The 10 worst losses of Mark Richt's tenure

semerson@macon.comOctober 21, 2013 

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Georgia head coach Mark Richt walks the sideline in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Vanderbilt on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

MARK HUMPHREY — AP

Mark Richt is 122-43 at Georgia, a winning percentage of .731. That makes him one of the winningest coaches in the country. But there have been some eggs laid. So on the heels of last Saturday's loss, here's a ranking of the worst 10 losses of the Richt era:

1.
2010, at Colorado: A.J. Green returned from a four-game suspension, and it still wasn’t enough for Georgia, which fell 29-27 in Boulder to a Colorado team finished the year 5-7 and fired its head coach midseason.

2.
2009, Kentucky: Georgia had not lost to Kentucky in 13 years, and had not lost to the Wildcats in Athens since the Carter Administration. The 34-27 loss likely sealed defensive coordinator Willie Martinez’s firing.

3.
2006, Vanderbilt: On paper this is the most surprising loss of the Richt era. Vanderbilt, which would finish the season 4-8, came into Sanford Stadium and left with a 24-22 win over the 14th-ranked Bulldogs.

4.
2012, at South Carolina: In a midseason matchup of unbeatens, the fifth-ranked Bulldogs were embarrassed by the sixth-ranked Gamecocks, who jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead and never looked back.

5.
2010, vs. Central Florida (Liberty Bowl): On the final day of a miserable year, in miserable rainy conditions, Georgia could muster little emotion or offense and lost 10-6.

6.
2008, Alabama: The infamous Blackout Game. Both Georgia and Alabama were unbeaten on Sept. 27, but the Crimson Tide came into Sanford and won easily, 41-30.

7.
2011, vs. Boise State: So much offseason build-up, and basically a home crowd in the Georgia Dome, and the Bulldogs ended up being dominated, 35-21, the score not reflective of the game.

8.
2006, Tennessee: The ninth-ranked Bulldogs entered this Oct. 7 game unbeaten, but ended up being flattened 51-33 by the one-loss Volunteers.

9.
2002, vs. Florida: This loss stung because it cost Georgia an unbeaten season and chance at a national title run. The Bulldogs went on to finish 13-1, their only loss coming against a sub-par Gator team, 20-13.

10.
2013, at Vanderbilt: The Bulldogs had not lost at Vanderbilt in 22 years, and led by 13 in the fourth quarter. But controversial penalties and poor special teams play led to a stunning 31-27 loss.

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