Georgia Southern isn't passing aggressive in win over Florida

The Eagles of the Football Championship Subdivision complete no passes as they stun the SEC power Gators, 26-20.

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The NFL Network aired a terrific documentary this week commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the forward pass.

Georgia Southern obviously didn't watch it.

In a game that would have made Darrell Royal and Woody Hayes proud, Georgia Southern of the Football Championship Subdivision not only shocked Florida, 26-20, the Eagles did it without completing a "forward" pass.

Georgia Southern handed Southeastern Conference-power program Florida, arguably, its most embarrassing loss … ever?

The game was in Gainesville in what might be renamed Will's Mus-Swamp.

Florida was eliminated from bowl consideration after falling to 4-7 against a team from the Southern Conference.

The loss ends the Gators' streak of 22 straight bowl appearances.

Georgia Southern is a pure run-option team, but it's still remarkable the Eagles could defeat an SEC team with quarterback Kevin Ellison completing no passes in only three attempts.

Ellison did rush for 118 yards and two touchdowns.

The forward pass was legal before 1913, but it was officially popularized by Notre Dame in a win over Army that featured the pass-catch combo of Gus Dorais and Knute Rockne.

Hayes, when he was coaching Ohio State, often said three things can happen when you pass, and two of them are bad.

Some say Hayes borrowed the line from Texas coach Royal, but Royal later credited Hayes for the saying.

Bad game business as usual

Georgia Southern pulled off a shocker but all the other pre-planned wipeout games went accordingly.

Alabama, South Carolina, Clemson, North Carolina and Florida State outscored five paycheck opponents by the cumulative score of 331 to 50.

Alabama's 49-0 win over Chattanooga was the Crimson Tide's third shutout of the season. North Carolina and Florida State each scored 80 points in wins against Old Dominion and Idaho.

Rose duds

Oregon receiver Josh Huff said this week he didn't want to play in the Rose Bowl unless it was for the national championship.

Well, good news, Josh, you aren't going to the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 or Jan. 6.

No. 5 Oregon's outside national title hopes were derailed with a crushing 42-16 loss to Arizona in Tucson.

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