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Vince Dooley showed mercy in last Top 10 non-conference battle in Athens
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Vince Dooley showed mercy in last Top 10 non-conference battle in Athens

Vince Dooley showed mercy in last Top 10 non-conference battle in Athens

Vince Dooley showed mercy in last Top 10 non-conference battle in Athens

ATHENS A pair of legends were on the sidelines the last time two Top 10 teams met between the hedges at Georgia's Sanford Stadium in 1966.

Bulldogs' coach Vince Dooley shared his memories of that matchup with Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd in the days leading up to Saturday night's matchup between No 3 UGA and No. 7 Notre Dame.

"I do recall, it was a big game, and they were undefeated," said Dooley, recalling a meeting of then No. 7 Georgia and the No. 5 Yellow Jackets. "We had lost one game at that point to a Miami team that was really good."

It was the final season on the sidelines for Dodd, one of just four men in the College Football Hall of Fame as both a coach and a player. Dodd was 165648 as the Georgia Tech coach, leading the Yellow Jackets to the 1952 national championship, the school naming their stadium after him in 1988.

Dooley, who had the Sanford Stadium field named after him two weeks ago, could still remember how Georgia took the early lead on a punt return en route to the 23-14 victory that day.

"Kent Lawrence returned a punt for a touchdown," Dooley said. "We really played well, and had them pretty much under control."

The Bulldogs built a 23-7 before Dooley cleared his bench, his team in firm control before the crowd of 48,782 on a mild afternoon with temperatures in the 60s.

"I played everybody that I had in that ball game," Dooley said. "And then they drove and scored another (final) touchdown, and I remember that Coach Dodd told me the next day, when we saw each other at the TV station where we were doing our TV shows, he said, You were kind to me today.'

"Back then, you were more apt never to try to embarrass somebody, but we had them in good shape at the time."

Dooley, who directed Georgia to a 201-77-10 record in his 25 years as head coach including the 1980 national championship built reflected on how Georgia scheduled differently during his era.

There were still top non-conference games with other Power 5 schools, but they weren't necessarily home-and-home series, and neutral site games were not in vogue.

"We were able to play a lot of schools back then, like UCLA (1983), though that was supposed to be a home-and-home, Dooley said. "They didn't have us back (in Los Angeles) because they couldn't make the payment that we agreed on, that's why.

"But we played Virginia, North Carolina, Clemson. Of course we played (Clemson) every other year and South Carolina every other year. But we were able pay schools like Oregon, Oregon State and California came here.

"It would be hard to schedule those schools on a one-shot deal today, like we were able to do then."

Georgia future schedules include neural site games with Virginia (2020), Oregon (2022) and Clemson (2024).

But as things stand, the Bulldogs won't host another non-conference Power 5 team in Athens other than Georgia Tech until UCLA in 2026.

Here's a look at how the last four coaches from Notre Dame and Georgia have fared vs. AP Top 5 competition

NOTRE DAME

Brian Kelly (0-4 vs. Top 5)

2018

Dec. 29, LOSS, No. 3 Clemson (CFP Cotton Bowl), 30-3

ND was ranked No. 3

2014

Oct. 18, LOSS, AT No. 2 Florida State (Tallahassee), 31-27

ND was ranked No. 5

2012

Jan. 7 (2013), LOSS, No. 2 Alabama (Miami), 42-14

ND was ranked No. 1

2011

Nov. 26, LOSS, AT No. 4 Stanford (Palo Alto), 28-14

ND was ranked No. 22

Charlie Weis (1-5 vs. Top 5)

