Carr, a terror in the first half, put a stiff arm into Henderson's face, but Henderson, with his head snapped back, held firm and spun Carr down by an arm a yard short of the first down.
Henderson said later he thought the play was "stupid," but Dooley, who knows about second-guessing, wondered if maybe Florida fans wouldn't have called Dickey a genius if only the gamble had paid off.
In any case, Georgia slammed in from there in six rushes to tie the game, held again and drove 70 yards to the go-ahead touchdown, held again and drove 80 yards for the clincher. The final score was 41-27. The last Bulldog march consumed seven minutes and 18 seconds of the fourth quarter. All three drives were on the ground—not one pass was thrown. From a 27-13 deficit, the Bulldogs had mounted an astonishing 28-point second-half blitz.
Even more surprising, however, was how totally they shut down the "big play" Florida backfield. "It took us a half just to get attuned to Florida's speed—I think they're faster in person than on film," Dooley said. But once in step, the Junkyard Dogs swarmed, yapping and snarling. Krugs was everywhere. Whenever Fisher tried to get outside to throw, the vastly improved Bulldog ends and linebackers boxed him in; and when he did throw, Georgia consistently guessed right on coverage—the marvelous Chandler was almost always doubled. Intercepted once in seven previous games, Fisher was picked off twice in the second half. Florida made only three first downs.
Nonetheless, Florida can still tie for the SEC championship by beating Kentucky this week—and can win it outright if Georgia should stumble at Auburn. There would seem to be some question, however, as to how much the Gators were demoralized by the crushing turn of events. The likelihood is that Florida and Georgia will share the title, and that Georgia will get the Sugar Bowl bid.
Dickey said later he was "out-coached," that the Gators were "not outplayed"—though it was undoubtedly a little of both. It isn't Dickey who faces a crisis, however, it's his team. He has a plaque on the wall of his office in Gainesville: "There are three groups of people: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened." His team went from the former to the latter in 30 minutes, and as any Cancer child would agree, that is cause for meditation.
As for Vince Dooley, the astrologist suggested he see his doctor about those butterflies ("physical manifestations"). He suggested a meat-free diet.