Florida’s 10 best wins of past 10 seasons: No. 5, Grier’s game

Florida quarterback Will Grier throws a pass in front of Mississippi linebacker C.J. Johnson (10) during the first half of the Oct. 3, 2015 game in Gainesville. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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:

No. 5

2015: Florida 38, Ole Miss 10.

Where: Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Rankings: Florida was 4-0 and ranked 25th while Ole Miss, which beat Alabama two weeks prior, was ranked No. 3.

The set-up: The Swamp had not been alive like this for a game in a while. Florida was on the heels of an emotional win over Tennessee and Ole Miss was coming off a season when it had been ranked in the first-ever College Football Playoff Rankings. The Rebels were the highest ranked team to play in Gainesville since Alabama in 2011.

What happened: The Gators were dominant in their all-orange uniforms, thanks in part to four Ole Miss turnovers. The game was over at halftime with Florida up 25-3, as Will Grier threw touchdown passes to four different receivers. This was Grier’s flu game (although no pizza was involved) and he completed 24-of-29 passes including a 77-yarder to Brandon Powell, who took a short pass the distance. Ole Miss did not score a touchdown until there was 4:04 left in the game. 

Telling stat: Ole Miss actually had more first downs than Florida (23-18), but the three fumbles were crucial because they gave the Gators the ball at the 50, the Ole Miss 24 and the Ole Miss 1. Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly had two of the fumbles, plus an interception.

Quote sheet

“That sure was a lot of fun. What a great win for the Gators. That stadium was something special.” — Jim McElwain.

“They’re extremely quick. The environment gave them a distinctive advantage with the get off that they had. It was very difficult.” — Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze.  

“That’s what (Grier’s) supposed to do. I don’t really care if he’s sick or not. His job is to throw the ball, hand the ball off. He can cough when he gets home.” — UF tight end Jake McGee.