After Georgia put up a point fourth quarter comeback, Auburn Murray ran up the middle and dove into the end zone, making it past the. Gus Malzahn and Chip Lindsey's Auburn relationship has Georgia roots At the time, Lindsey was the head coach of four-star tight end Philip Lindsey to Auburn the first time as an offensive analyst four years later in Gus Malzahn's Auburn Tigers: one of the 50 best* of all time. But a Marshall Morgan field goal at the end of the first half bought UGA.
I don't think Herschel beat her in a sprint until his junior year.
I didn't see any sense in waiting another year when we had a great track athlete available who happened to have a relationship with someone we knew was very special. It was good common sense. I came home on Easter weekend. I was in Atlanta at my in-laws' house on Easter Sunday. We had our children doing an Easter egg hunt in the yard. It was before cell phones, so the phone rang inside the house.
It was Steve Greer, who told me Herschel was ready to sign. I drove to Athens and jumped in the car with Steve and Coach Dooley. When it was finally over, my wife said, "I hope he never plays. Walker's signing with UGA ended one of the most tension-filled recruiting periods in Georgia football history. In a high school all-star game in Atlanta, Walker had 13 carries for 55 yards, leaving Duke-bound Mark Heninger, a defensive tackle on the other team, unimpressed.
That was not the case. In Walker's first practice, defensive lineman Eddie "Meat Cleaver" Weaver hit him so hard that Walker's helmet flew off his head. Walker showed glimpses of what he'd ultimately become throughout the preseason, but he still opened the year buried on the depth chart behind Donnie McMickens, Carnie Norris and Matt Simon.
Larry Munson, late Georgia radio-play-by-play announcer from his autobiography, "From Herschel to a Hobnail Boot: The Life and Times of Larry Munson": I've told this story before, but Dooley told me that he was concerned that he might have a big, stiff fullback on his hands. That is what he said to me. Bill Bates, Tennessee safety, Before the game, there was talk about this other running back that Georgia had, but we knew Herschel wasn't going to start the game.
We didn't know much about him at all. In the paper, they said he was a great running back. You read that stuff, but it doesn't determine what you do in the game. Joe Happe, Georgia center, We didn't have high expectations for Herschel, because he made so many mistakes in preseason.
We just didn't expect much. He came in with such hype. When we put on the pads and started tackling each other, he missed assignments and fumbled the ball. He's obviously very talented, but he's a freshman. He'll be good down the road, but not immediately. Donnie McMickens, Georgia running back, I worked hard in spring practice for a starting position. I took off in the summer and went home to see my daughter, Aisha, who was turning 1 year old. I got back for fall practice and suffered a rib injury.
I kept trying to play, and Coach Dooley asked me if I was ready. I told him I was ready. I did earn the starting position outright. I would have to say that early on I was not impressed. Herschel just didn't do anything in practice to make him stand out. I had played with [former UGA player] Willie McClendon, and to me he set the standard for what a running back should be.
He was impressive in his testing -- the yard dash and that kind of stuff. In actual practices, he made a few good runs, but didn't stand out. I didn't think there was anything that was totally amazing about him.
Coming out of the lowest classification [of high school football] in the state, it was an adjustment He had to prove himself.
When my name was called, I wanted to be ready. Johnny Majors, who had previously coached at Pittsburgh from I'll tell you this: Inwe had a freshman at Pitt that was outstanding, and we started him in his first game. Ironically, Tony Dorsett started in his first game at Georgia. He ran for 76 yards on his first carry in practice at Pitt, and I started him in his first game. I wasn't afraid to play Dorsett, because I knew how good he was.
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I don't know if they were being conservative with Walker or what. I have a lot to learn. McMickens, Norris and Walker each got two possessions to make their case. Simon was injured and didn't play in the game.
Walker's debut was not going well. When Cavan told Walker he was going into the game, he couldn't find his helmet. Walker later told reporters that he felt "almost paralyzed" while standing in the backfield. He ran for eight yards on his first two carries and had a nine-yard gain on a screen pass. On the next series, he gained 14 yards on three attempts. He was steady but unspectacular. At halftime, Cavan told offensive coordinator George Haffner that they had to start Walker at tailback in the second half and leave him in the game.
