Some memories are best left unremembered. On ESPN’s College GameDay on Saturday morning, Kirk Herbstreit mentioned one moment fellow analyst and former Georgia linebacker David Pollack would like to forget.
When talking about LSU’s home-field advantage because of the raucous crowd at Tiger Stadium, Herbstreit brought up Georgia’s trip into Death Valley in 2003. Herbstreit was confident Georgia would win that game, but LSU had other plans.
“I remember College Gameday came when Georgia played LSU (in 2003),” Herbstreit said. “I picked Georgia, and I was confident that (David) Pollack and Georgia would win, and they (the Bulldogs) had a kicker named Billy Bennett.”
“Seriously?” Pollack first responded to Herbstreit’s clear attempt to get under Pollack’s skin, recalling the painful game.
But Herbstreit continued, “I’m getting yelled at, (fans) cussing at me, and I’m like, “can Billy Bennett make a field goal?'”
Bennett didn’t make many field goals that day, going 1-for-4. Georgia lost, 17-10.
“I’ll never forget Coach Richt came in after the game, and was like “Hey, man. We’re going to need Billy (Bennett) the rest of the season, and make sure you don’t say anything negative,'” Pollack said. “You all know me, right? First thing out, ‘What do you think about Billy Bennett missing field goals? You’re a kicker. You kick. Make your field goals.’ Oh my god.”
That painful loss knocked Georgia from the ranks of the unbeaten in Week 4 of 2003. Georgia and LSU squared off again in the SEC Championship Game, but the Tigers won the rematch, 34-13.
Bennett’s three missed field goals in the first Georgia-LSU 2003 matchup is certainly a painful memory, but Georgia fans will probably take a little reminder of that misery if it means the LSU crowd gives Florida a couple painful moments of its own Saturday night.