Let’s review our countdown so far:
#10 Matt LaPorta sets career home run mark
#9 The ’04s Declare for the NBA Draft
#8 Chris Leak sets all-time passing mark
#7 Gator Baseball Posts sub-.500 Season
#6 Jarvis Moss’ Blocked FG Saves Gator Season, Beats Spurrier
It was the block heard ‘round the world.
With eight seconds remaining in Steve Spurrier’s coaching return to The Swamp, Jarvis Moss leaped and outstretched his right arm, knocking down a winning field goal attempt by South Carolina’s Ryan Succop, preserving a 17-16 win for the Gators.
"All I had to do was jump my highest," Moss said. "I was fortunate enough to get a piece of the ball."
Moss’ block was easily the biggest play of the 2006-07 season for the Gators. Had Florida lost to South Carolina for the second straight season, Florida wouldn’t get the chance to face Ohio State in the BCS title game and eventually win their second national championship. Plus, a loss to the Gamecocks would have snapped a 13-game winning streak at The Swamp and kept the new ball coach, Urban Meyer, winless in two tries against the ol’ ball coach.
Although Moss’ block significant, he almost missed the chance to make the play. Just three plays earlier, South Carolina quarterback Blake Mitchell hit wide receiver Sidney Rice on what could have been a 27-yard strike, positioning the Gamecocks inside the Gator 10-yard line with 20 seconds to play. However, South Carolina left tackle Jamon Meredith was flagged for a false start, negating the big play.
The thrilling victory over South Carolina served another purpose for the Gators. Ever since Urban Meyer arrived in Gainesville, he preached the team concept, and for the first time after the game, Meyer finally believed his team had caught on.
"This is when we finally might be getting rid of that selfish nonsense," Meyer said. "When I called Jarvis Moss in front of the team, he said, 'I want to give thanks to Ray McDonald and Steve Harris because they said in the huddle we got to get this.' He couldn't have done that without the two seniors knocking them backwards. It was a team effort, very unselfish.”
The ramifications of that one play went beyond just the national championship implications. For Moss personally, it clinched his first round status for the upcoming NFL Draft. Moss was the 17th overall selection, picked by the Denver Broncos in the first round.