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This Day in Georgia History

November 29, 1997

UGA Stunned Tech

If you were a Georgia Tech fan, you felt cheated from a victory that Tech had earned. If you were a Georgia fan, it was unbelievable–perhaps one of the two greatest miracle finishes of modern Bulldog football history. With less than a minute to go in the final quarter, Georgia Tech scored a touchdown to move ahead of arch rival and 14th-ranked Georgia by one point. Tech then tried for a two-point conversion - and made it. Tech was now three points up with 48 seconds left in the game. Georgia could tie the score with a field goal, but it now appeared that for the first time in seven years, Tech would not lose to Georgia. On the ensuing kickoff, Tech kicked the ball out of bounds to keep it out of the hands of senior star Hines Ward. The ball was put into play on Georgia’s own 35 yard line. Quarterback Mike Bobo threw three straight completions, and the Bulldogs marched up the field to the Tech 21-yard line. With only seconds to go in the game, Bobo threw a pass up the middle - but a Tech line backer intercepted the ball. Tech fans went wild, not hearing the whistle from one of the referees signaling defensive pass interference. It was a close call - and one that Tech coaches and fans didn’t see (although replays clearly showed the penalty) - but Georgia got the ball back on the Tech 8-yard line. With ten seconds left in the game, Bobo dropped back and lofted the ball in a miracle pass play to Corey Allen. Just before running out of the far left corner of the end zone, Allen caught the ball. For the second time in his career at Georgia, Allen had a game-saving catch. Bobo arguably had the best day of his career at Georgia, completing 30 out of 39 passes for 415 yards and 4 touchdowns (tying a Georgia record). A third Bulldog - Hines Ward - also had a stellar performance with 6 pass receptions - two for touchdowns, including 54-yard scoring play. Ward would go on to a stellar NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, while Bobo would eventually become offensive coordinator for Georgia.