Georgia dominates fourth quarter, beats Gators 36-17, takes control of SEC East
Georgia dominated the fourth quarter to beat the Gators 36-17 Saturday night in a key rivalry game.
Florida had pulled within 6 of the Bulldogs with 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter, but after that it was all Georgia, despite multiple third-and-long situations.
A 33-yard-yard run on third down all but clinched the victory for Georgia as they increased their lead over Florida to 36-17.
On the drive before that, twice the Gators had Georgia on third and long and twice the Bulldogs converted, including a 24-yard touchdown pass on 3rd down and 9 that extended their lead to 29-17.
The Gators had made it a one-score game in the fourth by kicking a field goal with a little over 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
The kick cut Georgia's lead to 23-17, despite three Florida turnovers.
Georgia took a 23-14 lead over the Gators at the end of the third quarter, but it could have been a lot worse had it not been for an incredible goal line stand.
Florida started its drive on the 1 and a Franks fumble gave it right back to Georgia. But after 6 plays and multiple penalties, a Georgia drive that started on the 1 ended at the one-and-a-half thanks to a Florida defense that kept stuffing the Georgia run. Finally, Georgia kicked the field goal on fourth-and-goal.
Georgia 23, Gators 14 at the end of three quarters.
Georgia responded to a second-half Gator touchdown with a passing touchdown of its own.
The Bulldoggs took the lead 20-14, about 3 minutes after the Gators took a 14-13 lead on the opening drive of the second half.
A long kickoff return by Kadarius Toney put the Gators started the Gators' drive at mid-field. Feleipe Franks kept up the momentum with a 36-yard TD pass to Freddie Swain.
13-7 at halftime
Georgia kicked a field goal with two seconds left in the first half to take a 13-7 lead over the Gators in Jacksonville.
Georgia started the drive on their own 20 with one minute left but four straight passes from Jake Fromm to Isaac Nauta quickly put Georgia into Gator territory. The Gators' cornerback Christopher McWilliams knocked down a ball in the endzone on first and goal with just six seconds left.
The Gators are still in the game after a slow start.
After turnovers ended their first two drives, Felipe Franks leapt into the endzone in the second quarter to cut Georgia's lead to 10-7 with 9:57 left in the first half.
Georgia capitalized on a Florida fumble to jump to a 10-0 lead in Jacksonville.
Georgia had a lot of success running the ball on their opening drive. Florida sacked Bulldogs Quarterback Jake Fromm on their first pass attempt, setting up a Georgia field goal.
Florida nearly responded with a flea flicker but Felipe Franks' pass was just a little too long. The Gators fumbled after that, giving the ball back to Georgia. A 16-yard Fromm pass on 3rd and 13 gave Georgia a 10-0 lead with 6 minutes left in the first quarter.