Clemson's frustration, which began with a lackluster performance and a loss to the Bulldogs in Athens on Labor Day Night, 1982, continued the next three seasons - the era of the 'ones that got away.'
1983: Clemson 16, Georgia 16
The game is remembered for its long-range dueling field goals to end the contest, but for Clemson, the 1983 meeting in Death Valley stands as another one that got away.
Clemson led 16-6 after a field goal by Bob Paulling and a touchdown run by Kenny Flowers set up by a fumble-causing hit by William Perry.
Two blocked field goal blocks by Georgia's Terry Hoage allowed the Bulldogs to stay in the game, and Georgia pulled even, 16-16, on a 31-yard field goal by Kevin Butler with 31 seconds remaining.
Clemson took the kickoff and moved into position for Donald Donald Igwebuike to a try for a 68-yard field goal. The Tigers' strong-legged soccer star almost pulled off the miracle, as his kick had the distance, but sailed narrowly wide to the left. Georgia, left with enough time for a try of its own, countered with a 66-yard attempt by Butler that fell well short.
1984: Georgia 26, Clemson 23
A new year brought yet another 'one that got away' disappointment to the Tigers, who led by 10 and 14 points before Kevin Butler kicked a 60-yard game-ending field goal to lift Georgia to victory.
Clemson led 10-0 early after a touchdown pass from Mike Eppley to K.D. Dunn and a drive-salvaging 22-yard field goal by Donald Igwebuike.
Georgia narrowed Clemson's lead to 10-6, but the Tigers struck again with a 27-yard touchdown pass from Eppley to running back Terrence Flagler, and then pushed its margin to 20-6 at halftime with a 43-yard field goal by Igwebuike.
The second half belonged to Georgia. The Bulldogs opened the third quarter with a touchdown pass from Todd Williams to Herman Archie, and then, after recovering a fumble by Eppley, tied the score on a short run by Cleveland Gary.
An interception by Tony Flack midway through the fourth quarter set up a 43-yard field goal by Butler, giving the Bulldogs their first lead of the game.
Clemson answered with a 48-yard field goal by Igwebuike, but the Bulldogs had the final say, as they moved into threatening position with a 24-yard run by Upstate S.C. native Tron Jackson and then won the game on Butler's 60-yarder.
1985: Georgia 20, Clemson 13
For the third straight year, Clemson jumped on top early, only to have the Bulldogs storm back.
The Tigers led 10-3 after a touchdown pass from Randy Anderson to Jim Riggs, followed by a short field goal by David Treadwell.
The Bulldogs - who were wearing their red britches for the first time in five years - stayed with their game, however, and rallied for 17 fourth-quarter points behind a punishing 360-yard rushing attack. Georgia converted 15 of 23 third-down chances in the game, and scored one of its touchdowns when offensive lineman Peter Anderson recovered a fumble in the end zone.
Clemson's late chance to tie or win ended with an interception by Georgia rover John Little in the end zone.
It was Georgia's first victory at Death Valley since 1976.