The shoestring play was one of the best trick plays of all time. Vanderbilt’s defense would all huddle up and hold hands when talking about what play to run. The defense also turned its back to the football, which was the biggest mistake.
In 1975, Georgia was up 7-3 late in the second quarter was looking for a spark from the offense. That’s when legendary coach Vince Dooley OK’d the shoestring play.
Bulldogs quarterback Ray Goff had the entire offense line up on the left side of the field, creating a wall of blockers for when the Commodores figured out the ball was snapped. Goff walked up to the ball and pretended to tie his shoe, but he tossed the ball to Gene Washington. Washington ran in the endzone from 36 yards out. That 7-3 score turned into a 47-3 rout. Vanderbilt was rattled after the shoestring play.
After the shoestring play, Vandy didn’t beat Georgia until 1991.
The Bulldogs and Commodores kickoff at 4 p.m. in Sanford Stadium on Saturday.