“Man, did he turn it on when he had to!”

Here’s a nice Bill Connelly write up of the 1980 Georgia-South Carolina game.

I’m still amazed every time I watch that Herschel Walker long touchdown run that drove Larry Munson to new heights of ecstasy… but not as amazed as that last Gamecock defender (who knew he had the angle) was watching Walker fly by him.

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40 responses to ““Man, did he turn it on when he had to!”

  1. UnderDog

    #24 for South Carolina in the video was one of my oldest son’s football coaches in high school at Thomas Co. Central from 2009-2012. The players loved to rag him about that particular run. He always said that they didn’t think Herschel looked that fast on film, but he just kicked it into another gear and ran right past them.

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  2. JCDAWG83

    That may have been Herschel’s best run of his career, all things considered. That said, how sad is it Georgia fans are still stuck talking about a season from 37 years ago?

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    • Can’t speak for anyone else, but I’d still talk about that run if the current Georgia team was coming off a national title.

      How sad is it that some Georgia fans can’t celebrate greatness without whining about the current state of the program?

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    • The greatest college football player ever played for my team. I’ll never not be proud of that nor will I cease to be amazed at how incredible he was.

      Fwiw whenever this guys name comes up I talk about this no matter how many years go by: http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/0/v33627735/kc-sea-bo-jackson-s-cannon-gets-reynolds-at-home. Despite his being a barner, the guy is probably the best athlete of my lifetime and there’s no shame in giving him his due.

      Whether it’s Tiger woods winning the US Open by 15 or Secretariat winning the Belmont by a mile, if you’re a sports fan and you can’t appreciate a sort of special that is timeless, I don’t know why you’re watching in the first place.

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      • sniffer

        I love the Herschel-Bo debate. Both were other world athletes. For me, it distills down to which one I would want running the ball for my team. That’s where it’s not even close. #34

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        • Jack Klompus

          Agreed, the other guy couldn’t hold a candle to ol’ #34.

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        • Herschel was the much better college back. What is it 5280 in 3 years vs. 4100 in 4? 18-0 in sec play and a national title vs. not sure but I know there were several losses and no national titles? No, that’s not close.

          However, if you say who were the best athletes (meaning strictly talent and ability and not accomplishment) of the 20th century, you’d be hard pressed to put Bo out of the #1 spot. Carl Lewis, Deion Sanders are up there but I still have to go with Bo.

          The thing people forget is that Herschel wasn’t born with it like Bo. Bo rolled out of bed a Greek god. Herschel did that to himself. He turned a fat, out of shape 8th grader into Superman. That to me is the most amazing part of his story.

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          • sniffer

            Where the story takes a turn, for me, is the Auburn-Florida game in ’85, I think. Bo took himself out of the game and didn’t return due to a deep thigh bruise. I’m sure they’re painful, maybe debilitating, but in the days of the triumvirate of UGA, AU and UF playing each other back to back, always with conference championship considerations, you stay in and play. Just my two cents…

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  3. SCDawg

    Box score says field goals of 57 and 51 yards. And only 4 total penalties; 2 on each team. I guess the last one was roughing the punter on USC.

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  4. Russ

    Great write up by Bill. Didn’t know he did this, but I’ll have to read some of the others.

    I was at that game and was amazed that he outran the defender. However, the game that originally wowed me was when we stomped A&M and Herschel had those long runs. Couldn’t believe a guy that big could run that fast.

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    • Bill’s new book is definitely worth a read.

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    • That Herschel, Bo and Marcus Dupree showed up in about a 4 season span, and nothing approaching them has appeared again, has always amazed me. Three guys over 6 feet and over 215 and all were the fastest guy on the field when 220 was the average size of a NFL LB at that time is just incredible.

      In order to replicate that today you’d have to have a guy around 245 running a 4.0 40. Guys like Chubb and Gurley can replicate a lot of what those guys could do…until it’s a foot race. Then there’s just no comparison.

      However, no one who has ever played TB has been as strong as #34. Nobody. The guy ran through all-americans, as a freshman. The bates thing was bad ass. Re-watch what he did to ND’s all-American LB. He took him for a ride and then cast him off like a flea. GOAT!!!

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      • Russ

        One of my favorites was reading the quote from Pitt linebacker Sal Sunseri about how he dreamed about stepping into the hole and meeting Walker one-on-one. Well, it happened during the game and Herschel steamrolled him right onto his back. Then f’n Marino hit that last pass….

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      • Don’t forget Eric Dickerson and Marcus Allen were big guys playing RB at that same time. There was just an insane collection of RB talent in CFB from ’79-’85.

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  5. So fast. 2 Guys had an angle. Just incredible.

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  6. HVL Dawg

    Really beautiful play.

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  7. mark

    Derek, you’re comment about Bo being born with it and Herschel making himself what he is physically is the most accurate statement I’ve seen in this three decades long argument.

    I went to West Ga. with that SC safety’s little brother. We laughed about it like everyone else.

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  8. paul

    I still miss sitting on the tracks.

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  9. DavetheDawg

    I remember as a freshamn leaving a sun-soaked Sanford that afternoon emotionally drained by what I had just witnessed and thinking to myself, If I’m this tired, imagine how the team must feel…and began to fret over the following weekend’s match-up in Jacksonville.

    Turns out, that game was a piece of cake.</sarcasm font>

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  10. mark

    Paul, I envy you for having had that experience. That game and tech were the last hurrah for you guys.

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  11. HW was and always will be the best player in college sports history, imo.

    But I do think George Rogers is quite under-rated when talking about All-Time RB’s and that is hard for me to say.

    But he had some ridiculously great games for a team that is atrocious throughout its history.

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  12. The Truth

    Kind of a dorky comment, but is the whole box score Connelly prints on the UGA-USC game backwards? It accounts for 1 fumble lost and we know who fumbled it — not UGA.

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  13. TMC DAWG

    No one at any level ran the ball as. Hershel did when he was a freshman, I repeat NO ONE!!

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  14. Herschel = GOAT. Of course, the runs like this one are the ones everyone remembers. Herschel’s calling card was the 5-15 yard runs that would just wear a defense out. That 99(?)-yard drive against Florida in 1981 was Herschel left, Herschel right and Herschel up the gut. The Gators knew what was coming and couldn’t stop it. I think he eventually went over the top for the winning score. Bo never took over games like Herschel did.

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  15. 69Dawg

    No team rode a great player to a National Championship like UGA did Herschel. Dooley’s offense was all Herschel all the time. 150 yards rushing against the Irish, who had not given up a single 100 yard rushing game to anybody and with a dislocated shoulder. GOAT college player.

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