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The Mark Richt Victory Watch

The script for a Georgia-South Carolina game is pretty straightforward. In the last 20 years (1989-2008), clashes between the Bulldogs and the Gamecocks have been decided by seven or fewer points nine times in 18 series meetings, including six of the last eight. If Georgia scores a touchdown, the ‘Dawgs win a low-scoring defensive struggle; if Georgia doesn’t score a touchdown, the ‘Cocks win a low-scoring defensive struggle.

Well, the good news is that Georgia scored a touchdown, which is why I have the privilege of updating the Mark Richt Victory Watch, in which we count down each win along the way to Coach Richt’s record-breaking 202nd career victory at Georgia.

The Mark Richt Victory Watch now stands at 75. Coach Richt needs 126 more wins to tie Vince Dooley for first place with 201 positive outcomes.

Mark Richt’s 75-19 ledger gives him the best record ever by a Georgia coach after 94 games stalking the sidelines in Sanford Stadium. At the same point in their own tenures at Georgia, Harry Mehre (57-33-4), Wally Butts (68-24-2), and Vince Dooley (64-26-4) all were in Mark Richt’s dust.

The win also ran Coach Richt’s record against the Palmetto State Poultry in Columbia to 4-0. Mark Richt is the only Georgia coach ever to have emerged victorious from each of his first four outings at South Carolina.

Go ‘Dawgs!