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1st and 5: Most Significant Auburn-Georgia Games in the Last 20 Years

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We thought you had him neutered!!!

Auburn-Georgia week holds such special meaning for a lot of Tiger fans, especially for Georgia natives War Damn Zach and I , and also border-teetering Jay, not to mention about a quarter of our football team. We've certainly had fun with the cultural exchange with the Doggies this week, but on a more serious note, I thought we'd take a look at some of the most significant/dubious matches in the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry the last 20 years. And in the interest of detente' and to show I'm not a total homer, I've included games that we didn't even win. Please feel free to suggest your own games and/or add commentary to the ones I've mentioned. I fully expect Acid Reign to come in and add analysis to each game, as I am flying blind tonight with most of my reference material, which I left in my other pants/computer.

My Top 5, in no particular order, be you Barner or Fleabag...

1) 1996 The Overtime Game, 56-49 Georgia. THE reason why the NCAA adapted the 'must go for two' rule starting in the 3rd overtime. I believe this is also the game that Uga tried to take a bite out of Robert Baker--on OUR turf, no less. Uga must have thought that Baker kept his stash in his hip pads...

2) 1994 The Non-Pat Dye Tie, 23-23 all. Ruined our 20-game winning streak. Not a particularly strong Goff team--only won 6 games, but yet another example of the lesser team in this series exceeding expectations. Whatever happened to that guy? Gators LOVED him...

3) 2004 Clash of the Titans, 24-6 Auburn. Both teams highly ranked, Georgia poised to beat us for the 3rd year in a row, Auburn looking to stay undefeated and jump into the BCS top 2. This loss kept the Dogs from getting a rematch in Atlanta...

4) 2005 The Nail-Biter, 31-30 Auburn. Again, two good teams square off, both star-crossed to ever make it to Atlanta that year. Shockley makes a quick knee rehab to put forth valiant effort against a scrappy Tiger team. Brandon Cox completes 4th-and-forever to set up the game winner. A game where if you had to lose it, you don't mind going down like that...

5) 2002 Thank You, Jesus and Mark Richt!, 24-21 Georgia. Another clash of good teams and another very-close game, won by the slimmest of margins in the crappiest of weather. David Greene's throw to hit Michael Johnson in the end zone made for the only immortal Larry Munson call over the years that made me cringe. Gave the Pups their first SEC crown in 20 years. Somewhere in Dallas, Herschel smiled again...

So there you have it--our contemporary history as I remember it. Again, please feel free to give me your list or add on to my commentary.