David Greene begged for the football as time expired.
After pleading with a referee, he got it. And even after hugging teammates and doling out high-fives with fans, he was clutching it as he left Alltel Stadium.
He wanted a souvenir from this one. Who could blame him? This was his last game against Florida -- and his first win.
Greene threw three touchdown passes, including a big one in the fourth quarter, and No. 10 Georgia (7-1, 5-1 in the Southeastern Conference) snapped a six-game losing streak against the Gators, 31-24.
"We wanted this game so bad," Greene said. "It's my senior year, and I knew this was the last time I was ever going to play a game on this stage."
Greene tied Eric Zeier's school record with 67 touchdown passes and matched Peyton Manning for the most victories (39) by a starting quarterback in NCAA Division I-A.
More importantly, Greene helped Georgia end years of frustration at the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. Florida (4-4, 2-4) had won 13 of the last 14 in the series.
The Bulldogs scored touchdowns on their first three possessions -- eliminating whatever emotional edge the Gators may have had from the firing of coach Ron Zook this week.
"It was very unsettling. I didn't know how the team would take it," Zook said. ". . . We just did too little, too late."
Around the nation
Reggie Bush, Dwayne Jarrett and LenDale White all scored two touchdowns and No. 1 Southern California (8-0, 5-0) cruised to a 42-12 win at Washington State (3-5, 1-4) in the Pac-10.
Erik Ainge threw three touchdown passes as No. 11 Tennessee (7-1, 5-1) took a 43-29 SEC win at South Carolina (5-3, 3-3). Cedric Houston added a career-high 190 yards rushing and a TD as the Vols won their 12th straight over the Gamecocks.
Chris Henry caught a 39-yard scoring pass and set up another touchdown with a long catch as No. 15 West Virginia (7-1, 3-0) scored a 35-30 win at Rutgers (4-4, 1-3) in the Big East.
Shawn Bell threw a 12-yard TD pass to Dominique Ziegler, then they connected for the winning two-point conversion, lifting Baylor (3-5, 1-4) to a 35-34 overtime win over No. 16 Texas A&M (6-2, 4-1) in the Big 12.
Noah Herron ran 3 yards for a touchdown with 38 seconds left to lift Northwestern (4-4, 3-2 Big Ten) to a 13-10 triumph over No. 17 Purdue (5-3, 2-3) -- its second victory over a Top 25 team this year. On Oct. 2, Northwestern defeated then-No. 7 Ohio State, 33-27, in overtime.
Drew Tate threw a pair of 19-yard TD passes to Ed Hinkel and added a 5-yard run for a score, sending No. 23 Iowa (6-2, 4-1) to a 23-13 win at Illinois (2-7, 0-6).
Will Lumpkin returned an interception 42 yards for a TD and Matt LoVecchio threw for two scores as Indiana (3-5, 1-4) took a 30-24 Big Ten win over No. 24 Minnesota (6-3, 3-3).