On October 30, 2010 in Jacksonville FL at the annual Florida Gator/Georgia Bulldogs Fall Classic, also known as the World’s Largest Cocktail party, the Gators nipped the Bulldogs to win in the first overtime 34-31.
The first quarter of the game was scoreless as both teams had chances to score but the defensives held strong coming away with interceptions and creating fumbles.
The Gators erupted in the 2nd quarter with 3 touchdowns, courtesy of Chris Rainey, Jeffrey Demps, and Trey Burton. Georgia was able to respond with a score from Bulldog quarterback Aaron Morris to wide receiver Tavarres King on a 63-yard b o m b . At the half, the Gators led 21-7.
The sole score in the 3rd quarter was a Bulldog 28-yard field goal by Blair Walsh to inch the score at the end of the quarter, Gators 21, Bulldogs 10.
In the 4th quarter, both teams lit up the scoreboard with two Bulldog touchdowns (Washaun Ealey 4-yard scamper and 15-yard reception by A.J. Green) and a 51-yard touchdown run by Gator Trey Burton and 34-yard Gator field goal by Chas Henry to knot the game up at the end of regulation 31-31.
In overtime, the Bulldogs got the ball first, 1st down and 10 at the Gator 25-yd line. The Gator defense intercepted an Aaron Murphy pass to stop that Georgia scoring attempt.
The Gators took over 1st and 10 on the Georgia 25-yard line. After several plays, the Gator offense stalled and punter-turned-kicker Chas Henry was called upon to attempt a 37-yard field goal for the Gator victory. With his teammates support, he nailed the kick and Gators won 34-31.
This was the first overtime game ever in the 95 year history of this series. Florida head coach Urban Meyers said, “This is the biggest win we’ve had. We’ve had some great wins around here and maybe some people would say more important. I’d probably argue that one. This is the biggest one that I can remember, and I’ve coached a long time.”
The win keeps the Gator SEC Eastern Division title hunt and eliminates the Bulldogs chances altogether. Georgia came into the game with a three game winning streak and Florida a three game losing streak.
The Gators (5-3, 3-3 SEC) now will face Vanderbilt Commodores (2-6, 1-4 SEC) on the road on Saturday, November 6, 2010. The Commodores got trounced by the Arkansas Razorbacks 49-14. Expectations would be the Gators will have no problems winning this road game after the emotional win over Georgia this past weekend.