Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate

Georgia Bulldogs–Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Georgia Georgia Tech
Athens Atlanta
35,197 23,109
School colors
Red & black White & gold
Bulldog Yellow Jacket
Football history
First meeting November 4, 1893
First result GT 28, UGA 6
Latest meeting November 26, 2016 (Athens)
Latest result GT 28, UGA 27
Next meeting November 25, 2017 (Atlanta)
Current streak Georgia Tech 1
Longest streak Georgia Tech 8 (1949-1956)
Series record Georgia leads, 65-41-5
Football national titles
  • Georgia – 2 (1942, 1980)
  • Georgia Tech – 4 (1917, 1928, 1952, 1990)

Football conference championships

  • Georgia – 14 (SIAA: 1896, 1920; SEC: 1942, 1946, 1959, 1966, 1968, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1982, 2002, 2005)[1]
  • Georgia Tech – 16 (SIAA: 1916, 1917, 1918, 1920, 1921; SoCon: 1922, 1927, 1928; SEC: 1939, 1943, 1944, 1951, 1952; ACC: 1990, 1998, 2009)[2]

Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate is the nickname given to an American college football rivalry between the Bulldogs team of the University of Georgia and Yellow Jackets team of the Georgia Institute of Technology. The two Southern universities are located in Georgia and are separated by 70 miles (110 km). They have been heated rivals since 1893. While the sports rivalry between the two institutions has traditionally focused on football, they also compete in a variety of other intercollegiate sports, as well as competing for government and private funding, potential students, and academic recognition within the state and nationally.[3]

The University of Georgia (commonly referred to as UGA, or Georgia) is located in the college town Athens, and is a liberal arts research university. The Georgia Institute of Technology (commonly referred to as Georgia Tech, Tech, GT, or the North Avenue Trade School), is a science and technology research university located in the center of the state's capital, Atlanta. Georgia competes athletically in the Southeastern Conference while Georgia Tech competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The academic, cultural, and athletic divergence of the two institutions polarizes the state of Georgia into two zealous fan bases. In addition, Georgia and Georgia Tech are two of the best public universities in the South and the United States. Tech is ranked as the seventh best public university in the country, according to the U.S. News & World Report, while UGA is ranked as the twentieth best public university.

Both teams have won national titles in football. Georgia claims titles from 1942 and 1980. Georgia Tech claims titles from 1917, 1928, 1952, and 1990. Georgia also has won a title in baseball in 1990. Both schools have also seen prominence in men's basketball, with Georgia first making the Final Four in 1983, while Georgia Tech made trips in both 1990 and 2004.

Series history


Georgia was the first state-chartered school in the US, founded on January 27, 1785. Georgia Tech was founded 100 years later on October 13, 1885. Patrick Hues Mell, the president of the University of Georgia at that time, was a firm believer that the new school should be located in Athens with UGA's main campus, like the Agricultural and Mechanical School.[4] Despite Mell's arguments, the new school was located near what was then the northern city limits of Atlanta.[4]

The first known hostilities between the two schools trace back to 1891. The University of Georgia's literary magazine declared the school's colors to be "old gold, black, and crimson." Dr. Charles H. Herty, the first UGA football coach, felt that old gold was too similar to yellow and that yellow "symbolized cowardice."[5] Also in 1891, a student vote chose old gold and white as Georgia Tech's school colors.[6] After the 1893 football game against Tech, Herty removed old gold as an official school color.[5] Tech would first use old gold for their uniforms, as a proverbial slap in the face to UGA, in their first unofficial football game against Auburn in 1891.[7] Georgia Tech's school colors would henceforth be old gold and white.

