On This Date 11/29/1980

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Herschel Walker of Georgia sets a new freshman rushing record, running for 205 yards on 25 carries to top the record held by Tony Dorsett of Pittsburgh. Walker scores three touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat rival Georgia Tech 38-20 in Athens. With the win, Georgia finishes the regular season 11-0 on the way to a National Championship. Herschel Walker’s 1,616 yards would stand as the freshman rushing record for 15 years before it was topped by Ron Dayne of Wisconsin. Walker would finish third in Heisman voting and was the first true freshman named All-American.

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