October 30, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ David Greene's record-tying touchdown pass came when Georgia needed it most. Greene threw three touchdowns, including a big one in the fourth quarter, and the tenth-ranked Bulldogs snapped a six-game losing streak against rival Florida with a 31-to-24 victory today.
Greene tied Eric Zeier's school record with 67 touchdown passes and matched Peyton Manning for the most victories (39) by a starting quarterback in NCAA Division One-A history. More importantly, Greene ended years of frustration for the Bulldogs at the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. Georgia had lost 13 of the last 14 in the series.
The Bulldogs (7-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) scored touchdowns on their first three possessions of the game, eliminating whatever emotional edge the Gators may have had from the firing of coach Ron Zook this week.
Georgia controlled the first half and led 24-to-7 early in the third when Florida (4-4, 2-4) seized momentum with two huge plays. Chris Leak hooked up with Andre Caldwell for a 57-yard score. Then Ciatrick Fason ran 38 yards to set up Billy Latsko's three-yard touchdown reception, which cut the lead to 24-to-21 with about 12 minutes to play.
But Greene ended any chance of Florida finishing the comeback. Greene scrambled around on the ensuing play and threw a perfect pass to Reggie Brown for a 51-yard gain. Five plays later, on third-and-nine from the 15, he found Fred Gibson for his record-tying touchdown.
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