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5 PLAYS THAT WIN GAMES
Lars Anderson
August 16, 1999
In the wide-open scramble for a national title, each top team has a bread-and-butter play it depends on to give it a decisive edge
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August 16, 1999

5 Plays That Win Games

In the wide-open scramble for a national title, each top team has a bread-and-butter play it depends on to give it a decisive edge

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Steve Spurrier has never been one to have his quarterback kneel down at the end of a game. He'll run up the score on anybody, and he'll do it without wiping the smirk off his face. But there's a little-known reason for Spurrier's gluttony: He likes to test rarely used plays during trash time. Such was the case last Oct. 31 against Georgia, when Spurrier called a timeout with 43 seconds remaining and his team leading 31-7 with the ball on the Bulldogs' eight-yard line. After the timeout the Gators gave the ball to freshman wideout John Capel on a sweep known as X Quick. The result was an eight-yard touchdown run and a glimpse into Florida's future.

X Quick has been in the Gators' play-book since 1993, but this season Spurrier is likely to spring it more often than he ever has before. That's because of Capel, a track star who has run the fastest 200 meters (19.87 seconds) in the U.S. this year. Last season Capel carried the ball on X Quick 11 times and gained 80 yards. Now that the fastest football player on the planet has a year of experience under his belt, X Quick could became one of the most devastating plays in college football, even tougher to defend than Florida's famous fade route.

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