Good times in the Dogs-Gators series

A few more of my favorite Georgia-Florida games over the years …

The 1964 game in Vince Dooley’s first season as coach. I remember rushing back from a Boy Scouts outing to turn the radio on and listen to this one. Late in the game, the two teams were tied 7-7 and after a Georgia drive bogged down at the Gator 5-yard line, the Dogs were going for a field goal when the snap was fumbled. The Georgia kicker, Bobby Etter, whose name was usually preceded by the word “little,” picked up the ball and ran to his left, giving a pump fake while he was a it. The Florida defender came up, holder Barry Wilson blocked him and Etter dove over the goal line for the winning score. I vividly remember listening to Ed Thilenius describing the action on the radio. It was, I think, when Georgia fans knew something special was happening to the program.

Steve Spurrier probably still sees Bill Stanfill in his nightmares. (Dozier-stanfill.com)

Steve Spurrier probably still sees Bill Stanfill in his nightmares. (Dozier-stanfill.com)

The 1966 game during Steve Spurrier’s Heisman Trophy season. Spurrier was sacked a number of times by the Georgia defense, led by all-Americans Bill Stanfill and George Patton, and safety Lynn Hughes, my favorite player at the time, ran an interception back 39 yards for a touchdown as the Dogs prevailed 27-10 in Dooley’s first SEC championship season. Spurrier has never forgiven Georgia.

The 1975 game, in which No. 11 Florida came in as a heavy favorite. This was about three weeks before my wedding and I seem to recall my bride-to-be was at a shower being held by one of my parents’ neighbors and I watched it with my brothers and Dad in my parents’ basement den. Florida scored early off a Georgia fumble but Erk Russell’s Junkyard Dawgs held the Gators scoreless the rest of the game, which was won with 3 minutes left on a trick play immortalized in one of Larry Munson’s most memorable calls as tight end Richard Appleby faked the end-around and stopped and threw that famous 80-yard pass to flanker Gene Washington. We were all on our feet screaming as Washington “caught it, thinking of Montreal and the Olympics, and ran out of his shoes,” as Munson put it, adding: “Gator Bowl rocking, stunned, the girders are bending now!” Georgia won 10-7.

Sweet memories.

113 comments Add your comment

Richard Appleby

October 29th, 2009
10:45 am

I rose to the occasion!

Buck Belue

October 29th, 2009
10:45 am

Thank God and Greyhound for Nat Hudson.

Saint Simons

October 29th, 2009
10:45 am

45 – 42 !!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Vince Dooley

October 29th, 2009
10:49 am

My record vs. Tech: 19-6 !!!!!!!!! hahahahahahaha

Ray Goff

October 29th, 2009
10:50 am

My record vs Tech: 5-2!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahaha

Mark Richt

October 29th, 2009
10:51 am

My record vs Tech: 7-1!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahaha

Steve Spurrier

October 29th, 2009
10:52 am

Georgia’s just better ‘n us, that’s all.

How bout 1982?

October 29th, 2009
10:55 am

UGA 44, FU 0.

L-Dawg

October 29th, 2009
10:55 am

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!

GO DAWGS!!! (OH IM SORRY, THATS BEING A BLIND HOMER)

FIRE WILLIE MARTINEZ!!!!

FIRE MIKE BOBO!!!!

HIRE DAVID POLLACK!!!!!

HIRE DONALD TRUMP!!!!!

WHAT DO GEORGIA TECH “FANS” AND UGA FANS HAVE IN COMMON?? THEY ARE BOTH OBSESSED WITH THEM DAWGS AND WHAT HAPPENS IN THE GREAT TOWN OF ATHENS, GA!!!!!

G.L.O.R.Y. G.L.O.R.Y. TO THE GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA!!!!!

Skipper

October 29th, 2009
11:15 am

25-year-old Gator: My record against Georgia is 18-7, swirl that around in your bloody mary.

How bout 1990-2009?

October 29th, 2009
11:18 am

Assuming UF wins Saturday that will run their record to 17-3 over the last 2 decades. Shouldn’t one team have to win more than 15% of the games for it to be called a rivalry?

