On a perfect autumn afternoon in the Classic City, the homecoming crowd left Sanford Stadium happy after the Georgia Bulldogs dispatched the visiting Vanderbilt Commodores by a 43-0 final margin. It was the Red and Black’s first shutout of any opponent since last year’s Tennessee Tech game, their first shutout of a Division I-A opponent since the 2006 UAB game, their first shutout of an SEC opponent since the 2006 South Carolina game, and their first shutout of the Music City Sailors since 1980.
Accordingly, I am able to report that the Mark Richt Victory Watch now stands at 93, placing Mark Richt 108 wins shy of matching Vince Dooley for the all-time school victories record.
After 124 games, Mark Richt has a career record of 93-31 and a lifetime winning percentage of .750, which puts him ahead of both Wally Butts (85-33-6, .710) and Vince Dooley (80-39-5, .665) at the same point in their respective careers. For the record, Coach Butts served 22 years as head coach before retiring to become athletic director full-time and Coach Dooley served 25 years as head coach before retiring to become athletic director full-time. Neither was fired. I’m just saying.