Saturday October 30, 2004Football Falls to Dawgs, 31-24
Senior David Greene and the University of Georgia offense found the end zone four times and totaled 405 yards of offense to defeat the University of Florida, 31-24, in front of a record-breaking AllTell Stadium crowd of 84,753. In the defeat, the Gators scored three touchdowns and registered 458 total yards. The Bulldogs improve to 7-1 on the season, 5-1 in Southeastern Conference, while the Gators fall to 4-4 overall and 2-4 in the SEC.
Georgia’s first visit to the end zone came on its first drive of the game, as Greene and the offense strung together six plays for 52 yards to take a 7-0 advantage. The drive, which started at the Bulldog 48-yard line, was sealed with a 27-yard touchdown pass from Greene to sophomore Leonard Pope.
Leak and the UF offense answered right back, gaining 80 yards of turf on eight plays to tie the game. Leak tossed the ball to sophomore Jemalle Cornelius for a 21-yard touchdown to even the score at 7-7. Starting from the Gators’ own 20-yard line, Leak connected with sophomore DeShawn Wynn, sophomore Andre Caldwell and Cornelius for 48 yards in the air, while the ground game for the Gators added an additional 32 yards.
With 4:01 remaining in the first quarter, the Bulldogs struck again as Greene completed a 35-yard pass to a wide-open Pope to move ahead by seven. During the drive, the UGA offense collected four first downs and gained 87 yards on eight plays.
After Florida was forced to punt on its next possession, Georgia tacked on another seven points with 12 minutes remaining in the half. Freshman Thomas Brown scored from 5 yards out to cap an 80-yard, 10-play drive to increase the Bulldogs’ lead to 21-7.
Midway through the third quarter, Georgia boosted its margin to 24-7, as freshman Andy Bailey booted a 40-yard field goal to cap off 36-yard drive.
The Gators answered with 4:29 remaining in the third quarter, when Leak completed a 57-yard crossing pass to Caldwell to cut the Bulldogs’ cushion to 10 points, 24-14. The Florida defense held strong on Georgia’s final two possessions of the quarter, forcing back-to-back three-and-outs.
UGA’s fourth and final trip to the end zone came off a 15-yard pass from Greene to senior Fred Gibson to conclude an 85-yard drive. With 3:28 remaining in the game, the Gators trimmed the deficit to 31-24 when senior Matt Leach booted a career-long 52-yard field goal to complete the scoring.
Leak finished the game 22-of-34 for 247 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Ciatrick Fason surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark for the fourth time this season with 139 yards on 17 carries. Caldwell led the Gators in receiving with 81 yards on three catches. For Georgia, Greene finished the contest 15-of-23 for 255 yards and three touchdowns. Leading the ground game for the Bulldogs was freshman Danny Ware, who gained 103 yards on 18 carries.
Florida next heads to Nashville, Tenn., to face Vanderbilt next Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET. The game will be tape-delayed on the Sunshine Network and can be followed live on www.GatorZone.com.