Hey Dogs, you may want to get a head start on booking those reservations for Shreveport before the A&M fans start taking them.

Charlie (is) Strong

October 29th, 2009
11:19 am

Yeah, there has been great times over the last 20 years.

guy

October 29th, 2009
11:19 am

these constitute about 60% of your wins in the last 50 years no?

Gator Dawgpounding

October 29th, 2009
11:33 am

Ol’ Ball Coach you mean better before you got there. Hey guy, you “guys” are always living in the past, Since I was born (1952) the record is UF 33 UGA 23 and one where we both lost (1969) and if you want to go back the last 50 years, it is 34-25-1 Gators. GO GATORS!!!

GeoffDawg

October 29th, 2009
11:35 am

How did the Bill Stanfill quote go after Spurrier was crying to refs about late hits? “Sorry Steve, didn’t mean to step on your skirt”?

PMC

October 29th, 2009
11:38 am

let’s not turn into Cowboys fans and just talk about the good old days….

Skipper

October 29th, 2009
11:38 am

guy:

Florida is 28-21-1 against Georgia in the last 50 years. So, yeah, those 18 wins make up roughly 64 percent of our wins in the last 50 years, just as Georgia’s 15 wins from 1970-1989 make up roughly 71 percent of their wins in the last 50 years.

To be more specific, 64 percent of Florida’s wins came during 50 percent of the time period in question and 71 percent of Georgia’s wins cam in about 40 percent of that same time. The old Georgia argument that the Gators were enjoying one decade of success no longer holds any water. The domination has gone on long enough now that when you stretch it out over a 50-year period, the Gators still come out on top. Actually, let’s go back even further.

Riddell introduced the plastic football helmet in 1939, and Georgia beat Florida. Since then, Gators are 35-33-1 against Georgia.

Break it down by decade:
1940s: 2-7, UGA
1950s: 6-4, UF
1960s: 6-3-1, UF
1970s: 3-7, UGA
1980s: 2-8, UGA
1990s: 9-1, UF
2000s: 7-2, UF

Know your history, children.

1eyedJack

October 29th, 2009
11:39 am

Doesn’t matter what you say there is always a few aholes with hot air to expel.

Skipper

October 29th, 2009
11:39 am

Turns out it was the 70s and 80s that were the fluke, not the 90s.

ebdawg

October 29th, 2009
12:02 pm

well skippy you can spin it any way you want to. Florida has dominated since the 90’s, there is no doubt about that…

But….

In the first 29 games (beginning in 1904)…

Georgia won the first 7 games, outscoring the Gators 284-9.

After the first 29, Georgia was 23-5-1 against Florida…

After 67 games, Georgia was 43-22-2 against Florida….

and despite ALL the success the Gators have had, Georgia STILL leads the all time series, 47-38-2….

so know your history ladies…

Gator Dawgpounding

October 29th, 2009
12:02 pm

Yes and we know what a 1 eyed jack is…….

Rick

October 29th, 2009
12:05 pm

so we’re counting the years before helmets? Nice. If I wasn’t around to see it I don’t care.

Skipper

October 29th, 2009
12:16 pm

ebdawg,

You’re absolutely right. Georgia OWNED Florida in the leather helmet days.

You are dead wrong, however, on many other accounts. First, Florida and Georgia first met in 1915, about two decades before the birth of my grandfather. The series could not have started in 1904, because the University of Florida, as it exists today, did not start playing football until 1906.

Still, UGA won 21 of the first 25 games from 1915-1948.

You can spin it any way you want to, but we’ve owned you since the end of World War II, the invention of the plastic football helmet, television, FM radio and Interstates. Today the City of Jacksonville pays for your team’s charter flight from Athens to JAX. Perhaps you guys would rather take 441?

s. frued

October 29th, 2009
12:20 pm

Skipper, either you are in the Navy or you are a baseball manager. What other excuse could there be for your monicker?

Bill S.

October 29th, 2009
12:21 pm

What’s the matter Steve? Did I step on your skirt? – Bill Stanfill, 1966.

