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Saturday September 28, 2013 Lives changed with UF-UK game 20 years ago ... including mine

Updated: 10:58pm, October 3


LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The anniversary was actually nearly three weeks ago.

Sept. 11, 1993.

DOERING HAS A TOUCHDOWN! DOERING HAS A TOUCHDOWN!

Yeah, Chris Doering had a touchdown all right. Redshirt freshman Danny Wuerffel fired a 28-yard miracle scoring pass to the walk-on from P.K. Yonge with three seconds left to give the Gators a 24-21 victory over the stunned and bummed Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium.

In the 10 years I covered UF athletics as a beat reporter for the Tampa Tribune then Orlando Sentinel -- a run of 125 games from 1990-99 -- it was as significant a regular-season victory as any in the Steve Spurrier era, given that it helped kick off (in rather dramatic fashion) a run of four straight Southeastern Conference titles.

Not to mention Wuerffel’s legendary career.

What a game. What a night.

Oh, and I missed it.

Made the other 124 games that decade, but not that one.

Danny, Molly, ChrisAt the time, my wife was pregnant with a daughter that wasn’t due until the first week of November. Or in Gators hack vernacular: Florida-Georgia week.

But Molly Page Harry decided to check into the world nearly two months early. She was born at 4:05 that afternoon. UF-UK kicked off at 7 and I was listening to Mick Hubert when he made his signature call late night.

A year later, three days shy of her first birthday, I had Molly with me at UF football practice (they were open back then, by the way). Wuerffel and Doering stopped by after practice for the money shot to the right.

Has made for a nice conversation piece the last 20 years.

Anyway, happy anniversary fellas ... and little girl.

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