Georgia’s “The Flea Flicker” Broke Alabama’s Spirit in 1965
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There comes a point when beating traffic sounds more enjoyable than watching your team play.

It’s been a long day, and nothing has gone right.

Those fans who voice their complaints on local sports talk radio on the drive home have the potential to miss out on something great.

Ask Indiana Pacers fans how they felt when Reggie Miller scored eight points in nine seconds to beat the New York Knicks in the playoffs.

Back in 1965, Georgia Bulldog fans were already herding out of Athens’ Sanford Stadium expecting a loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide, when a new play changed the course of the game.

Georgia’s “The Flea Flicker” Against Alabama

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‘Bama quarterback Steve Sloan punched in a touchdown to put the Tide up 17-10. The Bulldogs took over at their own 27-yard line with 3 minutes, 14 seconds remaining in the football game.

UGA signal caller Kirby Moore rolls out and dumps an eight-yard pass to Pat Hodgson. Hodgson starts falling to his knees, and right before they touch the ground, he pitches it to halfback Bob Taylor.

Taylor, already in motion, takes the lateral and bolts down the sideline. The flustered Alabama defense doesn’t know what hit them.

The Georgia running back takes it all the way to the end zone without being touched to bring his team within a point.


Down 16-17, Georgia head coach Vince Dooley didn’t want overtime. He sent his offense went out for the win, and the unit came through.

18-17 Dawgs.

Alabama went on to win the college football national championship later that season. I’m sure this play made head coach Bear Bryant kick things into gear.

Dooley, a former Auburn assistant coach, took the trick play out of the Georgia Tech playbook. The Yellow Jackets had previously used it against the Tigers. I’m sure Tech fans were thrilled hearing they indirectly helped their in-state rival.

“The Flea Flicker” is one of the earliest iterations of the hook-and-ladder, most notably used by Boise State to take down Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.


Dooley had to get creative if his team had any chance. Luckily, he had the guts to do it, and the play is remembered among the greatest in Georgia football history.

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Joe Grobeck About the author:
Joe is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and lives in Austin, Texas. He believes Ndaumkong Suh should've won the 2009 Heisman and is an avid basketball fan.
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