Georgia vs. Florida: 5 Best Moments from the World's Largest Cocktail Party
It’s Georgia-Florida week, and both teams need a win on Saturday in order to stay in the race for the SEC East title.
With the way both teams have looked this season, odds are that the game could get ugly just like it was last year.
However, because of these teams being bitter rivals, there could be a moment where a play not only determines the outcome of the game but also goes down as a memorable play in the series.
There have been plenty of memorable moments from this series, but there are five that really stand out from the rest.
Here’s a look at the five best moments from the World’s Largest Cocktail Party.
No. 5: The Timeout
This game featured one of the most controversial endings in college football history.
In a game which featured consistent rain, the Bulldogs were down 33-26 in the fourth quarter. But with the help of quarterback Eric Zeier, the Bulldogs drove into Florida territory with 1:30 left.
With five seconds left, Zeier threw what was thought as the game-tying touchdown to Jerry Jerman, but Gators quarterback Anthone Lott called timeout right before the ball was snapped.
Zeier’s next and final pass fell incomplete, and Florida held on to the victory and went on to win the SEC and Sugar Bowl.
No. 4: Dogs Upset Gators
Back in 1985, the Gators were ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history. But they were facing a Georgia team that was on a seven-game unbeaten streak after losing to Alabama in the season opener.
The Bulldogs proved to be the hotter team as they dominated the Gators 24-3. The Bulldogs were able to take down the No. 1 team in the country because running backs Tim Worley and Keith Henderson each rushed for 100 yards.
That game would be the only blemish for Florida as it would go on to compile a 9-1-1 record. Georgia, on the other hand, finished with a 7-3-1 record.
No. 3: Gators Shock Dogs
Florida had a chance to return the favor 18 years later as they took on a Bulldogs team that was coming into the game undefeated.
The Bulldogs were not ranked No. 1, but they were ranked No. 4 in the country and had all intentions of winning their first SEC title in 20 years and first national title in 22 years.
But Florida quarterback Rex Grossman would have none of that as he led the Gators to a 20-13 victory. One of the key plays of the game was when Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley threw an interception to Guss Scott and was returned for a touchdown to give Florida the lead in the second quarter.
Georgia did fight back to take a 13-12 lead into the half, but Grossman threw a touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter which would prove to be the game-winner.
The Bulldogs would get the last laugh because they would go on to win the rest of their games including the SEC Championship and the Sugar Bowl.
No. 2: The Gator Stomp
After years of being dominated by the Gators, Georgia head coach Mark Richt decided to change things up.
After Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno scored to give the Bulldogs the 7-0 lead in the first quarter, the entire team came into the end zone to celebrate with Moreno, which is now known as the “Gator Stomp.”
That move gave the Bulldogs the motivation it needed to take down the defending national champions with a 42-30 win.
Moreno ended the day with 188 yards on the ground, and the Bulldog defense sacked Florida quarterback Tim Tebow six times.
No. 1: Run Lindsey, Run
The most memorable moment had to be when the Bulldogs went on their championship run in 1980.
The Bulldogs were down 21-20 in the fourth quarter, facing third-and-long at their own 7-yard line. Backed up in his own end zone, Georgia quarterback Buck Belue found Lindsay Scott at the 25-yard line. Scott was able to blow past the Florida secondary and score the game-winning touchdown with a few seconds left on the clock.
The 93-yard touchdown pass kept the Bulldogs’ title hopes alive. They took advantage of it as they moved to No. 1 in the polls the following week and went on to win their second consensus national title.