Great Georgia wins over Florida: 1985

Vince Dooley and his Dogs celebrate the 1985 win over Florida. (About Them Dawgs!)

Vince Dooley and his Dogs celebrate the 1985 win over Florida. (About Them Dawgs!)

One good way to improve your mood when you’re feeling pessimistic about the Dogs’ chances is to look at games from the past where Georgia overcame the odds for a big win.

So as the 2009 Dogs prepare to meet the No. 1 team in the nation, it’s good to remember that Georgia’s only win to date over a team ranked No. 1 was against … Florida.

I well remember that 1985 classic in Jacksonville. It wasn’t televised because Florida was on NCAA probation, so I sat in the den of the Decatur house we were renting at the time, listening to Larry Munson describe the action on the radio while my infant son sat nearby. (As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, I indoctrinated him as a Dog fan from the day he was born.)

The challenge for the 1985 team wasn’t quite as daunting a task as the one this year’s Dogs face, because Georgia was 6-1-1 at that point (in the days when games could still end in a tie) and ranked No. 17. And while the Gators’ quarterback, Kerwin Bell, was considered a Heisman candidate, he was nowhere near canonization.

Probably the best thing about the game, besides the final score, was that Georgia pretty much dominated it from beginning to end. Despite Bell throwing for more than 400 yards, the Gators could only muster a field goal. The Dogs sacked Bell five times and Steve Boswell had a fumble recovery that ended a 91-yard Gators drive in the fourth quarter. When oldtime Dawgs wistfully discuss the heyday of Georgia defenses, that’s what they’re talking about.

Meanwhile, a pair of Georgia freshman running backs ran wild. Keith Henderson racked up 145 yards rushing, including touchdown runs of 76 and 32 yards. Tim Worley also topped 100 yards for the game, thanks to a spectacular 89-yard touchdown run that tied Johnny Griffith for the longest rushing touchdown in Georgia history. You can read more about the 24-3 victory at About Them Dawgs!

From there, Georgia went on to lose to Auburn and Tech and tied Arizona in the Sun Bowl, for an overall 7-3-2 record. So it was far from a great season.

But on that day in Jacksonville, the Dogs proved that you don’t have to be great to beat No. 1.

85 comments Add your comment

SWFLJacket

October 26th, 2009
1:57 pm

Not gonna happen

L-Dawg

October 26th, 2009
1:58 pm

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!

WHAT DO GEORGIA TECH “FANS” AND UGA FANS HAVE IN COMMON?? THEY ARE BOTH OBSESSED WITH THEM DAWGS AND WHAT IS GOING ON OUT IN ATHENS!!!!

CANNOT WAIT TIL SATURDAY TO SEE TEBOW GET A GOOD OLE FASHIONED SOUTHERN SKULL-THUMPING!!

GO DAWGS!!!!

SO GREAT TO LOVE MY TEAM AS OPPOSED TO HATE/ENVY ANOTHER!!!!

UGA = THE ONLY RELEVANT TEAM IN THE GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA!!!!!

betweenthehedges

October 26th, 2009
1:59 pm

any rumors of atternate unis i.e. black tops, red bottoms, etc

Saint Simons

October 26th, 2009
2:03 pm

UGA # 39 hahahahahahahahahahahaha

gatorman770

October 26th, 2009
2:05 pm

….and the Gators still went on to win a share of the mythical 1985 (sic) National Championship (i.e. Gators were AP poll #1 with Michigan and Oklahoma #1 in other polls)!

kauai dawg

October 26th, 2009
2:06 pm

We should be the away team this time so white tops I would guess.

kauai dawg

October 26th, 2009
2:09 pm

IS this the game that “muddy” Waters went wild? I remember listening as well and couldn’t wait to see the Vince Dooley show the next day to “get the picture”

It seems as if when we wear white we upset. Except for Green’s senior year a few years back. Go DAWGS!

robert08

October 26th, 2009
2:14 pm

Actually, Florida was No. 1 in Sagarin Rankings in 1985 … Oklahoma was No. 1 in AP and 15 other polls – including UPI and USA Today/CNN. Michigan was No. 1 in some other odd poll.

MagnaCarterGT

October 26th, 2009
2:19 pm

L-Dawg is very delusional.

Also, caps lock: cruise control for cool.

Herschel Talker

October 26th, 2009
2:26 pm

There you go again. Reminiscing about the past. How I long for the days when we will be able to talk about the present.

Oh, and by the way, L-Dawg is a tool. He is a blind homer, who is a disgrace to our fan base. What a loser.

BObO ThE CLowN

October 26th, 2009
2:30 pm

L-Dawg ………
Sounds like your the one with Hate/Envy. What’s the point in being a fan of a team if you cant pick on your rival team? Jawge has one down year and there fans freak out when they get made fun of. Take it like a man and stop having Penis envy. You’ll probably be the one dishing out the hate next year.

