In Rare Visit to Athens, Florida Wrecks Georgia

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In Rare Visit to Athens, Florida Wrecks Georgia


The, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Georgia may not want the Florida Gators back in Athens any time soon.

The third-ranked Gators became the first visitor in Sanford Stadium history to top the 50 mark Saturday, routing the Bulldogs 52-17 behind Danny Wuerffel, who threw for 242 yards and five touchdowns in less than three quarters, three of those to Chris Doering.

"A lot of our coaches had mention to me that no one had scored 50 in here before, so we wanted to do that," coach Steve Spurrier said. "We had our backups in and they want to play hard just like the other guys. The touchdown was scored in the natural course of the game."

The previous top point total by an opponent came in 1936 when Tennessee routed the Bulldogs 46-0.

The Gators were playing on Georgia's home field for the first time in 63 years.

"We wanted to try to make it a memorable game for the Gators, and it was," Spurrier said.

Wuerffel had the Gators in front 21-0 in the first 12 minutes, leaving little doubt that Florida (8-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) would win for the first time in five games on Georgia's home field.

The teams usually meet at a neutral site each year, the Gator Bowl, where the game will return next year. Each school had a game on campus during a renovation project at the Jacksonville site for the arrival of the National Football League.

"Danny Wuerffel was near perfect in the game," Spurrier said. "He only had one bad throw."

Wuerffel said Georgia's defense changed coverages a lot after the snap. "I just had to hit the open guy." He did that quite often.

It marked the sixth year in a row Florida has won six or more SEC games, a mark matched only by Alabama from 1961-66.

Georgia (5-4, 3-4) scored both its touchdowns in the final quarter after the Gators had built a 38-3 lead.

"Florida is the best we've seen," Georgia coach Ray Goff said. "We made mistakes and they took advantage of them. There's a reason they've only lost 12 games in the last six years."

Tennessee 56, S Carolina 21: Peyton Manning threw for four scores and No. 5 Tennessee got two touchdowns off field goal attempts to beat South Carolina in a Southeastern Conference game in Knoxville, Tenn.

Tennessee (7-1, 5-1 SEC) scored first on Tyrone Hines' 90-yard return of a blocked field goal, and Vols holder Jason Price ran 15 yards with a fake field goal on the last play of the half.

Joey Kent caught TD passes of 35 and 47 yards to lead Tennessee to a 35-7 halftime lead over the Gamecocks (4-4-1, 2-4-1).

Jay Graham gained 126 yards in 16 carries and scored on a 17-yard screen pass and 66-yard burst up the middle. The 100-yard game was Graham's seventh of the season, a school record.

South Carolina's Steve Taneyhill's first 22 throws ran his string of consecutive passes without an interception to 163, the second-longest streak in SEC history. He then threw three interceptions in his next 11 passes.

Arizona St. 35, Oregon 24: Jake Plummer engineered two touchdown drives in the final five minutes as Arizona State upset 10th-ranked Oregon in Eugene, Ore. The loss was a near-fatal blow to the Ducks' chances for a return to the Rose Bowl.

The lead changed hands four times in the second half, with the Sun Devils going ahead for good 28-24 when tight end Steve Bush made a diving, fingertip catch of a 3-yard touchdown pass from Plummer on fourth-and-1 with 4:12 to play.

Arizona State's Keith Poole beat Oregon's Alex Molden on a 50-yard pass from Plummer to set up the go-ahead score.

Oregon (6-2 overall, 3-2 Pac-10) couldn't move the ball on the next possession and the Sun Devils (4-4, 3-4) went 49 yards in six plays. Plummer's 19-yard scramble set up Michael Martin's 6-yard touchdown run to clinch the win. …

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