The “Shoestring play” was one of the best trick plays of all time, and there’s a ton of them to chose from. From the “bounce pass” to the “Statue of Liberty” and Steve Spurrier’s hidden ball trick, college football coaches have used trickery in their playbook for years.
In the 1970s, 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 their biggest mistake.
In 1975, Georgia was up 7-3 late in the second quarter 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.
Georgia’s “Shoestring Play” Against Vanderbilt in 1975
After the shoestring play, Vandy didn’t beat Georgia until 1991.
You have to always keep you head on a swivel when playing Georgia, or you might end up like Tennessee’s Bill Bates.
This post was originally published on October 2, 2014.