Wartime disruption

Fuel was added to the fire in 1919, when UGA mocked Tech's continuation of football during the United States' involvement in World War I. At the time, Tech was a military training ground and had a complete assembly of male students. Many schools, such as UGA, had lost the vast majority of their able-bodied male students to the war effort, forcing them to temporarily suspend football during the war. As a result, UGA did not play a football game from 1917–18.[8] When UGA renewed its program in 1919, the student body staged a parade, which mocked Tech's continuation of football during times of war. The parade featured a tank shaped float emblazoned with the words "UGA IN ARGONNE" followed by a yellow-clad donkey and a sign that read "TECH IN ATLANTA." This act would lead directly to Tech cutting athletic ties with UGA and canceling several of UGA's home football games at Grant Field (UGA commonly used Grant Field as its home field).[9] Tech and UGA would not compete in athletics until the 1921 Southern Conference basketball tournament. Regular season competition would not renew until a 1925 agreement between the two institutions.[9]

Series Information

Until Vince Dooley became Georgia's head coach in 1964, the rivalry was particularly close, with Tech holding a slim 27–26–5 series lead. This is mostly due to the success of Georgia Tech's hall-of-fame head coach, Bobby Dodd who had a 12–10 record against the Bulldogs. During his reign, the Yellow Jackets won 8 in a row against UGA from 1949–1956. This is the longest winning streak by either team in the rivalry's history. During these 8 years, Tech dominated UGA, and outscored the Bulldogs 176–39. However, when Dooley took over at UGA in 1964, the rivalry would flip. Dooley went 19–6 against Georgia Tech, including a 3–0 head-to-head record against Dodd. Since 1977, UGA has dominated the rivalry, posting a 28–9 record. During this time the Bulldogs have had different win streaks of 6 games (1978–1983), 7 games (1991–1997), 7 games (2001–2008), and 5 games (2009–2013). Former Georgia coach Mark Richt finished with a record of 13–2 against Tech, while current GT head coach Paul Johnson is 3–6 against UGA. 2014 was the first year that overtime occurred at Sanford Stadium. GT went on to win 30–24

Fight songs

The fight songs, sung at every sporting event, have even been tailored to the rivalry. The "Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech" was first published in the Georgia Tech yearbook, The Blueprint,[7] and was written following the first Georgia football game in which Georgia fans harassed the Georgia Tech players and fans.[7] Hence the infamous chorus "To Hell with Georgia" was written.[7] "Up With the White and Gold," published in 1929, featured the lyrics "Down with the red and black" and even "Drop the battle axe on Georgia's head."[7] Georgia's unofficial fight song, "Glory, Glory" was arranged in 1909 and remains unchanged to this day. Officially, the end of the fight song is "G-E-O-R-G-I-A", but Georgia students change the lyrics to "To hell with Georgia Tech!" during the Georgia-Georgia Tech game.[10] The official fight song of The University of Georgia is "Hail to Georgia". Many confuse the official fight song as "Glory, Glory" since it is played more often (similar to University of Tennessee and their fight song "Down the Field" and their most played song "Rocky Top").[11]

Game results

Georgia victories are colored ██ red. Georgia Tech victories are colored ██ gold. Ties are white.

