Big days by Bowers and UGA RBs grind down Gators

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — – Prime-ranked Ga expects to eventually benefit from a match like this. It could happen up coming 12 months. Or probably following 7 days.

Daijun Edwards and Kenny McIntosh ran for two touchdowns each and every, and the Bulldogs pulled absent from Florida adhering to a second-fifty percent scare to gain 42-20 Saturday evening in the rivalry dubbed “the World’s Major Out of doors Cocktail Celebration.”

Subsequent up: No. 3 Tennessee, a activity that could have Southeastern Conference and Faculty Football Playoff implications. Georgia could not have the exact same margin for mistake against the Volunteers as it relished versus Florida.

The defending national winner Bulldogs (8-, 5- SEC) looked to be in trouble when the Gators (4-4, 1-4) scored the 1st 17 factors of the third quarter and turned a 28-3 deficit into a a single-score game.

But the Dawgs answered in resounding trend with consecutive touchdown drives to seal their 10th consecutive victory. It was Georgia’s fifth acquire about Florida in the last 6 seasons.

“I really don’t appreciate shedding the momentum in the activity,” Dawgs mentor Kirby Sensible said. “I appreciate the actuality that we by no means blinked. … There is two factors (that materialize) when adversity hits: you fracture or you hook up. Our staff connected.”

This a single was devoted to famous Ga mentor Vince Dooley, who died Friday at age 90.

Dooley dominated the Georgia-Florida sequence through his coaching vocation, heading 17-7-1 towards the Gators. The most renowned victory arrived in 1980, when Lindsay Scott hauled in a 93-garden touchdown pass from Buck Belue in the closing moment. The unbelievable 26-21 triumph propelled Georgia to a ideal season and their very first consensus national title.

“These types of an ambassador for our software and all of school football,” Wise mentioned. “I know if he was wanting down on that a single, he would have liked the very first half. I do not know that he would have loved the second a single.”

Florida experienced all the momentum in the 3rd quarter right after Amari Burney compelled two turnovers subsequent Trevor Etienne‘s TD operate. Burney stripped McIntosh and intercepted a move from Stetson Bennett.

“They didn’t quit us other than that,” Bennett mentioned. “We answered genuinely perfectly just after the decide on I threw and went ideal down the subject. Everybody answered the contact whenever they ended up asked.”

Georgia put the game away many thanks to a number of essential fourth downs. Bennett linked with limited conclude Brock Bowers on a fourth-and-7 participate in to established up one touchdown in-involving Florida’s two failed attempts to shift the chains on fourth down.

“Yeah, it really is a turnover on downs and turnovers have an effect on the consequence of the game,” Florida mentor Billy Napier reported. “No distinct than them turning the ball about authorized them to get us again in the game. … We experienced our possibilities. We can coach better. We can participate in superior.”

Ga performed just about flawless soccer down the extend and concluded with 555 yards towards Florida’s beleaguered protection. Edwards experienced 106 yards rushing, including a 22-lawn TD run that halted Florida’s comeback. McIntosh additional 90 on the ground.

Bennett concluded 19 of 38 passes for 316 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Bowers caught 5 passes for a vocation-high 154 yards, like a 73-lawn score in which he hauled in a ball that tipped off linebacker Burney.

“Ball’s bouncing in the air and I just snatched it,” Bowers claimed.

Richardson threw for 271 yards and a touchdown for the Gators, who have missing 12 of their past 15 SEC games. Approximately half of Richardson’s passing yards came on plays of 78 and 41 yards.

“Any time you have a group like that, it is really effortless for them to do what they do,” Richardson stated. “They have folks performing their career, and it truly is sort of hard to have an affect on them and cease them.”


Florida: Irrespective of rallying towards Georgia, the Gators have ground to make up in the SEC’s Japanese Division. Napier knows it commences on the recruiting trail.

Georgia: The Bulldogs struggled at situations because of dropped passes, costly penalties and turnovers. Those are the form of mistakes that could doom Ga in near online games with the hardest section of its schedule looming.


Georgia should keep its major spot in the following AP college football poll.

Vital Accidents

Georgia standout linebacker Nolan Smith invested the next 50 % in avenue apparel since of a shoulder injury. Freshman linebacker Darris Smith was shaken up on the second-50 percent kickoff when Florida’s Jack Pyburn drove him to the ground. Georgia appropriate deal with Amarius Mims was assisted off the subject in the fourth quarter with a remaining knee damage.

UP Next

Florida performs at Texas A&M for the next in three decades. The Aggies gained 41-38 in 2020.

Georgia hosts 3rd-ranked Tennessee. The Bulldogs have gained five in a row and 10 of 12 in the sequence.