Top 5 plays in Florida-Georgia history

October, 26, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It’s Florida-Georgia week, which means it’s time to take a look back at the annual series between the two Southeastern Conference rivals.

Each day this week, GatorNation will have a top five list that captures the colorful history of the series.

Today’s list:

Top 5 plays in series history

Run, Lindsay! (1980)

Georgia was trailing 21-20 with about a minute remaining when QB Buck Belue and WR Lindsay Scott hooked up for a 93-yard touchdown pass that gave the Bulldogs the victory.

Fourth and Dumb (1976)

UF coach Doug Dickey elected to go for it on fourth-and-1 from the UF 29-yard line in the third quarter. The play was a pitch to RB Earl Carr but Georgia DB Johnny Henderson stopped Carr for no gain. The Bulldogs went on to score 21 unanswered points and win 41-27.

Appleby to Washington (1975)

With Florida leading 7-3 in the fourth quarter, Georgia coach Vince Dooley called a trick play in which TE Richard Appleby ran the ball on an end-around and threw the ball to WR Gene Washington, who went untouched for an 80-yard touchdown.

Bobby Etter’s TD (1964)

Georgia faced a fourth-and-4 from the UF 5-yard line with the game tied 7-7 early in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs lined up for a go-ahead field goal, but a bad snap got away from holder Barry Wilson. K Bobby Etter, who weighed about 150 pounds, picked up the ball and headed toward the end zone. He was flipped into the air by a tackler and the goal line but landed in the end zone to score the winning touchdown.

Bell to Nattiel (1984)

Florida was leading 17-0 early in the fourth quarter, but the Gators were facing third-and-7 from their own 4-yard line. Coach Galen Hall called for a deep pass. QB Kerwin Bell connected with WR Rickey Nattiel down the sideline for a 96-yard touchdown, which is still the second-longest scoring play in series history.

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