Tuesday, April 3, 2012

GATArchives: 1984 Citrus Bowl

With the recent visit from Coach Bowden I thought this archive addition would be appropriate.

Source - The Orlando Sentinel
Date - December 21, 1984
Context - Georgia meets Florida State in the 39th Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando Fla.
Photo courtesy of Tom Burton



From the photo it's interesting to me how Bobby looks so similar to both Terry and Tommy. Dooley looks just somewhat younger than he does today.

Georgia came into the contest at 7-4 after finishing SEC play with 4-2 record. Meanwhile FSU was 7-3 and was ranked 15th in the nation by the AP. It was 10th meeting between the teams but the first in nearly 20 years.

The game ended in a 17-17 tie. Despite being an underdog to the hotshot Seminoles and missing some offensive star power, Georgia relied heavily on its defense led by Knox Culpepper and Jeff Sanchez. The Dawgs led by two touchdowns at the half, but in the waning seconds Dooley found his team tied. So he sent in his All- American kicker and Kevin Butler attempted what I think is still the longest FG attempt in football...a 70 yarder. He missed, but you certainly can't blame the logic.

Quotable: Dooley on his team's motivation - "It's going to be a tougher job no doubt about it. Normally, we're playing for a national championship, or at least with a chance at a national championship."


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