Date Site Winning Team Losing Team Series
November 4, 1893 Athens, GA Georgia Tech 28 Georgia 6 Georgia Tech 1–0
October 23, 1897 Athens, GA Georgia 28 Georgia Tech 0 Tie 1–1
October 22, 1898 Athens, GA Georgia 15 Georgia Tech 0 Georgia 2–1
October 28, 1899 Athens, GA Georgia 20 Georgia Tech 0 Georgia 3–1
October 13, 1900 Atlanta, GA Georgia 12 Georgia Tech 0 Georgia 4–1
October 25, 1902 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 0 Georgia 0 Georgia 4–1–1
October 24, 1903 Atlanta, GA Georgia 38 Georgia Tech 0 Georgia 5–1–1
November 12, 1904 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 23 Georgia 6 Georgia 5–2–1
November 18, 1905 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 46 Georgia 0 Georgia 5–3–1
November 10, 1906 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 17 Georgia 0 Georgia 5–4–1
November 2, 1907 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 10 Georgia 6 Tie 5–5–1
November 20, 1909 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 12 Georgia 6 Georgia Tech 6–5–1
November 19, 1910 Atlanta, GA Georgia 11 Georgia Tech 6 Tie 6–6–1
November 18, 1911 Atlanta, GA Georgia 5 Georgia Tech 0 Georgia 7–6–1
November 16, 1912 Atlanta, GA Georgia 20 Georgia Tech 0 Georgia 8–6–1
November 15, 1913 Atlanta, GA Georgia 14 Georgia Tech 0 Georgia 9–6–1
November 14, 1914 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 7 Georgia 0 Georgia 9–7–1
November 13, 1915 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 0 Georgia 0 Georgia 9–7–2
November 18, 1916 Athens, GA Georgia Tech 21 Georgia 0 Georgia 9–8–2
November 14, 1925 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 3 Georgia 0 Tie 9–9–2
November 13, 1926 Atlanta, GA Georgia 14 Georgia Tech 13 Georgia 10–9–2
December 3, 1927 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 12 #1 Georgia 0 Tie 10–10–2
December 8, 1928 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 20 Georgia 6 Georgia Tech 11–10–2
December 7, 1929 Athens, GA Georgia 12 Georgia Tech 6 Tie 11-11–2
December 6, 1930 Atlanta, GA Georgia 13 Georgia Tech 0 Georgia 12–11–2
November 28, 1931 Athens, GA Georgia 35 Georgia Tech 6 Georgia 13–11–2
November 26, 1932 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 0 Georgia 0 Georgia 13–11–3
November 25, 1933 Atlanta, GA Georgia 7 Georgia Tech 6 Georgia 14–11–3
December 1, 1934 Athens, GA Georgia 7 Georgia Tech 0 Georgia 15–11–3
November 30, 1935 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 19 Georgia 7 Georgia 15–12–3
November 28, 1936 Athens, GA Georgia 16 Georgia Tech 6 Georgia 16–12–3
November 27, 1937 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 6 Georgia 6 Georgia 16–12–4
November 26, 1938 Athens, GA Georgia Tech 0 Georgia 0 Georgia 16–12–5
December 2, 1939 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 13 Georgia 0 Georgia 16–13–5
November 30, 1940 Athens, GA Georgia 21 Georgia Tech 19 Georgia 17–13–5
November 29, 1941 Atlanta, GA #20 Georgia 21 Georgia Tech 0 Georgia 18–13–5
November 28, 1942 Athens, GA #5 Georgia 34 #2 Georgia Tech 0 Georgia 19–13–5
November 27, 1943 Atlanta, GA #14 Georgia Tech 48 Georgia 0 Georgia 19–14–5
December 2, 1944 Athens, GA Georgia Tech 44 Georgia 0 Georgia 19–15–5
December 1, 1945 Atlanta, GA #18 Georgia 33 Georgia Tech 0 Georgia 20–15–5
November 30, 1946 Athens, GA #3 Georgia 35 #7 Georgia Tech 7 Georgia 21–15–5
November 29, 1947 Atlanta, GA #9 Georgia Tech 7 Georgia 0 Georgia 21–16–5
November 27, 1948 Athens, GA #12 Georgia 21 Georgia Tech 13 Georgia 22–16–5
November 26, 1949 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 7 Georgia 6 Georgia 22–17–5
December 2, 1950 Athens, GA Georgia Tech 7 Georgia 0 Georgia 22–18–5
December 1, 1951 Atlanta, GA #6 Georgia Tech 48 Georgia 6 Georgia 22–19–5
November 29, 1952 Athens, GA #3 Georgia Tech 23 Georgia 9 Georgia 22–20–5
November 28, 1953 Atlanta, GA #10 Georgia Tech 28 Georgia 12 Georgia 22–21–5
November 27, 1954 Athens, GA Georgia Tech 7 Georgia 3 Tie 22–22–5
November 26, 1955 Atlanta, GA #9 Georgia Tech 21 Georgia 3 Georgia Tech 23–22–5
December 1, 1956 Athens, GA #4 Georgia Tech 35 Georgia 0 Georgia Tech 24–22–5
November 30, 1957 Atlanta, GA Georgia 7 Georgia Tech 0 Georgia Tech 24–23–5
November 30, 1958 Athens, GA Georgia 16 Georgia Tech 3 Tie 24–24–5
November 28, 1959 Atlanta, GA #6 Georgia 21 Georgia Tech 14 Georgia 25–24–5
November 26, 1960 Athens, GA Georgia 7 Georgia Tech 6 Georgia 26–24–5
December 2, 1961 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 22 Georgia 7 Georgia 26–25–5
December 1, 1962 Athens, GA Georgia Tech 37 Georgia 6 Tie 26–26–5
November 30, 1963 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 14 Georgia 3 Georgia Tech 27–26–5
