Georgia plays keep-away late
Published: Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 7:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 7:53 p.m.
Play of the quarter: After Florida botched another red zone scoring effort, Georgia was faced with a third-and-6 on the next possession. Florida showed an all-out blitz way too early. Georgia senior quarterback Aaron Murray changed the call and found tailback Todd Gurley with nobody near him down the middle. Gurley had to make only one man miss (safety Cody Riggs) and did so easily on his way to a 73-yard score.
Stat of the quarter: On Florida’s second play of the game, the Gators hit an 83-yard pass from Tyler Murphy to Quinton Dunbar to the Georgia 10. But for the rest of the quarter, it was the typical Florida inefficiency. Not only did Florida not score, it had only 33 yards in the rest of the quarter and only one other first down.
Trending: In each of Florida’s last two games, the Gators allowed 200 first-half yards. Georgia blew by that number in the first quarter. With Murray finding receivers who were wide open, Georgia managed 259 yards on three-plus possessions. Gurley accounted for 121 of those yards running and receiving.
Scoring: Gurley capped Georgia’s opening 75-yard drive with a five-yard run up the middle for a score one play after he ran 25 yards through a gaping hole. The touchdown came with 12:15 remaining in the opening quarter. Gurley then caught the easiest 73-yard touchdown pass in the history of this game to make it 14-0. Marshall Morgan’s 50-yard field goal made it 17-3 with 2:13 left in the quarter.
Play of the quarter: It had to be the nonsensical decision to go for a fourth-and-10 at the Georgia 40. And then to throw a short pass to Quinton Dunbar that lost three yards. The decision allowed Georgia to pick up a gift three points at the end of the half to take a 23-3 lead.
Stat of the quarter: Florida finally got its offense going a little bit with a pair of drives into Georgia territory, although the Gators came away with only three points. Florida managed 94 yards in the quarter, but Murphy threw six incompletions, including a pair in the red zone.
Trending: Kelvin Taylor was bottled up for the first quarter, but finally found some room in the second quarter. He rushed for 39 yards on eight carries in the quarter, hardly Todd Gurley numbers but an improvement.
Scoring: Georgia was unable to capitalize on a first-and goal from the 10, but did get a 27-yard field goal from Morgan to make it 20-0 with 23 seconds gone in the quarter. Florida countered with a drive that stalled at the Georgia 14 before Frankie Velez made a 31-yard field goal to make it 20-3.
Play of the quarter: There were some big ones, but the most bizarre had to be the reverse to Solomon Patton where he kind of collided with Murphy in the backfield and somehow managed to come up just short of the first down at the Florida 45. But Patton was horse-collared by Josh Harvey-Clemons to give the Gators a first down. A skirmish broke out and both teams were called for a pair of off-setting unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
Stat of the quarter: After being gutted and gashed in the first half, Florida’s defense looked like a different unit in the third quarter. The Gators only allowed Georgia to gain five yards in the quarter. Not only that, but Florida scored a safety when Loucheiz Purifoy sacked Murray in the end zone.
Trending: After the end of the first quarter, Georgia had 10 first downs compared to two for Florida. By the end of the third quarter, Florida had 15 first downs compared to 14 for Georgia.
Scoring: Florida took advantage of a backward pass from Murray that fell incomplete and was scooped up by Leon Orr. Mack Brown finished off a 14-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run. Purifoy’s safety made it 23-12.
Play of the quarter: The play that clinched the game was on a third-and-7 and Florida needing a stop at its own 37. Murray rolled right and found Rhett McGowan all alone in the flat. McGowan fought to get the first down with 2:09 to play and that basically sealed the deal for the Bulldogs, although the hands to the face penalty on Darious Cummings on the next third down was the final straw.
Stat of the quarter: After gaining only five yards in the third quarter, Georgia had only 19 in the fourth quarter when it took over midway through the final quarter. The Bulldogs put together a drive that didn’t look like anything we had seen in the second half. Georgia ran out the clock by gaining 58 yards.
Trending: Unfortunately for the Gators, what’s trending is Georgia finding a way to beat Florida. That’s three straight for the Bulldogs as Murray finishes his career with a 3-1 record against the Gators.
Scoring: The only score of the quarter came on a 14-yard run by Murphy when he dived into the end zone. He then hit Clay Burton on a two-point conversion to pull the Gators to within three points.