MORE AU-UGA SERIES NOTES
Through 112 meetings, Georgia has outscored Auburn by just 49 points (1,747-1,698) ... In games decided by three points or less, Auburn leads, 8-5-8 ... In games decided by seven points or less, Georgia leads, 23-19-8 ... The 2009 contest marked the first time in 19 meetings and just the second time in 33 years that one or both schools have not been ranked in the Associated Press poll when playing each other ... The last time that neither team was ranked entering the game was in 1991 ... In the last 13 meetings between the two schools when at least one team was ranked, the lower ranked or unranked team won seven times (UGA-1996, AU-1997, AU-1999, AU-2000, AU-2001, AU-2005, UGA-2006), with the higher ranked team winning just six (UGA-1998, UGA-2002, UGA-2003, AU-2004, UGA-2007, UGA-2008) ... Auburn has had more individual 150-yard rushing performances against Georgia (nine)?than any other opponent ... The Tigers had a stretch of at least one rushing touchdown in 20 consecutive games against Georgia, and 31 of the last 32 in the series, snapped in 2009.
World war has been the only thing strong enough to keep Auburn and Georgia from playing football. The two teams did not play in 1943, only because Auburn did not field a team due to World War II. The two teams did not play in 1917 and 1918 because of WWI. With those two exceptions, Auburn and Georgia have played continuously since 1898. The Auburn-Georgia series (113 games) is older than the Georgia-Georgia Tech series (100 games) and the Auburn-Alabama series (74 games). Auburn and Georgia first played in 1892. They first played their intrastate rivals in 1893.
The 2009 Auburn-Georgia game in Athens had a sellout crowd and a gate of more than $1 million. Ralph "Shug" Jordan, who was an assistant at Georgia before becoming Auburn's winningest head coach, often used the Auburn-Georgia series, his favorite rivalry, as an example of the growth of college football. One of his favorite stories was how gate receipts from early Auburn-Georgia games were divided. It involved Auburn's Cliff Hare and Georgia's Charles Herty, their friendship and the relationship between the two schools that brought college football to the Deep South. "They would come to Dean Hare's house on Gay Street in Auburn after the game in Columbus to divide the money," Jordan said. "They would take the gate receipts out of an old cigar box, spread it on the kitchen table and say, 'a dollar for you and a dollar for us' until the game proceeds were divided equally between the two schools." Today, it takes a team of accountants in Auburn, Athens and the SEC?office in Birmingham weeks to do what two gentlemen, Hare and Herty, used to do in a matter of minutes.
Of Auburn's major rivals whose games were once played at neutral sites, Georgia is the only school to come to Auburn without argument. In fact, both Auburn and Georgia used a home-and-home AU-UGA series as the base for major stadium additions. Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia Tech all indicated they would drop Auburn rather than play at what was then known as Cliff Hare Stadium.
UGA 56, AU 49: AN SEC FIRST
The 1996 Auburn-Georgia game, the 100th in the series, was the first SEC?game ever to go into overtime. Georgia won 56-49 in four OTs. It was the longest game in SEC history, until the 2001 Arkansas-Ole Miss game that lasted seven overtime periods. Auburn and Georgia have split two overtime games between the two schools. Georgia claimed the 1996, four-overtime contest, with Auburn claiming a 29-26 overtime victory at Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2000.
WILLIAMS SETS RECORD IN 2001
In 2001's 24-17 win in Athens, then-freshman Carnell Williams set a new Auburn record when he carried the ball 41 times against Georgia. Williams' 41 carries broke the old record of 38 set by both Stacy Danley (1988) and Bo Jackson (1985). For the game, Williams rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns and was named the SEC Player of the Week following his performance.
100-YARD RUSHERS VERSUS UGA
Since 1970, Auburn has had 24 100-yard rushing performances against Georgia, including two 100-yard rushers in three games (1974, '78, '79). The Tigers have had a 100-yard rusher in five of the last 10 years. Rudi Johnson gained 152 yards in 2000, Carnell Williams followed with 167 yards in 2001, Ronnie Brown ran for 124 yards in 2002, Williams went for 101 in 2004 and Kenny Irons rushed for 179 yards in 2005. From 1982-85, Auburn had four straight 100-yard rushers vs. the Bulldogs when the feat was accomplished by Lionel James (1982, 8-111, TD), Bo Jackson (1983, 18-118), Tommie Agee (1984, 9-115) and Jackson (19-121, 2 TD).