Peach Bowl Prez Aware of Mullen's Play-Calling
“Flea-flicker off the screen. How about that one. Never seen that play. Steve Spurrier didn’t even invent one like that.” – TV analyst Gary Danielson at the 2005 Fiesta Bowl
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Dan Mullen recalled Friday the last time the Gators were in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, a 27-10 loss to Miami on New Year’s Eve 14 years ago.
Mullen was not at the Georgia Dome in the final Gators game before he arrived at Florida with Urban Meyer to be the offensive coordinator. Instead, he played the role of spectator in his hotel room in Arizona as Utah prepared for its Fiesta Bowl matchup against Pittsburgh the following night.
“I remember watching that game and to look at what type of players we would have when we got here,” said Mullen, at the time Utah’s offensive coordinator. “That was pretty exciting.”
Florida fans, eager for a closer look at Utah’s offense, were excited, too. The Utes crushed Pittsburgh 35-7, their final score coming on a bit of trickery late in the third quarter. Using an array of formations to keep Pittsburgh’s defense guessing, Utah sealed the win with a hook-and-ladder touchdown.
Quarterback Alex Smith threw a screen pass to receiver Steve Savoy, who