Live updates from the No. 6 Florida vs. No. 8 Georgia college football game Saturday at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville:
UF takes opening series to the Georgia 40 where the drive stalls on an incompletion on fourth down.
Georgia drives it down to the UF red zone where kicker Rodrigo Blackenship kicks a 31-yard field goal with 3:58 left in the period. Georgia went 4-5 on third downs in that 16-play drive.
What went right: The Kyle Trask to Kyle Pitts connection got off to a positive start. The first offensive play of the game was an 14-yard pass from Trask to Pitts. One play later they hooked up for an 11-yard gain. The Gators opened their second possession with a 24-yard Pitts reception. Defensively, the Gators completely took star running back D’Andre Swift out of the game. They held him to minus-1 yards rushing on six carries.
What went wrong: Due to some substitute confusion, the Gators had to burn two timeouts on their first drive. And then there was the big penalty, a false start that turned a third-and-one situation from the UGA 40 into third-and six. One play later the Gator threat ended when Trask and Pitts failed to hook up on a fourth-and-one pass. Defensively, the Gators had a hard time getting the UGA offense off the field. The Bulldogs converted four of five third-down plays on a drive that led to a 31-yard field goal. One big contributing factor was the fact the Gators produced zero pass rush. Later in the quarter, Trask was sacked for a 10-yard loss.
Play of the quarter: The 24-yard pass to Pitts to open UF’s second possession.
Trending: Georgia’s offense, especially that monster defensive line.
— Robbie Andreu
Notes: UF defensive ends Jabari Zuniga and Jon Greenard are active today, as is wide receiver Kadarius Toney. … Georgia wins the toss and defers.
Georgia is 8 for 10 on third downs. UF is 0-3.
On third down, QB Jake Fromm hits receiver Dominick Blaylock for a 3-yard score as the Bulldogs go up 10-0 at the 4:43 mark to cap a 10-play, 59-yard drive.
UF kicker Evan McPherson cuts the deficit with a 38-yard field goal with 2:40 remaining. Gators went 54 yards on six plays.
Georgia running back D’Andre Swift finally breaks free, runs for 30 yards down to the UF 24.
Blackenship gives Georgia the three points back with a 37-yard field goal with 14 seconds remaining to cap a seven-play, 48-yard drive.
Fromm has completed 11 of 19 pass attempts for 103 yards and the TD, while Trask is 6 of 11 for 106 yards.
Pitts has four catches for 78 yards for UF.
Georgia ran 39 plays to Florida’s 20.
What went right: The one thing, maybe the only thing that went right was when the Gators really needed to put together a scoring drive, they did. UGA had gone up 10-0 on a 3-yard TD pass from Jake Fromm to Dominick Blaylock with 4:43 left in the half and the Bulldogs had all the momentum. At that point, UF had run only 14 offensive plays in the game. Trask came up big, opening the drive with big back-to-back completions — 29 yards to Pitts and 23 yards to Freddie Swain. When Trask’s third-down pass was tipped and incomplete, Evan McPherson came on and was good on a 38-yard field goal attempt to make it a one possession game, 10-3.
What went wrong: The defense could not get off the field, failing time and again on third-down plays. And when the Gators finally generated some momentum in the closing minutes of the third quarter, the defense handed it right back to the Bulldogs. Swift finally got loose, dashing for 30 yards down to the UF 24. The play led to a 37-yard field goal by Rodrigo Blankenship with only 14 seconds remaining to give the Bulldogs a 13-3 halftime lead. On UGA’s TD drive, cornerback CJ Henderson helped the Bulldogs when he was called for pass interference.
Play of the quarter: The 29-yard pass to Pitts to open UF’s field-goal drive late in the quarter.
Trending: Same as the first, the Georgia ball-control offense and the Bulldogs’ massive offensive line.
— Robbie Andreu
Georgia 3 10
Florida 0 3
Georgia goes 64 yards with the first possession of the second half and it ends with Blackenship hitting a 27-yard field goal with 9:45 left.