MasivAtack

October 29th, 2009
12:30 pm

Rick -

I think your comment validates exactly what it means to be a Gator Fan. Sorry that we actually have pride in our heritage and our history. That’s what makes it great to be a Georgia Bulldog. So you can keep your day-glow orange and electric blue jerseys and your melodramatic tightwad head coaches. A lot of awesome stuff happened before 1991 and I am gonna celebrate it.

Go Dawgs, take a bite out of them gators!

Your Daddy

October 29th, 2009
12:31 pm

That’s ok skippy, the City of Jacksonville also pays your trailer rent in your in city of revisionist history.

Michael Scharff

October 29th, 2009
12:39 pm

Appelby-to-Washington is almost my favorite GA – FLA moment of the last 40 years, eclipsed only by Buck-to-Lindsey.

Skipper

October 29th, 2009
12:39 pm

s. frued:

Actually, my real name is Tripp and I’ve been called Skip, Skipper, Skippy, etc. by some friends for many years. Baseball manager would be a pretty cool gig, however. I hear there’s an opening in 2011.

Your Daddy:

Actually, I was born and raised here in metro Atlanta and I live and work here now. I just attended UF to get a real education. Kidding. Both schools are fine institutions … one just has a better football team!

Skipper

October 29th, 2009
12:41 pm

Oh, and Your Daddy,

The only thing that makes the history I’ve been teaching you here is that I had to “review” it myself, because most of Georgia’s wins happened before I was born. I challenge you to look it up for yourself.

First challenge: find out when the University of Florida first fielded a varsity football team. Go ‘head. (Hint: it’s all in the media guide.)

Sunny Purdue

October 29th, 2009
12:43 pm

“It’s real unbearable,” said senior tackle Jon Stinchcomb, tears streaming down his face. “For the rest of our lives, all the seniors will know they never beat Florida. It’s one of our biggest rivalries, and we’re all 0-4. That’s a pretty tough pill to swallow.”

It’s made worse by the fact that Florida didn’t play its best. Nor did the Gators need all of their best players to win this game against the rival Spurrier hated the most.

Valdosta Dawg

October 29th, 2009
12:45 pm

Bottom line is UGA 46 UF 38 with 2 ties. You can’t refuse to look at what occurred before you were born, it is called history and that is what gives us the all time lead!

Skipper

October 29th, 2009
12:47 pm

Valdosta,

So you’re saying it will be another eight years until we catch you guys?

Cuz

October 29th, 2009
12:48 pm

It still comes down to who walks away the winner on Saturday. Heart says Dawgs, head says Gators. I will be watching with my heart, the head will have the game off.

RedPantsDawg

October 29th, 2009
12:48 pm

Time to stop living in the past.

UGASlobberknocker

October 29th, 2009
1:15 pm

1985 we beat #1 Fla only two weeks after getting tied by Vandy. Dawgs went in loose and kicked butt. It is much the same situation this year..except they now have Meyer instead of Galen the Whale Hall.

UGASlobberknocker

October 29th, 2009
1:22 pm

Skipper..I thought you were older than 19. Apparantly not, because that is the time frame Fla has been not awful.They were a joke until 1990..It took them almost 60 years to get their first SEC title. Run upstairs and ask Dad, he’ll remember

I predict that in 2030, Fla grads will be bragging aboout this decade just like all fans do..they just dont do it now because they have no decent history before 1990 to brag about..Gator fams dont want to talk history because they have none..nothing good to remember anyway. But thats OK, Gators have pea sized brains and cant remember a whole lot anyway

Skipper

October 29th, 2009
1:33 pm

OK, slobber. I’ll post it again. BY DECADE.

1940s: 2-7, UGA
1950s: 6-4, UF
1960s: 6-3-1, UF
1970s: 3-7, UGA
1980s: 2-8, UGA
1990s: 9-1, UF
2000s: 7-2, UF

And I’m 25. In that time period I have seen SEVEN Georgia victories over Florida, but can only really remember three of them. Wrap your head around that for a while. Our first SEC title was in 1991, but our last one was in 2008. When was Georgia’s last one again?

Sunny Purdue

October 29th, 2009
1:34 pm

UGASlob – UGly fans need their history because they suck at modern day football. Live in the past my friends – stay stupid.

