“That was a heiney spanking.”

Good times in Death Valley, as remembered by a key participant.

An 11th-ranked Georgia team coming off its first SEC title in 20 years went on the road and thumped Clemson 30-0 to open the 2003 season in the team’s last meeting before a crowd of 83,000. Those Tigers were coming off a 7-6 season.

“All I remember is it was 900 degrees,” said David Greene, Georgia’s starting quarterback in back-to-back wins against the Tigers in 2002 and 2003. “Other than the score.”

That pretty much sums it up, other than the fact that Georgia, in true Casey Clausen fashion, played the game one-armed.

The visit to the “Death Valley” was a potentially dangerous one for the undermanned Bulldogs, who were without several key defensive starters, including star defensive end Will Thompson, who will miss the season with a knee injury. Coach Mark Richt also suspended eight players.



Filed under Clemson: Auburn With A Lake, Georgia Football

10 responses to ““That was a heiney spanking.”

  1. JG Shellnutt

    Yes it was hot but they also ran out of ice which made it seem even hotter.


  2. JC

    The two hottest games I’ve attended were both in South Carolina – Clemson in ’03 and USC in ’08 in Columbia.


  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    Mark Richt halftime interview:

    Infobabe: Coach are you worried about the effect of the heat?
    Richt: They can get hot after the game.

    Coaches will always be coaches.


  4. Scorpio Jones, III

    Does Clemmons run the football?


  5. Cojones

    One of their runners is the Boyd.

    Remember it well. Besides Will and the 8 he suspended, Richt had other injury problems for a total outage of about 13-14 players which overshadows the suspensions he’s had to do the last 3 yrs. As game time neared the Dawgs chances didn’t look good. Then they went ahead and played the game.

    Funny how that works out.


  6. Silver Creek Dawg

    Best part of the game (other than the shutout butt kicking)-

    The Clemmons center puked on the ball before their first offensive play.


  7. Dawg19

    Speaking of big games against Clemson and missing our stars…



    2002 Bama and 2003 Clem’s son were the two hottest days in the history of human existence. The rock petters ran out of water by halftime. Bama made it to early 3rd quarter before running out. Taj Boyd scares the bejeesus out of of me. This may be one of those mid 1990’s type games we win 45 -38


  9. Spike

    I was at that game in the video! What a night that was!!