Georgia 36, Florida 17
What Happened: After getting down 14-13 early in the second half, Georgia broke it open with two Jake Fromm touchdown passes and a 33-yard D’Andre Swift touchdown run for a win that was much, much tighter than the final score might indicate.
The Gators were tough, with Feleipe Franks running for a touchdown and throwing another – a 36-yard play to Freddie Swain to open the second half – but Fromm and the Georgia offense were too sharp. The Bulldog D only allowed 275 yards and forced three turnovers.
What Mattered: Those three turnovers turned out to be everything. The Gators are great, the defense was strong – it came up with an epic goal line stand, with Jabari Zuniga and company forcing field goal after stuffing the Dawgs inside the two on seven plays – but it couldn’t hold on in the second half.
– Jake Fromm completed 17-of-24 passes for 240 yards and three scores, and ran for 11 yards. Under the pressure, he didn’t make any mistakes. D’Andre Swift ran for 104 yards and a score, and Elijah Holyfield ran 20 times for 71 yards.
– Feleipe Franks completed 13-of-21 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown with a throw, but most of the passing yards came early in the second half. Lamical Perine and Jordan Scarlett each ran for over 50 yards.
Thoughts: Can we stop with any sort of thought that Jake Fromm needed to be benched/giving up more time to Justin Fields? The guy had a bad day against a phenomenal LSU defense. But he’s a future pro quarterback, and like all future pro quarterbacks, they bounce back with something sharp. He was fantastic, accurate, and in command.
– This is who we all thought Florida might be. The Gators are far better this year under Dan Mullen, but they’re not there yet. They have the talent and the defense to hang around with just about everyone, but Georgia is at a whole other level. The Dawgs needed to turn it on, and they did.
– That’s the College Football Playoff-caliber Georgia team that showed up. Coming off the debacle against LSU, now the Bulldogs have to deal with a Kentucky team that’s looking to keep its magical season going – that’s on the road. With Auburn, UMass and Georgia Tech at home, as long as the team keeps playing like this – cool, calm, and explosive when it has to be without a slew of mistakes – it’ll get through to the SEC Championship at 11-1.