Larry Munson's Top 10 Favorite Calls

Larry Munson's Top 10 Favorite Calls

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Larry Munson's Top 10 Favorite Calls

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Larry Munson’s list of his top-10 favorite calls from his Georgia broadcasting career.

Larry Munson is as important to Georgia football as any player or coach in the 125 year history of the program.

When you think of damn good dawgs, you think Munson, Herschel, Dooley, Trippi, Magill, Sinkwich, etc.

But no Bulldog has had the long-lasting impact of Munson, whose legendary calls are still engraved in the minds of the Georgia faithful.

Munson passed away in 2011. However, in 2009, he and Tony Barnhart co-authored Munson’s autobiography, “From Herschel to a Hobnail Boot: The Life and Times of Larry Munson.” In this book,  which was an absolutely amazing read, Munson recalled his 10 favorite calls from his time as the voice of the Bulldogs.

10. Georgia beat Tennessee in Knoxville: Nov. 3, 1973, Georgia 35, Tennessee 31:

“My God! Georgia beat Tennessee in Knoxville! Georgia has defeated Tennessee 35-31 in Neyland Stadium!” Munson said as Georgia quarterbackAndy Johnson recovered a botched handoff and ran for an 8 yard game-winning touchdown in the final minutes against Tennessee. It was at this point, Barnhart wrote, that Georgia fans began to embrace Munson, a Minnesota native, as the voice of the Dawgs.

9. Arnold got it: Dec. 2, 1978, Georgia 29, Georgia Tech 28:

Georgia was down 20-0 until Scott Woerner eventually returned a punt 72 yards to give UGA a 21-20 lead. “Now there is no sense in going away, because you know it’s not going to end like this,” said Munson. Tech responded and took a 28-21 lead, until Buck Belue hit Anthony Arnold for a 42-yard touchdown pass on fourth down. On the 2 point conversion to clinch the game, Belue pitched it to Arnold, who found the end zone. Munson cried, “Belue pitched the ball. Arnold got it! Anthony Arnold got two points!”

8. Oh God, a touchdown: Nov. 16, 2002, Georgia 24, Auburn 21: 

It was Mark Richt’s second season in Athens. Georgia had not won an SEC title in 20 years, but was in position to do so when the Dawgs visited Auburn. Trailing 21-17 in the final minutes, David Greene found Michael Johnson for a 19-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 1:25 remaining. “Touchdown! Oh God, a touchdown!” Munson yelled.

7. Worse than bonkers: Sept. 22, 1984, Georgia 26, Clemson 23:

Georgia was trailing big before eventually taking a 23-20 lead over Clemson. The Tigers would tie the game at 23 apiece. Georgia’s final drive was halted at the Clemson 44-yard line when Vince Dooley decided to put his trust in future hall of fame place-kicker Kevin Butler. Butler trotted out to attempt a 60-yard field goal as time was winding down. Munson describes the distance as “a hundred-thousand miles.” Butler would make the field goal and Munson would proclaim, “Oh my God! Oh my God! The stadium is worse than bonkers! Eleven seconds! I can’t believe what he did! This is ungodly!”

Munson deliberately left a long moment of silence following the kick, as described in the book, to allow the listeners to take in the atmosphere.

6. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah: Oct. 28, 1978, Georgia 17, Kentucky 16:

Sealing a comeback from 16-0, Georgia kicker Rex Robinson nailed a 29 yarder to give the Dawgs the win over Kentucky. “He kicks it up, it looks good. Watch it! Watch it! Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!” – Munson never said if the kick went through or not, but everyone knew. “He kicked the whatchamacallit out of it,” Munson said shortly after.

5. Looking at the sugar falling out of the sky: Nov. 13, 1982, Georgia 19, Auburn 14:

“I know I’m asking a lot, you guys, but hunker it down one more time!” Munson begged as Georgia attempted to fend off a comeback from Auburn. Georgia then broke up a 4th down pass and secured a spot in the Sugar Bowl.  “Look at the sugar falling out of the sky,” said Munson.

4. My God a freshman: Sept. 6, 1980, Georgia 16, Tennessee 15:

The 1980 national championship run began as Georgia rallied to beat Tennessee 16-15. It was also Herschel Walker’s first game of his legendary college football career. On his first touchdown run, Walker trucked Tennessee all-American Bill Bates en route to finding the end zone. Munson then made the call the would link the two legends together for years to come. “He’s running all over people! Oh, you, Herschel Walker. My God Almighty, he ran right through 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!”

3. Appleby to Washington: Nov. 8, 1975, Georgia 10, Florida 7: 

“Washington caught it, thinking of Montreal and the Olympics, and ran out of his shoes right down the middle 80 yards! Gator Bowl rocking, stunned, the girders are bending now. Look at the score!” Munson said, as Richard Appleby hit Gene Washington for a game winning 80 yard touchdown on a reverse pass. Washington, a star track runner, would attempt to qualify for the 1976 Olympics.

2. Run Lindsay Run: Nov. 8, 1980, Georgia 26, Florida 21: 

We all know this one. Georgia keeps its perfect season alive with a 92 yard game-winning touchdown from Buck Belue to Lindsay Scott. “Run, Lindsay!” Munson says, later adding, “Lindsay Scott! Lindsay Scott, Lindsay Scott!” Munson continues with,”I broke my chair. I came right through a chair. A metal steel chair with about a 5-inch cushion. I broke it. The booth came apart. The stadium, well, the stadium fell down. Now they do have to renovate this thing. They’ll have to rebuild it now.”

1. The Hobnail Boot: Oct. 6, 2001, Georgia 26, Tennessee 24:

“We just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot and broke their nose. We just crushed their face,” Munson said after Vernon Hayes caught a game-winning touchdown in Mark Richt’s first signature win as a Dawg.

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