25 Best Moments in The Swamp: No. 4 — Stewart’s sweet Pick-6

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Floridadefensive back Brad Stewart Jr. dives for the end zone during the fourth quarter after intercepting a LSU pass and returning it for a TD at The Swamp on Oct. 6, 2018. The Florida Gators beat the LSU Tigers 27-19. [Lauren Bacho/Gainesville Sun]

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. 4 — Oct. 6, 2018

Stewart’s sweet Pick-6

The set-up: Four weeks after being stunned at home against Kentucky, the Gators were back on their feet, riding a three-game winning streak and hoping to make a Swamp statement against No. 5 LSU.

The moment: In what had been a typical SEC defensive slugfest, the Gators found themselves down 19-14 following a 1-yard touchdown run by LSU running back Nick Brossette early in the fourth quarter. But the UF offense, which had sputtered for much of the game, had an answer — a 75-yard touchdown drive that put the Gators up 20-19 with 8:48 left in the game. The drive featured a 26-yard pass from Feleipe Franks to Van Jefferson, a 17-yard run by Lamical Perine and a 15-yard throwback pass from tight end Lucas Krull to Franks that put the Gators on the 2-yard line. Perine scored on the next play. The question now was: could the Gators make the score stand up?

The result: Following an exchange of punts, the Tigers took over on their 12-yard line with 2:21 left and a chance to pull out a win. But on a third-and-four from the 18, with The Swamp crowd loud and on its feet, sophomore safety Brad Stewart intercepted a Joe Burrow pass in the right flat and raced 25 yards for a touchdown, diving just inside the pylon with 1:45 to play. The Gators made the eight-point lead stand up, ending a last-second LSU threat with safety Donovan Stiner’s interception on the UF 34.

The quote: “(UF coach Dan Mullen) told me I should’ve taken a knee (instead of scoring),” Stewart said. “Now, we had to go back out there and finish this game off again.” — UF safety Brad Stewart

Reader’s input: Jarrod voted this as his favorite moment — “Tebow inducted into the ring of honor and Brad Stewart’s 25-yard pick 6 to seal the game. Massive dog pile formed in the stands after the interception-touchdown. Almost broke my back on the bleachers. Loved every second of it.”

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.

9 COMMENTS

  1. I have that picture as my screen saver here at work. All of the lsu folk that I work with are mad and keep asking me to take it down since it was so long ago. Pic before that one was when Darrius Guice was stopped 1 yard short of the goal line in ‘death valley’!! WHO CARES!?!?!?! Great memory!! GEAUXXX GATORS!!!

  2. I still have that game recorded and will be watching the whole season from beginning to end. Any time we can beat lsu or any top tier team from the SEC, it is a great day! Remember this happened with 3 and 4 * players under the new regime. Yes – I had to bring that up again…lol. I am like everyone else here waiting for this new season to begin. A huge shout out to everyone that works at Gatorsports.com for keeping this offseason interesting with the topics presented. Not to mention some of the fans on this site that make me laugh and have interesting remarks. It is us against the world and us is getting better. Thank you CDM and staff! GO GATORS!!!

    • That’s a tall order now SpringHill… 🙂

      Me personally…they were the one SEC team besides Vandy that I didn’t detest until they flapped their Cajun mouths about being scared during a Hurricane cancellation. Georgia is a special hate for me…

      • Aw, dem cajuns are OK mon, five maybe four maybe three time outta three dey come wid dat hot boudain! Know whadda mean?

        It was only that lop eared, side winder, scum sucker of an AD that caused all the trouble. Now that he’s gone, they’re just like us. Except for not speaking English, of course.