Vince Dooley’s top five Georgia football upsets

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Number 5: Texas, the 1984 Cotton Bowl

Before the 1983 Georgia football season, the Bulldog Nation received its most devastating news ever: Herschel Walker had been declared ineligible for his senior season after signing a professional contract with Donald Trump’s New Jersey Generals. Even without the greatest offensive weapon in the history of college football, the Dawgs fought to an 8 – 0 – 1 record before bowing to Bo Jackson and Pat Dye’s Auburn Tigers.

Texas standard time

The Dawgs then beat Georgia Tech before traveling to Dallas and facing the second ranked Texas Longhorns in the 1984 Cotton Bowl. Through three quarters, the Dawgs held Texas to three field goals and scratched out a Kevin Butler boot for themselves. Then in classic Dooley style, the Dawgs recovered a muffed punt late in the fourth quarter and on the next play, Georgia lightning struck as quarterback John Lastinger dashed 17 yards for the winning touchdown.

Lastinger called it a “Glory Glory” moment, and Dawg people still greet Longhorns, tapping their watch, “Ten to nine in Texas.”