Now that 2006 is in the books, UGASports.com decided to take a look back at the top moments in UGA athletics. But instead of us coming up with those memorable moments, we let Dawg fans nominate the best of the best. Here are the top ten nominations we received.
About this list...
To keep it relatively simple and within the realm of the sports that we cover on UGASports.com, we limited nominations to football, recruiting, men's basketball, women's basketball, and baseball.
Over 200 nominations were received with a total of 23 different events being cited.
While the vast majority of nominations were for football moments, there were several surrounding the Diamond Dawgs' post season run to the College World Series. Since there were so many but relatively few for a given moment, we lumped them together into one nomination.
Basketball did not do well. The men's team received a total of three nominations, one for Levi Stukes' buzzer beater to defeat South Carolina, another for Mike Mercer's reveres ally-op against Gonzaga, and a third for sweeping the NIT Champion Gamecocks last winter. The Lady Dawgs did not receive any nominations.
The only recruiting moment nominated was the commitment of tailback Caleb King, but there were several who nominated this moment.
The vast majority of votes were for the top four moments.
Tra Battle's three interceptions at Auburn
The 2006 Moment of the Year was not just one moment but a series of events that propelled an unlikely candidate into the hearts of Bulldog fans forever. Senior safety Tra Battle, a former walk-on who played in nearly every game of his career, pulled down three interceptions, including one which he returned for a touchdown, in the Bulldogs' 37-15 win at No. 5 ranked Auburn.
Stafford to Massaquoi to win over Tech
With 1:45 remaining on the clock as quarterback Matthew Stafford found receiver Mohamed Massaquoi in the back of the endzone to give the Bulldogs a 13-12 lead over arch-rival Georgia Tech in Athens. Moments later, the two connected on a two-point conversion for the 15-12 win. The Bulldogs' 12-play, 64-yard drive culminated in the four yard pass to give UGA their sixth consecutive win over the Yellow Jackets.