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of the greatest afternoons, and before the
wildest night, in the history of Athens.
Fresh off one of the most thrilling games in the history of Sanford Stadium this past Saturday, I wanted to pay tribute to a
home victory that ranks right up there with the win over LSU, if not actually
surpassing it in excitement -- the memorable 21-0 shutout over , resulting 37
years ago on this very date. Alabama
Recently, the same friend who was kind enough to give me UGA's radio broadcast of the 1975 Florida game handed me a recording of the fourth quarter of the Bulldogs' win over Alabama a year later. And, similarly to what I did with the
broadcast, I've arranged Larry
Munson's call against 'Bama with 14 photos taken from the game. Florida
For you Munson admirers, it's a thrill to hear that familiar, booming voice holler, "Listen to the stadium!" and ironically ask, "After all that wild noise last night, how can [Georgia fans] possibly match that tonight?"
In my latest book on UGA football, then-wide receiver Steve Davis said, "But what some people, including maybe even some players, most recall from the '76
game was the partying that ensued afterwards." You see on that day,
the Junkyard Dogs were responsible for one of the most thrilling
moments on a Georgia gridiron, and
later caused its surrounding city to experience excitement like it never
had before, or since. Alabama
Here's to October 2, 1976 -- not only did one of the greatest wins ever in Sanford Stadium occur that afternoon, but what has been called the "biggest party" and "wildest night" in the history of Athens, Georgia, would transpire just hours later.
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