SEC Country is looking back at the top 10 plays of Florida’s season.
Here is No. 8:
Following Antonio Callaway’s touchdown run on a jet sweep, the Gators had a comfortable 21-10 lead against Georgia heading to the fourth quarter. Single-handedly, UF defensive back Duke Dawson prevented the Bulldogs from cutting into that deficit. On their first drive of the fourth quarter, Dawson broke up a pass on third-and-5 to force Georgia’s seventh three-and-out of the game. On the ensuing series, with UGA near midfield, Dawson delivered again.
The Bulldogs failed to move the chains on their first three plays of the possession, but this time they had to go for it on fourth-and-2 from their own 48-yard line. UGA quarterback Jacob Eason dropped back and threw a short out route to slot receiver Terry Godwin. Dawson was in coverage from his nickel spot and read Godwin’s route. He jumped in front of the throw and swatted the ball down with his left hand, a textbook pass breakup that caused a turnover on downs for Georgia.
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UF kicker Eddy Pineiro made a 38-yard field goal on the next drive to extend Florida’s lead to 24-10 with 4:24 remaining in the game. The Gators made another fourth-down stop on Georgia’s final drive and won their third straight game in the rivalry. Dawson’s 2 pass breakups were a career-high, drawing high praise from his coaches and teammates after the win. Dawson had a pick-6 the following week against Arkansas.