25 Best Moments in The Swamp: No. 13 — Doering’s got a record

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UF receiver Chris Doering celebrates in the stands with Gator fans after the UF win over Florida State 35-24, in 1995. Doering broke four records on one play including most touchdown receptions in a year (16) and most touchdowns for a career (30). [File]

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 writers Pat Dooley and Robbie Andreu came up with their rankings of the 25 best moments since 1992 when Spurrier gave it that moniker. 

No. 13 — Nov. 25, 1995

Doering’s got a record

The set-up: There was so much on the line in this Florida-FSU game. No. 3 UF vs. the No. 6 ’Noles and it was Senior Day, something that brought former walk-on receiver Chris Doering to tears as he rode the bus one last time to The Swamp. And Florida was trying to finish off the regular season unbeaten for the first time. The Gators started fast and jumped to a 21-3 lead.

The moment: Late in the second quarter, Florida was driving again and the crowd was not only into it because of what Steve Spurrier’s offense was doing, but because of what might happen next. From the FSU 20, Danny Wuerffel dropped back, glanced to his right and then flung a perfect pass to the left corner of the end zone. There was Doering, who had run a precise pattern against the FSU zone. He hauled it in for his 16th TD catch of the year and 30th of his career, breaking Auburn’s Terry Beasley’s 24-year old record for career touchdowns. Doering stuck his No. 1 finger on the air and was mobbed by teammates on the sidelines, getting a bear hug from Ike Hilliard.

The result: Florida won the game 35-24 to avenge both the tie game and the bowl loss against FSU the year before. The Gators went on to face Nebraska for the national championship and we’ll just skip over that. Doering’s record was tied by Alabama’s Amari Cooper in 2014. His season record was broken by Reidel Anthony the next season. But he’ll always have that moment.

The quote: “I couldn’t have asked for a better situation with Senior Day and it being FSU and we’re trying to finish undefeated. It was a kind of storybook way for my career to end.

“They were playing cover two and the way our routes were designed, you want to get inside so you are head up with the cover two safety and then you have options. That was the option on that play. I caught a lot of corner routes in my career.” — Chris Doering

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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    • Nobody for UF has ever thrown as well on all timing passes. Sitting in the north endzone sunshine chairbacks, it was amazing to watch him throw to a spot on the field 40 yards away, and magically a receiver would run into the spot at the perfect time. And those corner fade routes….wow. Go Gators!!

  1. That memory was one of my favorites as I had so many people that I bowled with that were fsu fans. I believe that not soon after that, I saw a couple of those fsu fans jumping on that GATOR bandwagon…LOL. I put up with a lot of carp from those people, but it was all worth it in the end. Now Franks and co., go out there this year and create some best moments. GO GATORS!!!