Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Limping Gators Kind to Bulldogs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Limping Gators Kind to Bulldogs

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Georgia has to give the Florida Gators this much: the nation's

No. 1-ranked team is a compassionate lot. Who says the football

program run by Steve Spurrier lacks sensitivity toward its

pathetically outmanned rivals?

Jim Donnan conceded his Bulldogs would need help to have any

chance of upsetting Florida. Donnan's charitable plea didn't go

unanswered. The Gators gave until it hurt.

Injuries of varying degrees so decimated UF's defensive line

that tackle Reggie McGrew was the only true starter out there

yesterday. McGrew's backup, Keith Council, and wide receiver Ike

Hilliard did their part to assist Georgia. They violated the

school's classroom attendance policy and earned onegame

suspensions.

Throw in the season-ending ankle injury to center Jeff Mitchell

on the game's second play. Then quarterback Danny Wuerffel

throwing an end-zone interception to end UF's streak of scoring

on every opening drive this season.

Suddenly, there's a glimmer of hope for the 34-point

under'Dawgs. Florida is banged up. Georgia's defense is off to a

positive start. Could it be?

Uh, no. Some teams, like a politician relying on campaign

strategy from Bob Dole, are just beyond help.

All the hopeless Bulldogs did yesterday was confirm in front of

84,103 spectators what all the doomsayers have said since

Georgia was ambushed at Kentucky: this is a ballclub wallowing

in mediocrity. Not a sliver of significant improvement in sight.

Most years, playing your hated rival when you have a halfdozen

injuries to starters plus two academic-related casualties would

be enough attrition to send any team into a state of mini-panic.

The Gators acted and played like it was no inconvenience.

Different personnel. Same escort back to the woodshed.

The galling thing for Georgia in this game's return to

Jacksonville Municipal Stadium was not that it absorbed a 47-7

thumping to Florida, the most lopsided defeat for the Bulldogs

in series history. It was that it happened while the Gators were

so physically handicapped they could legally park in-between

painted blue lines. …

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