A Trip Back In Time To The Last Meeting Between Georgia And Notre Dame
Nearly 37 years later, the Georgia Bulldogs are once again counting on a true freshman to defeat Notre Dame.
As you’ve probably heard by now, the last time the Georgia played the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame was on January 1, 1981. An iconic game where Georgia defeated Notre Dame (17-10) for the National Championship.
In this game, Georgia relied heavily on their true freshman to lead them to victory. A kid from Wrightsville, Georgia by the name of Herschel Walker.
Almost 37 years later, the Bulldogs are once again counting on a true freshman to defeat Notre Dame. This time, it’s a kid from Warner Robins, Georgia by the name of Jake Fromm.
Leading up to the game, the 1981 matchup had a large number of Georgia fans feeling a bit uneasy about the Dawgs’ chances to bring home a national championship. Many fans remember the saying, “We don’t have a chance, but we do have Herschel, which means we have a chance.”
With this in mind, there was a faint trace of positivity in the air until their ‘chance’ went to the sideline with a separated shoulder.
Meanwhile, back on the field, the Bulldogs offense was struggling against the best defense they had seen all season.
Quarterback Buck Belue went 1-12 passing that night, only connecting once to Amp Arnold for a seven-yard touchdown.
Coach Dooley said after the game, moments after being carried off the field on the shoulders of his players, “That (completion) was the only one we needed.”
The athletic trainers eventually popped Walker’s shoulder back in place and he returned to the game.
Even with the injury, Walker didn’t miss a beat. He totaled 150 rushing yards that night even though he was forced to carry the ball with only one hand following the injury.
Thanks to four interceptions and a blocked field goal by Terry Hoage, the Bulldogs went on to win the 1980 National Championship.
If you’re a Georgia fan, you’ve seen time and time again the video of Vince Dooley being carried off the field by his players. Yeah that’s the 1981 Sugar Bowl game.
Now, a new breed of Bulldogs are headed to South Bend, Indiana to take on the No. 24 Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. With Jacob Eason out for the time being, many fans are saying are concerned about Georgia’s chances in a hostile environment.
Just ask Vince Dooley and his National Championship ring about chances.