November 28, 1964 Athens, GA Georgia 7 Georgia Tech 0 Tie 27–27–5
November 27, 1965 Atlanta, GA Georgia 17 Georgia Tech 7 Georgia 28–27–5
November 26, 1966 Athens, GA #7 Georgia 27 #5 Georgia Tech 14 Georgia 29–27–5
November 25, 1967 Atlanta, GA Georgia 21 Georgia Tech 14 Georgia 30–27–5
November 30, 1968 Athens, GA #4 Georgia 47 Georgia Tech 8 Georgia 31–27–5
November 29, 1969 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 6 Georgia 0 Georgia 31–28–5
November 28, 1970 Athens, GA #16 Georgia Tech 17 Georgia 7 Georgia 31–29–5
November 25, 1971 Atlanta, GA #7 Georgia 28 Georgia Tech 24 Georgia 32–29–5
December 2, 1972 Athens, GA Georgia 27 Georgia Tech 7 Georgia 33–29–5
December 1, 1973 Atlanta, GA Georgia 10 Georgia Tech 3 Georgia 34–29–5
November 30, 1974 Athens, GA Georgia Tech 34 Georgia 14 Georgia 34–30–5
November 27, 1975 Atlanta, GA #15 Georgia 42 Georgia Tech 26 Georgia 35–30–5
November 27, 1976 Athens, GA #4 Georgia 13 Georgia Tech 10 Georgia 36–30–5
November 26, 1977 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 16 Georgia 7 Georgia 36–31–5
December 2, 1978 Athens, GA #11 Georgia 29 Georgia Tech 28 Georgia 37–31–5
November 24, 1979 Atlanta, GA Georgia 16 Georgia Tech 3 Georgia 38–31–5
November 29, 1980 Athens, GA #1 Georgia 38 Georgia Tech 20 Georgia 39–31–5
December 5, 1981 Atlanta, GA #2 Georgia 44 Georgia Tech 7 Georgia 40–31–5
November 27, 1982 Athens, GA #1 Georgia 38 Georgia Tech 18 Georgia 41–31–5
November 26, 1983 Atlanta, GA #7 Georgia 27 Georgia Tech 24 Georgia 42–31–5
December 1, 1984 Athens, GA Georgia Tech 35 #18 Georgia 18 Georgia 42–32–5
November 30, 1985 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 20 #20 Georgia 16 Georgia 42–33–5
November 29, 1986 Athens, GA #18 Georgia 31 Georgia Tech 24 Georgia 43–33–5
November 28, 1987 Atlanta, GA #14 Georgia 30 Georgia Tech 16 Georgia 44–33–5
November 26, 1988 Athens, GA #20 Georgia 24 Georgia Tech 3 Georgia 45–33–5
December 2, 1989 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 33 Georgia 22 Georgia 45–34–5
December 1, 1990 Athens, GA #2 Georgia Tech 40 Georgia 23 Georgia 45–35–5
November 30, 1991 Atlanta, GA #25 Georgia 18 Georgia Tech 15 Georgia 46–35–5
November 28, 1992 Athens, GA #9 Georgia 31 Georgia Tech 17 Georgia 47–35–5
November 25, 1993 Atlanta, GA Georgia 43 Georgia Tech 10 Georgia 48–35–5
November 25, 1994 Athens, GA Georgia 48 Georgia Tech 10 Georgia 49–35–5
November 23, 1995 Atlanta, GA Georgia 18 Georgia Tech 17 Georgia 50–35–5
November 30, 1996 Athens, GA Georgia 19 Georgia Tech 10 Georgia 51–35–5
November 29, 1997 Atlanta, GA #14 Georgia 27 Georgia Tech 24 Georgia 52–35-5
November 28, 1998 Athens, GA #17 Georgia Tech 21 #12 Georgia 19 Georgia 52-36–5
November 27, 1999 Atlanta, GA #20 Georgia Tech 51 #16 Georgia 48OT Georgia 52–37–5
November 25, 2000 Athens, GA #18 Georgia Tech 27 #19 Georgia 15 Georgia 52–38–5
November 24, 2001 Atlanta, GA #19 Georgia 31 #21 Georgia Tech 17 Georgia 53–38–5
November 30, 2002 Athens, GA #5 Georgia 51 Georgia Tech 7 Georgia 54–38–5
November 29, 2003 Atlanta, GA #5 Georgia 34 Georgia Tech 17 Georgia 55–38–5
November 27, 2004 Athens, GA #8 Georgia 19 Georgia Tech 13 Georgia 56–38–5
November 26, 2005 Atlanta, GA #13 Georgia 14 #20 Georgia Tech 7 Georgia 57–38–5
November 25, 2006 Athens, GA Georgia 15 #16 Georgia Tech 12 Georgia 58–38–5
November 24, 2007 Atlanta, GA #6 Georgia 31 Georgia Tech 17 Georgia 59–38–5
November 29, 2008 Athens, GA #18 Georgia Tech 45 #13 Georgia 42 Georgia 59–39–5
November 28, 2009 Atlanta, GA Georgia 30 #7 Georgia Tech 24 Georgia 60–39–5
November 27, 2010 Athens, GA Georgia 42 Georgia Tech 34 Georgia 61–39–5
November 26, 2011 Atlanta, GA #13 Georgia 31 #25 Georgia Tech 17 Georgia 62–39–5
November 24, 2012 Athens, GA #3 Georgia 42 Georgia Tech 10 Georgia 63–39–5
November 30, 2013 Atlanta, GA Georgia 41 Georgia Tech 342OT Georgia 64–39–5
November 29, 2014 Athens, GA #16 Georgia Tech 30 #9 Georgia 24OT Georgia 64–40–5
November 28, 2015 Atlanta, GA Georgia 13 Georgia Tech 7 Georgia 65-40–5
November 26, 2016 Athens, GA Georgia Tech 28 Georgia 27 Georgia 65-41–5
A The University of Georgia's athletic association lists the Bulldogs' 1943 and 1944 losses, but does not include them in the series win-loss record. Dan Magill, UGA's publicity director, put asterisks by the two games in 1949 due to Georgia Tech assisting in the war effort by housing a Naval training center during WWII which he claimed gave an unfair advantage those two years; Georgia Tech's athletic association includes the Yellow Jackets' 1943 and 1944 wins in the series record.

