Blocked Kicks Big Part of Gator History

Jarvis Moss' blocked field goal against South Carolina was definitely the biggest play of the 2006 season, and if you ask head coach Urban Meyer, it was the biggest play in Florida football history. As the Gators prepare to face the Gamecocks this week at The Swamp, that play will be relived time and time again.

Even offensive coordinator Dan Mullen remembers the play like it was yesterday. It wasn't until the game against Arkansas during the SEC Championship that the offense was moving on all cylinders that season, so Mullen remembers relying on the defense a lot.

"My headsets were off, so I just sat back and watched," he said. "That whole year we put a lot on our defense and they delivered one more time."

A lot of people forget that the Gamecocks had a chance to have a closer kick. South Carolina completed a pass inside the 10-yard line, but were flagged for offensive interference pushing them back.

"It wasn't just that play," Mullen said. "It was the couple of plays they made before that play that made it a long field goal instead of a short field goal. The whole game they did a great job. That was one of the most exciting wins of my coaching career. Just being involved in the emotions of that game."

The Gators are hoping this weekend's matchup doesn't come down to a last second field goal try, but if it does, the way Florida's special teams have been playing this season, they've got to be feeling pretty good. It was the 6-6 defensive end Moss who got his hands on the kick in '06, and last week, it was the 6-8 Carlos Dunlap who got his hands on a pair of Vanderbilt punts.

Meyer, who handles special teams for the Gators, had Dunlap well prepared heading into the game with the Commodores.

"He knew everything they were going to do," Dunlap said. "He had us prepare for everything they do, so all I had to do was do what they told me to do and I would have had a chance to block it."

And the second block was as easy as the first.

"They didn't change their scheme," Dunlap said. "The one I blocked they did the same thing so of course I was going to go for another block. The rugby kick is easy to block because they only kick it six feet and I'm 6-8, so all I had to do was get in the area and I was going to block it."

Looking ahead, Dunlap is excited about the way the Gators are playing, and he likes their chances for the BCS title game. But he also knows that Florida has some work to do before they get there.

"We have to take care of South Carolina next week, and then we have to go to Atlanta and take care of Alabama who will be the No. 1 team in the country," Dunlap said. "Right now, I think our team is playing like the best team in the country. We're going got keep competing to become the best team in the country. What we have to do is keep working to be the best because we want to be the best."

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