Special teams wins vs. miscues
Blankenship was true on field goals of 21, 22 and 18 yards (his last one coming unfortunately after the Bulldog offense on six tries couldn’t get a single yard from the Florida 1-yard line) and freshman punter Jake Camarda had an excellent day punting, averaging 43.0 yards on four kicks, including a 57-yarder and a pin-point 36-yard punt that Mecole Hardman downed at the Florida 1-yard stripe. Hardman also returned two kickoffs for 51 yards and a punt for 26 yards. And Blankenship booted six kickoffs into the end zone but on one he didn’t, the Georgia coverage team allowed Kadarius Toney to run it back 51 yards at the start of the third quarter to set up a Gator go-ahead touchdown.
Too many times Florida backs Lamical Perine and Jordan Scarlett as well as quarterback Franks ran through initial hits for first-down yardage … as Kirby Smart pointed out in his post-game press conference. In other words, still plenty of room for the Bulldog defense to improve its tackling.
Georgia, after having zero takeaways in the win over Vanderbilt and the loss to LSU, got fumble recoveries from LeCounte and Tae Crowder this game and also an interception from Tyrique McGhee, who also forced the UF fumble that Crowder recovered at the Gator 1-yard line. And the good thing, the Bulldogs didn’t turn the ball over a single time in this win.
Red Zone (offense/defense)
Quite a change from the LSU game as the Bulldogs were a perfect 5-of-5 scoring inside the Florida 20; on the other hand just two of those scores came via touchdowns. The Gators reached the red zone just one time all day but did get six points out of it.
Third down conversions
Also, Georgia was better in this department, going 8-of-14 on third down conversions while the Gators could go just 4-of-12 on third downs and 0-of-1 on a fourth down try against a Bulldog defensive unit that limited Florida to just 275 total yards.
Run/pass attempts (total plays)
Illustrating the difference in the game, Georgia ran 65 plays for 429 yards while the Gators had 58 snaps for their 275 total.