First quarter blog

Published: Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 4:20 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 4:20 p.m.

The game started without incident, no shenanigans in the pre-game. The atmosphere was what you would expect from the biggest Florida-Georgia game ever. We saw a lot of weird things in the parking lots, not the least of which was a giant Ferris wheel where the media used to park. Two Gator fans wore Georgia paraphernalia and fake, goofy teeth. Both teams started the game looking a little shaky with three false starts between the two on the first two possessions. But the Bulldogs hit some big plays on their next drive and appeared to be going in the right direction, but the Gator defense came up strong. Drew Stafford lost 11 yards on two plays after the Bulldogs had a second-and-2 on the Florida 9-yard line. That was followed by a missed field goal by the Bulldogs thanks to pressure from the Gator defense. The uneven start to the game was magnified by a long break to review a spot when Tim Tebow made a first down. It was close and Mark Richt was hot when the play was not overturned. Florida caught a huge break when Tebow threw an interception to Prince Miller but it was negated by a blow to the head penalty on Georgia's Jarius Wynn. Two players later the Gators took the lead on Percy Harvin's 13-yard run. Harvin accounted for 51 yards on three plays in the drive. And what did Florida do after the first score to answer Georgia's celebration from last year? Nothing. Which is exactly what the Gators should have done.

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