A Dozen 'Unbreakable' Single Game Records

Well, we are midway through the dog days of summer with SEC Media Days this week followed by another lull before practice begins for the 2010 Gator football season. So I thought it might be interesting to peruse the record book and see if I could identify the individual records that would be the most difficult to break.

Obviously with all the success the Gators have had, you could make a list of Tim Tebow and Danny Wuerffel records that are likely to stand the test of time, but I wanted something that would recognize Gator football across the board.

As a result we ended up with a dozen such marks in three major categories; single game, single season and career marks. There's certainly plenty of room for debate on the records we included and those we left off as well as the order they're ranked in, but hopefully it'll be interesting.

Each category will be counted down in a five part series, with three or the top 12 being listed on the first two days and two each for the final three. Here goes….

No. 12 ---- Carlos Alvarez 15 receptions vs. Miami ---- For many Gator fans the 1969 season is their favorite for a lot of reasons. The "Super Sophs" brought incredible excitement to Florida Football and that included a November trip to Miami. Carlos Alvarez had already shattered the Gator single season receiving records before taking to the Orange Bowl field. He then proceeded to catch 15 passes for 237 yards in a 35-16 win that ended the regular season with an 8-1-1 record. Three different Gators have gotten to 13 in a game, but 41 years later this one still stands.

No. 11 ---- Chris Perkins 60-yard FG vs. Tulane ---- The 1984 Gator football team was one of the best in school history, but got off to a slow start with a tough loss to Miami and tie to LSU. Things got going at Florida Field against Tulane as the Gators broke loose with 63 points. Three of those points came when Coach Charlie Pell allowed Chris Perkins to try a 60-yard field goal that would set a new school record. The strong-legged Perkins nailed it and it's still the Gator mark. Certainly kickers can break that mark, but how often will they even get a chance?

No. 10 ---- Bobby Joe Green 82-yard punt vs. Georgia ---- The 1958 Florida/Georgia game was not too memorable. Oh, the unranked Gators did post a 7-6 win over the No. 19 Bulldogs but no one who has followed this series would list this matchup on any list of great showdowns in the border war. However the '58 game did include a record that still stands today. Bobby Joe Green booted an 82-yard punt to set a UF standard. Shayne Edge had a 76-yarder in 1992, but this punt still tops the list. And it's likely to continue to because the only time the record can even be challenged is when Florida is punting from inside its 18 yard line. Then it would take a great kick and an incompetent return man to let the ball travel that far.

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Tomorrow in part two we'll check out individual game records 7-10.


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