Thursday, October 15, 2009

Great Gator Moments: The Flop

We grew up hearing about "The Flop" and since we recently found a clip of it, (and since it's homecoming week and this is the time we get to hear old Gator tales), we thought we'd share one of our favorites. If you don't know what "the flop" is, here's the story in short, but it's more fun to watch it (and we note the use of the word "unmolested").

The "Gator flop" occurred during a 1971 NCAA football game between the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes. In the final minutes of the game, Gator John Reaves needed to throw just another 14 yards to break the all-time NCAA career passing record. The members of the Gators' defense dropped to the turf so that the Hurricanes could gain possession and take the ball to the other end of the field. After the Hurricanes scored a touchdown, the Gators recovered the ball and Reaves threw a pass to break the record.

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