Game Report

Published: Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 9:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 9:29 p.m.

Why Florida won

Tim Tebow was a touchdown-maker, rushing for three and passing for two, but it was the defense that set the tone and made the game-changing plays in this one. The Gators didn't let tailback Knowshon Moreno run over them like a year ago, and UF set up three touchdowns with turnovers in the second half, turning a close game into a rout.

Robbie Andreu

Stat that matters

Florida was a perfect 5-for-5 in the red zone, scoring touchdowns on all five of its trips inside the 20-yard line. Georgia, meanwhile, went 2-of-4 in red-zone scoring chances with just 10 points. The Bulldogs missed two crucial first-half field goals inside the Florida 20-yard line that could have made the game closer at halftime.

Kevin Brockway

Call of the Game

Florida was already on its way to an easy victory, up 35-3 when Ahmad Black picked off a deflected pass and returned it 64 yards to the Georgia 25 early in the fourth quarter. Urban Meyer went for the jugular. Tim Tebow dropped back and found Percy Harvin all alone in the Georgia end zone on the first play. Harvin lined up in the slot and nobody went with him on a go pattern. The score with 11:30 to play in the game made it 42-3 Florida.

Pat Dooley

What was he thinking?

Down 7-3 with 11:18 left in the second quarter, Georgia coach Mark Richt chose to go for an onsides kick rather than kick deep to Florida return threat Brandon James. But the Gators weren't fooled. Florida holder Butch Rowley cleanly fielded the kick attempt. Florida took over at the Georgia 41 and took advantage of the good field position, needing just seven plays to score a touchdown on a 2-yard Tim Tebow touchdown run that put the Gators ahead 14-3.

Kevin Brockway

Inside the numbers

Ever since last October when Georgia beat Florida, 42-30, behind 188 rushing yards from Knowshon Moreno, the Gators have used those numbers as motivation. Throughout the offseason, players did lifting sets in reps of 42, and they would do pushups, situps and crunches in increments of 188. When asked how many times he had done each, Gator quarterback Tim Tebow responded, "probably hundreds."

John Patton

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