LOSER DAWG no different than SAINT SIMONS post on every blog to feel relevant.

Dawg Max

October 26th, 2009
2:40 pm

The dawgs pull another 1985 type upset: UGa 28-Fla 19!!! Tebow will throw some more pick 6’s for big points for UGA!!!!!

Greg

October 26th, 2009
2:49 pm

Hire Kirby Smart!!!

Michael Scharff

October 26th, 2009
3:01 pm

Bill, if you’re ging to use the “Way Back” machine this week, please review the 1980 game. That remains in my 45 years of watching Georgia football (since I was 5 years old!) the single most magical day of my Bulldog life. All the pieces fell into place that day – Buck to Lindsey, RUN LINDSEY, Tech tying Notre Dame – if those things don’t happen, we don’t go on to beat Auburn and Tech and play for and win the National Championship!

L-Dawg

October 26th, 2009
3:17 pm

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Moggs

October 26th, 2009
3:18 pm

Greg’s got it-
Let’s call Kirby- it couldn’t hurt

LSUnAtlanta

October 26th, 2009
3:18 pm

“When oldtime Dawgs wistfully discuss the heyday of Georgia defenses, that’s what they’re talking about.”

Ummmm……Giving up 400+ yards passing is not what most consider a dominating Defense..

Saint Simons

October 26th, 2009
3:20 pm

L-Dawg!! Thats my line!!!

The Ghost of Erk Russell

October 26th, 2009
3:21 pm

Yes, 1985 was a great win, but then….

Dooley was the coach; he wore a tie; players didn’t dance on the sideline bench; Dooley blamed himself when they lost – he didn’t insult the fans who “had not been in the arena”; Dooley’s players didn’t insult fans with any “never played a down of football” crap; there was no end zone celebration; no off season arrests; no giving up 30 points or more per game; no ranking worst in penalties and turnovers; and Dooley never claimed a loss in Jax on it being a “travel game”.

Contrast Dooley’s class with what goes on now. Yeesh. Wonder who CMR and Joey Cox will blame this loss on? Youth? The officials? Travel Game?

Joey

October 26th, 2009
3:25 pm

I was there too Bill. I remember walking into the Gator Bowl and feeling like I was going to a funeral and the UF fans were beside themselves prior to kickoff. It seemed like UF had the ball all day, but couldn’t get in the end zone. Alas, those days are gone, thanks to every UGA coach since Dooley. Ole Vince could get in the Gators’ heads and he always had at least 1 trick play for them. And Robert, I’m almost positive UF was the AP #1 ranked team for that week only. The rankings came out on Tuesday, and the UGA fans were chanting “three whole days” after the game.

robodawg

October 26th, 2009
3:28 pm

I remember the ‘85 game and listening to Munson. That morning, Bill King, your employer had a cartoon of a bulldog falling into the open mouth of a gator on the front page of the sports section (funny, the sports sections used a lot more cartoons in those days). I was in middle school then and filled with dread at what would happen to us that day. But the next morning I was so glad to get the paper so I could see some pictures from the game.

Joey

October 26th, 2009
3:29 pm

Greg and Moggs, boys, boys, you didn’t read the Tim Tucker article today where Richt confided to a recruit that “Martinez wasn’t going anywhere”? So stop getting you hopes up, Willie is here to stay!

Golden Dawg 84

October 26th, 2009
3:35 pm

Great Georgia Wins Over Florida

Could be the shortest blog in memory

stiggywiggy

October 26th, 2009
3:53 pm

There is a better chance of Grenada beating the USA. Love to hear you dawgies reminisce about the alleged “glory” days of yore, before you slid into Tulane/Rice-ville, where you find yourself now. Get in your car. Put your red & black flag out your car window. Now drive down to J’ville like the good dawgie/lemming that you are, for your yearly migratory journey south into destruction.

HBTD

October 26th, 2009
3:57 pm

It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog!! Will not be surprised at all to see Dawgs win this week and then run the table (too bad Tech, but you can still go to the ACC Champs game).

Fix my email account, ya $40k/year geek!

October 26th, 2009
4:39 pm

stiggywiggy – Wow! Your comments are soooo witty. How do you come up with such fun stuff all the time?

Party at Joe Cox's to watch SEC Title Game

October 26th, 2009
4:42 pm

Since 1990 Florida has absolutely owned the Bulldawgs. Almost 20 years now and the Dawgs have beaten them 3 times, wow that is pathetic. Rivalry officially over. HBTD is very optimistic and I like it, I think he should go out and buy some lottery tickets and maybe he will win that too.