Game attendance is 84,789.
Swift goes 37 yards for the TD, but it’s coming back because of a holding penalty. That score would have pretty much ended the game. The drive ends in a punt by Georgia.
Time of possession: Georgia 28:47, UF 16:13.
What went right: Pretty much nothing, other than the Gators starting to move the ball in the closing minutes of the quarter.
What went wrong: A whole bunch of stuff. Once again, the defense could not get third-down stops and the Georgia offense stayed on the field, moving the ball and eating up clock. When it looked like the Gators were going to have an answer to UGA’s opening score, Trask took a massive 19-yard sack on a first down play from the UGA 38, ending the threat.
Play of the quarter: A 27-yard pass from Trask to Trevon Grimes, who made a great catch along the sideline.
Trending: UF’s passing offense.
— Robbie Andreu
Georgia 3 10 3
Florida 0 3 0
Receiver Van Jefferson catches a 23-yard pass from Trask despite pass interference to cap a nine-play, 80-yard drive to bring the Gators to within 16-10 with 13:51 remaining. Trask was 7-of-7 passing on drive, which included converting on fourth down.
A blown coverage by UF allows Fromm to complete a 52-yard scoring pass to wide-open Lawrence Cager at 10:01 to cap a seven-play, 75-yard drive. Fromm to Cager worked for the two-point conversion also, as Georgia leads 24-10.
Cager has caught seven passes for 132 yards.
Trask completes a 2-yard TD pass to Freddie Swain to cap a 17-play, 75-yard drive that ate up 6:50 and brings UF to 24-17 with 3:11 left in the game.
UF dropped to 7-2, 4-2 in the SEC, while UGA is 7-1, 4-1.
What went right: On the third play of the quarter, the Gators got right back into the game with a 23-yard TD pass from Trask to Van Jefferson, who made a nice catch on the goal-line despite being interfered with. Then, after the ‘Dogs matched that score with a 52-yard TD pass from Fromm to Cager, Trask orchestrated a 75-yard TD drive to make it a 24-17 game with 3:11 still to play. The TD came on a two-yard pass to Swain.
What went wrong: Georgia’s long TD pass on third-and-one came on an obvious bust in the secondary. There wasn’t a defender within 15 yards of Cager when he made the catch deep down the sideline. And, as had been the case throughout the game, the defense could not come up with a third-down stop, and the Bulldogs were able to run out the clock to get the victory. For the game, UGA converted 12 of 17 third downs.
Play of the quarter: The 23-yard TD reception by Jefferson.
— Robbie Andreu
UGA_FG Blankenship 31, 3:58
UGA_Blaylock 3 pass from Fromm (Blankenship kick), 4:43
FLA_FG McPherson 38, 2:40
UGA_FG Blankenship 37, :14
UGA_FG Blankenship 27, 9:45
FLA_Jefferson 23 pass from Trask (McPherson kick), 13:51
UGA_Cager 52 pass from Fromm (Cager pass from Fromm), 10:01
FLA_Swain 2 pass from Trask (McPherson kick), 3:11
|Time of Possession||35:48||24:12|
RUSHING_Georgia, Swift 25-86, Herrien 7-13, Fromm 3-12, Cook 1-6, Z.White 1-2. Florida, Perine 7-31, Pierce 3-11, E.Jones 1-2, Toney 1-0, (Team) 1-(minus 1), Trask 6-(minus 22).
PASSING_Georgia, Fromm 20-30-0-279. Florida, Trask 21-33-0-257.
RECEIVING_Georgia, Cager 7-132, Herrien 4-46, Wolf 2-26, Robertson 2-24, Woerner 2-20, Swift 1-24, Pickens 1-4, Blaylock 1-3. Florida, Swain 8-91, Pitts 4-78, Jefferson 2-31, Grimes 2-31, Perine 2-10, T.Cleveland 1-8, Hammond 1-5, Pierce 1-3.
MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.