Live blog from the No. 9 Florida vs. No. 7 Georgia college football game Saturday at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville:
The Gators win the toss and defer to the second half, they’ll defend the north end zone.
Rodrigo Blackenship hits a 21-yard field goal at the 8:11 mark to give Georgia a 3-0 lead on its opening drive, a 12-play, 71-yard march.
Florida runs a flea flicker on the first play. Van Jefferson is wide open down the field and QB Feleipe Franks overthrew him.
Two plays later, Jordan Scarlett fumbles after picking up a first down. Georgia returns it inside the 15.
Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm completes a 16-yard TD pass to receiver Jeremiah Holloman with 6:07 left in the period.
Another promising UF drive ends on a turnover, a Feleipe Franks interception. Georgia takes over at its 29 with 3:34 left. Star Tyrique McGhee made the pick.
UF cornerback CJ Henderson is out of the injury tent and headed to the locker room. CBS is saying it’s a lower back injury.
Florida freshman QB Emory Jones is in after a first down. He gains five yards.
What went right: Basically nothing. The only positive was the defense forced the Bulldogs to settle for a 23-yard field goal after getting gutted on the ground on the game’s opening possession.
What went wrong: Basically everything. The Gators came into the game knowing they had to take care of the football and they went out and turned the ball over on their first two possessions. Jordan Scarlett lost a fumble that led to Georgia’s touchdown and then Feleipe Franks badly underthrew a pass on a potential scoring drive that was intercepted by Tyrique McGee on the UF 29.
Play of the quarter: Scarlett’s fumble, which was returned 32 yards, set the negative tone in the quarter.
Trending: The Gators put themselves on the ropes with their careless play.
— Robbie Andreu
Franks back at quarterback.
Franks scored from a yard out to cap a 14-play, 76-yard drive to cut the deficit to 10-7.
Blackenship hits a 22-yard field goal with :02 left for Georgia to cap a seven-play, 75-yard drive, as Fromm completed 5-of-6 passes.
What went right: The Gators got back into the game with a 76-yard touchdown drive that started late in the first quarter and culminated with a 1-yard touchdown dive by Franks with 9:57 left in the half. While the offense started to steadily move the ball, the defense, which got gutted by the UGA running game in the first quarter, tightened up and got two quick three-and-outs.
What went wrong: The Gators, and outside linebacker Vosean Joseph in particular, could not cover tight end Isaac Nauta in the final 50 seconds of the first half, and the result was a 22-yard FG with two seconds remaining that gave the Bulldogs a 13-7 lead. Nauta caught four consecutive passes that moved the Bulldogs from their own 20 to the UF 13-yard line. The Gators were fortunate Kirby Smart decided to play it safe and kick the FG with six seconds remaining and the Bulldogs still holding two timeouts.
Play of the quarter: A pass interference call against UGA on a failed fourth-and-one pass attempt that kept UF’s scoring drive alive.
Trending: Isaac Nauta.
— Robbie Andreu
Florida 0 7
Georgia 10 3
Franks with a 36-yard TD strike to Freddie Swain at the 13:35 mark for the Gators’ first lead at 14-13.
Kadarius Toney had taken the kickoff all the way into UGA territory to start the half.
Georgia goes right back on top at 20-14 with the 12-yard TD pass from Fromm to Holloman to cap the seven-play, 72-yard drive at the 10:33 mark.
DB CJ Henderson stayed in the locker room at halftime.
Franks fumbles at the UF 1-yard line, the Gators third turnover of the game.
The Gators defense keeps the Bulldogs out of the end zone. Blackenship’s chip-shot FG extends the Dawgs lead to nine points with sevens seconds left.
Three turnovers (leading to 10 points for Bulldogs) have been huge.
What went right: The Gators got off to a great start. Two plays after Kadarius Toney returned the opening kickoff 51 yards to the UGA 48, Franks threw a 36-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Freddie Swain to give the Gators a 14-13 lead. It may have been Franks’ best pass this season. Perhaps even more impressive was the goal-line stand the defense pulled off late in the quarter. After Franks lost a fumble on his own 1-yard line, the Gators held the Bulldogs out of the end zone for six consecutive plays to make UGA settle for a field goal. The Gators had a third-down stop negated by a questionable pass interference call that gave the Bulldogs three more shots.
What went wrong: Until the goal-line stand, the defense could not stop the UGA offense, giving up a quick touchdown drive after the Gators had taken the lead. UF did not force a punt in the quarter.
Plays of the quarter: We’ve changed it to plays because that six-play goal-line stand is one of the greatest in school history.
Trending: The Gators are clearly fired up after slamming the door on the goal-line in the closing minutes of the quarter.
— Robbie Andreu
Florida 0 7 7
Georgia 10 3 10
Evan McPherson hits a 42-yard field goal at the 11:12 mark to bring the Gators to 23-17. The kick caps a seven-play, 50-yard drive in 3:55.
Again on third down and long, Fromm gets Georgia a TD, this time a 24-yard scoring pass to Terry Godwin at 8:39 to cap a nine-play, 75-yard drive. The try for 2 failed, leaving the score at 29-17.
Fromm is 16 of 23 for 218 yards and three touchdowns. He finished 17-of-24 for 240 yards and the three scores.
Running back D’Andre Swift scores on a 33-yard run for UGA to cap a six-play, 66-yard drive to seal the game at the 4:29 mark, making for a 36-17 lead.
Florida falls to 6-2 overall, 4-2 in the SEC, while Georgia improves to 7-1, 5-1. Georgia outgained UF 429-275 and were 8-for-14 on third down.
What went right: The Gators made it a one-score game, 23-17, early in the quarter, but that’s about the only thing that went right.
What went wrong: The injury-depleted secondary, especially at cornerback, could not stop Jake Fromm and the UGA passing game. The Bulldogs converted third down after third down with big pass plays (to wide-open receivers) and pulled away for the victory. After the goal-line stand at the end of the third quarter, the Gator defense seemingly had nothing left for the fourth quarter.
Play of the quarter: A 20-yard run by Franks on the first play of the quarter that got the Gators’ field-goal drive started.
— Robbie Andreu
Florida 0 7 7 3 — 17
Georgia 10 3 10 13 — 36