Dooley At The Half: Georgia making most on third downs

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Florida defensive back Shawn Davis (31) almost intercepts a pass from Georgia's Jake Fromm in the first half Saturday at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley looks at the first half of Saturday’s Florida-Georgia game.

  • The difference in the first half was quite simply third downs. Georgia converted 8-of-11 and Florida was 0-for-4. The Gators actually got the Bulldogs in some difficult third-down situations but because of UF’s lack of pressure, Jake Fromm was able to pick the Gators apart.
  • Georgia also stayed with the running game even when Florida was having success stopping the run. On Georgia’s last drive of the half, D’Andre Swift finally broke one for 30 yards with a nifty move at the line of scrimmage. Georgia finished the half with 74 rushing yards and Florida had only nine.
  • Look, this Georgia defense came in ranked first in the SEC and it wasn’t like those stats came against air. Florida was able to hit a pair of big plays late in the second quarter to set up its only score of the half.
  • I think we have been so confused by the rules of what is a catch and what is not a catch that the big third down that was not overturned on the catch by Lawrence Cager left us all scratching our heads. Ball hit the ground. That’s all I know.

 

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