It's college football's off season. But that doesn't mean we can't still talk Bulldog football. Today Dawg Sports has a simple question for the group: what was your favorite Sanford Stadium gameday experience? The criteria can include the result of the game. who you shared it with, historical significance, opponent misery, whatever you want.
The only rules are that it has to be game- related (that time you and your buddies snuck in and reenacted the football field scene from Dazed and Confused doesn't count.) and had to occur in Sanford Stadium (no matter how much you enjoyed watching Gator fans walk out of the Gator Bowl last year).
For me the answer is probably the 2002 Georgia Tech game. Mark Richt and his 'Dawgs had broken the brief and tainted 3 year win streak of 1998-2000, a streak which constitutes the engineers' longest string of wins during the past 50 years of the rivalry. The red and black had just shaken off a devastating loss to the Florida Gators (that ultimately kept the Classic City Canines from a national championship shot) by throttling the Ole Miss Rebels and clinching their first ever SEC East title on the Plains of Auburn.
As a Bulldog fan who had witnessed the Goff and Donnan eras, for the first time, I sensed that we were finally back in the national picture, one of the truly elite programs in the entire nation. On a cold late November afternoon, I watched the Bulldogs prove their reemergence to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets by one of the most lopsided margins in series history.The score was 34-0 at the half, which was when most of the old gold and white contingent filed out into the chill. The Jackets turned the ball over 3 times, the Bulldogs churned out a workmanlike 550+ yards of offense, and the visitors didn't light their side of the scoreboard until the 'Dawgs had put 44 points on theirs.
In the absence of a national championship, the 51-7 shellacking of the Engineers was about as close a thing to invincibility as I had witnessed in Athens. To this day I have never seen opposing fans as dispirited leaving the Classic City as the Techies were that day. And it couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch.
Until later . . .