Distant Replay: For Godsey, a keeper

The AJC asked fans to name some of their favorite plays from the rivalry between Georgia and Georgia Tech. Here is one of those plays:

Final score: Georgia Tech 27-15, Nov. 25, 2000.

The play: Quarterback George Godsey faked a handoff to Joe Burns and ran a 33-yard option keeper around the right side for a touchdown on the Yellow Jackets’ first series. It was the longest run of his career at the time.

Memories (from the AJC’s coverage of the game, by Mark Bradley): This one didn’t come down to one play. This one didn’t come down to a play at all. This was over at the coin toss. Georgia won it. Georgia chose to let Georgia Tech have the ball first. That was that.

Tech needed 96 seconds to score a touchdown. Tech needed 96 seconds to prove that it wasn’t just better, but better by a whole bunch. The rest of the gray afternoon was given to the sight of programs traveling in varying directions — the Yellow Jackets crowning what was supposed to be a rebuilding season with a comprehensive victory; the Bulldogs closing their disappointing autumn with a comeback always doomed to failure.

You can watch the play here: