RB Respect Month, Day 27: Knowshon Moreno vs. Florida (2007)

The 2007 Florida-Georgia game was more than just an infamous endzone celebration.

RB Respect Month, Day 27: Knowshon Moreno vs. Florida (2007)

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Welcome to day 27 of Running Back Respect Month™️! Yesterday, Darren Sproles and Kansas State pulled off the unthinkable against a juggernaut Oklahoma team in the 2003 Big 12 Championship. Here's where we're at today, and how the rest of the month looks:

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Today: Knowshon Moreno vs. Florida (2007)

RB Respect Month, Day 27: Knowshon Moreno vs. Florida (2007)

It might be illegal to talk about the 2007 Florida-Georgia game and not first mention what happened with six minutes left in the opening quarter. On third-and-goal from the two, UGA freshman running back Knowshon Moreno dove over a mass of bodies, stretching the ball just past the goal line to give the Dawgs a 6-0 lead. One of the greatest moments in rivalry game history ensued:

Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt entered the 2007 edition of the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party with a 1-5 record vs Florida, losing the previous two games by a possession each. He was sick of the defending National Champion Gators having the mental edge over his team, and this was his moment to flip the script - even if it meant having to kick off from his own seven because of the accumulated celebration penalties: