univ. of Georgia is Proud of Tech”.

    For those of you still in school, hop on down to the library and see for yourself, it was the front page of the Constitution on Jan. 8, 1929. There is even a picture.

    So maybe not as much animosity as some schools – my experience has been that everyone has too many friends on the other side to truly HATE the way that they do say with OSU-Michigan.

  7. CobbGOPer says:

    Or the way Georgia fans hate U of F? Or the way we hate Clemson? HATE Clemson? Really HATE Florida and Clemson. And Tennessee.

  8. waterboy says:

    Dougie –
    You meant to say CO-national championship. Colorado shared it with you.

    This may actually be the year Tech wins a conference championship! Their first ince 1990. NICE!

    Dawgs by 6!

  9. You meant to say CO-national championship. Colorado shared it with you.

    This may actually be the year Tech wins a conference championship! Their first ince 1990. NICE!

    Tech was the only unbeaten team in the country that year, the only reason they weren’t undisputed is because they started the season unranked and the sportswriters couldn’t accept that they had totally screwed up. And as far as a conference championship goes, Tech won a share of the ACC title in 1998.

  10. rugby_fan says:

    My favourite college football animosity story is this one…

    (And I’ve told this many many many MANY times, so I apologize to anyone who has heard it).

    West Virgina football fans are rabid–to the point where Syracuse discourages students to travel to Morgantown.

    In the 90’s, SU played at WVU. SU’s QB broke his leg while playing. As the ambulance carrying him left the stadium, WVU students swarmed the ambulance, and flipped it over, passengers and all.

    Hatred, thy name is WVU’s opponent.

    Now if we could discuss *real* football (namely Rugby Football), hatred in sport is not known until you see England VS Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, or New Zealand. New Zealand VS Australia is also intense on a similar level.

  11. Chris says:


    Irish/English/Scottish hatred isn’t restricted to the rugby field.

    As for the topic at hand…

    To hell with GEORGIA!

  12. waterboy says:

    Satterwhite –
    Cry me a river…facts are facts. CO-national…deal with it.

    No ACC Championship since 1990….accept it and move on.


  13. rugby_fan says:

    i am going to make a *bold* prediction UGAvGT….

    whichever team has more points on the scoreboard at the end of the game, will be declared as the winner.

    I know its bold, but I stand by it.

  14. DougieFresh says:

    waterbuoy and satterwhite,

    Don’t forget Colorado also had a loss and a tie, and also had a loss turned into a win when the refs allowed them 5 downs in their game against Michigan. (They scored on 5th down).

    Also, in their bowl game against Notre Dame, a game winning punt return by Notre Dame was called back by another ref’s call. Meanwhile, GA Tech stomped on Nebraska in a blowout.

    How the AP voted Colorado number one is a mystery. But the coaches got it right. That was my freshman year at Tech.

  15. jsm says:

    My prayer for Tech (from a die-hard but honest fan):

    “Dear Lord, may Reggie Ball find Calvin repeatedly on Saturday, and may Tech’s offensive line make big holes for Tashard to run through. May Tenuta’s boys pick off Ugag’s young and vulnerable quarter back many times. May Reggie enjoy his last three football games ever, and may Tech finally fire their inept coach despite his somewhat better, but less than potentially successful year. Amen.”

    I can’t wait to see Calvin in the pros next year. We’ll finally be able to see his true potential. It’s too bad we never found a real quarterback to throw him the ball.

    You dawgs better hope the Tech team that showed up against VT doesn’t split the hedges on Saturday. If they do, you’re toast.

    Go Jackets. Sting ’em!

  16. waterboy says:

    Dougie –

    If, but, unfair, refs…..SHUT UP! It is a CO-national championship.

    Tech has a good chance of winning on Saturday – I’ll give you that. Dawgs showed some potential (finally) against Auburn, so don’t put the W up for the Geeks just yet.

    It would be great to see the Dawgs pull out another 51 – 7 slaughter like they did in 2002!

  17. Demonbeck says:

    I am pulling for the Dawgs, but I have to say this. UGA hasn’t had a CO-National Championship in football in the past 25 years.

  18. DougieFresh says:


    Thats hilarious, coming from a U(sic)GA fan. Colorado won a game on 5 downs, this is not a “judgement” call by a ref. Georgia fans, on the other hand, imagine that refs from all across the country have a brewing conspiracy to prevent the true #1 team from winning.

    Every year, each Georgia loss is greated by all sorts of creative excuses, I am eagerly awaiting what the next big loss will bring.

    When you finally win a National Championship that wasn’t awarded when disco was still king, let me know.

  19. waterboy says:

    Dougie –
    Try to win a conference championship before you go to boasting a National Championship. Every team has been dealt a few bad cards over time….you don’t hear me griping about the “fumble” when the Dawgs lost to Tech in OT a few years back. No matter the outcome Saturday, the Bulldog Nation has the 51 – 7 victory that will always be celebrated. GO DAWGS!

  20. rugby_fan says:

    Wait, waterboy, one wins a National Championship by being dealt a few good cards. One wins said championship on skill and talent.

    Add to that more national championships for GT than what UGA has I would say that GT is historically better.

    It’s all well and good that UGA has more conference champs. but I would rather be best in the nation than simply best in the SEC.

  21. DutchDawg says:

    Tech has never won a unanimous national championship in ANY sport, much less football. All of theirs were awarded to them by one poll. So, by that rationale, Georgia won three in 1980 (UPI, AP, USATODAY).

  22. rugby_fan says:


    I know this “thinking and numbers thing” is probably above UGAlum’s heads ;), but you earn ONE championship the year it is awarded not by how many polls award you a championship.

  23. DutchDawg says:

    So, by that rationale, Georgia has won five national championships: 1927, 1942, 1946, 1968, and 1980. In every one of those years a publication or news service awarded the prize to Georgia. It’s just that we don’t count ’em unless they’re unanimous (unlike Yech).

  24. jsm says:

    Congrats, dawg fans. Reggie Ball handed you that one on a silver platter. I can’t wait to see him take his last snap.

    Go Jackets. Fire Chan Gailey.

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