Top 10 Longest TDs in UGA History

Dawg Post's Jonathan Branch takes a look back at the longest scores in school history.

In this week's Top 10, we take a look back at the longest touchdown plays in Georgia history. For the purposes of this collection of plays, we have omitted special teams touchdowns. Otherwise, Brandon Boykin would own nearly half the spots on the top 10.

Here are the top 10 longest non-special teams touchdowns in school history.

1. 100 yards - Charlie Britt's interception return vs. Florida in 1959

A two-way player, Britt made his name at safety on Nov. 7, 1959. In the third quarter, on a fourth-and-7 play from Georgia's 11-yard line, Georgia guard Pat Dye deflected a Florida pass that landed in Britt's hands at the goal-line. Britt took the interception the length of the field for a touchdown, securing the 21-10 victory for a Georgia team that would go on to finish 10-1 and win coach Wally Butts' final SEC championship.

2. 99 yards – Odell Thurman's interception return vs. Auburn in 2003

Ironically, just as Britt had done nearly 35 years prior, Thurman's third quarter interception came off a tipped pass. Tony Taylor deflected the Jason Campbell pass before Thurman caught it and returned 99-yards to the end zone to Georgia a 26-0 lead. The Bulldogs held on for a 26-7 victory, the first home win over Auburn since 1991, and went on to win 11 games en route to an SEC Eastern division title and an 2004 Capital One Bowl over Purdue.

3 (Tie). 93 yards – David Greene pass to Tyson Browning at LSU in 2003

Trailing 10-3 late in the fourth quarter, Tyson Browning silenced Tiger fans in Death Valley when he took a 1st-&-18 screen pass from David Greene 93 yards for a game-tying touchdown. The Bulldogs later surrendered a 34-yard touchdown pass from Matt Mauck to Skyler Green, giving the Tigers a 17-10 victory. The Bulldogs met the Tigers again in 2003 in the SEC Championship—a 34-13 LSU victory.

93 yards – Greg Talley pass to Kevin Maxwell at Vanderbilt in 1989

The Bulldogs limped into Nashville in 1989 after losing three straight. The Bulldogs needed a lift, and with a 21-10 lead early in the third quarter, Greg Talley delivered when he hit Kevin Maxwell for the long touchdown pass. The score capped a three play, 98-yard drive and propelled Georgia to a 35-16 win. The Bulldogs would go on to win the following three games, including a win over Florida, and finished 6-6 on the season.

93 yards – Buck Belue pass to Lindsay Scott vs. Florida in 1980

Perhaps no play is as ingrained in the fabric of Georgia football history as this one. A famed Larry Munson call, with just over a minute remaining and Florida leading 21-20, Buck Belue dropped back on third-and-8 from his own 7-yard line, delivered a strike to Lindsay Scott and the rest, as they say, is history. In Munson's words, "26 to 21, Dawgs on top. We were gone. I gave up, you did too. We were out of it and gone. Miracle!" The Bulldogs would go on to win the national title with a perfect 12-0 season.

6 (Tie). 92 yards – Kirby Moore pass to Randy Wheeler vs. Auburn in 1965

In a period during which passing was more of the exception than the norm, Moore's long touchdown pass to Wheeler gave Georgia a chance against Auburn in 1965. The Bulldogs trailed 14-6 in the first half, and the 92-yard pass play started a comeback that was thwarted late in the fourth quarter when Georgia fumbled and the Tigers recovered. After the 21-19 loss, the Bulldogs finished 6-4 in '65, Vince Dooley's second as head coach, but the Moore-to-Wheeler touchdown would stand as the longest touchdown pass in Georgia history for another 15 years.

92 yards – Sean Jones fumble recovery at Tennessee in 2003

While fumble recovery touchdowns are not recorded in historical stat books, this one was unforgettable. No. 10 Georgia led 14-7 late in the second quarter, but No. 14 Tennessee was threatening to score with just a few seconds until the half. On third-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Tennessee tailback Jabari Davis fumbled the handoff from Casey Clausen, and Jones recovered at 8-yard line. The safety took it 92 yards to the house, practically giving Georgia a 14-point swing and a 21-7 halftime lead. The Bulldogs went on to route the Volunteers 41-14.

8. 91 yards – Buck Belue pass to Amp Arnold at Kentucky in 1980

Two weeks prior to the famed Belue-to-Scott play, Belue had a brush with history when he connected with Amp Arnold for a long score against Kentucky. Leading 20-0 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs took over inside their own 10-yard line. Facing a third-and-8 (noticing a trend here?), Belue threw to Arnold on an out-and-up near the 35-yard line, and Arnold did the rest, outrunning Wildcats for a Commonwealth Stadium record 91-yard score that still stands today.

9. 90 yards – Frank Sinkwich pass to Lamar Davis at Cincinnati in 1942

Frank Sinkwich could do it all. He played halfback and quarterback in his three-year career at Georgia, rushing for 30 touchdowns and passing for 30 more. His longest score came on the road against Cincinnati when he connected with Lamar Davis for a 90-yard score. The Bulldogs defeated the Bearcats 35-13 en route to winning the SEC and the national championship, and Sinkwich took home the Heisman Trophy (Georgia's first) at the end of the season.

10 (Tie). 89 yards – Tim Worley run vs. Florida in 1985

In his freshman season, Tim Worley sealed the 24-3 victory over then-No. 1 Florida in 1985 with an 89-yard jaunt. Worley ran for 104 yards in the victory, and his partner-in-crime Keith Henderson ran for 145 yards in the upset of the top-ranked Gators in Jacksonville. The Bulldogs lost their next two games and tied Arizona in the Sun Bowl to finish 7-3-2 on the season.

89 yards – Charlie Britt pass to George Guisler vs. South Carolina in 1958

Charlie Britt sits at the top of the list as a safety, but the South Carolina native etched his way into the record books as a quarterback with his 89-yard pass to George Guisler against South Carolina in 1958. The Bulldogs finished the '58 season 4-6.

89 yards – Steve Hughes interception return vs. The Citadel in 1939

Georgia introduced Wally Butts as head coach in 1939 with a season-opener against The Citadel. Steve Hughes introduced himself as a letterman with an 89-yard interception return, helping the Bulldogs to a 26-0 victory. Georgia, however, finished 5-6 and 1-3 in SEC play.

89 yards – Johnny Griffith run vs. Furman in 1946

In the midst of a route on Furman, Johnny Griffith made sure his name would make the record books. Griffith scored on an 89-yard run as the Bulldogs overwhelmed Furman 70-7. The win was Georgia's fifth during the undefeated season of 1946. That season, Georgia also won the second SEC Championship under head coach Wally Butts and the Sugar Bowl. Griffith later served as head coach between the Butts and Dooley tenures.


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