Series record sources: 2010 Georgia Tech Football,[12] 2011 Georgia Football Media Guide,[13] and College Football Data Warehouse.[14]


It is common for Georgia fans to refer to the Georgia Institute of Technology as Georgia Tech University, GTU, or North Avenue Trade School. The "GTU" nickname is derived from the common mistitle given to Georgia Tech in media outlets. Also, since Georgia Tech is an engineering school, Georgia fans often refer to Tech fans as nerds, dorks, Techies, or Gnats (acronym for Georgia North Avenue Trade School).[15] The school's campus and Grant Field front North Avenue in midtown Atlanta, giving rise to the "Trade School" nickname.[16] Georgia fans also refer to the 600 level of Sanford Stadium as the "Tech Deck", due to the placement of Georgia Tech fans up in that section of the stadium. Georgia Tech fans combat this by calling UGA, "The University (sic) of Georgia". They also often refer to UGA fans as rednecks, and even sometimes refuse to capitalize the letter "G" in Georgia.

A common rallying cry for students of Georgia Tech is the question "What's the good word?" often repeated three times (the answer being "To Hell with Georgia!")[17] and, on the fourth time, will then ask "How 'bout them Dawgs?" ("Piss on 'em!") Tech students have also created an unofficial fight song entitled '"To Hell With Georgia", which is set to tune of The Battle Hymn of the Republic and refers to UGA as "the cesspool of the South."[18][19]

Another long-standing tradition at Georgia Tech, which began in 1915, requires freshman to wear a RAT cap,[20] which stands for Recruit at Tech, around campus and most notably football games. The RAT caps are decorated with the football team's scores, the freshman's name, hometown, major, expected graduation date, and "To HELL With georgia" emblazoned on the back of the cap. Tradition states that freshman are required to wear the RAT cap at least until the Georgia-Georgia Tech game where they can take it off after the game for a Georgia Tech win, or keep it on the remainder of the freshman year if they lose. Anti-hazing laws have loosened the strictness and overall participation by most freshman at Georgia Tech, except in the volunteer marching band.