2008

Nov. 29, LOSS, AT No. 5 USC (Los Angeles), 38-3

ND was unranked

2007

Oct. 13 LOSS, No. 4 Boston College (South Bend), 27-14

ND was unranked

2006

Jan. 3 (2007) LOSS, No. 4 LSU (New Orleans), 41-14

ND was ranked No. 11

Nov. 25 LOSS, No. 3 USC (Los Angeles), 44-24

ND was ranked No. 6

2005

Jan. 2, (2006) LOSS, No. 4 Ohio State (Tempe), 34-20

ND was ranked No. 5

Sept. 10, WIN No. 3 Michigan (Ann Arbor), 17-10

ND was ranked No. 20

Tyrone Willingham,0-4 vs. Top 5

2004

Nov. 27, LOSS, No. 1 USC (Los Angeles), 41-10

ND was unranked

2003

Nov. 1, LOSS, No. 5 Florida State (South Bend), 37-0

ND was unranked

Oct. 18, LOSS, No. 5 USC (South Bend), 45-14

ND was unranked

Sept. 13, LOSS, No. 5 Michigan (Ann Arbor), 38-0

ND was ranked No. 15

Bob Davie, 1-4 vs. Top 5

2001

Sept. 8, LOSS, No. 5 Nebraska (Lincoln), 27-10

ND was ranked No. 23

2000

Jan. 1 (2001), LOSS, No. 5 Oregon State (Tempe), 41-9

ND was ranked No. 10

Sept. 9, LOSS, No. 1 Nebraska, (South Bend) 27-24 (OT)

ND was ranked No. 23

1999

Nov. 6, LOSS, No. 4 Tennessee (Knoxville), 38-14

ND was ranked No. 24

1998

Sept. 5, WIN, No. 5 Michigan (South Bend), 36-20

ND was ranked No. 22

Georgia

Kirby Smart, 2-2 vs. Top 5

2018

Dec. 1, LOSS, No. 1 Alabama (Atlanta), 35-28

Georgia was ranked No. 4

2017

Jan. 8, LOSS, No. 4 Alabama (Atlanta), 26-23 (OT)

Georgia was ranked No. 3

Jan. 1, WIN, No. 2 Oklahoma (Pasadena, Calif.), 54-48 (2OT)

Georgia was ranked No. 3

Dec. 2, WIN, No. 4 Auburn (Atlanta), 28-7

Georgia was ranked No. 6

Mark Richt, 3-9 vs. Top 5

2012

Dec. 1, LOSS, No. 2 Alabama (Atlanta), 32-28

Georgia was ranked No. 3

Oct. 27, WIN, No. 3 Florida (Jacksonville), 17-9

Georgia was ranked No. 12

2011

Dec. 3, LOSS, No. 1 LSU (Atlanta), 42-10

Georgia was ranked No. 12

Sept. 3, LOSS, No. 5 Boise State (Atlanta), 34-21

Georgia was ranked No. 19

2010

Nov. 13, LOSS, No. 2 Auburn (Auburn), 49-41

Georgia was unranked

2009

Oct. 31, LOSS, No. 1 Florida (Jacksonville), 41-17

Georgia was unranked

Oct. 3, LOSS, No. 4 LSU (Athens), 20-13

Georgia was ranked No. 18

2008

Nov. 1, LOSS, No. 5 Florida (Jacksonville), 49-10

Georgia was ranked No. 8

2006

Nov. 11, WIN, No. 5 Auburn (Auburn), 37-15

Georgia was unranked

2005

Dec. 3, WIN, No. 3 LSU, 34-14 (Atlanta)

Georgia was ranked No. 13

2004

Nov. 13, LOSS, No. 3 Auburn, 24-6 (Auburn)

Georgia was ranked No. 8

2003

Dec 5, LOSS, No. 3 LSU, 34-14 (Atlanta)

Georgia was ranked No. 5

Jim Donnan, 0-3 vs. Top 5

1999

Oct. 30, LOSS, No. 5 Florida, 30-14 (Jacksonville)

Georgia was ranked No. 10

1998

Oct. 10, LOSS, No. 5 Tennessee, 22-3 (Athens)

Georgia was ranked No. 7

1996

Nov. 2, LOSS, No. 1 Florida, 47-7 (Jacksonville)

Georgia was not ranked

Ray Goff,0-3-1 vs. Top 5

1995

Oct. 28, LOSS, No. 3 Florida, 52-17 (Athens)

Georgia was not ranked

1994

Nov. 12, TIE, No. 3 Auburn, 23-23 (Auburn)

