The 10th-ranked Bulldogs held off Florida 31-24 at Alltell Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday afternoon for their first victory over the Gators since 1997 and their second since 1990 in the rivalry.
While the Gators' fans filed out of the stadium, the red-and-black
portion of the record-setting crowd of 84,753 let loose a celebration
seven years in the making.
"Elation," Bulldogs' fan David Lefkowitz said from his
as the final seconds ticked away. "We knew this was going to be the
Georgia coach Mark Richt, looking like a presidential candidate, waved
to the crowd with his son David in tow. Richt drew thunderous ovations
from the Georgia faithful, which had grown dreadfully tired of leaving
its annual pilgrimage to Jacksonville without the post-party glow of
"I'm glad our fans can go out to the World's Largest Cocktail
and they don't have to listen to Florida fans run their mouths," said
senior defensive end David Pollack, who beat the Gators for the first
time in his career.
With the victory, the Bulldogs (7-1, 5-1 in the Southeastern
Conference) remained in contention for their third consecutive SEC East
crown and, potentially, a lucrative Bowl Championship Series game.
Playing for the first time since head coach Ron Zook was fired Monday,
the Gators (4-4, 2-4) could not deliver a victory for their embattled
coach and his staff. Zook will finish out the season.
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