1984 Texas-Georgia Cotton Bowl (Courtesy of UGA Sports Communications)

Point Of No Return

  • Georgia

  • Texas


Jan. 2, 1984: No. 2 Texas led No. 7 Georgia 9-3 late in the Cotton Bowl. Texas coach Fred Akers, fearing a fake punt, left his defense in the game. When Georgia punted, defensive back Craig Curry, not a punt returner, tried to field it. Georgia recovered the fumble at the Longhorn 23. The Bulldogs scored three plays later. No. 1 Nebraska lost that night to Miami, which twisted the knife. The wound didn't begin to heal until coach Mack Brown arrived 15 years later.