Sunday November 3, 2002Gators Upend No. 5 Georgia, 20-13
Rex Grossman passed for 339 yards and two touchdowns, as the 22nd-ranked Florida Gators dropped No. 5 Georgia from the ranks of the unbeaten, taking a 20-13 decision at AllTel Stadium in Jacksonville on Saturday night.
Trailing 13-12 early the in fourth quarter, Grossman capped a 10-play 89-yard drive when he hit Ben Trouppe with a 10-yard touchdown pass to put the Gators up 18-13. Grossman ran the two-point conversion in to give the Gators a seven-point lead they would never surrender.
Marcus Oquendo-Johnson sacked Georgia quarterback David Greene on the final play of regulation to preserve victory as the Gators improved to 6-3 on the year, keeping themselves alive in the race for the SEC East title with a 4-2 mark. The loss dropped Georgia to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in SEC play.
J.T. Wall got the Bulldogs on the board first in the opening quarter, catching a 10-yard pass from Greene for a 7-0 lead.
The Gators pulled within a point early in the second quarter when Grossman hit Aaron Walker for a 5-yard touchdown pass. The kick failed and the Gators trailed 7-6.
Gus Scott put the Gators on top when he read a D.J. Shockley and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown. The Gators went for two and failed, and led 12-7. A pair of field goals late in the second quarter gave the Bulldogs a 13-12 lead heading into the locker room.
The Bulldogs missed two third quarter field goals, however, setting the stage for the Gatorsí comeback.
Florida returns to action next weekend when the Gators travel to Vanderbilt for a 2 p.m. kickoff in Nashville.
Head Coach Ron Zook
"First of all the thing I told our football team is thatís a good Georgia football team. You donít go 7-0 or win as many games as theyíve won without being a good football team. This is one of those games you can throw records out. Itís a rivalry in the true sense of a rivalry. What our players did was there were a lot of times they could have just shut it down but they didnít. They did exactly what weíve asked them to do since January 9th and they hung in there. There were a lot of things that happened, the offense turned the ball over and obviously, weíve got to get that corrected. The defense bowed up and played they way that had to play. I think anytime youíre a good football team, you can do that. We are a good football team, weíre making too many mistakes at times but weíre going to get that corrected. For us to be able to do what we did against a very good football team shows we have signs, we have to take care of our business going on into Vanderbilt."
On Taylor Jacobís injuryÖ
"I believe itís an MCL, I donít want to speculate on that right now but thatís what they think right now. Itís going to be evaluated when we get back but thereís not a need for an operation, so heíll miss next week, they said possibly four weeks. Taylorís a guy that will do what he has to do to get back. The fortunate thing is heís not going to have to be operated on.
On Carlos Perez, Kelvin Kight and other UF receivers stepping upÖ
"Thatís what kind of makes you, games like this when you have to step up and you have to play. I reminded them at halftime, this is what youíve been talking about. Iím proud of them, Iím happy for them, they got an opportunity and they stood up and made the plays that they had to make."
Head Coach Mark Richt
On if this was the most frustrating game heís coached in: "Iíve been in more frustrating games than this one. We had our share of mistakes and we were undisciplined. We did things we have not done all year. Weíre still in control (of making the SEC Championship game). We need to regroup and make sure that we donít give up a game down the stretch."
On if the team wanted it too bad: "These guys wanted it badly. They still have the right to control their own destiny. We need to mourn this and get up in the morning and get ready for Ole Miss."
On if Georgiaís injuries affected the outcome: "Oh, I donít know. Thatís just football. Everybodyís got people injured."
On Georgiaís trouble in the red zone: "I give Florida credit. They did a great job of defending us. We did not get it done. Itís the usual little bit of breakdowns."
On what he told players after game: "I told them how disappointed I was and I know they were disappointed. Itís the first time weíve had some true adversity. Weíll find out how unified we are. Now weíll find out what weíre really made of as a team."
David Greene, QB, RSo.
"We are disappointed, we shot ourselves in the foot. We did not make plays. It is very frustrating to lose like this. I give Flordia credit, they played a good game. Our team never quit and fought until the end."
"We control our destiny, the ball is still in our court. We have to play hard the next few weeks. Right now, the only game on our minds is Ole Miss."
Musa Smith, RB, Jr.
"It is a hard loss to swallow. The running holes werenít open early. I personally should have had a better game. We did not take advantage of our scoring opportunites. The defense was out on the field a lot tonight, which put a lot of wear and tear on them. The offense did not click. We turned the ball over and dropped passes. We did not execute. We have Ole Miss next week. The season is not over. There are still great things ahead for this team.
David Pollack, DE, So.
"It is a disspointing loss. We have to focus on our game next week vs. Ole Miss. We control our own destiny."
"Things happen for a reason. It is a very frustrating loss. We did not put it together. Next week we have to execute better."
"We missed two field goals. We could have done a lot of things better. We did not execute."