25 Best Moments in The Swamp: No. 24 — Grier to Powell electricity

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Florida receiver Brandon Powell scores a touchdown past Mississippi linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche during the first half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Oct. 3, 2015. [Matt Stamey/Staff photographer]

It was June of 1992 when Steve Spurrier, fresh off Florida’s first official SEC title, called The Sun columnist Mike Bianchi with a new name for the stadium that would eventually bear his name.

The Swamp.

In the years that followed, there have been some unbelievable games and players. Sun staff writers Robbie Andreu and Pat Dooley came up with their rankings of the 25 best moments since 1992 when Spurrier gave the stadium that moniker.

No. 24 — Oct. 3, 2015

Grier to Powell electricity

The set-up: Coming off a last-second win over Tennessee the week before, the No. 25 Gators were 4-0 in coach Jim McElwain’s first season and looking to make a statement against Ole Miss, the No. 3 team in the country that had beaten Alabama in Tuscaloosa two weeks earlier. The Rebels came into The Swamp on a roll, leading the nation in scoring and total yards.

The moment: After jumping out to an early 13-0 lead, the UF offense struggled through the second half of the first quarter and the first half of the second. Facing a third-and-six from the UF 23, quarterback Will Grier dropped back to pass and was blitzed. He found slot receiver Brandon Powell on a quick slant and delivered a strike about seven yards downfield. Powell made the catch, burst through two Ole Miss defenders and outraced the secondary for a 77-yard touchdown play.

The result: The long TD play established that the night was going to belong to the Gators, and it did. UF went on to a 38-10 victory in which Grier threw four TD passes and the defense held the high-octane Rebels to just 328 yards of total offense.

The quote: “It was only a week after the epic Grier-to-Callaway play ignited The Swamp and brought back memories of the good ol’ days. The place was packed and jumping for one of those great October night games. Ole Miss became the highest-ranked opponent to fall at Florida Field since Peyton Manning and No. 2 Tennessee in 1999.” — Chris Harry, Floridagators.com

Editor’s note: You have one Swamp game moment that comes to mind? Tell us what it is. Maybe it’s already on our Top 25 list. We’ll update readers on top moments from fans as the countdown proceeds.

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    • Jaws, I love your comments most of the time, but you need to let it go man. So Muschamp coaching at UF didn’t work out, at least he didn’t embarrass the University like Mike Price at Alabama. And in hindsight, it appears he had some cleaning up to do behind the scenes to get the program back.

      • Oh, I don’t know, Sparky……I happen to like Champ but am still glad he’s gone……but damn, you’ve got to admit, Jaw’s jousting of him is pretty hillarious. To wit, “his inner mush” — come on, son…..this is a rare talent we get to witness for free!

        • Very well perceived there Gator-6…LOL. I find most of the rants and/or opinionated opinions to be particularly amusing. I like the way I just used opinion twice…LMAO. Such is life in the off season and I welcome any and every comment to help ease the pain of waiting. Jaws needs to keep it coming even if he has to make it up. GO GATORS!!!

          • Ed, there are some guys on here that literally crack me up when they get cranked up — you and Sparky being on that list too — but Jaws I have to say is in a league all of his own. Albert’s use of sarcasm has also been making tears run down my legs, come to think of it as well. Reminds me of old CO Jones when he used to come on and quip all the time!

      • Hey, Sparky– just having fun thinking about greatest moments. Given Pat is involved in this list, I am confident we will be seeing some “mushiest moments” named– probably involving a blocked kick or something on defense, but to me his greatest moments all involved lame “just give up” play calls that gained no yards and led to yet another punt!

    • Grier was his own enemy. He wasn’t kicked off the team, he was suspended from participating by the NCAA. He CHOSE to leave, then when he came back, wanted a guarantee he would be the starter when his suspension was over. In this case, I agree with MacSharkSleeper on his handling.

      • I dont, it was pure stupidity. In football its a rare thing to get an elite QB and a great coach would have done anything to keep him in the fold. THE Proof? The remaining years of McElwain with less than stellar QB’s. An elite QB can make a coaches career. More proof? Look what Cam Newton did for Auburn, an NC, look what Winston did for Fisher when his top recruiting classes couldnt ever win anything. A great QB covers alot of bad coaching!
        So I guess you agree with his stupidity in jettisoning his only hope to look good as a coach and his destroying his only opportunity to survive ats UF’s HC!

  1. Stevie nicks wrote one of the best country songs ever about this

    For me it’s the only life
    That I’ve ever known
    And love is only one
    Fine star away
    Even though the living
    Is sometimes laced with lies
    It’s alright
    The feeling remains
    Even after the glitter fades

    for that one day we were back. i was real, we had toughed it out, muschamp, urbans bad guys, we were the gators.

    still we can do it, and we will, not for a one night stand either