Monday, March 19, 2012

Wayne Hamilton Recovers Two Fumbles In Crimson Tide Win Over Georgia 18-10, October 7, 1977

Alabama head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Wayne Hamilton (Leesburg High School, Okahumpka Florida) recovered two fumbles and Buddy Holt punted Georgia to death as tenth ranked Alabama defeated the Bulldogs 18-10 in a Southeastern Conference football game Saturday.

The victory avenged a 21-0 loss to Georgia that knocked Alabama out of the SEC title a year ago and gave the Crimson Tide a 3-1 mark. It was Alabama's 40th victory in a row at Tuscaloosa over the past 14 years.

Georgia is now 2-2.

Hamilton recovered Georgia fumbles at the Bulldog 22 and 12. Roger Chapman kicked two of his three field goals after the recoveries to put the Tide ahead 15-3 in the third period.

Georgia fought back to 15-10, Willie McClendon scored from the seven early in the fourth period. Chapman later made it 18-10 and Ricky Tucker intercepted for Alabama to stop a Georgia threat at the 18 in the last minute.

Holt kept the Bulldogs back up with his accurate toe, putting the ball dead twice on the one and once on the four.

The Tide got a safety after the first one when Mike Garrett, trying to punt from the backside of the end zone dropped the snap.

                             Ga                Ala
First downs            14                16
Rushes-yards       45-117        62-212
Passing yards          82                42
Return yards           0                   29
Passes                6-18-2           4-7-0
Punts                     5-42             4-46
Fumbles Lost         6-3                2-0
Penalties yards       1-5                3-25

Georgia        3  0  0  7 -- 10
Alabama       9  0  6  3 -- 18

Ala - Garrett Safety fumbled out of end zone
Ala - Davis one yard run (Chapman kick)
Ga - Field Goal Robinson 53
Ala - Field Goal Chapman 22
Ala - Field Goal Chapman 29
Ga - McClendon 7 yard run (Robinson kick)
Ala - Field Goal Chapman 32

Rushing-Georgia, McLee 13-45, McClendon 11-39, Stewart, 5-27. Alabama, Davis 18-66, Faust, 10-40, Shealy 4-24.

Passing-Georgia, Cook 5-16-2-67, Rogers 1-2-0-15. Alabama, Rutledge 3-5-0-23, Shealy 1-2-0-9.

Receiving Georgia, Hodge 2-34, Norris 2-31, Murray 1-15. Alabama, Newsome 2-30, Pugh 2-12

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