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Clemson, Georgia set dates for rivalry renewal

Posted on: May 19, 2011 12:05 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Fans along the Georgia-South Carolina border who've debated since Signing Day which of the surprisingly strong 2011 Georgia or Clemson recruiting classes was better, congratulations: in a couple of years, you'll get your answer on the field.

That's because the Bulldogs and Tigers have officially set dates to renew one of the oldest and most underrated rivalries in the South. Both ends of the home-and-home will be played as season openers, with Georgia playing host on August 31, 2013, and then traveling to Clemson on August 30, 2014. The series had been announced in August 2005, with the last meeting between the teams taking place in 2003.

The 2013 meeting should feature Isaiah Crowell running against Tony Steward,  Mike Bellamy going up against Ray Drew ... so yeah, two-years-plus away or not, we're clearing our calendar all the same.

Besides, Clemson-Georgia is usually must-see viewing anyway, a still-bitter rivalry that dates back to 1902 and features two sets of fans that don't care at all for each other. The most famous meeting between the two came in 1984, when Kevin Butler's 60-yard field goal gave the Bulldogs a 26-23 upset win over the second-ranked Tigers. YouTube doesn't offer up any footage, but we do have Larry Munson's "worse than bonkers" call, and unless you're a Clemson fan, that's almost as good anyway:

Here's hoping we get something half as good come 2013.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2011 6:47 pm

Clemson, Georgia set dates for rivalry renewal

I was at that game, and it was totally crazy. The only game I've been to that topped it was game 7 of the Stanley Cup when my Canes won in '06. First, it was a 60 yard field goal ... couldn't believe he made it. Second, UGa was way down at half, 20-6, and came back to tie it at 23-23 before kicking the field goal. And, third, on the ensuing kickoff return with little time left, Clemson had a really long return that made their last play way too close for comfort. But, we won, and I kid you not, I don't think the student section emptied out for another hour. We were hammered and happy and stayed forever while the band played on.

Sic em Dawgs!

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: May 19, 2011 3:43 pm

Clemson, Georgia set dates for rivalry renewal

Assuming the Clemson South Carolina and Georgia vs Georgia Tech rivalry still keep going that is a gusty call for two teams to play tough out of conference schedules when most schools only play one BCS team out of conference.   Both AD's and Coaches should be congratulated on their toughness to schedule this game instead of another Sun Belt team.  

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: May 19, 2011 3:37 pm

Clemson, Georgia set dates for rivalry renewal

Love the decision.  This is a great intersectional rivalry, and as a Clemson fan I've always had really positive interactions with UGA fans.

Since: Jul 21, 2009
Posted on: May 19, 2011 3:16 pm

Clemson, Georgia set dates for rivalry renewal

I can't wait for this game...I wish we would just go ahead and play Georgia every year instead of the likes of Auburn and Alabama.  I expect the atmosphere in Clemson to rival that, and maybe exceed, when South Carolina comes to the valley.  I'm looking fowards to this more than any other games in the upcoming years...hopefully they'll be good ones.

Since: Aug 29, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2011 2:44 pm

Clemson, Georgia set dates for rivalry renewal

Its just great to here Munson again!

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