JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — To the Florida fans who might be frustrated, even fed up, with the current state of their rivalry with Georgia, we offer a dose of context.
Rewind, say, 40 years.
The date was Nov. 8, 1980. No. 20 Florida led unbeaten and second-ranked Georgia by five points with just over a minute remaining. The Bulldogs, with their national championship hopes in the balance, faced a third-and-11 from their own 7. Half of the Gator Bowl was going nuts. The other half was 60-some seconds from drinking the world’s largest poisonous cocktail.
Then, of course, came Buck Belue to Lindsay Scott. Ninety-three yards.
Run, Lindsay, run!
Twenty! Fifteen! Ten!
A case can be made that Georgia’s stunning 26-21 victory was its greatest in the series’ history, given the Bulldogs went on to capture the school’s lone national championship. Feel free to consider it the most crushing loss on the Florida side of the rivalry that dates to 1915, for the fact UF was oh-so-close to ruining the Bulldogs’ magical season. As it so happened, that unforgettable outcome made for one of 13 wins for Georgia over a 16-season span (1974-89). Talk about Florida frustration
So, what’s a measly three-game skid in the grand scheme of things, right?