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Tuesday October 9, 2012On this date in Gators history: Oct. 9, 1997

Doug JohnsonSophomore quarterback Doug Johnson missed curfew for a night partying in downtown Gainesville.

Two nights later, Johnson threw four interceptions (and no TDs) in No. 1 and defending national champion Florida’s 28-21 loss at LSU that broke a string of 25 straight wins against Southeastern Conference opponents.

Johnson was eventually suspended for the following week’s game at Auburn.

“I made a mistake and I plan on paying the consequences,” Johnson said. “Hopefully, I can come back as a smarter player. This is going to make me look at things different. It will probably help me in the long run.”

After the Gators won that game at Auburn -- with freshman starter Jesse Palmer being replaced by senior walk-on Noah Brindise -- Johnson was reinstated as starter for the following game against Georgia, which the Gators lost 37-17.

Though the defeat cost UF its string of five straight SEC East Division crowns, the loss to the Bulldogs was the last that season for the Gators, who went on to finish 10-2, including an upset of No. 1 Florida State and big win over Penn State in the Citrus Bowl.

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