The Mark Richt Victory Watch.

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The Georgia Bulldogs moved to 1-0 in SEC play tonight by grinding out a tough victory against the South Carolina Gamecocks. That can only mean one thing: it's time to update the Mark Richt Victory Watch.

In a game about which, admittedly, many among the Dawg Sports staff (and Bulldog Nation at large) had their doubts, the Classic City Canines pulled out a gutsy goal line stand, squeezed out a double digit lead late, then ground it out to secure the victory.

I am now pleased beyond words to assume the mantle of T. Kyle King, Editor Emeritus of Dawg Sports, all around good guy, and renowned expert on the early history of Pomerania, in updating the Mark Richt Victory Watch. With this win the Mark Richt Victory Watch now stands at 119. Mark Richt is just 82 wins shy of tying Vince Dooley for the all-time Georgia record, and 21 shy of tying Coach Butts for second place. After 160 games as the Bulldogs’ head coach, Mark Richt remains the most accomplished skipper in Red and Black gridiron history.

Coach Richt boasts a 119-41 record and a .744 winning percentage. At the identical juncture in their respective careers, Wally Butts stood at 104-49-7 following a 1953 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide, while Vince Dooley sported a 105-50-5 ledger following, ironically, a 1978 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks. Coach Butts boasted a winning percentage of .650 and Coach Dooley stood at .656 for their respective careers after the same number of games.

There's still an awful lot of football to be played. For example, LSU comes to Athens in a short three weeks. For now, however, the Bulldogs will have a week off to heal up after two physical games against Palmetto State opponents, and get ready for the North Texas Mean Green. Until later . . .

Go 'Dawgs!!!

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