The school newspapers of the two institutions often mock their rival institution. The Red and Black, Georgia's daily newspaper, usually has a couple jokes and articles mocking Georgia Tech the week before the football game.The Technique, Georgia Tech's weekly newspaper, prints a larger, special edition mocking The Red and Black,[21] and commonly refers to its rival as "The University (sic) of Georgia."[21] The special edition features several articles of parody and humor based on fictitious happenings at the University of Georgia, and is known as "To Hell With Georgia," after the school's popular cheer. On years where the schools play their match at UGA's Sanford Stadium, Technique staff distribute the issue across UGA's campus.[21]

UGA students traditionally ring the school's Chapel Bell until midnight following any home football win. However, when UGA beats Tech, the bell rings all night long. Tech has a similar tradition with its whistle. UGA's Chapel Bell and Georgia Tech's Ramblin' Wreck have been rumored to have been stolen numerous times by their respective rival before, after, or even during major sporting events between the two schools.[22] The bulldog statue in front of UGA's Memorial Hall was stolen by Tech students at one point. The culprits put the UGA and Tech police on a scavenger hunt to find the missing bulldog.[23] Many fans of the respective institutions refuse to even partake in clothing, food, or other materials of their rival's school colors. Examples include Georgia fans refusing to eat mustard or Georgia Tech fans refusing to use red pens.

Two Georgia Tech fight songs refer to UGA in their lyrics: "Up With the White and Gold" has the lyric "down with the Red & Black", and "Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech" contains the lyric "To Hell with Georgia". No UGA fight song officially refers to Georgia Tech in any way, though at the conclusion of "Glory, Glory" students often change the final line from G-E-O-R-G-I-A to "and to Hell with Georgia Tech" as they do with all of their opponents.


Current Coaching Matchups
Sport UGA Coach Record vs. GT GT Coach Record vs. UGA
Football Kirby Smart (0–1) Paul Johnson (3–6)
Baseball Scott Stricklin (1–2) Danny Hall (43–32)
Basketball (M) Mark Fox (3–4) Josh Pastner (0-0)
Basketball (W) Joni Taylor (0–1) MaChelle Joseph (4-10)
Tennis (M) Manuel Diaz (25–2) Kenny Thorne (1–14)
Tennis (W) Jeff Wallace (29–0) Rodney Harmon (0–2)
Softball Lu Harris (10–7) Sharon Perkins (4–2)
Volleyball (W) Joel McCartney (0–3) Tonya Johnson (1–0)


The game has been played 109 times according to Georgia Tech and only 107 times according to Georgia record books. Georgia discredits two games in 1943 and 1944 (both years in which Georgia Tech won) because many of their players went to fight in World War II, though official college football records include the games.[24] The game has been played in either Athens or Atlanta alternating every year since 1928. Georgia Tech holds 4 national titles while Georgia holds 2 national titles for a total of 6 national titles. The two schools also have a total of 30 conference titles (16 for Tech, 14 for Georgia) between them, making the rivalry a battle between two historically prestigious programs.

The record between the two teams is 65 Georgia wins, 41 Georgia Tech wins, and 5 ties. Georgia Tech's longest winning streak, and the longest in the series, was eight games from 1949–1956. Georgia's longest winning streak in the series was seven straight games from 1991 to 1997 and again from 2001 to 2007. Georgia Tech won the most recent game in the series on November 26, 2016 with a 28-27 victory at Stanford Stadium. The victor wins the Governor's Cup.