Georgia was not ranked

Oct. 29, LOSS, No. 5 Florida, 52-14 (Gainesville)

Georgia was not ranked

1990

Dec. 1, LOSS, No. 2 Georgia Tech, 40-23 (Athens)

Georgia was not ranked

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  • A Hartwell man faces vehicular homicide charges after slamming head-on into a car driven by a University of Georgia student and then leaving the scene, Athens police said. The student, identified as 20-year-old junior Drury Anderson Shierling, was killed about 6 a.m. Wednesday on Timothy Road when the other driver took a curve too fast and crossed into his lane, according to a crash report. The driver who caused the wreck, identified by police as 51-year-old Edward Lee Stowers, was traveling north from the Inner Loop to Timothy Road when his rented 2018 Ford Fusion crossed the raised median and entered the southbound lanes, authorities said. After striking the UGA student, Stowers allegedly got out of his vehicle, flagged down another driver and asked for a ride to a nearby gas station, according to the report. He was arrested after the witness called 911 and told police where he was. Shierling, who was from Leesburg, studied business and real estate, a university spokeswoman said.  Another passenger in the students car was injured in the wreck and taken to a hospital, the Athens Banner-Herald reported.  Stowers is charged with vehicular homicide, hit-and-run resulting in death, traveling too fast for conditions, failure to maintain lane and driving with a suspended license. He remains held without bond at the Athens-Clarke County jail, records show.  In other news: 
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  • ATHENS Georgia offensive coordinator James Coley walked out of the coaches' box after Saturday night's 21-0 win over Kentucky wearing a big smile. No one would have guessed the Bulldogs gained a season-low 270 yards of offense or that his quarterback had a career-low 35 yards passing and failed to throw a TD pass for just the second time in his career. Georgia's head coach, Kirby Smart, was pleased with the play calling and the hard-fought win over the Wildcats, so Coley's mission was accomplished. But many fans at Sanford Stadium booed the No. 10-ranked home team during the game, however, frustrated with what appeared to be very conservative play calling amid the heavy rain and wind. 'I'm not a fan, it's probably frustrating for the fans, but as a team we win however we can find a way to win, that's all we did today, we found a way to win,' Swift said. 'If they boo us, they boo us. I'm fine. As long as we're winning the games.' Some Georgia football followers on social media channels have been imploring reporters to ask Smart about play-calling and his offensive coordinator, James Coley. Smart was indeed asked on Saturday night to assess Coley, who was promoted to offensive coordinator and play caller after serving as the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach last season. ' Very pleased today, I thought we were extremely patient on offense and in tough conditions,' Smart said. 'And, we've got more explosive plays than we did last year at this time, with three wide receivers that are in the NFL.' Smart said he didn't think it very rationale for anyone to try to assess the Georgia offense on a night where the weather conditions played such a large role. 'If you go out there and evaluate that, and you give judgement based on that, you're a lot smarter than me,' Smart said. 'There's not a lot you can do in those conditions.' As for the booing, Smart said he could't hear it because he had headphones on. 'We're trying to make the best decisions that gives us the best chance,' Smart said. 'I mean, you know, fans, that's what they pay their money for, to give their opinions and they are entitled to that. I respect that. 