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This Day in Georgia History

November 15, 1980

UGA Defeated Auburn

Ranked number one in the national polls, the Georgia Bulldogs faced a critical game with Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Since playing their first game in 1892, the Georgia-Auburn game had developed into the longest football rivalry in the Deep South. In addition to Georgia’s national ranking being on the line, the game took additional significance, as Auburn was Georgia head coach Vince Dooley’s alma mater. In this year’s game, Auburn took an early lead, but Georgia regained the momentum with a blocked punt which was returned for a touchdown. Auburn keyed their defensive efforts on Herschel Walker all day and held him to 84 rushing yards. But Bulldog quarterback Buck Belue took up the slack, rushing for 84 yards and a touchdown himself, while passing for 99 yards and another touchdown. Walker wasn’t kept down the entire game - he iced Georgia’s victory with an 18-yard touchdown run in which he reversed his field after seemingly being stopped for a loss. The 31-21 win clinched the Southeastern Conference championship for Georgia and left them with a 10-0 record, the final regular season game to be played against in-state rival Georgia Tech.