Skipper

October 29th, 2009
1:35 pm

And I’m being very generous and counting 1942, another year that Florida did not field a varsity team. One of those “disputed” Georgia wins.

MarineJacket

October 29th, 2009
1:49 pm

L-Dawg- UGAG is sooooo funny when they bring up their “famous” fight song. What’s so funny is how in the world does a school in the heart of the south have a fight song written to the tune of “Battle Hymn of the Republic”? I love the look on UGAG fans’ faces when I point that out to them, and they don’t have to answer- probably like the look on your face right now…. If I have to explain it any more you are obviously not from even the south, much less the state of Georgia. Lastly, I am a Tech fan, not obsessed about Athens (I am from there though) but I’m laughing at the Dawg-nation’s (sic) misery right now. Get used to it as long as Paul Johnson is at Tech. Semper Fi!

L-Dawg

October 29th, 2009
1:56 pm

MARINE JACKET….

SO YOU ARENT OBSESSED WITH THE DAWGS AND WHAT GOES ON IN OUR PROGRAM… YET YOU ARE HERE, ON A UGA FAN BLOG, TALKING SMACK TO UGA FANS, WHILE YOUR STADIUM SITS HALF FULL FOR EVERY HOME GAME. MAKES A LOT OF SENSE…….

AS SOON AS THIS CLASS LEAVES TECH BTW, GOOD LUCK CONVINCING A QB OR WR TO SIGN WITH THE GIMMICK OFFENSE THAT DIVII COACH OF YOURS RUNS. GOOD LUCK SIGNING ANY RB THAT WISHES TO PLAY AT THENEXT LEVEL. TRUST ME, NFL DOES NOT SMILE ABOUT THE WITTLE TWIPPLE OPTION. AND FACE IT, HIGHLY TALENTED PLAYERS WILL ONLY SIGN WITH SCHOOLS THEY FEEL WILL PROPEL THEM TO THE NEXT LEVEL, NOT FOR ANYTHING ELSE.

HAVE FUN WHILE IT LASTS. NESBITT AND DWYER ARE LEAVING VERY, VERY SOON. THEN WHAT??

THWGT

Saint Simons

October 29th, 2009
1:58 pm

Florida 77 uga 0!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At halftime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cuz

October 29th, 2009
2:06 pm

Marine Jacket, I was born and raised in the South. We sang the Battle Hymm of the Republic in Grade School in the Sixties. I always thought that Glory, Glory was sung to the tune of John Brown’s Body. The Star Spangled Banner is set to the tune of a British Soldiers Drinking Song. What’s your point?

UKnowY

October 29th, 2009
2:10 pm

So by skipper’s logic football didn’t start till 1945. That means Washington’s all-time unbeaten streak doesn’t count. Penn St’s winning season streak is 44 years not 59. You have to take NC’s away from Michigan, Notre Dame, Alabama, GT, Army, among others. And UGA is only 29-34-1 against the gayturds since then. Maybe this is why skippie only wants to start taking notes since 1945.

Paul Johnson

October 29th, 2009
2:15 pm

My record vs. UGA: 1-0

Jim Donnan

October 29th, 2009
2:16 pm

My record vs. GT: 2-3

Learning To Drive

October 29th, 2009
2:33 pm

From the UGA Daily Police Log

Case#:09-2231
Traffic Control Device/Unlicensed Driver
10/28/09 at 8:53 a.m.
College Station Road @ River Road Loop
Vincent Lee Vance, male student

Alphare

October 29th, 2009
2:41 pm

Guys, it doesn’t matter win or lose. Vandy may be the little sister in football, look at who has the biggest endowment. I am surprised UGA is near the bottom considering Georgia is a big state.

Vanderbilt University $3.48 billion
University of Florida $1.21 billion
University of Alabama System $1.00 billion[56]
University of Arkansas $876 million
University of Tennessee System $867 million[57]
University of Kentucky $831 million
Louisiana State University System $593 million
University of Georgia $572 million
University of Mississippi $495 million
University of South Carolina $438 million
Auburn University $378 million
Mississippi State University $350.5 million [21]

MattDawg

October 29th, 2009
2:43 pm

Oct 31st 2009 Final Georgia 17 Florida 10. Write that down.