Kirk Herbstreit’s Golden Retriever Stole the Show at College GameDay While Georgia Secured Charismatic Win

Published 11/14/2023, 2:33 PM EST

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In Georgia, where football fervor reigns supreme, a recent matchup surprisingly transitioned into an unforgettable spectacle. During a game between the No. 2 ranked Bulldogs and the No. 9 ranked Ole Miss Rebels, an unexpected persona grabbed the limelight. And not just that, the iconic ball of energy had a family in none other than the renowned commentator, Kirk Herbstreit. 

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While the thrilling clash unfolded on the field, it also featured a surprise canine celebrity, Herbstreit’s golden retriever, proudly named Big Ben. Known for his insightful commentary, the ESPN and Amazon Prime football analyst brought his four-legged friend into the spotlight, transforming the field’s vibe. The heartwarming scene caught the attention of many, and the Georgia team’s subsequent victory further helped garner tremendous online appreciation. 

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Besides the cheerleading team, who looked obsessed with Ben’s adorable presence, the Georgia vs. Ole Miss football game was filled with joy at the idea. Captivating the audience, the Bulldogs’ mascot, usually the sole canine presence at Sanford Stadium, found a playful companion in Herbstreit’s pup. As the sun dipped below the stadium lights, the cute golden took center stage, just before the showdown commenced. 

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Videos of the furry antics circulated on social media, showcasing the lovable dog rolling around and engaging in a spirited play with Herbstreit on the football field. Under the stadium lights, Georgia’s cheerleaders found a new favorite in Ben, as the well-behaved canine became an instant hit, mesmerizing the venue. Adding a layer of excitement to the pregame festivities, the delightful scene marked the calm before a stormy game. 

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While Kirk Herbstreit and his lovely partner lightened the mood on the field, the skillful faceoff depicted unparalleled exhilaration. Evidently, the Bulldogs showcased their football dominance with a stellar performance, defeating the Old team after a resounding 52-17 victory. Amongst the glorifying highlights, Kendall Milton rushed for an impressive 127 yards, and Carson Beck precisely orchestrated the offense. 

Their formidable defense limited the Rebels to 352 total yards, where quarterback Jaxson Dart got merely 112 passing yards. As the game unfolded, the Bulldogs ultimately secured the SEC East division title, preparing for a highly anticipated matchup against the No. 8 ranked Alabama football team. Georgia’s relentless offense and defense efforts culminated in a decisive win, maintaining their undefeated status in the 2023 college football regular season.

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As the final whistle blew and Georgia celebrated their victory, one could not help but appreciate the unique blend of competition and camaraderie. Subsequently, the unexpected canine cameo added a delightful touch to the pregame atmosphere, leaving fans and cheerleaders alike enamored. The Bulldogs may have clinched the title, but the MVP of the day was undoubtedly Big Ben, leaving an indelible paw print on the memories of all! 

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Sanchari Bhaduri

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Sanchari Bhaduri is a Viral Sports Moments writer at EssentiallySports. Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from IGNOU, she embarked on her content creation career in 2015 with freelance projects. Her previous role involved her serving as a Content Manager for Reddit.
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