Kentucky Classic Rewind

Jake Scott

Jake Scott

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Jake Scott

1968

Georgia-35, Kentucky-14

One of the most talented Georgia players ever had a sensational day in Lexington as the Bulldogs powerhouse Southeastern Conference champions took down Kentucky 35-14. When it comes to stellar All-American defensive backs, Georgia takes a backseat to no school, featuring all-time greats like Terry Hoage, Scott Woerner, Champ Bailey and Jake Scott. Arguably the nation’s top defensive back and punt returner of 1968, Scott teamed with fellow All-American defenders Bill Stanfill and Steve Greer to headline the SEC’s best stop unit. In the first game of the season, Scott had a sensational punt return for a touchdown at Tennessee, leaping over a helmet en route to pay-dirt. Against Kentucky, Scott tied set a Georgia standard, while tying NCAA and SEC records by returning two interceptions for touchdowns. The Bulldogs would finish the regular season with an 8-0-2 record, chalking up the program’s second SEC championship in three seasons under the watch of young head coach Vince Dooley and beloved defensive coordinator Erk Russell. Scott picked off 10 passes in 1968 and was SEC Player of the Year, while earning All-American honors. Playing just two seasons at Georgia, Scott set the school record for career interceptions with 16 – in 18 games. He was never better for the Bulldogs than against Kentucky. As an NFL standout for Miami and then Washington, Scott made history as the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl VII, as the Dolphins beat the Redskins 14-7 to complete what is still the lone undefeated season in modern National Football League history. .

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John Lastinger

1982

Georgia-27, Kentucky-14

Undefeated Georgia was on the road against winless Kentucky, but the Bulldogs were in first half trouble. The Wildcats hit a couple of big plays to jump on top 14-0. Georgia would come fighting back, and the Bulldogs junior signal caller John Lastinger had one of his finest performances in red and black. A two-year starter at quarterback, the Valdosta native was the trigger man for the 1982 SEC Champions who went 11-1 and played for the national title, and the 1983 Cotton Bowl champs who finished 10-1-1. In Lexington, Lastinger led Georgia on one of its seven comeback victories of the campaign, tossing three touchdown passes, including a 64-yard scoring strike to Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker. All-American super toe Kevin Butler nailed a couple of field goals and the defense was tremendous in the second half, shutting the Wildcats out after intermission. The victory pushed the Bulldogs to a perfect 7-0 on the season and was a shining night for one of the winningest quarterbacks in Georgia history.

 

Rex Robinson

1978

Georgia-17, Kentucky-16

Things looked bleak for the Bulldogs on a chilly, crystal clear Saturday night in Lexington, Kentucky. The Wildcats had raced to a 16-0 lead over the Wonderdogs, who would later continue their penchant for dramatic victories. Georgia came roaring back with a pair of touchdowns to cut the Wildcats lead to 16-14. The Bulldogs got the ball back one final time and mounted a drive behind stellar offensive line play and strong running for the Southeastern Conference’s player of the year – tailback Willie McClendon of Brunswick. On this cool, clear night, the booming signal of AM 750 WSB sent the magical call of Liltin’ Larry Munson from Miami to Maine, from the Atlantic to the Rockies. Long before ESPN when dozens of games were on television every Saturday, football fans surfed their radio dials for pigskin action across the land. None delivered better than the Greatest College Football Announcer Ever. And the Mighty Munson was never better. With eight seconds to go, the game came down to the golden toe of All-American kicker Rex Robinson, one of the great specialists in college football annals, who lined up for a 29- yard attempt. “The whole stadium’s standing, no some of them are upside down, but they’re trying to stand!!! Rex sticks it up, it looks good, watch it, Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!”

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From the 1997-98 season through 2008-09, Jeff was the color commentator for the Georgia men’s basketball program. For football, he hosts the Bulldog Game Day pre-game show and the Dawg Talk post-game show with College unnamedFootball Hall of Famer Kevin Butler to break down the game and take calls from Georgia fans. He also continues to write for Bulldawg Illustrated, helping his friends the Leavys since the inception of that fine publication in 2003. You can also see him on CampusInsiders.com, where he is the Georgia Insider, espousing his knowledge on the Bulldogs.

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