Florida vs Georgia 2013
Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
None - Bragging Rights
Georgia won 37-0
Florida won 49-10
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"The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party"
November 7th, 1970 “The Rip, Strip and Grip”: With 5:13 left in the 4th quarter, Georgia lead Florida by a score of 17-10, and the Bulldogs were threatening to score again, as they had the ball on the Georgia 2 yard line. Georgia lined up, and ran a lead play to running back Ricky Lake. As Lake took the ball, he was stopped in his tracks by Florida All-American DE, Jack Youngblood who forced a fumble, and recovered the ball for the Gators. This turned the tide of the game, as Florida quarterback/receiver duo, John Reaves, and Carlos Alvarez connected twice in the final 5:13 to pull off the comeback victory for the Gators.
October 28th, 1995 “Half a Hundred Between the Hedges”: Due to renovations at the Gator Bowl, the 1995 Florida-Georgia game was held at Georgia’s home field. The Gators came into the game undefeated, and we’re looking strong in the national championship scheme. The Gators came out and put a pounding on the Bulldogs, and with 5 minutes left in the 4th Quarter, the score was 45-17 in Florida’s favor. Florida had the ball, and threw a flea-flicker for a touchdown to increase Florida’s score the 52. After the game, when asked why he scored another touchdown in that situation, Florida coach, Steve Spurrier, answered that he wanted to hang “half a hundred” on the Bulldogs in their own stadium, because “we heard no one had ever done that before”. This left the rivalry even more heated.
“The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party”
Florida Gators vs. Georgia Bulldogs a brief history
The first game was held in Jacksonville Florida in 1915. The funny thing about this rivalry is that both schools have a different opinion on when the teams actually first squared off. Georgia says 1904, while Florida says 1915.
The tail-gating that occurs for the entire week before the game itself is what has earned its outrageous name. Florida Times-Union sports columnist Bill Kastelz was the first to call the Georgia-Florida game, “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.” That was back in the 1950s, soon after Kastelz, while covering the game, spotted a drunken tailgater offer a drink to a policeman.
The Georgia-Florida game has long been one of the big social events of the year for North Florida-South Georgia residents.
Due to sensitivity about consumption of alcohol by college students, the game is no longer called "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party," and is now officially known as the Florida-Georgia/Georgia-Florida game. Additionally, in May 2006, the Southeastern Conference asked the three networks which broadcast Southeastern Conference football games not to use the moniker "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party," as it conveys a message regarding consumption of alcohol that the schools do not desire. Despite these efforts, 3 people have died in UF/UGA related partying downtown since the 2004 game.
In a move that served to rally the underdog Bulldogs and add fuel to the rivalry, the 2007 game will be remembered for "The Gator Stomp", in which the entire Georgia team left the sideline for a mass-celebration in the Gator end zone after their first touchdown. Although this did prove to pump the team up, Georgia was given two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and was forced to kick off from their own 8 yard line. Georgia coach Mark Richt admitted that he ordered his team to draw an excessive celebration penalty after their first touchdown or they would be subject to extra conditioning drills, but he intended that only the players on the field would celebrate, not the entire team. This game could also be known for big plays and a lot of points, as it was the first time in series history that both teams have ever scored 30 or more points in the same game.
Before the 2008 Florida-Georgia game, both coaches repeatedly stated that the previous year's incident would have no bearing on the contest. Florida Coach Urban Meyer went so far as to issue a gag order on his players, instructing them to not talk about the 2007 game with the media. In a move widely guessed to be a response to the previous year's end zone celebration, Meyer called two timeouts with less than one minute to play, giving his team and their fans more time to celebrate the victory.