'But at the end of the day our job is to put our kids in the most successful situations and allow them to be successful, you know what I mean? I don't think you make decisions based on that (crowd reaction).' The Bulldogs, two-time defending SEC East Division champs, have a bye next weekend before returning to action on Nov. 2 against Florida in Jacksonville. Georgia-Kentucky stories Georgia football stock report, lock-down defense gets shutout D'Andre Swift gets game ball, carries Bulldogs to victory Georgia game recap, how the Bulldogs beat Kentucky WATCH: Kirby Smart proud Bulldogs able to chop wood' The post Georgia's Kirby Smart very pleased' with OC James Coley, addresses home fans booing appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia coach Kirby Smart gets paid to win games and compete for championships, so there wasn't a lot of second-guessing after a 21-0 win over Kentucky. Smart has never been too concerned with style points, and especially not on a night of torrential rain and wind gusting up to 20 mph during the No. 10-ranked Bulldogs (6-1, 3-1 SEC) win over the Wildcats (3-4, 1-4) at Sanford Stadium. Still, there were some scattered boos. Smart shrugged it off after the game, saying fans pay for their right to share their opinions, and it didn't affect him because he had headphones on, anyway. ' I could have told you two days ago we weren't going to go out there and throw it for 200 yards in those conditions,' Smart said. 'We had to put a plan together to give us the best chance to be successful. I thought we did a good job.' Georgia out-gained Kentucky 270 yards to 177 in a game where both teams' pass game was pretty much non-existent. Jake Fromm was 9-of-12 passing for 35 yards considerably better than the 2-of-16 passing, 17-yard output Eddie Gran's Kentucky offense mustered. Fromm attempted only one pass in the second half, a 7-yard completion, as the Bulldogs run game took its toll. D'Andre Swift's 39-yard TD run with 6:20 left in the third quarter broke open what had been a scoreless tie. The Georgia defense seemed to feed off the energy. Safety J.R. Reed delivered a fumble-inducing hit on UK quarterback Lynn Bowden on the Wildcats' ensuing drive, Richard LeCounte recovering the ball on the Kentucky 31, Five consecutive run plays later, Brian Herrien sped around right end for an 8-yard TD that made it 14-0 with 1:43 left in the third quarter. 'I think that's a wear and tear effect,' Smart said, reflecting on how the Bulldogs run game took over the second half. 'You're not just going to walk out there in those conditions and just walk down the field and score on people that's tough. It's tough to get traction.' The Georgia defense dug in one final time in the fourth quarter, stemming a Kentucky drive that reached the UGA 8-yard line when linebacker Jermaine Johnson flushed Bowden out of the pocket and forced an incompletion. The Bulldogs' offense slammed the door shut after the change of possessions, marching 92 yards on 13 plays for the final score of the night, Swift crashing in from 3 yards out with 6:24 remaining. ' I told the team we had to be patient and continue to chop wood throughout the game,' Smart said. 'It was going to be a field-position battle the whole game. I was proud of the way our guys fought in what was a tough environment to play in. 'I told the team if they handled it best, they would probably come out on top.' Georgia coach Kirby Smart Georgia-Kentucky stories Georgia football stock report, lock-down defense gets shutout D'Andre Swift gets game ball, carries Bulldogs to victory Georgia game recap, how the Bulldogs beat Kentucky The post WATCH: Kirby Smart proud Bulldogs able to chop wood' in win over Kentucky appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Rain poured down and a harsh wind blew through Sanford Stadium, gusts over 20 mph at times. Georgia and Kentucky offensive play callers responded accordingly. A slugfest ensured, the Bulldogs finally overpowering the Wildcats in the second half en route to the 21-0 victory. UGA held Kentucky to 177 total yard of offense and just 9 first downs. Meanwhile, tailback D'Andre Swift rushed for 179 yards and two touchdowns to lead Georgia, which didn't have he ball in Kentucky territory until the 6:31 mark of the second half. Swift scored on a 39-yard run one play later to give the Bulldogs all the points they would need. It was a scoreless tie at the end of the first half, that first time that had happened in a Georgia game since a 10-0 loss to Alabama in 1991. Georgia out-gained Kentucky 123-52 through the first 30 minutes, but the closest the Bulldogs could et to crossing midfield was a fourth-and-1 attempt. Quarterback Jake Fromm was stopped on the play, coming up short. The Bulldogs average starting position on their six first-half drives was their own 15-yard line, and Smart