It wasn’t that long ago in the Florida-Georgia rivalry that the cleats were on the other foot, so to speak.
Under coaches Steve Spurrier, Ron Zook and Urban Meyer, the Gators dominated the Bulldogs from 1990-2010, winning all but three times.
However, Georgia reversed that after Will Muschamp arrived in Gainesville, winning three straight from 2011-13. Then came the 2014 game in Jacksonville (Nov. 1), and Georgia was overwhelmed again; after Georgia took an early 7-0 lead, Florida went on to rush for over 400 yards in a 38-20 rout.
And for one day at least, the struggling Gators had some heroes. One was Muschamp, a former Georgia player whose job security appeared slim going into the game. Afterward, he said, “I’ve been waiting a long time for this.”
Also, a key play in the game was sparked by a walk-on Gators player who will return to his part-time job at Publix on Sunday, one he has held since before earning a football scholarship. Really.
Mike McNeely, the holder on the Florida fake field goal that went for a touchdown early in the game, is a redshirt senior who only earned a scholarship before the 2014 season, according to a media report. But he ran 21 yards to tie the game at 7 and reverse Georgia’s early momentum.
McNeely’s run and other highlights from Saturday’s game are in the following video:
The rest of the 2014 season could play out in several ways. But again, the Florida-Georgia game became a story — actually, many stories — unto itself.
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