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Munson's greatest call: 'Run, Lindsay'

Readers select favorite from the past 40 years

POSTED: January 4, 2008 5:03 a.m.

For more than four decades, the gravelly voice of Larry Munson has begged his beloved Georgia Bulldogs to hunker down. Nearly every significant play since 1966 has a classic Munson play-by-play call, from Rex Robinson's thrilling field goal against Kentucky, to Herschel Walker's first touchdown, to sugar falling from the sky in Auburn and hobnail boots smashing noses in Knoxville.

But what is Munson's greatest call? We asked our readers to pick which call they think is Larry Munson's most memorable and they responded.

In 1980, with a shot at the national championship game on the line, the Bulldogs were down to Florida and backed up to Florida's goal line with time in the game for only one play. What happened next will live in Georgia lore for the rest of time and is, according to 50 percent of those responding, Larry Munson's finest moment.

"Buck back, third down on the 8, in trouble. Got a block behing him. Gonna throw on the run. Complete to the 25, to the 30. Lindsay Scott, 35, 40! Lindsay Scott, 45, 50, 45, 40. Run, Lindsay! 25, 20, 15, 20, 5! LINDSAY SCOTT! LINDSAY SCOTT! LINDSAY SCOTT!...I can't believe it. I broke my chair. I came right through a chair. A metal, steel chair with about a five-inch cushion. ... Do you know what is gonna happen here tonight and up at St. Simons and Jekyll Island and all those places where all thos Dog people have got these condominiums for four days? Man, is there gonna be some property destroyed tonight."

The next four reader top picks:

2001 vs. Tennessee
"God, 10 seconds, and we're on their 6. ... Tennessee playing what amounts to a 4-4. Fake! And there's a TOUCHDOWN! TOUCHDOWN! My God, a touchdown! We threw it to... We threw it to Haynes! We just stuffed it with 5 seconds left! My God Almighty, did you see what he did? ... We just dumped it over! It's 26-24! We just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot and broke their nose! We just crushed their face." (18 percent)

1982 vs. Auburn
"Fourth and 17. I know I'm asking a lot, you guys, but hunker it down one more time. Auburn up to the line on the 21... And Campbell, as they blitz on him, he threw a high, wobbly pass. They fight in the endzone and the Dogs broke it up! They broke it up! They broke it up! ... I won't ask you to do that again, you guys. ... Georgia students and fans standing and roaring, 23, 22, 21. Clock running, running. Oh, look at the sugar falling out of the sky! Look at the sugar falling out of the sky!" (14 percent)

2002 vs. Auburn
"We're on the 19. You gotta get to the 4 for the first down. Crowds roars at us. Three wide outs. Man, we've had some shots, haven't we? Snap to David Greene. There he goes in the corner again. And we jump up! TOUCHDOWN! OH GOD, A TOUCHDOWN! In the corner! With 85 seconds! Somebody went up high! ... Michael Johnson turned around and got up in the air! We caught the ball!" (6 percent)

1980 vs. Tennessee
"We hand it off to Herschel. There's a hole! 5, 10, 12! He's running over people! Oh, you Herschel Walker. My God Almighty, he ran right through two men! Herschel ran right over two men! They had him dead away inside the 9! Herschel Walker went 16 yards! He drove right over orange shirts, just driving and running with those big thighs! My God, a freshman!" (5 percent) 

Thanks to the Georgia Bulldog Radio Network for allowing us to use these clips.



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