Best Florida Gator Moments of the Last Decade
Just a little fun here re-hashing what has been a great decade for Florida Gator football.
For those who bleed orange and blue, I'm sure you'll remember where you were when each one of these memorable moments went down. Some down to the wire.
Enjoy and let your thougts be known to all of us hardcore fans of the Gator nation.
"The Bachelor to Gaffney"...(2000)...vs. UT
Think this game didn't have the creamsicle crowd seeing red?
With 14 seconds left, Jesse Palmer (The Bachelor) hits Jabar Gaffney with a short three yard TD to raise Phillip Fulmer's blood pressure to new levels.
The win snaps UT's 23 game home win streak that dated back to '9 and thrusted the orange and blue to an SEC East crown, and ultimately to an SEC championship vs Auburn.
Win One for the Zooker...(2004)...vs. FSU
As usual, a win vs. FSU would need to make any list if you're a Gator fan.
After some dismal years in G-ville, the Zooker coached 'em up at Doak to upset then No. 10 FSU. Zook had St. Bobby perplexed with that same ol' "Dadgum" look on his face.
The team carries the Zook off the field, and the servers at "FireRonZook.com" explode and melt down for a night .
Jarvis Moss Invites Us to a "Block Party"...(2006)...vs. SC
After downing my drink of choice, I really started wondering if UF would steal this game.
The Ol' Ball Coach was drawing up plays in the dirt, and the momentum seemed to be on S.C.'s side.
Then came the "wow " moment of the season for me. As S.C. lined up for a game-winning field goal, I can still hear Vern Lundquist's call ringing in my ear.
Jarvis Moss saves the season and ultimately a national championship with a blocked kick with no time left. The Swamp goes absolutely insane, and I proudly pull down my shorts, full moon: Take that Spurrier!
4th and Tebow...(2006)...vs. UT
As a freshman, Tim Tebow came in and bulldozed his way through the UT defense to convert a 4th-and-1 situation with time winding down.
The Gators went on to win the game with a touchdown pass from Chris Leak.
Tebow was quoted as saying, "It's pretty cool that they had confidence in me to get the job done."
JUMP, JUMP, JUMP...(2006)...vs. LSU
One of the biggest wins of the decade came at The Swamp when Tebow goes vertical to hit Tate Casey with a dazzling jump pass.
Ouch! That had to hurt; was LSU napping? I'd say so...
Meet Mr. Spikes...(2008)...vs. UGA
The classic grudge match took on a whole new level the year after Mark Richt made one the stupidest moves ever. After scoring an early touchdown, Richt OK'd players to celebrate excessively, drawing the venom of many of the Gator fans.
Payback is a bitch, or so they say. Spikes and company gashed the 'Dawgs in '08 and gave some payback by calling two late timeouts to let the loss sink in for the 'Dawgs.
Oooh Mercy Percy...SEC CG (2006)...vs. Arkansas
The 2006 SEC Championship went back and forth until Percy Harvin made an electric move through space and took one to the house.
Gary Danielson starts lobbying on behalf of the Gators to reach the NC game against THEEE Ohio State university.
Saint Nick...SEC CG (2008)...vs. 'Bama
Poor St. Nick.
It hurt my feelings that we had to come from behind and beat 'Bama in the '08 SEC Championship game to catapult us to the NC game.
Although Nicky would get us back the next year, it was still fun to watch us come from behind and win this game.
Nick just faked a punt on his own 30 vs. Texas. Nicky????
OKLAHOMA...NUTHIN BUT STEERS AND ?????
Big game Bob!! 'Nuff said.
This one was special since Stoops snubbed the orange and blue when Spurrier left, then again when the Zooker got thrashed.
The best is the look on Stoops' face when David Nelson caught that Jump pass from Tebow. Sorry Bob, I know this one hurt....
THHEEEE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY...(NC game 2006)
Could there be any better game as a Gator fan then the 2006 NC game vs. THEEEEEEEEEEEE Ohio State University?
This has to take top honors since no one gave the Gators a chance and we ended up thrashing the Buckeyes.
A few good friends and I got drunk that night: I was wired to the max. One of the best moments in time as a Gator fan.
I still see Troy Smith getting harrassed all night long by our D.