Dodd's Greatest Win

By jholland444 Founding Member
Published Oct 18, 2008
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Hometown: P-dub Springs, GA
Date joined: Oct 17, 2008
Georgia Tech legend Kim King tells of a story when he was being recruited out of high school of visiting Alabama Head Coach Bear Bryant. King visited Bryant in his hotel room at The Georgian Terrace and recalls Bryant sitting in a chair staring out the window at Grant Field before the Georgia Tech-Alabama game. Bryant alternated between a box of Benson and Hedges cigarettes and a box of Chesterfield cigarettes muttering "This is Dodd's weather... This is Dodd's weather" as he nervously smoked the cigarettes.

Bryant was right. Dodd used the overcast day and muddy field to slow Alabama down and also use the shotgun formation and misdirection to keep Alabama's players off their feet. Alabama entered the game ranked #1 in the polls, but it was Georgia Tech that lead most of the day. Alabama scored to close the game to 7-6 with 1:05 remaining and Bryant chose to go for two to win the game. Tech intercepted Joe Namath's pass on the two-point conversion to preserve the win.

The game was Alabama's first loss in 27 games. Dodd, still mindful of the defeat to Alabama and Chick Graning's injury caused by Alabama's Darwin Holt last year, called this game his "greatest victory" of his career.

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