The last Saturday of October always symbolizes a special event: the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs and Florida Gators gather in Jacksonville for a hate-filled alcohol party, and then an even more hate-filled football game.
This year is the first time since 2012 in which both teams are ranked, and the first time that College Gameday will be live at the game since 2005. The hype around this year’s matchup is huge and ever-building. The WLOCP has always had crazy moments. Let’s relive some of the best.
“Run Lindsay Run!”; 1980
Led by true freshman running back Herschel Walker, the 1980 Georgia Bulldogs wound up being national champions. They have to thank receiver Lindsay Scott for helping keep the unbeaten dream alive as well as for their win over their hated rivals. With just over a minute left and down 21-20, Georgia quarterback Buck Belue found receiver Lindsay Scott over the middle. Lindsay Scott then ran past the entirety of the Florida defense, giving Georgia a 93-yard game-winning touchdown, and one of the best radio calls of all time.
The Questionable Timeout; 1993
Down 33-26 with just five seconds to go, Georgia quarterback Eric Zeier threw the game-tying touchdown, or he thought. Moments before Zeier snapped the ball, Florida cornerback Anthone Lott called a timeout that was controversially granted by the referees. The Dawgs were unable to score on their next play, meaning if Lott was just milliseconds late on that timeout call, the game would have been a tie (overtime did not start until 1996). There have only been three instances where Georgia and Florida were tied at the end of regulation: 1930 and 1969 were ties, while the 2010 matchup was a Gator overtime victory.
Georgia storms the field; 2007
In 2007, the Bulldogs entered the game No. 20 and seeking their third win in 17 long years against the Gators. After redshirt Freshman Knowshon Moreno leaped over the offensive line for a one-yard score, the entire Georgia football team rushed to the endzone. Georgia coach Mark Richt had planned this two weeks in advance in order for Georgia to play with more energy and enthusiasm. The Bulldogs would go on to defeat the reigning national champion and No. 9 Gators 42-30 that game.
Urban Meyer gets his revenge; 2008
Just a year after Georgia’s excessive celebration, head coach Urban Meyer got his revenge. With under a minute to go in No. 5 Florida’s 49-10 rout of No. 8 Georgia, Urban Meyer made sure to conserve the clock. He called both of his two remaining timeouts in order to elongate the Gators’ drive, making the Bulldog’s loss even worse. That game also started with a clobbering, as Brandon Spikes (before he gouged Washaun Ealey’s eye in 2010) laid down this thunderous hit on Knowshon Moreno.
Jordan Reed fumbles away Florida’s SEC title hopes; 2012
The 2012 Georgia-Florida game is memorable for all of the turnovers. In the No. 10 Bulldogs’ 17-9 victory over the No. 2 Gators, there were nine total turnovers. None of the turnovers were more pivotal than Jordan Reed’s goalline fumble. With under three minutes to go, Florida was constructing a potential game-tying drive and were in the red zone. After a short pass from Jeff Driskel, Jordan Reed made a man miss before heading to the end-zone. He attempted to jump into the endzone but was met by Jarvis Jones, causing Reed to fumble the ball into the endzone. Georgia would go onto kill the clock and win the game, giving them the driver’s seat in the SEC East championship race.
Florida decimates the Bulldogs’ run defense; 2014
In a season that wound up being a 7-5 disappointment, the 2014 Florida Gators squad found some solace in their WLOCP victory over No. 11 Georgia. Entering the game, the Bulldogs were hot and riding on the backs of true freshman Nick Chubb in the absence of the suspended Todd Gurley. Florida would only attempt six passes all game, completing three of them for 27 yards, but found loads of success on the ground. On a whopping 60 rush attempts, Florida tallied 418 rushing yards en route to their 38-20 victory. One of Florida’s touchdowns was an amazing fake field goal run from kicker Michael McNeely.