NCAA Game Summary - Georgia vs. Florida|
(Saturday, October 27th)
Final Score: (20) Georgia 42, (9) Florida 30
Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) - Knowshon Moreno rushed for 188 yards and a
career-best three touchdowns on 33 carries, as the 20th-ranked Georgia
Bulldogs toppled the ninth-ranked Florida Gators, 42-30, in an SEC battle at
Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.
Matt Stafford threw for 217 yards and three scores on 11-of-18 completions for
the Bulldogs (6-2, 4-2 SEC), who have won five of six and vaulted ahead of
Florida and South Carolina into first place in the East.
"(Florida) is a good football team, and they played hard," noted Stafford.
"I'm proud of our guys. We had a good game and everybody played tough. It was
a good win for us."
Mohammed Massaquoi, Mikey Henderson and Brannan Southerland each caught a
Stafford pass for a touchdown.
It was the most points scored by the Bulldogs against the Gators since a 44-0
win back in 1982. Coming into the contest, which had been dubbed as the
World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party since 1990, Florida had beaten Georgia
in eight of nine and 15 of the last 17 meetings.
Tim Tebow passed for 236 yards and one touchdown on 14-of-22 passes and picked
up a pair of rushing scores for the Gators (5-3, 3-3), who have dropped three
of their last four. Percy Harvin gained 97 yards on 10 carries, and Louis
Murphy added three receptions for 49 yards and a TD in the loss.
"We were in control of getting to Atlanta," said Tebow. "We were focused. We
thought we had bounced back from the two losses."
Moreno shredded the Gators' defense on the first drive of the second half,
rushing for 67 yards on three straight carries, including a slashing 42-yard
run to the Florida two-yard-line. Three plays later, Stafford rolled right and
hit Southerland for a one-yard score to make it 28-17 Bulldogs.
Tebow answered by rushing for a a two-yard TD which brought the Gators within
28-24 midway through the third.
Florida's first drive of the fourth quarter stalled when the Bulldogs held
on 4th-and-2 from their own 25, and two plays later Henderson reached behind
Wondy Pierre-Louis to haul in a 53-yard pass from Stafford for a 35-24 game
with just over 11 minutes left in the contest.
Brandon James returned the kickoff to the Georgia 44, and Harvin gained 41
yards on the next two carries to bring the Gators to the three. Tebow added a
second rushing score when he had a clear lane up the middle on 3rd-and-2, but
his throw on the two-point conversion fell incomplete, and it was 35-30.
Moreno added a three-yard run which capped an 11-play, 68-yard drive which
took almost six minutes off the clock and Georgia led 42-30 with just under
four minutes remaining.
Tebow then fumbled on the Gators' next series and the ball was recovered by
Georgia linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, and the Bulldogs held on for the
key conference victory.
"Knowshon was awesome tonight, but it wasn't just Knowshon," said Georgia head
coach Mark Richt. "I can't tell you how much fun it was in the locker room and
I wish everybody could have seen it. I want to thank coach (Joe) Tereshinski
for helping me out with some motivational stuff this week and we owe a lot to
Coach (Vince) Dooley, who talked to the team this week and set a tone for this
The "Cocktail Party" turned into a scoring fiesta for both sides in the first
Georgia jumped out to a 7-0 lead with six minutes left in the first quarter,
as Moreno rumbled in from two yards out. The entire Bulldogs team came off
the sidelines to celebrate in an apparently-orchestrated effort, drawing a
pair of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
Florida countered on its ensuing drive when Tebow launched a ball down the
left side to Murphy, who made a leaping catch at the left pylon for a 40-yard
score and a 7-7 game.
The Bulldogs took a 14-7 lead as Stafford laid out a beautiful pass for
Massaquoi, who ran alone down the right sideline on an 84-yard touchdown
reception two plays later.
After a pair of facemask penalties against Georgia on the kickoff, the Gators
were set up in Bulldogs' territory, but a bad snap over Tebow's head and a
pair of sacks put Florida out of field-goal range.
The ensuing punt put the Bulldogs at the one, and on the first play, Stafford
threw the ball right to Pierre-Louis for a 25-yard interception return and a
14-14 game seconds into the second quarter.
Brandon Coutu missed a 56-yard field goal on Georgia's next drive and Florida
took over on its own 39. Joey Ijjas completed the series with a 43-yard field
goal to give the Gators a 17-14 edge midway through the period.
Moreno's 10-yard run up the middle with less than two minutes in the half put
Georgia up 21-17, capping an 11-play, 65-yard drive, and the Bulldogs defense
held Florida to a three-and-out before the break.
"We battled hard and played well. It was a great game to watch, but a hard
game to lose," said Florida head coach Urban Meyer. "Momentum is a major issue
for us. The team has to continue to improve. We need to do a better job at
speeding up the progression of guys like Torrey Davis and Lawrence Marsh."
Georgia leads the all-time series, 47-37-2...Tebow was sacked six times and
rushed for minus-15 yards on 13 carries...Richt improved to 2-5 against
the Gators...Georgia hosts Troy next Saturday, while Florida hosts
Vanderbilt also next Saturday.
10/27 22:00:31 ET