was not in the mindset to take many chances with a wet ball and a wind. Fromm was 8-of-11 for 29 yards passing in the first half, and UGA ran the ball 16 straight times in the second half before he would attempt another pass. Fromm finished 9-of-12 passing for 35 yards, the Bulldogs gaining 235 yards on the ground. Stock Up D'Andre Swift was the MVP, no doubt, charging into a stacked Kentucky defensive front throughout the night, but still managing to average 8.5 yards per carry in leading the offense. Freshman WR George Pickens made the most of this first career start, making four catches for 35 yards to lead all receivers. Georgia pass coverage: UK's Lynn Bowden didn't complete a pass until there was 4 1/2 minutes left, throwing incomplete on his first nine attempts. J.R. Reed stepped up with physical play, forcing a fumble in the third quarter with big hit on QB Lynn Bowden. Richard LeCounte was strong in run support throughout the night, and he came up with a fumble recovery on the Kentucky 31 in the third quarter. Brian Herrien had four straight carries to extend UGA's lead to 14-0; runs of 3, 5 and 4 to pick up a first down at the 8, and he scored from there. Rodrigo Blankenship came up with a TD-saving tackle on Zach Johnson kick return at Georgia 40 Jeremaine Johnson with the QB pressure on Lynn Bowden on Kentucky's failed fourth down attempt at the UGA 9 in the fourth quarter. Stock Down Georgia short yardage offense: The Bulldogs couldn't convert a fourth-and-1 at the 50 with Fromm, even with Cade Mays and Charlie Woerner in the backfield as pushers. Prather Hudson is known as a special teams ace, but his holding call wiped out a 10-yard Dominick Blaylock punt return and pinned UGA back to the 9. Charlie Woerner holding penalty wipes out 8-yard Brian Herrien run. Woerner got blown up on a James Cook swing pass in the first quarter, too. Safety Divaad Wilson missed open-field tackle on 9-yard RB run for first down The post Georgia football stock report: Defense locks down Kentucky 21-0 appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia put the game on D'Andre Swift's shoulders Saturday night, and the junior tailback delivered. The No. 10-ranked Bulldogs beat Kentucky 21-0 thanks to Swift's hard-charging ways. The junior from Philadelphia carried 21 times for 179 yards and 2 touchdowns. Swift had strong comments about the Bulldogs' offense earlier in the week. Swift felt more passes downfield should be called in the wake of last week's 20-17 overtime loss to South Carolina. 'They put a lot of people in the box so it's hard,' Swift said. 'Once you get past one level, there are three guys right there.' That was once again the case on Saturday night. But Swift found a way to break tackles and make Kentucky defenders miss with 6:20 left in the game. The Bulldogs had taken over a the Wildcats' 39 after a 15-yard punt, their first possession in Kentucky's territory in the game. Swift took the handoff and broke right, making two Wildcats' defenders miss at the line before outracing the reminder of the Kentucky defense to the end zone to break a scoreless tie. Swifted added a 3-yard TD run with 6:24 left to make it 21-0, capping a 13-play, 92-yard drive to essentially put the game on ice. Georgia has a bye next Saturday and will return to action at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 in Jacksonville, Fla., against Florida. The post Georgia football game ball: D'Andre Swift carries Bulldogs to 21-0 win appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia's defense came to play and Kirby Smart planned accordingly Saturday night. The No. 10-ranked Bulldogs (6-1, 3-1 SEC) recorded their second shutout of the season, blanking Kentucky 21-0 amid heavy rain and gusting winds at Sanford Stadium. Tailback D'Andre Swift rushed for 179 yards and two touchdowns as UGA played mistake-free football on offense, pounding the Wildcats with its giant offensive line and productive run game. Kentucky managed just 177 yards of total offense, not completing a pass until there was just 4 1/2 minutes left. Jake Fromm was 9-of-12 passing for 35 yards, deferring to a ground game that picked up steam has the minutes passed by. Georgia rushed for 235 yards on 42 carries, scoring three rushing touchdowns in the second half to pull away. Georgia has a bye next Saturday before returning