UGA Football History
“Be worthy as you run upon this hallowed sod,
For you have dared to tread where champions have trod.”
The University of Georgia began their football history 123 years ago in 1892. Since that time, the Bulldogs have played 1267 games and have compiled an overall record of 795-418-54 (as of 02/16/2017).
Dr. Charles Herty was the first UGA football coach and he led the Bulldogs to a 1-1 record in 1892. In their first game, Georgia defeated Mercer 50-0 in Athens. Georgia met Auburn at Piedmont Park in Atlanta for their second and final game of 1892. Auburn defeated Georgia 10-0 and the “The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry” was started.
Vince Dooley, Georgia’s winningest coach, led the Bulldogs to the 1980 National Championship and 6 SEC Championships. Dooley coached the Dawgs from 1964 to 1988 and his overall record was 201-77-10.
In 2001, Mark Richt took over the head coaching position at the University of Georgia and returned the Bulldogs to national prominence. In his 15 seasons as Head Coach, Mark Richt led the Dawgs to a 145-51 record (83-37 SEC), the 2002 and 2005 SEC Championships and nine bowl wins.
On Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, Mark Richt was fired as the head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs. The Bulldogs went 9-3 in 2015, but lost big to Alabama and Florida and a close game at Tennessee after leading by 21.
Bryan McClendon was named the interim head coach, and he led the Bulldogs to a 24-17 victory over Penn State in the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl.
Alabama defensive coordinator and UGA alum Kirby Smart was named the new head football coach on Dec. 6, 2015.
Records, Schedules & Signees
- UGA Football Head Coaches – Won/loss records of all Georgia Football head coaches from 1892 to present.
- UGA Football Records – Georgia Football All-Time Records, including Individual Records, Team Records, Annual Team Leaders and Bowl Records.
- UGA Football Schedules & Results – Schedules and scores for Georgia football games from 1980 to present.
- UGA Football Signees – Georgia Football Signees from 1980 to present.
Consensus National Champions
- 1980 (12-0-0) – Vince Dooley coached the Bulldogs to a perfect 12-0 season, including a 17-10 victory over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl to win the National Championship. Georgia finished as the only team with no losses and no ties and was declared No. 1 by almost every poll.
- 1942 (11-1-0) – Berryman; DeVold; Houlgate System; Litkenhous; Poling System; Williamson System.
Other National Championships
- 1968 (8-1-2) – Litkenhous
- 1966 (10-1-0) – Massey Ratings
- 1946 (11-0-0) – Williamson System
- 1927 (9-1-0) – Boand System; Poling System
- 2005 – Southeastern Conference Champions
- 2002 – Southeastern Conference Champions
- 1982 – Southeastern Conference Champions
- 1981 – Southeastern Conference Co-Champions
- 1980 – Southeastern Conference Champions
- 1976 – Southeastern Conference Co-Champions
- 1968 – Southeastern Conference Champions
- 1966 – Southeastern Conference Co-Champions
- 1959 – Southeastern Conference Champions
- 1948 – Southeastern Conference Champions
- 1946 – Southeastern Conference Co-Champions
- 1942 – Southeastern Conference Champions
- 1920 – Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Co-Champions
- 1896 – Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Co-Champions
Heisman Trophy Winners
- Herschel Walker (1982) – Walker won the Heisman Trophy after his Junior season at Georgia. He rushed 335 times for 1,752 yards and 17 touchdowns.
- Frank Sinkwich (1942) – Sinkwich won the Heisman Trophy after his Senior season at Georgia. He rushed 175 times for 795 yards and 30 touchdowns. Sinkwich also completed 84 of 166 passes for 1392 yards and 10 touchdowns.