Teams that blow 21-7 leads do not win games. Teams that have nine penalties and go 4-14 on 3rd downs do not win games.
But you knew this Gators team was not pretty, especially after the TBYFL offense they ran today. But none of that matters right now. Will Hill intercepted Aaron Murray in overtime and Chas Henry hit a 37-yard field goal to defeat the Georgia Bulldogs, 34-31. UF is 5-3, 3-3 in the league and still controls their own destiny to win the East Division.
Florida finally moved the ball, but with a running game that occasionally bordered on the absurd. Trey Burton ran out of the I-formation, Jordan Reed had 19 yards and our lost boy Chris Rainey had 80 yards rushing with a touchdown. Rainey's performance was a revelation, as he also had two catches for nine yards and averaged 25 yards on six kick returns. Rainey's 45-yard return set up Florida's field goal to make it 24-16 early in the fourth quarter.
John Brantley did not have the memorable drive we have all been hoping for. Throwing 16/25 for 193 and an interception, the ball was mostly taken out of his hands. On some crucial plays, he was not under center. However, Omarius Hines and Frankie Hammond both contributed, proving their talent. Deonte Thompson's stellar catch in the second quarter, was one of two catches, but set up the UF score to make it 14-7.
Aaron Murray's three interceptions and fumble are ultimately what gave the Gators a chance to win. Aside from the overtime pick, UF scored another 14 points off the quarterback's mistakes. UGA moved the ball, gaining 439 yards of offense, but as has recently happened in this series, the Gators was the team that made the plays. It wasn't a pretty win, especially the Dawgs comeback and two 100-yard receivers, but it was a win.
The season is still alive. In addition to Henry and Hill, give some credit to yourselves. Many of you believe in Championship Mode and used your good luck habits to put the ball in Hill's hands and on Henry's foot. Every little bit helps when we're trying to keep a season alive. Good job to everyone.