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1980's Football History
by UGA Sports Communications
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1980 | Schedule | Roster
Freshman tailback Herschel Walker added the spark that took this team to a 12-0 season and the national championship following a 17-10 victory over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl. Walker was named All-America and finished third in the Heisman voting. But the play of the century was a 93-yard TD pass from QB Buck Belue to WR Lindsay Scott with 1:04 left to give Georgia a 26-21 win over Florida and pave the way for the national championship.

1981 | Schedule | Roster | Letterwinners
Many believe this may have been the best of the teams in the early ‘80’s. Walker, Scott, and Belue all had great seasons in leading the ‘Dogs to a 10-1 regular season and their second straight SEC championship. A fourth-down TD pass with less than a minute to play by Pittsburgh QB Dan Marino in the Sugar Bowl cost Georgia a final victory.

1982 | Schedule | Roster | Letterwinners
Herschel Walker set the pace by winning the Heisman Trophy in leading Georgia to a perfect 11-0 regular season. A 27-23 loss to second-ranked Penn State in the Sugar Bowl cost the 'Dogs a national championship. Roverback Terry Hoage led the nation in interceptions with 12. Walker, Hoage, and DL Jimmy Payne were named All-America.

1983 | Schedule
The Bulldogs surprise everyone with a 10-1-1 record and great upset victory in the Cotton Bowl over Texas costing the Longhorns the national championship. After trailing the entire game despite an outstanding defensive performance, QB John Lastinger ran 17 yards for a TD with three minutes to play to spark the 10-9 victory.

1984 | Schedule
Despite a 7-1 start, Georgia finishes 7-4 and ends the season with a 17-17 tie against Florida State in the Florida Citrus Bowl. But All-America PK Kevin Butler provided plenty of highlights including a school record, 60-yard field goal with 11 seconds to play to defeat Clemson, 26-23. FS Jeff Sanchez was also named All-America.

1985 | Schedule
Georgia finished with a 7-3-2 record including another bowl game tie—this one a 13-13 contest against Arizona in the Sun Bowl. Behind freshman running backs Tim Worley and Keith Henderson, Georgia’s season highlight came in Jacksonville with a 24-3 upset victory over Florida, which ranked number one in the country. The “Bell Cow,” Peter Anderson, was named All-America.

1986 | Schedule
An 8-4 season following a Hall of Fame Bowl loss to Boston College was not without its exciting moments. Led by All-America ROV John Little and All-America OL Wilbur Strozier, Georgia pulled a most improbable upset victory at Auburn, 20-16, after starting backup QB Wayne Johnson.

1987 | Schedule
The down cycle was over and Georgia finished 9-3 including a victory over Arkansas in the Liberty Bowl when freshman PK John Kasay booted a field goal on the game’s final play to win, 20-17.

1988 | Schedule
It was Vince Dooley’s final year and the ‘Dogs responded with a 9-3 record and sent their coach out with an electrifying 34-27 win over Michigan State in the Mazda Gator Bowl. TB Tim Worley and TE Troy Sadowski were named All-America and Richard Tardits, the “Blitz from Biarritz,” (France) set a school record for career sacks with 29.

1989 | Schedule
On Jan. 2, former player and assistant coach Ray Goff was named head coach making him one of the youngest head coaches in Division I history at 33. His first team finished 6-6 but did earn a Peach Bowl invitation—the 10th consecutive post-season appearance for the Bulldogs.