A lone defensive lapse in a quick-change situation following an interception was all that stood between Todd Grantham’s defense and a shutout, while quality efforts under center from starter Aaron Murray and backup Hutson Mason allowed the ‘Dawgs to kick off the autumn with a win, which allows us to update the Mark Richt Victory Watch.
This afternoon, Coach Richt carded his 91st career triumph with the Red and Black. Mark Richt is now 110 wins shy of tying Vince Dooley for the all-time school record for victories.
Mark Richt has more wins (91), fewer losses (27), and a better winning percentage (.771) than any other head football coach in Georgia history after 118 games. Wally Butts (83-32-3, .716) and Vince Dooley (78-35-5, .682) both trailed Coach Richt at the same point in their respective careers.
At the time of their respective retirements, both Coach Butts and Coach Dooley were the winningest head coach in Bulldog history to that point. Coach Butts and Coach Dooley each spent more than two decades on the Sanford Stadium sideline before stepping down to become full-time athletic directors in Athens. Both men managed to survive downcycles in their careers during which they were thought by some to be on the hot seat.