Georgia uses defense to best Gators, 24-20

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The SEC East-leading Georgia Bulldogs played like the underdog and, for once in a blue moon, came out on top against the Florida Gators.

Florida managed just one first down in the second half and the Bulldogs’ came back from a 17-3 deficit to edge the Gators 24-20 here at EverBank Field on Saturday. The win was Georgia’s sixth in a row, snapped a three-game losing streak against Florida and was just the fourth in the last 22 years against one of their most bitter rivals.

With the victory, Georgia (6-2, 5-1 SEC) remains in at least a tie for first atop the SEC’s Eastern Division. South Carolina (6-1, 4-1), which holds the tiebreaker due to its 45-42 win in Athens in September, was playing Tennessee in Knoxville late Saturday night.

It was the fourth loss in a row for the Gators (4-4, 2-4), who are in their first year under coach Will Muschamp, a UGA graduate and football letterman. It’s the first time Florida has lost four consecutive games since 1988, when Georgia also handed it loss number four.

After giving up a 72-yard pass play on Florida’s first offensive play of the game, the Bulldogs bowed up to allow just 154 total yards the rest of the way, including 19 yards passing in the second half.

Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, who was named a Butkus Award finalists just this past week, recorded four of the Bulldogs’ six quarterback sacks in the game. John Brantley, who ended starting for the Gators, was 12-of-33 passing for 245 yards.

The Bulldogs scored two of their three touchdowns on fourth-down passes from quarterback Aaron Murray, one to freshman Michael Bennett and another to junior Tavarres King. Murray was 15-of-34 passing for 169 yards and threw one interception.

Tailback Richard Samuel recorded the other TD on a four-yard run in the fourth quarter and finished with 58 yards rushing in relief of injured starter Isaiah Crowell. The game ended after Samuel’s first-down run to the Gators’ 1-yard line.

Crowell missed most of the second half with a shin contusion but managed to finish with 81 yards on 18 carries.

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Cedric

October 29th, 2011
7:42 pm

First!!!!! Junkyard D looked like they were back and O looked like crap. Richt needs to seriously look into pullin that kid sometimes to give him a breather or something.

bilbo799

October 29th, 2011
7:42 pm

bilbo799

October 29th, 2011
7:42 pm

BOBO STILL STINKS

Jerry

October 29th, 2011
7:47 pm

Bobo was good on that last drive; Georgia desperately needs a special teams coach; What has happened to Butler/Walsh/Murray?

georgia87

October 29th, 2011
7:48 pm

Richard Samuel is the new Drought Breaker. He is the only offensive player who played above his head today. What a gutsy performance.

RED DOG 77

October 29th, 2011
7:50 pm

I support coach Mark Richt…………AND……..coach MIKE BOBO………always have, always will…………….And I absolutely love coach Todd Grantham..[The goast of Erk Russell?]………………….Regards to all “real” BULLDOG fans…………RED

Finchdawg

October 29th, 2011
7:52 pm

Hurray! Finally! I hope this will motivate Richt to take over special teams, however.

RED DOG 77

October 29th, 2011
7:53 pm

We might not be real pretty right now, but we’re winning, and we are gonna be absolutely beautiful before long…………RED

border dweller

October 29th, 2011
7:54 pm

Anyone seen a report on what Samuel did to his ankle on the last play?

DAWGS IN 2011

October 29th, 2011
7:56 pm

Young Bulldog team gonna get lots better.

Joe

October 29th, 2011
7:57 pm

I hope Samuel is ok. He became a UGA lifer today. Crowell, Murray and Walsh are pansies.

deandog

October 29th, 2011
7:58 pm

BOBO STILL STINKS

Joe

October 29th, 2011
7:59 pm

Why did Crowell even come to Jacksonville if he was afraid to play?

miamidawg

October 29th, 2011
8:00 pm

GA beat a weak Florida team… barely. This means little or nothing. If we are lucky enough to win the East Alabama or LSU will put on a clinic

Joe

October 29th, 2011
8:02 pm

True, Miami, but all of UGA’s best players are freshmen or sophomores-Mitchell, Conley, Bennett, Jarvis Jones, Ogletree, Herrerra, Jenkins, Geathers, etc. all needed to get the feeling of beating UF to get that streak going in the right direction.

hotshotlarry

October 29th, 2011
8:03 pm

what a good game for the two Carver grad

Cedric

October 29th, 2011
8:07 pm

Well we have to make some of our regular rotation players get out there on Special teams because our walk-ons and some of our frosh are not getting it done on these kickoffs. And Murray looked like he needed a relieve himself out there on some of those passes.

