Top 30 at Jordan-Hare: #14 Georgia 56, Auburn 49


14. Georgia 56 vs. Auburn 49 – Nov. 16, 1996

How I Remember It: I sat somewhere around the 15-yard line of the south end of the stadium on the Auburn side. It was cold. All of the lights in the stadium went out at some point. Auburn gave up a big lead, and a last second, tying touchdown, to play in the SEC’s first overtime (four, to be exact) game ever, and lost when Dameyune Craig was tackled one yard short of a first down.

What Really Happened: Dameyune Craig threw three first half touchdowns, two to Robert Baker (who had to dodge a bite from UGA), as the Tigers took a 28-14 lead into halftime.

Neither team would score in the 3rd quarter, as Auburn seemed to have control of the game.

Early in the 4th quarter, Georgia quarterback and current offensive coordinator, Mike Bobo, connected with Hines Ward for a 67-yard touchdown. Then with one second on the clock, he threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Corey Allen, who seemed to catch the ball right on the goal-line. Here’s video of that terrible play, if you would like to watch. This happened right in front of me, so you have to watch if it I did.

In the first overtime in SEC history, both teams would score a touchdown on each possession of the first three overtime periods. Georgia took a 56-49 lead in the 4th overtime, with a 1-yard touchdown run.

Then on 4th-and-3 from the 18-yard line, having to score or at least gain 3 yards to continue the game, Dameyune Craig was tackled one yard short, ending the game at 56-49 Georgia.

Fun Facts: This game was the 100th meeting of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.

Why did I pick this game? Although Auburn lost a 21-point lead to a Georgia team that had only won three games so-far that season, it was a great game to watch. The first SEC overtime wasn’t no missed field goal/made field goal affair. It was a four overtime, seven-touchdowns-after-regulation, wow this overtime thing is really cool affair. It was a heart-breaker, but it had to make the list.

Play of the Game: Mike Bobo’s last second, 30-yard touchdown pass sent the game to the SEC’s first overtime

Player of the Game: Dameyune Craig’s threw three touchdowns in the first half and rushed for two in overtime.

Game Notes: Auburn Archives

The rest of the Top 30:

 

15. Auburn 7 vs. LSU 3 – Sept. 16, 2006

16. Auburn 20 vs Florida State 17 – Oct. 20, 1990

17. Auburn 28 vs. Alabama 23 – Nov. 22, 2003

18. Auburn 29 vs. Georgia 26 – Nov. 11, 2000

19. Auburn 38 vs. Arkansas – Oct. 16, 2004

20. LSU 26 vs. Auburn 21 – Sept. 20, 2008

21. Georgia 19 vs. Auburn 14 – Nov. 13, 1982

22. Auburn 17 vs. Alabama 10 – Nov. 24, 2007

23. Auburn 33 vs. Ole Miss 20 – Oct. 31, 2009

24. Auburn 26 vs. Tennessee 26 – Sept. 29, 1990

25. Auburn 31 vs. LSU 7 – Oct. 26, 2002

26. Auburn 27 vs. Florida State 24 – Oct. 1, 1983

27. Ole Miss 24 vs. Auburn 20 – Nov. 8, 2003

28. Auburn 24 vs. Georgia 6 – Nov. 13, 2004

29. Auburn 55 vs. Pacific 0 – Sept. 9, 1989

30. Auburn 37 vs. Syracuse 34 – Sept. 28, 2002