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September 18, 1965 – Alabama vs Georgia

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In format in formatOn September 18, 1965 one of the most interesting and controversial games in UGA history took place in Sanford Stadium – Alabama vs Georgia – The Flea Flicker

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College Football Hall of Fame coach Vince Dooley, in just his second season as a head coach at Georgia, pulled off a stunning upset of defending national champion Alabama in 1965. The highlight of the first half was Georgia defensive tackle George Patton’s return of an interception for a 55-yard touchdown, giving the Bulldogs an early 10-0 lead. Hall of Fame coach Bear Bryant’s favored Crimson Tide came back in the third quarter with a fumble recovery, which led to a touchdown. On the next possession, quarterback Steve Sloan ran in a touchdown to give Alabama a 17-10 edge going into the fourth quarter. On the Bulldogs’ next possession, quarterback Kirby Moore pitched it to end Pat Hodgson (whose knees were shown on the ground in postgame photos), who then lateraled to half back Bob Taylor for an untouched 73-yard touchdown run. Georgia’s two-point conversion wrapped up the shocking win. Despite the loss, Alabama would finish the season 9-1-1 and be crowned national champion by the AP, while Georgia would finish 6-4.

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