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Wednesday September 19, 2012 On this date in Gators history: Sept. 19, 1998

 

Collins Cooper missed a 32-yard field goal in the first overtime game in Florida history to give Tennessee a thrilling 20-17 victory and its first win over the Gators in six years.

Billy YoungThe largest crowd in college football history -- 107,653 -- literally left Neyland Stadium shaking as Cooper’s kick sailed wide left.

"I don't know what we did well or didn't do well," an ecstatic Volunteers coach Phillip Fulmer said. "All I know is we won the game."

Moments earlier, UT kicker Jeff Hall had converted a 41-yarder to give the Volunteers the lead, leaving Cooper with the pressure-packed kick.

[That's UF placeholder Billy Young reacting, left]

On a night the Gators alternated quarterbacks between Doug Johnson and Jesse Palmer, UF wide receiver Travis McGriff caught nine passes for 176 yards and a touchdown, but the Vols forced five UF turnovers, including four fumbles, to negate Florida's 396-235 edge in total yards.

The post-game scene in Knoxville that not was quite different than the Gators' most recent visit to Rocky Top. And quite rare, relative to the opponent.

Tennessee used the momemtum of its biggest win in years to go 13-0 and win the national championship.

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