NOVEMBER 9, 1985:
GEORGIA 24, FLORIDA 3
PREGAME: In 1984, probation-bound Florida had achieved a 9-1-1 mark, including a 27-0 drubbing of Georgia (the Bulldogs first loss to the Gators since 1977). By the end of the season, several polls recognized by the NCAA had chosen Florida as national champion. A year later, the Gators were regarded as even better than before. Led by a dominating defense, a Heisman-Trophy candidate at quarterback in sophomore Kerwin Bell, and an offensive line nicknamed the "Great Wall of Florida," the Gators entered the game with a 7-0-1 record and ranked #1 in the AP for the first time in their history. Georgia had stumbled out of the gate with a loss to Alabama but had not suffered defeat since. The Bulldogs were 6-1-1, ranked 17th, and four-point underdogs in the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party."
DETAILS: With 5:24 remaining in the first quarter, Georgia freshman Keith Henderson raced up the middle for a 76-yard touchdown and an early Bulldogs lead. A quarter later, on the exact same play, Henderson got the same result, streaking for a 32-yard score. Meanwhile, Florida missed two field goals before Jeff Dawson successfully kicked a 36-yarder. However, Georgia's Steve Crumley kicked a field goal and built the Bulldogs' shocking lead to 17-3 late in the first half. In the second half, Florida's Bell continued to move the Gators up and down the field but they could not get within striking distance to score. Finally, Florida drove 91 yards midway through the final stanza to Georgia's seven-yard line before John L. Williams lost a fumble recovered by Bulldog linebacker Steve Boswell. Two plays later, Georgia ran a toss sweep with freshman Tim Worley. Running through a hole and breaking a tackle, Worley eventually distanced himself from the Florida defenders and crossed the goal line for a spectacular, 89-yard touchdown. Worley's long jaunt is considered one of the greatest plays in Georgia football history and remains tied for the longest rushing touchdown in school history. With the 24-3 upset, the Bulldogs knocked the Gators off from atop the AP poll while also ending their 18-game unbeaten streak.