Former walk-on Noah Brindise relieved a nervous freshman (Jesse Palmer) who had replaced a suspended starter (Doug Johnson) and provided the Gators with the steady hand needed to steal a 24-10 road win at Auburn.
All but two of Brindise’s 69 yards passing came on one drive, a 14-play, 97-yard gem that ended with Brindise hitting Jacquez Green for a 10-yard touchdown pass that broke a 10-10 tie and gave UF the lead for good.
The huge win came a week after the Gators, ranked No. 1, were upset at LSU to stop a school-record run of 25 straight Southeastern Conference wins, dating to 1994.
"I knew deep down in my heart that one day I would get my chance," Brindise said after completing five of 11 passes without a turnover and spent most of the day handing off to tailback Fred Taylor (34 carries, 149 yards). "It all worked out for the best."
The real stars of the game, though, were on Florda's defense, which sacked Auburn quarterback Dameyune Craig nine times (two by Jevon Kearse), forced three turnovers and smothered the Tigers into a school-record worst minus-28 rushing yards.