football team (5-3/3-3 SEC) fell to No. 20 Georgia (6-2/4-2 SEC), 42-30, on Saturday
at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in front of 84,481 fans. Sophomore
quarterback Tim Tebow (Jacksonville, Fla.)
rushed for two touchdowns and finished 14-for-22 for 236 yards and one
score. Today’s contest marked the first time in the rivalry’s storied history
that both teams scored more than 30 points.
After a fumble
halted Florida’s first offensive possession, Knowshon Moreno triggered Georgia’s first scoring drive with
eight carries on nine plays for 37 yards on a shortened field. Moreno recorded the game’s first touchdown on
a one-yard plunge for an early 7-0 first-quarter advantage.
answered the call in just two plays for the Florida
offense, finding Louis Murphy (St. Petersburg, Fla.) in
stride down the left sideline for Florida’s first points
of the game. The score was Murphy’s third of the year and followed a
career-long 66-yard scoring strike against Kentucky last weekend.
wide receiver Percy Harvin
(Virginia Beach, Va.),
selected as a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist earlier
this week, kept the Georgia
defense off balance early with back-to-back runs of 10 and 17 yards that helped
set up the Tebow to Murphy connection. Harvin had 47
yards of rushing in the first quarter alone.
Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford
countered with an 84-yard strike caught in full stride by Mohamed Massaquoi for a 14-7 Bulldogs’ lead.
punter Chas Henry (Dallas,
Ga.) executed a coffin-corner punt to
perfection to back Stafford and the Georgia offense to its own one-yard
line. Henry’s skied punt paid off as sophomore cornerback Wondy Pierre-Louis (Naples, Fla.)
intercepted Stafford on the ensuing play
and returned his first interception of the season to paydirt
to tie the game at 14.
Brandon Coutu’s 54-yard field-goal attempt was missed
short, his counterpart, senior Joey
Ijjas (Clearwater, Fla.), booted a career-long 43-yard
field goal to give the Gators their first lead of the game in the second
Bulldogs came right back and Moreno knifed his
way through the Florida defense for a 10-yard
touchdown run to highlight a 65-yard scoring drive as Georgia reclaimed the lead heading
into halftime, 21-17.
Georgia capitalized on a 69-yard scoring
drive to open the second half and resulted in a one-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to fullback Brannan Southerland as the Bulldogs
extended their lead to 10 points.
scored a rushing touchdown for the ninth-consecutive game and the Gators
sustained another scoring drive that ended with a one-yard plunge by the
found Mikey Henderson for a 54-yard touchdown before Florida took advantage of a 52-yard Brandon James (St. Augustine, Fla.) kickoff return to set up shop in Georgia
territory. Tebow bulled his way into the end zone for his second rushing score
of the game and after a missed two-point conversion, closed the gap to five
converted a crucial third-down situation on Georgia’s
next drive and Moreno
did the rest, carrying the ball into the end zone for his third touchdown of
the game to close the scoring at 42-30.
Gators return to action next Saturday against Vanderbilt for Homecoming at Ben
Hill Griffin Stadium. The game will be carried live on Lincoln-Financial Sports
starting at 12:30 p.m.