The first Georgia Tech football team

The first time the two teams met on the football field was on November 4, 1893.[25][26] The then Georgia School of Technology (Georgia Tech's original name) Blacksmiths led by coaches Stanley E. "Stan" Borleske and Casey C. Finnegan traveled 70 miles (110 km) by train to play the Georgia team coached by Ernest Brown in Athens at Herty Field.[27] The Blacksmiths defeated Georgia handily 28–6[28] on four scores by Leonard Wood,[3] a thirty-three-year-old United States Army physician and future Medal of Honor recipient.[29] During and after the game, disgruntled Georgia fans threw rocks and other debris at the Georgia Tech players and chased the victorious Blacksmiths back to their awaiting train.[29]

At one time early in the last half of the game, a stone was hurled at one of the Tech players, striking him a cruel blow in the head... At another time, one of the Athenians drew a knife and threatened one of the Techs' better players... The Techs were also poked and gouged with canes on plays toward the boundary lines... Some of the crowd had the privilege of the gridiron equally with the players.[28]

The next day in the Atlanta Journal, an Athens journalist accused Tech of using "a heterogeneous collection of Atlanta residents – a United States Army surgeon, a medical student, a lawyer, and an insurance agent among them, with here and there a student of Georgia's School of Technology thrown in to give the mixture a Technological flavor."[27] Hence, the sports rivalry was born.

In 1908, UGA attacked Tech's recruitment tactics in football.[30] UGA alumni incited a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association investigation into Tech's recruitment of a player UGA had recruited as well. The Georgia Alumni claimed that Tech had created a fraudulent scholarship fund, which they used to persuade the player to attend Tech rather than UGA.[30] The SIAA ruled in favor of Tech, but the 1908 game was cancelled that season due to bad blood between the rivals.[30]

The 1915 game was the second scoreless tie. John G. Henderson headed a group of three men, one behind the other with his hands upon the shoulders of the one in front, to counter John Heisman's jump shift offense.[31]

The only true break in the series dates back to 1917 and the United States entry into World War I. The two institutions felt that the rivalry had grown too intense, fueled by Georgia's inflammatory accusations that Georgia Tech was cowardly because the school continued its football program during wartime while Georgia suspended its program for the football seasons of 1917 and 1918.[25] The game renewed play again in 1925.[25] In 1927, Georgia's "dream and wonder" team marched onto Grant Field having won all its games and upset Yale. The Bulldogs were ensured a national championship with a victory. Georgia Tech won 12 to 0.[32]

In 1932, Georgia Tech and Georgia were two of the original 13 charter members of the Southeastern Conference.[33] Georgia Tech would continue its membership until 1964 after Tech Coach Bobby Dodd began a historic feud with Alabama Coach Bear Bryant. Georgia Tech left the SEC concerning the allocation of scholarships and student athlete treatment. Georgia Tech would later attempt re-entry but the re-entry was eventually voted down. The biggest opponent of Georgia Tech's re-entry was Georgia.[34] Lacking a league in which to compete, Georgia Tech helped charter the Metro Conference in 1975 for all sports besides football (where it remained independent for 15 years).[35] Tech eventually joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1979.[36] Since 1979, Georgia has won 27 of the last 36 games against Georgia Tech. Georgia coach Mark Richt has had a large part in the Bulldog's recent dominance over Georgia Tech, enjoying a 12–2 record against the Yellow Jackets.[37]


The Georgia Tech and Georgia basketball rivalry can be just as heated as its football counterpart. The two teams have played 187 times with Georgia Tech leading the series with 101 wins over Georgia's 86 wins. The first game between the two basketball teams was on March 10, 1906. Georgia Tech won the game 27–13 in Athens. The longest winning streak by UGA was 7 games, which occurred twice from 1909–1921 and from 1980–1984. Georgia Tech accumulated a 10-game winning streak, its longest over UGA, from 1958–1961. Like most series, there is a distinct advantage to the home team. The home record since 1906 is 111–53 (67.7%) while 23 games in the series have been played on neutral courts.[38]

The Georgia Tech vs. Georgia game was played in the Omni Coliseum for 14 years beginning in 1981 and ending in 1994. The series in the Omni favored the Yellow Jackets with an 8–6 record.[38] The neutrality of the Omni, because of its proximity to Georgia Tech, came into question by the UGA athletic department in 1993 so the series was renewed as an alternating home court event. The home team has won every game but four since the home court advantage was reinstated, Georgia won two road games (2000, 2010); Georgia Tech won two (2011, 2013). Since 1994, the Tech-UGA basketball game has had the highest average attendance for both teams at their respective stadiums.