to action at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 against Florida in Jacksonville. Here's how the game broke down: Fourth Quarter Georgia 21, Kentucky 0, 6:24:D'Andre Swift 3-yard run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive:13 plays, 92 yards, 8:18. Key Play: Brian Herrien 14-yard run. Kentucky stopped on fourth-and-goal at 8-yard line, 14:42. Third Quarter Georgia 14, Kentucky 0, 1:54: Brian Herrien 8-yard run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive: 5 plays, 31 yards, 2:36. Key play: D'Andre Swift 11-yard run. Georgia 7, Kentucky 0, 6:20: D'Andre Swift 39-yard run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick. Drive: One play, 39 yards, 11 seconds. Key play: 15-yard shanked Kentucky punt. HALFTIME NOTES It's the first scoreless first half in a Georgia game since 1991, when the Bulldogs played Alabama in Tuscaloosa, losing 10-0. Georgia held Kentucky without a completed pass. Georgia held Kentucky to 52 yards of total offense. UAG lead the SEC and ranks sixth in the nation in scoring defense (12.3 ppg). Freshman WR George Pickens made his first career start. SECOND QUARTER Georgia explosive plays: Fromm to Pickens, 22 yards D'Andre Swift 23-yard run D'Andre Swift 20-yard run Jake Fromm 8-of-11, 28 yards; Lynn Bowden 0-of-3 passing D'Andre Swift 9-81 rushing; Lynn Bowden 7-26 George Pickens 3-28 receiving Georgia stopped on fourth-and-1 at 50-yard line, 8:51 FIRST QUARTER 53 degrees, feels like 49, winds at 14 mph, rain Georgia wins toss, will receive SEC Saturday 10-19-19 Auburn 51, Arkansas 10, Final Florida 38, South Carolina 27, Final LSU 36, Mississippi State 13, Final Vanderbilt 21, Missouri 14, Final Texas A&M at Ole Miss, 7:30 p.m. kickoff Tennessee at Alabama, 9 p.m. kickoff Pregame Mecole Hardman leads calling of the Dawgs CB DJ Daniel announced as a starter; CB Tyson Campbell (foot) appears full-speed in warmups, questionable to play First-team offensive line in warmups: LT Andrew Thomas, LG Cade Mays, C Trey Hill, RG Ben Cleveland, RT Isaiah Wilson George Pickens announced as a starter along with Demetris Robertson and Tyler Simmons in WR corps BIG TEN UPSET: No. 6 Wisconsin falls as 30-point underdog to Illinois SEC Scores: See Below ATHENS Georgia football opens the second half of the season looking for improvement, and it starts with players stepping up and emerging. The No. 10-ranked Bulldogs play host to Kentucky at 6 p.m. on Saturday in a game that should provide plenty of opportunities for players on all levels. Redshirt freshman Kearis Jackson is back from a broken hand and could break out, and Coach Kirby Smart has continued to praise the improvement of linebackers Nolan Smith and Nakobe Dean. Freshman defensive back Tyrique Stevenson was identified as one of the most promising players in spring drills and at the start of fall camp, and he could be on the verge of taking the next step. 'He's really improving, he's coming in, he's meeting more,' UGA cornerback Eric Stokes said, asked about Stevenson's progress. 'He's finally learning the ropes, like, I need to come in and start doing a little bit.' 'He was going through a freshman slump like anybody, it's just a learning experience, but he's finally starting to pick it up.' Smart said Stevenson has looked better in practices of late, too. ' Tyrique had a good week of practice last week and he actually played in the game when Mark Webb's injury occurred,' Smart said, reflecting on Stevenson's snaps against South Carolina. 'He had two opportunities to make tackles he missed those opportunities one was on a close sack, 'I think that's more of an experience of playing not a lack of ability. But those are the growing pains you have to go through when you play guys who are getting their first considerable playing time. But he's still in a battle at (dime defensive back) to play, he's in a battle at corner. He's becoming a better practice player.' Pregame Reads Former UGA star Eric Zeier gives his take on Bulldogs' offense Podcast: D'Andre Swift's comments on offense gain attention Kirby Smart concerned about the weather conditions' Promising Nolan Smith grows, expands role Receivers must step up, beat press coverage Closer look: How Georgia's offense adds up The post Georgia football game recap: Bulldogs pull away from Kentucky, 21-0 appeared first on DawgNation.