In a New Year’s Day thriller in which the Red and Black would not put the game away until the fourth quarter, the Georgia Bulldogs capped off just the third twelve-win season in school history with a 45-31 Capital One Bowl victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers, which affords us the opportunity to update the Mark Richt Victory Watch for the first time in 2013.
The Mark Richt Victory Watch now stands at 118. Mark Richt is just 83 wins shy of tying Vince Dooley for the all-time Georgia record. After 158 games as the Bulldogs’ head coach, Mark Richt remains the most accomplished skipper in the Athenians’ storied gridiron history.
Mark Richt boasts a 118-40 record and a .747 winning percentage. At the identical juncture in their respective careers, Wally Butts stood at 103-48-7 following a 1953 loss to the LSU Tigers, while Vince Dooley sported a 104-49-5 ledger after a 1978 triumph over the Baylor Bears. Both Coach Butts and Coach Dooley stood at .674 for their careers after the same number of games.
This wasn’t the bowl game we wanted the Bulldogs to attend, nor did we want the contest to be as nerve-wracking as this one was, but, at the end of the day, Coach Richt guided the Red and Black to a 12-2 record for his eighth season of double-digit wins, his fifth SEC Championship Game appearance, and his eighth bowl victory, which ties him with Coach Dooley as the winningest bowl coach in Georgia history.