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GAME 7: FLORIDA 51, AUBURN 10 // Tigers find UF getting defensive


Florida's Fun 'n' Gun offense _ which makes mockeries of defensive schemes, racks up obscene amounts of yardage and scores touchdowns at will _ did it again. The Gators' seven touchdowns, 625 yards, 32 first downs, and 51 points were nothing new.


But here's a new wrinkle: Top-ranked Florida, which always has the offensive firepower to play with any team in the country, showed it finally may have the firestorming defense to go with it.

Get this: Florida 51, No. 16 Auburn 10.

"For so many years all you heard was the Fun 'n' Gun and now, people, they've got to mention the defense, too, when they talk about Florida," senior linebacker James Bates said. "That's cool."

In what had become one of the highest-scoring rivalries in the SEC, the Gators finally got a little defensive. Florida held what had been one of the nation's most productive offenses _ the Tigers averaged 38 points, 412 total yards and 265 passing yards _ to 10 points, 173 total yards and 82 passing yards.

"Really, the story of our game was the defense," said Spurrier, the offense-minded architect of the Fun 'n' Gun. "It's easy to coach when you've got a defense that stops them."

The offense opened the game as it had the previous six _ scoring on its first possession. Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel hit Reidel Anthony with a 25-yard pass for a 7-0 lead with four minutes gone.

Florida scored on its first three possessions of the second half _ a field goal and two touchdowns _ for a 37-10 lead that, given Florida's defense, put the game out of reach.

Auburn's yardage by quarters: 71-62-37-3.

"This Florida team is by far the best of what we've seen the four years I've been here," Auburn coach Terry Bowden said. "They have taken their football program and said, "We are going to attack every moment on offense and every moment on defense.' "