SEC Country is looking back at the top 10 plays of Florida’s season.
Here is No. 2:
The Gators trailed LSU 7-3 in third quarter, but they had the momentum after another goal-line stand by their defense. On first-and-10 from the 2-yard line, offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier dialed up a passing play he had called earlier in the game. The first time, quarterback Austin Appleby overthrew Tyrie Cleveland on a go route. On the sideline, Cleveland told Appleby and his teammates that LSU cornerback Donte Jackson couldn’t cover him and he would beat him for a score.
Cleveland must have told Nussmeier as well, because he made the gutsy decision to call that play again with the Gators backed up against their own end zone. But on the second try, Cleveland beat Jackson as promised and made the catch. Jackson still was in position to bring down Cleveland along the sidelines, but he broke the tackle attempt and managed to keep his left foot in bounds. After breaking free, it was all green grass for Cleveland on a 98-yard touchdown reception.
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) November 20, 2016
The play, which was named “Deuce Right, Off Hack, Rippy Dribble,” gave the Gators their first lead and was a turning point in the game. Appleby completed just 6 other passes against LSU, but his deep bomb to Cleveland accounted for 98 of his 144 yards and helped UF upset the Tigers, 16-10. Cleveland’s touchdown was the second-longest scoring play in school history and the longest ever in Death Valley.