I am a die-hard Georgia football fan and have been since I was born. I was born into a football family, and with my mom being an alumnus of the University of Georgia, I’ve been a Dawg literally for my entire life. Let me tell you one thing: despite all the great moments I’ve lived through, being a Georgia fan sucks.
This Saturday, Georgia blew a 28-14 lead against Alabama in the SEC Championship to lose 35-28. Just 11 months ago, practically the same exact thing happened as Alabama overcame a 20-7 third-quarter deficit to beat Georgia 26-23 in the National Championship.
It pains me to write this, but let me recount some of the worst Georgia moments of my lifetime.
2008 Alabama and Florida Games
Georgia entered the 2008 season as the No. 1 team in the country and had a roster stocked with NFL talent. On September 27, 2008, Georgia entered No. 3 and faced No. 8 Alabama. The Dawgs called for a blackout and it was one of the most hyped-up games of the year. Alabama quickly shut down the Dawgs with a 31-0 halftime lead, en route to a beatdown of Georgia.
Later that year, Georgia faced arch rivals Florida. The Dawgs entered ranked eighth, while the Gators were No. 5. If I were to deserve this game as anything other than a beatdown, I’d be wrong. Florida absolutely ripped through Georgia, winning 49-10.
2010 Florida Game
The 2010 Georgia football season was an absolute dud, as they limped to a 6-7 record. One of those losses came at the hands of bitter rivals Florida, in overtime. In the overtime, freshman quarterback Aaron Murray threw an interception, which set up a walk-off field goal for Florida kicker Chas Henry. Even during an off year, I was heartbroken.
2012 Alabama Game
The 2012 SEC Championship will go down as one of the best games in college football history. Alabama entered No. 2 while Georgia was No. 3. The winner of the game would go on to play Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship game. After a long fought battle, Georgia got the ball down 32-28 with 1:08 left with no timeouts. Junior quarterback Aaron Murray led Georgia down the field all the way to the Alabama eight-yard-line with fifteen seconds left. I don’t even want to write what happened next, so just watch the video.
2013 Auburn Game
The 2013 Georgia campaign was marred by injuries and generally a season to forget. In the midst of that season, No. 25 Georgia visited bitter rivals and the No. 7 ranked, Auburn Tigers. Georgia trailed 37-17 with just over 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Senior Aaron Murray led a valiant 21-point comeback to give Georgia the lead with just under two minutes to go. Auburn then took over and stalled on their first three plays. Then something happened that I don’t want to talk about.
2014 Georgia Tech Game
Georgia Tech isn’t Georgia’s biggest rival, but losing to them hurts worse than losing to any other team. They’re Georgia’s little brother, and in general, just a team Georgia should beat. In 2014, it was a close game that came down to the wire. Georgia took the 24-21 lead with just under 20 seconds left and that should’ve been the game. But then Georgia squibbed the kick giving Tech great field position. Then, they iced their kicker despite the fact that Tech kicker Harrison Butker hadn’t started his run-up yet and there were less than five seconds on the play-clock left. In overtime, quarterback Hutson “Noodle-Arm” Mason threw an interception and GT won the game.
The 2015 season sucked. Georgia did wind up going 10-3, but that is the worst 10-win team in existence. The offense was horrible, and everything about that season was bad. It’s definitely one to forget. For reference, there was a 2 hour, 21 minute, and 56-second in-game span where Georgia didn’t score a single touchdown. Georgia also needed overtime to beat Georgia Southern and averaged less than 20 points per game for the second half of the season.
2016 Tennessee Game
Looking back, this one doesn’t hurt as much because Tennessee flat out sucks right now, but it still stung at the time. Georgia and Tennessee played a great game that came down to the wire. Georgia took a 31-28 lead with just 10 seconds left after freshman QB Jacob Eason threw a 47-yard dart to fellow freshman Riley Ridley. Then Georgia squibbed another kickoff giving Tennessee good field position, which set up a game-winning hail mary. But hey, Tennessee sucks now, so it’s all good.
2018 Alabama Game, part one
The National Championship. It’s what every team plays for, and it’s something that has evaded Georgia since Herschel Walker ran them to victory in 1980. Georgia’s defense crushed Alabama in the first half which helped Georgia get off to a 13-0 halftime lead. Then Alabama put in Tua Tagavoila and the rest is history. Once again, I don’t really want to talk about it, so just watch the video if you somehow don’t know what happened.
2018 Alabama game, part two
This literally just happened. I definitely don’t want to talk about it. Here’s the ESPN recap if you don’t know what happened. I still can’t believe it… but the bad thing is that I expected it to happen.