Player who scored on UGA’s ‘flea-flicker’ to beat Alabama dies

A former Georgia football player who scored the winning touchdown in a memorable play to beat Alabama in 1965 has died.

Elton Robert “Bob” Taylor died Thursday at his home in LaGrange at age 70, according to UGA.

Taylor scored on a 73-yard flea-flicker from Kirby Moore to Pat Hodgson to Taylor with 2:08 to play in an 18-17 win over the No. 5 Crimson Tide in the first televised game from Sanford Stadium. That was the only loss for Alabama in a national title season.

“We put the play in and rehearsed it and rehearsed it,” Vince Dooley, the Georgia coach at the time, said of the play. “It was never executed quite like it was in the game.”

Taylor, who lettered for the Bulldogs from 1963-65, went on to serve as a motivational speaker for the Tenneco Company.

Funeral services are today at 4 p.m. in LaGrange.

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