Published October 27, 2012 - 7:47pm
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Here’s a couple quick thoughts on Georgia’s victory over Florida.
What it means: Georgia (7-1, 5-1) now controls its own destiny in the SEC East with two conference games remaining, while Florida (7-1, 6-1) has to hope that Ole Miss can somehow upset the Bulldogs next weekend in Athens. Georgia came out clearly much more physical on defense and hit Florida in the mouth early. The Gators never could mount any answer on offense. This marks the first time Georgia has beaten Florida two times in a row since 1988-’89.
What I liked: I loved the intensity that Georgia came out with on defense and special teams. After struggling the last two games against South Carolina and Kentucky, the defense put up a statement against Florida in the first half. The Georgia running game responded, too, with 124 yards rushing and one touchdown.
Even though Aaron Murray struggled mightily throughout the game, credit him for holding it together and making the big offensive play when he needed to. Georgia never lost faith in Murray, and they went to the short passing game in the fourth quarter.
What I didn’t like: This may have been one of the toughest football games to watch. Both teams combined for nine turnovers and 24 penalties for 227 yards. It sure didn’t look like two top ten teams going to work in Jacksonville. It was tough to watch throughout the entire game.
Who’s the man: The best player on the field for either offense was Georgia running back Todd Gurley. Gurley had 26 carries for 119 yards and one touchdown, and it seemed he kept getting yards after contact on every carry. He was quite the player today and one of the few bright spots.
Key play: There were two key plays of the game. The biggest play of the game was no doubt Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell’s 45-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter to put the Bulldogs up eight points. Three different Florida players missed tackles on the play. The second biggest play was Jordan Reed’s fumble at the three-yard line as Florida was driving at the end of the game looking for a tie. And who else but Jarvis Jones would cause the game-winning strip near the goal line? He was a beast again today, by all accounts.
What’s next: Georgia now has an SEC Championship on the brain as they control their own destiny and host Ole Miss next weekend in Athens, while Florida returns to SEC play against Missouri in The Swamp. Ole Miss won earlier today against Arkansas, and the Rebels are night and day better than last season. Now, all Gators will become Rebel fans next weekend hoping for an upset. Georgia, however, looks Atlanta bound at the moment. This is a great win for Mark Richt and a momentum builder after getting torched by South Carolina three weeks ago. Credit Richt and his staff.