First half: Florida had a nice game plan, including the flea flicker on the first offensive play, but two turnovers were damaging early (not to mention Feleipe Franks missing a wide-open receiver on the flea flicker). The Gators ran the ball well and often, running 23 times and throwing only 11.
Second half: The third turnover of the game — Franks fumbling on his own 1-yard line — was the killer. While Franks made a beautiful throw for the Gator touchdown that gave them the lead at 14-13, he reverted to the form of last year for much of the game.
For the game: When a team loses a game like this, it’s easy to blame the starting quarterback. He was a big part of the problem with the turnovers and poor decision making. It looked a lot like the Feleipe of last year.
First half: The first drive was awful. The last drive was awful. In between, the Gators were pretty salty on defense. Georgia had 143 yards on those two drives that resulted in 10 points, but only 170 for the half. The drive at the end of the half was brutal as the ’Dogs completed four straight passes to tight end Isaac Nauta for 65 yards.
Second half: The beat-up secondary had a bad half of football. The Gators came into the game ranked sixth in the country in pass defense, but allowed way too many big plays, including the back-breaking TD pass in the fourth quarter.
For the game: This didn’t look like the defense Gator fans are used to — because it isn’t. The loss of personnel in the secondary finally caught up to this team and Georgia converting 8-of-14 third downs — many of them third-and-long — was the difference in the game.
Special teams C
First half: They really weren’t much of a factor, as Georgia returned only one kickoff and Florida only had the catch and kneel at the end of the half. Florida had a penalty on its only punt return. Tommy Townsend’s best punt ended up in the end zone.
Second half: Kadarius Toney got the second half off to a great start with his 51-yard kickoff return. But the punt Georgia downed at the one turned out to be one of the biggest plays of the game.
For the game: The kick coverage was rarely called on, but it was very average in this game. Tommy Townsend had a nice game and Evan McPherson continues to be rock steady.
It was the worst game Florida has played all year both on offense and defense. Even with one of the great goal-line stands of this series, Florida was eaten alive on defense and spotty on offense. These Gators have to regroup again knowing that the Atlanta carrot is gone.