Friday, June 29, 2012

GATArchives - greatest upset at WLOCP

Sure, there have been plenty of upset faces for Dawg fans leaving Jacksonville the last couple decades. But the biggest upset in Georgia history was one handed to the hated Gators. 

The year was 1985 and Galen Hall not only had his fightin' reptiles #1 in the nation, he also had inherited the team on probation. Charley Pell had left the program steeped in controversy in the middle of the 1984 season. Strapped with over 100 major NCAA infractions, Hall would rally his players the rest of the season to a 9-1-1 record. That catapulted them into the '85 season where they were undefeated coming into the WLOCP.

The problem for the Gators was, the Dawgs never blinked. Behind the powerful legs of freshman Keith Henderson Dooley's offense rushed for over 300 yards. And even though Kerwin Bell threw for over 400 yards, Florida never found the endzone. A 6-1-1 Georgia team ranked #17 in the nation proved to their rivals that the Gator Bowl was still their turf with a 24-3 upset win.

Because the game wasn't televised, very little footage has ever been seen. Luckily Dawg19 has us covered with this recap by Larry Munson. Enjoy.

Never gets old seeing a Florida quarterback struggle to get off the turf. Hope you enjoyed that one too. And if you were there we'd love to hear what the experience was like...taking down the hated Gators in the biggest upset in Georgia football history.

*for more on the game, check out Garbin's post from a couple years ago.


Bernie said...

No. 1 v. No. 7 and it wasn't on television. How the times have changed.

Bernie said...

I hear Pell blames Bobo.