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Gators come through in the clutch

Florida lived to see another day Saturday at the game formerly known as the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.

It turned out to be one big party for the Gators, who stayed alive in the Eastern Division race with a thrilling 34-31 overtime victory against Georgia.

Florida can play in its third straight SEC championship game by winning next week at Vanderbilt and then at home on Nov. 13 against South Carolina. The loss eliminated the Bulldogs from the East race.

Over and above the win, the Gators' offensive resurgence had to almost be therapeutic. They rolled up 450 yards of total offense and made one big play after another when they needed to.

A lack of offensive playmakers has plagued them all season, especially with Jeff Demps slowed by a foot injury the past several weeks.

But on Saturday, a long list of players stepped up offensively, including Chris Rainey, who made his return after being suspended for the past five games.

He had plenty of help.

Trey Burton, Omarius Hines and Deonte Thompson all had key contributions in the kind of offensive balance the Gators had been accustomed to prior to this season.

Moreover, quarterback John Brantley stood in there and made some clutch throws in the second half.

This isn't Urban Meyer's best team, far from it. But the Gators were the most resilient team on the field Saturday after losing three in a row coming in -- and they're still alive.