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.