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 continue the countdown of the 10 best wins of the decade from 2010-19:
2018: Florida 41, Michigan 15.
Where: Mercedes Benz Stadium, Atlanta.
Rankings: Florida No. 10, Michigan No 7.
The set-up: Reaching a New Year’s Six bowl game was big in Dan Mullen’s first season, but the Gators wanted to take it beyond that by winning the Chick fil-A Bowl and finishing the season in the top 10 nationally with a 10-3 record. UF also was seeking some revenge against a team that physically dominated the year before.
What happened: Leading only 13-10 through two quarters, the Gators got hot in the second half and blew Michigan out, outscoring the Wolverines 28-5 to post an impressive 41-15 victory. Lamical Perine caught a five-yard TD pass from Feleipe Franks and Jordan Scarlett had a one-yard TD run in the third quarter to give the Gators a 27-10 lead. Following a UM field goal early in the fourth quarter, Perine dashed 53 yards for a TD to put the game out of reach. The exclamation mark was placed on the performance by safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, who intercepted a pass and returned it 30 yards for a TD with 4:43 to play.
Telling stat: The goal against every offense is to make it one-dimensional, and that’s what the Gators did in this game. The defense stuffed the run, giving up just 77 yards rushing, forcing the Wolverines to rely on the passing game. UF responded with five sacks and two interceptions.
“This win is big. The Gators are back. I’m really proud of Coach Mullen and the staff the way they have just kept pushing us. They know our limits are way beyond what we think they are. They’re going to keep pushing us to be great players, be great men in the world. Just be great.” — UF linebacker Vosean Joseph
“They were just a better team. This is just an observation, for the most part they had us figured out. They knew what we were in and how to manipulate it. Hats off to (Florida) coach (Dan) Mullen and their coaching staff. They outplayed us.” — Michigan defensive end Chase Winovich
“We got outplayed on both sides of the ball. Florida did a nice job defensively.” — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh