No. 12 Georgia upsets turnover-prone Florida 17-9

Florida Gators tight end Jordan Reed fumbles the ball at the goal line as he's getting tackled by Georgia Bulldogs defender Jarvis Jones (29) during the second half on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Jacksonville, Fla. Georgia defeated Florida 17-9.

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Published: Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 7:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 9:33 p.m.

Will Muschamp's streak continues and Georgia has its first streak in more than two decades.

No. 12 Georgia beat No. 3 Florida 17-9 on Saturday at EverBank Field, taking advantage of six turnovers to beat the Gators in back-to-back years for the first time since 1989.

Muschamp, who had guided the Gators to a 7-0 record, remains oh-for-this-game. He lost four times as a Georgia player and now two times as the Florida coach.

"We didn't play like we've been playing," Muschamp said. "We just can't lay it on the ground six times. That's the end of the game in my opinion — six turnovers."

Florida intercepted Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray three times in the first half, but the Gators could only turn those turnovers into six points. On the other side, sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel had four of Florida's six turnovers.

The Gators came into the game with only four turnovers as a team in the previous seven games.

Despite all of its mistakes, Florida still had a chance to remain undefeated in the fourth quarter. But a 45-yard touchdown pass from Murray to Malcolm Mitchell and a fumble into the end zone on Florida's last drive sealed the Gators' fate.

"We just need to push through this," Muschamp said. "There's a lot of football to play. I'm very disappointed with the outcome of the game, not with the effort."

Florida (7-1, 6-1) would have won the SEC East and a trip to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game with a win. Instead, the Gators will finish up their SEC schedule at home next week against Missouri and hope Georgia (7-1, 5-1) stumbles against Ole Miss or Auburn.

"We haven't won the East yet, but we're in control of it," said Georgia coach Mark Richt, who is now 4-8 against the Gators.

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