Todd Gurley was a baaaaaaad man in college while playing for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. Like a train that not even the conductor could stop, Gurley bulldozed over opponents and blew past them on his way to the UGA record books.
The pinnacle of Gurley’s NCAA career may have been in Georgia’s season opener against Dabo Swinney‘s Clemson Tigers in 2014. Gurley rushed for a ridiculous 198 yards on just 15 carries and scored three touchdowns on the ground in the epic 45-21 win in Athens, Georgia.
Gurley didn’t stop there, because he also returned a kickoff for 100 yards that nearly created a shockwave of applause in the Peach State.
Todd Gurley’s 100-Yard Return vs. Clemson
No. 12 Georgia was down 21-14 in the second quarter against the 16th-ranked Tigers. UGA needed a spark before Clemson ran away with the game.
Todd Gurley provided more than a spark. He electrified all of Sanford Stadium.
Gurley fielded the kick some five yards deep in the end zone. He received some great blocks and shot through the middle of both teams nearly untouched while showing off his blazing speed. Just like that, Georgia tied the game at 21-21 on Gurley’s kickoff return.
“Gurley, five yards deep, and Todd will bring this one out. And there he goes! One block and it might be over. Todd Gurley, coast to coast. Can he make it? Yes he can. Touchdown! The great equalizer: Todd Gurley,” the announcer said.
Clemson never recovered. Swinney’s team didn’t score another point after that momentum-swinger and Georgia went on to win, 45-21.
Gurley’s final season in 2014 didn’t play out quite how he or Georgia fans would have liked. He tore his ACL against Auburn and finished with 911 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in just six games.
Todd Gurley may not have produced a college career like Herschel Walker did, but he gave fans in Athens plenty of electrifying moments like these.