Simply put, Georgia now controls their own destiny to top the SEC East after trumping the highly favored No. 2 Florida Gators, 17-9, in their win on Saturday night.
To make matters worse for the Gators, Georgia’s win gave them consecutive wins in their annual meeting for the first time since 1989.
Although Georgia still has to face an improved Ole Miss at home and a struggling Auburn on the road, both matches should be a cakewalk, especially after the show that their defense put on against the Gators. Led by player of the game Jarvis Jones, the Bulldog defense looked almost perfect after forcing six Gator turnovers. Jones ended his night with 13 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles.
After a week of backlash and much media attention stemming from cumulating defensive woes and comments made from Georgia’s Shawn Williams, the Bulldog defense looked as if they took those comments to heart and definitely set out to prove that they are a group that will not play “too soft”.
Although the Gators were able to intercept three passes from quarterback Aaron Murray, the Bulldog defense was able to hold them to just two field goals off of those turnovers. Florida’s only points came from three total field goals on the night. Georgia’s defense was impressive in the red zone and held Florida to under 200 yards passing for their fourth consecutive game.
Offensively, the story was a little different for the Bulldogs. Having an unanticipated difficult night, Murray was held by a rushing Florida defense, going 12 of 24, for 150-yards and three interceptions, all coming off of the best game of his career against Kentucky. What was not predicted was another 100-plus yard night for freshman phenom, Toddy Gurley, who gained 118-yards total on 27 carries.
Struggling in the air for most of the night and with only 7:11 remaining in regulation, Murray finally connected with Malcolm Mitchell on a 45-yard strike to the end zone for his first passing touchdown of the night. Georgia’s only other touchdown came on their opening drive of the game, when Gurley rushed for a 10-yard score to draw first blood.
Ultimately, the game might not have been pretty on paper, or the offensive blow-out that Georgia fans wanted to see, but it is still exactly what the Bulldogs needed to continue their surge for a place and a shot at an SEC Championship.
About the Author
Written by Ashley Gulick
Sports Journalism is my passion! I keep up with the latest news on pro/college football, NASCAR and baseball....and just about everthing else. I grew up in Talladega, Ala., but moved to Georgia when I was 15. From a young age, I always knew that I wanted to be involved with sports somehow. Once I got into college and completed my degree in Communications, I knew that I had a passion for sports journalism. I have covered sports for the Kennesaw Sentinel (KSU's student paper), Marietta Daily Journal and Douglas County Sentinel.