Swamp preservation


Published: Saturday, October 7, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 7, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
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Florida quarterback Chris Leak is wrapped up by the LSU defense last year at Tiger Stadium.

DOUG FINGER/The Gainesville Sun
It has been almost a quarter of a century since it has happened at a place where it's not supposed to happen at all.
And the same team has a chance to do it again.
Florida seldom loses in The Swamp and has yet to under Urban Meyer. But in 1982, LSU came to town and beat the Gators on their home field for the third straight time. That was the last time an opponent won three in a row at Florida Field. Today, the Tigers have a chance for another three-peat.
They beat the Ron Zook-led Gators in 2002 and 2004. Today, they bring to The Swamp one of the nation's best defenses, an All-SEC candidate at quarterback and an urgency to get back into the race in the SEC West.
Emotions are sure to be high with a packed stadium inside and GameDay's crew outside.
"It doesn't take anything to get up for this game," UF cornerback Ryan Smith said. "If you love football it's easy to get up for this game especially if you are 5 and 0. We are going to have great teams on both sides of the ball. GameDay is going to be here, it's the kind of game that I came here to play."
- Pat Dooley

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