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Antonya English

Greatest regular season victories

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January

Day8forblogzook National championships are nice, but they only come around so often. (How often? "Not often enough" is the correct answer.) So fans are left to savor the memories of legendary regular-season victories. Here are our favorites.

Top 5 regular-season victories:

5. Florida went 42-52-6 in the 1930s but recorded one of the biggest upsets in school history in 1939. Four-touchdown underdogs, the Gators defeated Frank Leahy-coached Boston College 7-0 at Fenway Park.

4. In Ron Zook's final game as Florida's head coach in 2004, the Gators beat the Seminoles 20-13 at Doak Campbell Stadium. It was UF's first win in Tallahassee since 1986.

3. In a rare Florida-Georga game way from Jacksonville, the Gators on 52-17 in 1995. "We knew coming in nobody had scored 50 against them here, so that's what we wanted to do," Steve Spurrier said afterward. "This may be the only time in our lifetime that Florida plays here, so we wanted to make it memorable for the Gators."

2. In 1985, the Gators beat Auburn 14-10 (while Ohio State knocked off Iowa) to give Florida its first-ever No. 1 ranking in the polls.

1. Trailing rival FSU 29-25 with just under two minutes to go, Florida quarterback Doug Johnson connected on a 63-yard deep curl-and-go spiral pass to Jacquez Green, from the 20 to the FSU 17. That set up Fred Taylor's fourth touchdown run and sealed the 32-29 win for the Gators on Nov. 22, 1997, in front of 85,677 at Florida Field. The loss knocked then-No. 2 FSU out of the race for the national title.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:14pm]

    

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