Dooley at the half, Georgia up

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Florida Gators linebacker Vosean Joseph (11) sacks Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm (11) during the Florida Georgia football game at TIAA Bank Stadium in Jacksonville in Oct. 27, 2018. [Brad McClenny/ The Gainesville Sun]

Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley takes a look at the first half of the Florida-Georgia game:

  1. The game couldn’t have started more miserably for the Gators. First, Georgia gashed UF on the first drive of the game. Then Feleipe Franks missed a wide-open Van Jefferson on a flea flicker that should have been a 75-yard touchdown and then Jordan Scarlett fumbles leading to a Georgia score. The Gators were down 10-0 with 6:07 left in the first quarter. It couldn’t have been much uglier.
  2. So Georgia had 66 yards, all but five of them on the ground, on the first drive and then 75 yards, all in the air and most of it to tight end Isaac Nauta, on the last drive of the half. In between, Florida held Georgia to 29 yards of offense.
  3. The Gators had little trouble moving the ball, but the Scarlett fumble and a terrible throw from Franks that was picked off stopped two possible drives. The two turnovers meant Florida has had five in the last two first halves of football. The Gators ran for 110 yards in the half so they have a real chance to have their third straight 200-yard rushing game.
  4. Has anybody seen the new rule about having your knees covered by your uniform pants called all year? Have you seen a punt hit the wire for the CBS camera? Me neither. So there was a little bit of weird a few days before Halloween. Here’s another strange thing. The Florida side of the stands had thousands of empty seats well into the first quarter. The UF fans might have been held up by expanded security measures or maybe wanted to push the tailgating to the max.

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