In the fall of 2005, Larry Munson gave us his five favorite calls as the voice of the Georgia Bulldogs:
1. “LINDSAY SCOTT, LINDSAY SCOTT, LINDSAY SCOTT!”
Georgia 26, Florida 21
Nov. 8, 1980 in Jacksonville
Undefeated and No. 2-ranked Georgia trailed Florida 21-20 with time running out. The Bulldogs’ national title hopes seemed to be over when they took possession on the Georgia 7 with 1:03 left. But Lindsay Scott took a short pass over the middle from Buck Belue and turned it into a 93-yard touchdown that gave the Bulldogs a 26-21 victory. During Scott’s run, Munson couldn’t help himself and shouted “Run, Lindsay!” When Scott scored, Munson never said “Touchdown.” He just screamed “Lindsay Scott, Lindsay Scott, Lindsay Scott!”
You know, this game has always been called the World’s Greatest Cocktail Party. Do you know what is going to happen here tonight and up in St. Simons and Jekyll Island and all those places where all of those Dawg people have got these condominiums for four days? Man, is there going to be some property destroyed tonight!
Georgia 26, Tennessee 24
Oct. 6, 2001 in Knoxville
Under first-year coach Mark Richt, Georgia was trying to win at Tennessee for the first time since 1980. The Vols had apparently sealed the deal by scoring with 44 seconds left to take a 24-20 lead. But freshman David Greene led the Bulldogs back down the field and threw a 6-yard TD pass to Verron Haynes with five seconds left to give the Bulldogs a 26-24 victory. Munson, now 80 years old, proved he had not lost his touch.
Touchdown! My God, a touchdown! We threw it to Haynes! We just stuffed them with five seconds left! My God almighty, did you see what he did? David Greene just straightened up, and we snuck the fullback over! ... We just stepped on their face with a HOBNAILED BOOT and broke their nose! We just crushed their face!
Georgia 19, Auburn 14, Nov. 13, 1982 in Auburn
Undefeated Georgia needed a win to capture its third straight SEC title and keep its hopes alive for the national title. But late in the game Auburn drove deep into Georgia territory and threatened to steal the victory. Munson, however, decided he wouldn’t let the Bulldogs lose. After every down on the final Auburn drive, he passionately implored the Georgia defense to “hunker down one more time!” Munson’s pleading worked; Georgia stopped the Tigers with 42 seconds left when a Randy Campbell pass into the Georgia end zone fell incomplete. As the final seconds ticked off the clock at Jordan-Hare Stadium and Georgia was set to go to the Sugar Bowl to play for it all, Munson looked to the heavens and uttered those famous words.
Look at the sugar falling out of the sky! Look at the sugar falling out of the sky!
Georgia 10, Florida 7
Nov. 8, 1975 in Jacksonville
Munson had been Georgia’s radio voice since 1966, but to many this was the call that sealed the unbreakable bond between Larry and Bulldog Nation. Georgia was given no chance of beating the talented Gators and trailed 7-3 with 3:42 left. That’s when Georgia tight end Richard Appleby took a handoff from Matt Robinson and appeared to be running the ball around right end. Instead, Appleby stopped, planted and launched a long pass to Gene Washington, a receiver with world-class speed and Olympic dreams. Washington sailed untouched into the end zone for the winning touchdown.
Appleby, the end around, just stopped, planted his feet and threw it! And Washington caught it, thinking of Montreal and the Olympics, and ran out of his shoes down the middle — 80 yards! Gator Bowl rocking! The girders are bending now! Look at the score!
Georgia 16, Tennessee 15
Sept. 6, 1980 in Knoxville
Herschel Walker had been the subject of the biggest recruiting battle the South had ever known. He didn’t start his first game when Georgia, coming off a disappointing 6-5 season, went to Tennessee. The Bulldogs trailed the Vols 15-0 with four minutes left in the third quarter when they finally put together a drive down to the Tennessee 16. That’s when Walker finally made his presence known to the world.
We hand it off to Herschel ... there’s a hole! 5! ... 10! ... 12! ... He’s running all 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. He drove right over those orange shirts and is just driving and running with those big thighs. My God, a freshman!