Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

College Smackdown; Beemer's Big Thrill like 'Braveheart Game'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

College Smackdown; Beemer's Big Thrill like 'Braveheart Game'

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Byline: Eric Corbett

The Gators probably played the best game of the year last week in putting away the Mountaineers of Appalachian State 48-10. If it was not their best game, it was certainly their best first quarter as we raced out to a 21-0 lead.

Of course it was a Football Championship Series school that we dismantled. But still it was nice to see them put away a team and get some experience for the second string players (once we took a 35-0 lead) as well as hand out a few rewards for some deserving seniors. All of the seniors on the team received a framed jersey and a hug from Urban Meyer as they were announced pre-game, but Gary Beemer beat them all when it came to being rewarded.

Beemer is a 5-11, 263-pound defensive tackle who saw very little if any significant playing time in his four years as a Gator, but his dedication to the program was rewarded in the fourth quarter when Meyer ran him in as a running back and let him have three tries inside the 5-yard line to score a touchdown, the only touchdown of his football career. Third time was a charm, and Beemer scored and proceeded to go completely ballistic, as did what was left of the crowd.

The 2008 game in the mud in Tallahassee is known by Gators as the "Braveheart Game" for the widely publicized picture of Tebow with paint on his face (that came from the sloppy field) as he screamed on the sidelines with an intense look on his face. Beemer may not have had the face paint, but he certainly gave Tebow a run for his money on intensity and the primordial scream that he let out in celebration.

Speaking of Tallahassee, that is where we'll be headed this week to end the regular season against W.D.'s Seminoles. Anyone who says they have even a clue of what will happen this week is lying. They may not know it, but they are lying through their teeth. Both teams are fully capable of playing well, and both are fully capable of laying an egg, so it's anyone's guess. …

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