So I’m flipping through something that I didn’t even know existed — the BCS record book — the other day after it arrived from the lovely people at the Rose Bowl, and I came across something that was interesting.
And when I say it was interesting, I mean that I didn’t realize it but it makes perfect sense. It also goes to my assertion that one of the greatest teams ever at Florida was, well, let’s not give it away. Instead, I present it in the form of a trivia question.
What team has the record for most yards ever in a BCS bowl game?
The answer: Your Florida Gators in the 2002 Orange Bowl.
Florida gained 659 yards in that Orange Bowl win over Maryland and also has the BCS record for most points scored (56) and passing yards (456). If you remember, Rex Grossman was suspended at the beginning of the game for missing curfew (the players he was with were not suspended) until Steve Spurrier got tired of watching Brock Berlin and inserted Grossman into the game. From that point on it was an offensive clinic.
That was Spurrier’s last game at Florida. Of course, he was the only one who knew it. I guess he went out with a bang.
Now, you may think I’m out of my mind, but of all the team’s in Gator history, that’s the team I would want to play the least. I know, they lost twice (by a total of five points). But that team was scary good.
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