Florida-Georgia: Reviewing the 2014 Rout

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.

“For the rest of my life, I’ll be able to tell this story,” McNeely said in jacksonville.com.

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.

— What were your reactions to Saturday’s game? Leave a comment below.

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About Steve Burns

I live in the Atlanta area. I also lived for many years in Southern California. I'm into mainstream media, social media, sports, business and politics. I worked for AOL's Patch, but this is my personal blog. I'm on Twitter (@bsteve76), Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest. See ya 'round!
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