Florida’s 10 best wins of past 10 seasons: No. 8, Oh Henry!

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Florida kicker Chas Henry is hoisted on the shoulders of his teammates after kicking the game-winning field goal in overtime against Georgia at Everbank Field in Jacksonville on Oct. 30, 2010. The Gators won 34-31. (Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun)

The decade was a wild one, interesting to be sure with so many ups and downs and four different head coaches for the Florida football team. We started the countdown of the 10 best wins of the decade from 2010-19:

No. 8

2010: Florida 34, Georgia 31 (OT).

Where: Everbank Field, Jacksonville.

Rankings: Neither team was ranked.

The set-up: Florida came into the game with three straight losses in what would turn out to be Urban Meyer’s final season as Florida’s coach. Georgia had a four-game losing streak early in the season but came in with three straight SEC wins. Both teams needed a win to keep their SEC East hopes alive.

What happened: The Gators jumped out to a 21-7 lead at the half, but Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray rallied the Bulldogs with a pair of TD passes. The game went into overtime for the first time in series history. Georgia got the ball first, but a Murray pass was deflected by Janoris Jenkins and picked off by Will Hill. Hill raced 89 yards down the left sideline, but stepped out of bounds at the four. Florida then got the ball at the 25 and gained six yards on three plays before Chas Henry, a converted punter who had missed a pair of field goals the week before, nailed a 37-yarder to win the game.

Telling stat: Tight end Trey Burton was a versatile player for the Gators and it showed in this game. He led Florida with 110 rushing yards, 51 of them coming on a touchdown run. He also completed a pair of passes and caught five passes for 35 yards. 

Quote sheet

“Why was it so important? Because we got our brains kicked in the last three weeks and we’ve got to get the ship righted. We needed that. My family needed that.” — Urban Meyer.

“I wish I could have that throw back. Since I can’t, I have to learn from it.” — Aaron Murray.

“I almost burst into tears after the game. It felt great to beat Georgia.” — UF linebacker A.J. Jones.