Can you give the Gators a game this year?

October 26th, 2009
4:48 pm

DawgMax the Dawgs couldn’t score 28 points on this defense if Stafford and Moreno came down from the NFL and dressed for this game. Memo to UGA – Tech would like you to change the “tie” from last year in your media guide, they won fair and square.

bb

October 26th, 2009
4:49 pm

robert08,

Actually, Oklahoma was not ranked #1 in the AP when UGA played Florida in Nov. 1985 (they were #7). Oklahoma finished #1, but only achieved that rank after the bowl games. Generally, when speaking of teams beating ranked opponents, people use the most recent poll before the game, not one 2 months later.

A sure bet

October 26th, 2009
5:05 pm

UGA was lucky to beat Arizona State and should send a care package for their field goal kicker that was hurt and sitting on the bench. The Gators are no Arizona State, they are a little better. Ha ha ha Ha ha ha ha ha Ha

Cougar

October 26th, 2009
6:23 pm

Yes, L-Dawg, you’re pathetic. The fact that you post at different times throughout the days means that:

1. You don’t have a job; or

2. You have some menial job, but you’re cheating your employer with all the web surfing you do; or

3. The penitentiary guards are getting very lax these days with you prisoners.

No Fan of Georgia

October 26th, 2009
6:27 pm

I just had a big buck walk through my yard and I have as much chance of shooting and killing it with a BB gun as Georgia has to beat Florida.

CarolinaDawg

October 26th, 2009
6:28 pm

Someone just offered me Dawgs+19 points. I’m tempted to take it. Decision, decision, decision.

No, I can’t do it. Florida will be going for a blowout for the BCS points.

Ponde Vedra Dawg

October 26th, 2009
6:30 pm

L dawg is beyond delusional.

okcbulldog

October 26th, 2009
6:33 pm

I normally would not pick Georgia to win this game because it is such a psychological and motivation mix match to Florida’s credit, but some reason I think the dawgs are going to win this one.
CMR lacks any motivational skills hence to the reason the dawgs come out flat in big games, especially against the gators, but he won’t have to have them dance in the end zone or break out the black jerzey’s to motivate them, I think the players will be on fire because they have nothing to loose and coming off a two week rest.

Dandy dawg

October 26th, 2009
6:35 pm

If Florida wins by 1 or 3 or 30, doesn’t matter. Puppies ways say:
in the sec a win is a win

Buck in valdosta

October 26th, 2009
6:37 pm

Dawgs win by 10, bank on it.
And yanks sweep the phils kinkade. Lol

CarolinaDawg

October 26th, 2009
6:37 pm

I think I’ll just buy some lottery tickets, I’d have a better chance of winning.

CarolinaDawg

October 26th, 2009
6:38 pm

Looks like Buck in valdosta has started hitting the sauce early! :-)

We're the Dawgs!

October 26th, 2009
6:38 pm

#46 in the country baby!

Ian 88

October 26th, 2009
6:41 pm

Florida rolls, buck you’re delusional on both ga and the yanks.

BCS

October 26th, 2009
6:41 pm

Florida by 28 points, that’s what you can bank on. Anything less, you’ll need help from the FDIC.

SaraDawg

October 26th, 2009
6:43 pm

I can’t believe UGA hasn’t dumped Richt and hired a real coach. Real, as in w-i-n-n-e-r.

Buy him out and send him packing.

Dirty Gator

October 26th, 2009
6:44 pm

Uga has a slim chance of pulling the upset, but it won’t happen.
Can Georgia beat tech this year?

Dawgie Poo

October 26th, 2009
6:47 pm

Go ( insert redneck accent here) Daaaaawwwwwwwgs!
We’re number 48, Gators look out. Woof Woof

Phred_in_Winder

October 26th, 2009
6:48 pm

“Since 1990 Florida has absolutely owned the Bulldawgs. Almost 20 years now and the Dawgs have beaten them 3 times.”

Statistics and records don’t mean anything in this game. Neither does the oddsmakers’ line. Forget all that and GO DAWGS!

Phred_in_Winder

October 26th, 2009
6:49 pm

“Can Georgia beat tech this year?”

I doubt it.

Denver Dawg

October 26th, 2009
6:49 pm

Dawgs romp Saturday and all you tech heads will crawl
back under your dorm room rugs.

Realistic Homer

October 26th, 2009
6:56 pm

Think the thin air in the Rockies has gotten to Denver Dawg, geez, delusional doesn’t even cover the insanity of that statement.

Red & Black Puppy

October 26th, 2009
6:58 pm

don’t think this will be a 28 point win by either side (lol) Florida will win I’m sure even though I’d love to see the Dawgs pull the upset. But the way this season is going, we’d beat FLA and lose to TN Tech.