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Yesterday’s hero: When Kentucky’s football team almost upset Flordia

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It is a streak almost three decades old. If a Florida fan was born in 1987 or later, he has never experienced losing to Kentucky.

But, oh, there have been some close calls.

Sure, Florida has seasons where the game was one-sided. The Gators have won 73-7 in 1994, and 65-0 in 1996, and 63-6 in 2008. In 20 of the 29 victories, Florida has scored 35 points or more.

Then there was 1993. You know, the year of “Doering’s got a touchdown.”

“They had us on the ropes,” Florida Coach Steve Spurrier said.

The Gators won as time ran out that year, 24-20. Danny Wuerffel, a redshirt freshman at the time, led the Gators down the field and found Doering with a 28-yard scoring pass down the middle on third-and-10 as time expired.

Wuerffel completed 10 of 22 passes for 138 yards. He had three passes intercepted. Terry Dean had four of 30 passes intercepted.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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