9 other games were played on neutral courts. These games occurred in the SIC Tournament (1921 & 1923), SEC tournament (1934, 1945, 1946, & 1948), and the Gator Bowl Tournament (1952, 1953, & 1960). Tech holds a 5–4 record in these tournaments over Georgia.[38]

On an ironic note, after tornadoes forced the 2008 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament to be moved from the Georgia Dome to Georgia Tech's home court Alexander Memorial Coliseum (now known as Hank McCamish Pavilion), the Bulldogs pulled off an unlikely stretch of three wins in thirty hours to win the tournament on their bitter rivals' home court.


April 16, 1898, the first baseball game between Georgia and Georgia Tech, then known as the Georgia School of Technology was played with Georgia winning 18 to 4.[39] The game was played at the newly created ballfields in Piedmont Park located in the center of the horse race track, almost exactly where they still are today.[40][41] Piedmont Park served the Atlanta Crackers, the city's original professional baseball team, before they moved to a stadium on Ponce de Leon Avenue in 1904.[42]

The two baseball teams have met 345 times since 1898. Georgia Tech has 148 wins, Georgia has 195 wins, and there are 2 ties in the series.[43] Three baseball games are played between the two institutions every year. Two of the three games are played at the respective colleges' baseball stadiums while the finale is played at Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves. The 2004 Georgia Tech vs. Georgia Game at Turner Field had the second most spectators in college baseball history with 28,836 fans in attendance.[44]

Between the two schools, Georgia holds the only National Title by besting Oklahoma State in the 1990 College World Series. Both Georgia and Georgia Tech have played in College World Series finals with Georgia competing in 2 (1990 & 2008) and Georgia Tech competing in 1 (1994).[45]

Since the reformatting of the NCAA Baseball Tournament in 1999, Tech and UGA have hosted eight super regionals – the fourthmost super regionals hosted by a state behind California, Texas, and Florida. The two teams have met six times in the NCAA tournament with Georgia holding a 4–2 edge over Tech. Georgia has eliminated Tech three times in tournament play in 1987, 2001, and 2008. Tech avenged the 2001 elimination by eliminating UGA in 2002.[43] Tech and UGA's latest meeting in the 2008 NCAA tournament saw UGA sweep Tech in a two game series, which eliminated Tech from the tournament.

Georgia Tech has currently won 5 out of the last 6 against their cross-state rivals, outscoring UGA 68–34 in those 6 meetings. This dates back to 2009, where the two teams split games and a third was cancelled due to weather. In 2010, Georgia Tech swept the season series against UGA, winning games in Atlanta, at Turner Field, and a 25–6 win in Athens.

Other sports

Georgia Tech and Georgia enjoy healthy rivalries in all other sports in which the two universities compete, most notably softball, women's basketball, and various club sports.

In 2008 the Cross Country and Track teams began a revival of what had once been a common occurrence with short series of events dubbed the "Old School" Dual meets. The two teams competed in a total of five one on one competitions. The Cross Country events were hosted by Georgia, and the track events were held at the Georgia Tech Track, site of the 1996 Olympic Trials, in Atlanta. The Georgia men won at all five meetings. The tradition unceremoniously terminated when both programs mutually agreed to expand the competition in their schedule.[46]

Through August 29, 2008, the two women's volleyball teams have played 31 times with Georgia leading the overall series with 21 wins over Georgia Tech's 10. However, Tech holds a 10–1 record since 1999, including a 7–1 mark since GT head coach Bond Shymansky took over the program in 2002. The only Georgia victory in this period came in 2005 in front of a record-breaking Georgia Bulldog crowd.[47] Two of the last three meetings (2006 and 2007) were held in Georgia Tech's O'Keefe Gym, both in front of fire-code-limited 2000 spectators, while the latest match (2008) was held at Georgia with a crowd of 1,604.[48][49][50]

See also


  1. Georgia Bulldogs football#Conference championships
  2. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football#Conference championships
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