In the 2018 regular season, the Florida Gators certainly overachieved. Dan Mullen squeezed every drop of talent out of a roster that went 4-7 just one year prior, as he finished with an impressive 9-3 record.
Sure, there were plenty of highlights along the way.
There were plays gloriously blown up in the backfield by DE Jachai Polite, who put on a monstrous season. There were rumbling, explosive runs broken off by Lamical Perine, Jordan Scarlett and true freshman Dameon Pierce. Unlike 2017, there was plenty of football eye candy.
Perhaps no moments more amazing, however, than Florida’s legendary goal line stand against Georgia. These things just don’t happen.
How odd that our vote for best moment of the 2018 season would come in a losing effort.
Gator Nation did not get the result that they wanted when Florida suffered defeat at the hands of bitter rival Georgia. The game was kept close until Georgia finally pulled away midway in the fourth quarter, against a tired, depleted Gator defense.
In the loss, Florida featured an incredible goal line stand that was truly one for the ages. Even CBS commentator Gary Danielson was left speechless by what Florida was able to do. After Feleipe Franks fumbled at his team’s own 1-yard line, the defense was forced to takeover – and did they ever go to work.
For three years now under Kirby Smart, Georgia has made their living pushing teams off of the line of scrimmage and yet they could not manage to gain one measly yard on this drive. Because of a dubious penalty, Georgia had six attempts to get into the end zone from the Florida one-yard line but did not.
Georgia settled for a field goal, resulting in a six play, zero yard scoring drive that took 3:53. You can view the goal line stand sequence at about the six minute mark of the video below:
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