49-10

I fired up my DVR to take a look at the game on TV this evening (Sunday) after finally getting home to Charlotte from Jacksonville, and I saw… Miami. And Virginia. And not Florida and Georgia.

You see, the local CBS affiliate in the Queen City is the ACC Raycom affiliate, and Miami and Virginia went long. The Florida game picked up about six minutes into the game, just in time to see the drive that led to Georgia’s first missed field goal. Overall I’m not happy about it because I don’t like to miss any part of games I record, but it ultimately doesn’t matter since no points were scored during that time I missed.

A lot of things went right at the beginning for Florida, and they just pulled away in the second half as mistakes by Georgia mounted. Of course it had nothing to do with the players, but it was totally the refs handing Florida the game. That’s what the Georgia fan in the halftime concession stand line said, and he’s not alone in asserting that. It’s just completely about how SEC refs hate Georgia.

So back in reality, I have watched just enough to see the Gators’ second touchdown. It is the one where it was initially called a TD, then reversed, then Tebow plunged it in on fourth down. It reminded me of Georgia’s first touchdown last season where Moreno’s run had to be reviewed. It’s a perfect example of why telling your team to get a penalty after a touchdown is a bad idea: it can always be reversed by review.

I don’t know if I’ll do an in depth analysis of this one since it would be a catalog of UGA mistakes and the ways Florida capitalized on them. The longest second-half drive the Gator starters had was just 56 yards, and they scored four touchdowns before ceding to Brantley and the backups for their 66-yard scoring drive.

Georgia moved the ball well, and there was never a time where I felt confident that the Gators could keep the Bulldogs from crossing the 50 yard line. Still though, they always had to cross the 50-yard line; their best starting field position was at their own 40 after a kickoff went out of bounds. Florida decidedly won the field position game, and it made the big plays when they needed to be made.

Florida basically did nearly everything right and Georgia did about everything wrong they could have done wrong. It really doesn’t get simpler than that. That has been the final analysis for each of the past four Florida games, so I’m beginning to think it’s not all a coincidence.

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3 Responses to 49-10

  1. SC_Gator says:

    Heh…down here in Rock Hill at least there was the Miami-Virginia game on one of the CBS’s and on the HD CBS feed and the UF game on the other. Once the Miami game switched over they switched to UF as well, so I ended up recording the low def game (because I wanted the whole thing) but watched the HD version live.

    I think the back to back runs for a loss Georgia started that first drive with set the tone for the entire game, and from that point on any worries I had that we were not going to win it after all went poof.

  2. year2 says:

    Yeah, I saw where the guys said that the hit Spikes put on Moreno really set the tone.

    As everyone has said though, the Joe Haden interception was the play that really sealed it. Georgia was driving down the field effortlessly, but then Haden flipped the filed and Tim walked into the end zone untouched on the next play.

    Before it was 14-3, but could have been 14-9 with made field goals or 14-10 if Stafford hit the wide open receiver in the end zone prior to the second missed field goal. Suddenly, it became 21-3, a lead that Georgia couldn’t realistically overcome with its normal offense. They had to take more chances, which led to more turnovers, and the whole thing snowballed.

  3. O-town Gator says:

    “I don’t know if I’ll do an in depth analysis of this one since it would be a catalog of UGA mistakes and the ways Florida capitalized on them. The longest second-half drive the Gator starters had was just 56 yards, and they scored four touchdowns before ceding to Brantley and the backups for their 66-yard scoring drive.”

    Very true, Dave. That’s a concise analysis of the game as a whole – Florida followed through on their “keys to the game” as far as defense, and one of the biggest factors – containing Knowshon Moreno – was executed well. As well as capitalizing on the turnover opportunities (kudos to Joe Haden, Terron Sanders, Dustin Doe and Ahmad Black for their efforts here), there was also good heads-up play by our special teams – Butch Rowley paying attention to that Georgia onside kick in the first quarter deserves recognition as well – but good field position generated by special teams as well as a result of the turnovers worked to Florida’s advantage and allowed our offense to operate with somewhat of a degree of ease.

    Florida capitalized on Georgia’s mistakes and they did so in a big way. It was a crucial win for our Gators, but in spite of that we’re still in a “must-win” situation heading into the Vandy game this weekend to clinch the SEC East, and if we want to keep hopes of a BCS berth alive South Carolina and Florida State are “must-win” games for us also.

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