Georgia Overpowers Florida 42-7 In Jacksonville
At the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, the Georgia Bulldogs sent the Florida Gators home with a major hangover.
Led by Fort Lauderdale, Florida running back Sony Michel’s two long touchdown runs and a devastating defense, Georgia (8-0, 5-0) manhandled their SEC rival, 42-7.
Florida (3-4, 3-3) came into the game as a team in turmoil and exited in even worse shape. Gators coach Jim McElwain’s bizzare death threat accusations on Monday, 15 players either suspended or dismissed from the team this season and Saturday’s humiliating defeat possibly ended McElwain’s Gator tenure.
Georgia started fast with 21 points in the first quarter. Led by senior linebacker Lorenzo Carter, the defense set the tone with a three and out in Florida’s first possession. Carter made his presence known by sacking Florida quarterback Felipe Franks and finished with a game-high nine tackles a sack and a tackle for a loss.
On Georgia’s first possession, Jake Fromm hit fellow freshman D’Andre Swift for a 39-yard pass gain. Nick Chubb finished the drive with a 6-yard touchdown run.
Georgia linebackers Carter and Davin Bellamy kept the pressure on Gator quarterback Franks, whose next pass was intercepted by Dominick Sanders on the Gator’s second possession. Fromm found Javon Wims with a picture-perfect 17-yard fade in the end zone which made it 14-0 Georgia.
The Dawgs relentless defense forced another three and out and on the first play of Georgia’s third possession, Michel streaked down the left side 74 yards for a 21-0 Georgia lead in the first quarter.
Florida secured its initial first down midway through the second quarter and put together a couple of good drives. However, the Bulldogs kept making key sacks and defensive stops and the teams went into halftime with Georgia holding on to a 21-point lead.
Midway through the second quarter, Michel struck again with a 45-yard touchdown run, making the score 28-0 and the rout was on.
Tyrique McGhee added to Florida’s misery with another sack of Franks and causing a fumble. Georgia’s J. R. Reed scooped up the ball and scampered three yards in the end zone for a touchdown.
Sophomore running back Elijah Holyfield ended Georgia’s scoring with a 39-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. The Dawgs emptied the bench and Florida finally scored on a long drive late in the game.
Michel finished the game with 137 yards on only six carries. Fromm had 101 yards on just 4 of 7 passes. The Dawgs ran only 42 plays in the game but were quite efficient — averaging 9.4 yards per play. The defense limited Florida to 249 total yards and a minuscule 2.6 yards per pass attempt.. Georgia ended a three-game losing streak to the Gators and the game was their largest margin of victory over Florida since the Dawgs’ 1982, 44-0 shutout.
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