KBP

October 29th, 2011
8:15 pm

miamidawg . . . Would you rather the dawgs lose to a weak Florida team? Do not hold it against the Dawgs that the Gators were unranked. That’s their fault. They have a lot of talent. Are they weak because of coaching? Bobo blew the first two possessions of the 3rd with horrible play calling. He’s my biggest concern.

Richard

October 29th, 2011
8:16 pm

Richard Samuel is what Georgia football is all about. If everyone on the team played with his heart and guts Georgia would be the best, period.

teewest

October 29th, 2011
8:19 pm

Murray desperately…desperately…DESPERATELY needs some competition! If I am Hutson Mason i don’t transfer nowhere. Because Murray is not a Big Game QB.

Sonny B. Layne

October 29th, 2011
8:20 pm

I think that Crowell has been hurt all year and is still hurt. It has nothing to do with “being afraid to play.” You are an idiot and I must be to resond to your insane post.

still a dawg fan

October 29th, 2011
8:27 pm

GREAT WIN DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!

Today’s game reminded me of the way the Dawg’s use to win games back in the Dooley days-Just enough offense but GREAT DEFENSE-good job guys but special teams a still a problem. Gary Danielson the CBS announcer even said the Mark Richt needs to hire a Special Teams Coach because it almost got us again today.

Points we gave Florida today:

99 yard kickoff return = 7pts
70 yard kickoff return = 3pts

Blair Walsh missed FG’s = 6pts

When you add up the points we gave florida 10 points & the 6 points we lost our else on the missed FG’s it looks like we cost ourselves a total of 16 points. Special Teams was the difference between us beating Florida by only 4 points instead of 20 points but I’m very thankful that we won the game.

GO DAWGS

Ray Goff

October 29th, 2011
8:28 pm

Georgia beats Florida with 2 starters suspended and 1 out hurt. Priceless.

KBP

October 29th, 2011
8:29 pm

teewest . . . If I am Hutson Mason, I do transfer. Richt is going to play Murray every snap unless he is injured. DJ Shockley had one great year but the lack of 2-3 years of fulltime experience got him drafted in the 6th round and a short leash to prove himself. He needed more game experience than he got in college. If you have real pro potential, you ought not take one for the team. Let the players who do not have pro potential take one for the team.

asa

October 29th, 2011
8:33 pm

georgia wins and some of you sick f–kers only want to dwell on the bad yes offense is still weak special teams a disaster and somethings need work on ,but we have a good defense and the kids are getting better and i thought crowell played ok why
can’t you be happy and enjoy the win and hope that we recruit all the kids that are waiting to see what happens to richt.

KBP

October 29th, 2011
8:36 pm

asa . . . well said!

Arx Ferrum

October 29th, 2011
8:37 pm

As a lifelong Dawgs fan, I’ll gladly take this win. But unless Bobo invents a game plan that doesn’t limit the offense to ‘run, run, pass, punt’… even if they win the SEC east, they don’t stand a chance against the SEC west champ or whomever they might encounter in a bowl game.

These guys remind me of Dooley’s Junkyard Dawgs that won in spite of themselves… except that them old Dawgs had a gameplan.

alex

October 29th, 2011
8:39 pm

2 division2 coaches,2 bad teams, 2 division 3 qb’s…Ga, fans are happy!?! accepting mediocrity isn’t pretty.Go boil your peanuts and ice your pbr’s…WOOf!?!

Arx Ferrum

October 29th, 2011
8:39 pm

asa: Give folks a break. Not everyone can be a perfect fan like… yourself.

Arx Ferrum

October 29th, 2011
8:41 pm

alex… you came here to… what? Insult complete strangers or impress us with your education and wit?

jay

October 29th, 2011
8:41 pm

How does that taste Mus-chump. Traitor.

