Sophomore Kevin Butler kicked a 44-yard field goal with 1:11 left as the sixth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs rallied in the fourth quarter yesterday to defeat visiting Brigham Young, 17-14.
"It's not our tradition to make games easy," said Georgia Coach Vince Dooley.
Star running back Herschel Walker, who rushed for 124 yards on 31 carries, had gotten Georgia even at 14 with 5:36 left when he dove into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown.
The winning kick was set up when the Bulldogs (2-0) drove 40 yards in the last three minutes. Walker, still playing with his broken right thumb heavily bandaged, got 23 of those yards on a run to the 33. Walker had fumbled at BYU's 12 in the first half and at its 21 late in the third period. The second half was played in a steady rain.
Ronnie Harris preserved the victory over Brigham Young (1-1) when he intercepted a pass by Steve Young on Georgia's 25 with 43 seconds.
Young, intercepted five times the first half, threw 21 yards to Scott Collie for a touchdown late in the third period to put BYU ahead, 14-7.
Georgia got its tying touchdown when BYU punter Mike Mees got off only a 28-yard kick from his eight-yard line. The Bulldogs needed nine plays, all on the ground, to score. Quarterback John Lastinger fumbled on fourth and one at the 17, but the ball was recovered for a one-yard gain and a first down by guard Mike Weaver.