The Bulldogs fell to 4-4 on the year, losing to the Gators 24-10 on Saturday afternoon in Jacksonville at EverBank Field. Here are the post-game notes from the 95th Georgia-Florida game.
*Bulldogs Become First Team To Score Early On UF: Coming in today, No. 14 Florida had not allowed any points in the first quarter this year and only 13 total in the 1st half. Georgia managed 10 points in the first half and trailed 14-10. In the second half, Georgia failed to score in falling 24-10. Entering the game, UF’s scoring defense led the SEC and ranked second nationally at 12 points per game.
*Defense And Field Position: Georgia’s leading tacklers were sophomore Deandre Baker, making a career-high 10 stops plus his first career sack and sophomore Roquan Smith with nine stops including a TFL.
For the game, UF’s average starting field position was its own 41 while Georgia’s was its own 29. In the first half, Florida’s average starting field position was its own 39 while the Bulldogs began on average at their own 28. The Bulldogs held the Gators to 14 points as they tallied 133 yards on 35 plays. UF’s first TD drive covered just 39 yards and gave them a 7-3 edge with 17 seconds left in the 1st quarter. Their second TD drive was just 44 yards and made it 14-10 with 1:37 left in the first half. In the second half, UF’s third TD drive covered 56 yards on 10 plays and made it 21-10. Overall, UF had 73 plays and 231 yards of offense while limiting Georgia to 52 plays and 164 yards of total offense. Georgia was held under 50 yards rushing for the first time the LSU game in 2009 when it had 45. Georgia had 21 yards on 19 attempts along with UF registering two sacks.
*A Look At Eason: Freshman QB Jacob Eason finished 15-for-33 for 143 yards and one TD. In the second quarter, he had a six-play, 75-yard TD drive that put Georgia in front 10-7. The drive featured a 38-yard completion to sophomore Terry Godwin on 3rd and 8, which was a career long for the sophomore. The drive was capped by a 14-yard TD pass to freshman Riley Ridley on a 3rd-and 4. Ridley injured his ankle late in the first half and did not return, finishing with the 1 TD catch. Godwin was Georgia’s leading receiver today with five catches for 57 yards.
*Another INT For Sanders: On Florida’s opening possession of the game, junior DB Dominick Sanders had a 31-yard interception return that gave Georgia the football at the UF 25. It led to a 25-yard field goal. It was the first points surrendered by the Gators in the first quarter this year. It was a seven-play, 18-yard drive in 3:50 for a 3-0 advantage. For Sanders, it was his second interception of the year and 11th of his career. Sanders now has 300 career INT return yards, moving him up to 3rd in school history, trailing only Jake Scott (315) and Scott Woerner (303).
*Points Off Turnovers: Georgia scored 3 points off 1 turnover in the first quarter. Junior Dominick Sanders notched his 11th career interception and returned it 31 yards to the UF 25 as it led to a field goal and a 3-0 lead. The Bulldogs now are +6 in Turnover Margin for the year. This year, Georgia has converted 16 turnovers into 33 points while Bulldog opponents have scored 45 points off 10 Bulldog miscues. Today, the Bulldogs did not have any turnovers for the second straight game.
*For Starters: A couple of Bulldogs extended their team-leading starting streaks with center Brandon Kublanow at 33 consecutive games for the offense and cornerback Malkom Parrish at 21 in a row for the defense. Junior wide receiver Javon Wims and sophomore defensive tackle Jonathan Ledbetter made their first career starts. Ledbetter had a career-high six tackles.
*Punting Options: After freshman Marshall Long had three punts for an average of 32.0 yards, junior Brice Ramsey came in for the final punt of the first half, and it covered 36 yards. Coming in today, Long had handled all the punts with a 39.3 average on 39 punts. Ramsey took over primary punting duties last year starting with the Florida game and finished the 2015 season with a 41.9 average on 25 punts. In the second half, Ramsey punted twice and finished with a 32.0 average on three total while Long ended the day with five punts for a 32.0 average including a long of 41.
*Captains: Georgia’s captains were junior Nick Chubb (TB), junior Dominick Sanders (DB) and senior Brandon Kublanow (C).
*Up Next: Georgia (4-4, 2-4 SEC) wraps up its regular season road schedule with a trip to Kentucky (5-3, 4-2 SEC) Saturday. Kickoff will be at 7:30 pm on the SEC Network. The Wildcats beat Missouri 35-21 in Columbia today.