SatillaDawg

October 29th, 2011
8:47 pm

I’ll take a win over Florida any day…any way!

Way to go DAWGS!

You’ve made my year!

M

October 29th, 2011
8:52 pm

Even though the dawgs won, I still feel like they lost. Mistakes, special teams…why can’t they get that monkey off their back?

Ray Goff

October 29th, 2011
8:52 pm

Grantham outcoached Weiss- Florida had -19 rushing.

'94 UGA Alumni

October 29th, 2011
8:53 pm

Thank You USC for causing Jarvis Jones to transfer. You missed out on a great player.

dawggirl

October 29th, 2011
8:55 pm

It certainly wasn’t pretty, but I will absolutely take it. Bottom line is it’s a W, and Jarvis Jones is a game-saver. Hopefully, this will convince Richt to make some serious special teams changes – they are a nightmare.

GO DAWGS!

Reality

October 29th, 2011
8:55 pm

Alex-I see you’re obsessed with Georgia football or you wouldn’t be here, now would you?

kdawg76

October 29th, 2011
8:56 pm

georgia87 – Samuel not the only one. Some other offenses players. How about big time sure catches by true freshman Chris Conley and even a walkon setting up with a 2nd half catch.

And those TD catches by Bennett and King were clutch.

Macclenny_dawg

October 29th, 2011
9:00 pm

Nice win Dawgs!!! Special teams stink!!! 2nd down and long is always a run!!! I’ll take the win but we are not a very good team!!! Richt will have 2 get rid of Bobo or he will not survive.

dawggirl

October 29th, 2011
9:01 pm

When you look at the stats, I was actually surprised. UGA dominated TOP, we held the ball for a full quarter longer than UF. Also, we were 3-3 on fourth down. Key stat right there.

mgm

October 29th, 2011
9:01 pm

Not a georgia fan but watched the game. Its hard to win with special teams that look like special ed. Despite that, GA has a really impressive defensive. Not impressed with the offense. Murray seems overrated but he’s young. Maybe in a couple of years this team could be special. But right now, they are young and really not even in the league of the elite SEC west teams.

mike addington

October 29th, 2011
9:04 pm

Joe, you said it right. Crowell is a girl. Samuel provided the spark we needed and ran like wanted to knock somebody out. J. Jones was great and receivers get profs.

Atlanta Gator

October 29th, 2011
9:06 pm

Congratulations, Dawg fans. I hope you, your team and your coaches enjoy the victory tonight. It’s been long time coming for y’all, and I remember how it felt to be a Gators fan in the 1970s and 1980s.

Altamaha Dawg, Cuz, gdawg~zoo, and the other old-time AJC blog regulars—-if you’re out there in the internet somewhere—-I hope you’re knocking back some of your favorite Tennessee sipppin’ whiskey tonight. Enjoy!

bitter taste

October 29th, 2011
9:06 pm

jaw-ger wins because richt has nothing to do with the defence—-just saying

————murry—loooser———special teams—–loooser—–

–someone tell me how blair walsh and drew butler could go from all-americans to turds?????

—————————-richt——resign——-now

'94 UGA Alumni

October 29th, 2011
9:07 pm

Hey mgm,

Pretty good assessment of our team. Great defense, Average offense, and pathethic special teams.

cattle dawg

October 29th, 2011
9:09 pm

Thank goodness for CTG and his killer defense! First game I havent been to in 8 years. Go DAWGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

'94 UGA Alumni

October 29th, 2011
9:09 pm

Hey Atlanta Gator,

Thanks for the classy comments. You guys will be good again soon.

Ginger

October 29th, 2011
9:09 pm

Proud of my DAWGS….We may not be where we need to be in some areas…but thank goodness we are not where we were…We are improving !!!Got to get special teams straight….hire a special teams coach or at least consult with one for the rest of the yr.

Beeeeg Boy

October 29th, 2011
9:10 pm

If you ain’t happy tonight, you are not a UGA fan!!

Hairy Perry

October 29th, 2011
9:10 pm

Clemson proving to the nation how overated they are.