RECAP: Georgia Runs Away Late From Florida

RECAP: Georgia Runs Away Late From Florida

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RECAP: Georgia Runs Away Late From Florida


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jake Fromm threw three touchdown passes in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party and No. 7 Georgia beat ninth-ranked Florida 36-17 in Jacksonville on Saturday.

Georgia capitalized on three Gator turnovers to beat Florida for the second straight year.

Fromm, coming off a difficult game at LSU, completed 17 of 24 passes for 240 yards and three, third down touchdowns. Jeremiah Holloman had 16 and 11-yard TD receptions and senior Terry Godwin caught a 24-yard corner route for a score.

The Bulldogs (7-1, 5-1) entered the game with a lot of questions surrounding the team after being man handled by LSU two weeks ago. Many thought Georgia coach Kirby Smart would play freshman quarterback Justin Fields early in the game but Fromm’s success and command of the game kept Fields on the sideline.

Georgia set the tone on its opening possession by running the ball on 11 of 12 plays, driving the ball 71 yards and ending on a 21-yard Rodrigo Blankenship field goal.

On Florida’s first drive, linebacker Monty Rice forced a fumble which sophomore Richard LeCounte III collected and raced 32 yards to the Gator 13-yard line. Fromm rifled a perfect pass to a streaking Holloman on the 16-yard fade route for the Dawgs’ first touchdown. Blankenship added the PAT and Georgia led 10-0.

On the Gators’ following possession, cornerback Tyrique McGhee stepped in front of a Feleipe Franks’ pass for the interception at the UGA 27-yard line. Georgia was unable to take advantage of the turnover and punted.

Florida (6-2, 4-2) responded with a 14-play, 76-yard drive and the Bulldogs’ lead was cut to 10-7.

With 50 seconds remaining in the half, and Georgia at its 20 yard line, Smart turned Fromm loose and the sophomore quarterback responded brilliantly. He completed five passes in a row (four to tight end Isaac Nauta) for 75 yards and drove the Bulldogs to Florida’s six yard line with six seconds remaining. Smart, not wanting to waste a scoring opportunity, elected to kick a 22-yard field goal and the teams went into halftime with Georgia leading 13-7.

Florida took a one-point lead early in the third quarter on Franks’ 36-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Swain. Georgia answered with Fromm’s second touchdown pass to Holloman and the Dawgs never trailed again.

Georgia stretched the lead to nine late in the third quarter on an 18-yard Blankenship field goal. The score was set up by Mecole Hardman downing Jake Camarda’s punt at the one-yard line. On Florida’s first play, Franks had the ball ripped from his arms by McGhee and Georgia linebacker Tae Crowder recovered at the one.

A Florida offsides, a Gator bench penalty and six plays later, Georgia had to settle for the field goal and a 23-14 lead.

After the defensive stand, it appeared momentum had swung to the Gators, and on their next possession, Florida cut Georgia’s lead to six with a 42-yard field goal.

However, Fromm answered the call again and found senior Terry Godwin on a third down pass for a 36-yard score and a 29-17 advantage, midway through the fourth quarter.

The Georgia defense forced a Gator three and out and sophomore D’Andre Swift capped his first career 100-yard rushing game with a brilliant 33-yard touchdown run with 4:29 remaining, sending the Florida faithful to the exits.

Swift and Elijah Holyfield combined for 175 rushing yards and a touchdown. Holloman had four receptions for 45 yards and two touchdowns and Nauta had five catches for 73 yards. Rice and LeCounte led the Dawgs in tackles, with 11 and 7, respectively. Georgia limited Florida to 105 passing yards, 175 rushing yards and forced the three turnovers.

After a bitter two week period after the LSU loss, the Red & Black train is back on track. Georgia can clinch the SEC East next week at No. 12 Kentucky. The Wildcats (7-1, 5-1) beat Missouri on a last second touchdown pass, 15-14.

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