Cavan found Dooley in the locker room and made his case. When the Bulldogs returned to the field for the second half, Walker was their starting tailback. Buck Belue, Georgia quarterback, I've always been a pretty good eavesdropper, and I'll never forget the conversation I overheard at halftime. Coach Cavan was telling Coach Dooley, "I know you don't like to play freshmen, but he's got to get in the game now. The other running backs aren't doing anything. I did not think he'd earned the right to start, but he'd earned the right to see what he could do.
In Coach Dooley's wisdom, he was smart not to start him because there was so much pressure on him. In my youth and exuberance, I probably would've thrown him right in there. At halftime, though, there was no question about what we had to do. Thank goodness Coach Dooley agreed to it. Herschel was the only chance we had.
We had to get him in the ballgame. I'm not sure [Dooley] thought I was ready. I think the crowd chanting my name might have had something to do with it. Here's how Munson called it: He's running over people! Oh, you Herschel Walker!
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My God Almighty, he ran right through two men! Herschel ran right over two men!
They had him dead away inside the 9! Herschel Walker went 16 yards! He drove right over orange shirts just driving and running with those big thighs. My God, a freshman! Do you realize what has happened in this thing tonight?
Herschel started to the right side and cut back to the left, where it was wide open. He saw the daylight, and by the time he got to Bates, he was running full speed. Bates kind of squatted and was off-balance. He might have stopped a lot of running backs, but he wasn't going to stop Herschel in that situation. Jeff Harper, Georgia offensive lineman, It was a play that was originally designed to go between the right guard and right tackle.
He had a clean look to the end zone, except for Bill. The rest is history. We started blitzing, because we didn't think Walker would be able to pick them up. We had a blitz from one of the sides.
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He cut back to the left, and our coaches always told us to break down for a tackle. So I broke down. I looked into Herschel's eyes and realized he wasn't going to make a move. The next thing I knew, I had footprints on my chest and turned around and saw No. It was a big deal and something I'll always remember. As I started my footwork, I saw a great hole open up the left. People have been giving me so much credit for running over Bates, but my offensive line opened the hole so much I was running at full speed when I got to him.
Bill has always gotten a lot of heat for it, but he is an incredible football player. As I started to run toward him and accelerated, his foot slipped.
He lowered his head right before I got to him. Everybody wants to give me 15 minutes of fame, but it was God's grace that the hole opened and his foot slipped and not mine. I don't know if Bill lost his footing or not. When Herschel ran over him, Bill was kind of in a squatting position.
It would have been hard for anybody to knock Herschel back. Herschel was so powerful, you had to go for his legs. I don't know if Bill went for his waist or what. Maybe he should have been a little lower and gone for his feet.
Yeah, I guess you could say that I got pretty excited that night. I remember yelling, 'My God Almighty, he ran right through two men! Meanwhile, Georgia had gone three-and-out on three of their first four drives. They rounded out their final two drives by throwing an interception and scoring a late field goal to make the halftime score In the 3rd quarter, Georgia elected not to allow sophomore kicker Marshall Morgan to attempt what would have been a yard field goal despite the fact that he had hit that distance before.
Through the first 50 minutes of the game, Auburn had scored on seven of nine possessions with 29 first downs building a 37—17 lead. In contrast, when Georgia began their first possession of the fourth quarter they had only reached the end zone once on their previous six drives. At that moment, Aaron Murray threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to senior Rantavious Wooten to cut the deficit to 13 points.
In fact Murray would lead his team to three touchdowns in the span of 7: Down by six, the drive seemed to stall when the Bulldogs gained a paltry two yards on three plays. But facing 4th down and goal, Aaron Murray scrambled from the yard line on a quarterback sneak scoring a controversial touchdown that gave Georgia the 38—37 lead. But all replay angles proved inconclusive, the officials unable to find indisputable evidence to overturn the touchdown ruling on the field.
Their stagnant offense had not found the end zone in over 23 minutes of play and had only crossed the yard line once since their opening drive of the second half. With 36 seconds left and the impending fourth down, Gus Malzahn burned his second of three timeouts to consult with his team. As Auburn retook the field, Georgia coach Mark Richt immediately used his first timeout to assess his defensive strategy.
Auburn needed 18 yards for a first down that would keep their slim chance for a victory alive. The play involved one receiver running deep on a post route while another would run a shallow dig route far enough to make the first down. But the planned deep receiver Louis begged quarterback Nick Marshall to throw him the ball instead. This is how Lundquist called the play: Talk about a Hail Mary.
It bounces up in the air for the most improbable touchdown you'll ever see … and Louis, a miracle of miracles.