Gators OVER Dawgs

Florida upsets Georgia last night in Jacksonville. Florida quarterback Rex Grossman had his best game of the season.

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 Gators' comeback.

Florida returns to action next weekend when the Gators travel to Vanderbilt for a 2 p.m. kickoff in Nashville.

Florida Quotes

Head Coach Ron Zook

Opening Statement…

"First of all the thing I told our football team is that's a good Georgia football team. You don't go 7-0 or win as many games as they've won without being a good football team. This is one of those games you can throw records out. It's 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 didn't. They did exactly what we've 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, we've got to get that corrected. The defense bowed up and played they way that had to play. I think anytime you're a good football team, you can do that. We are a good football team, we're making too many mistakes at times but we're 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 Jacob's injury…

"I believe it's an MCL, I don't want to speculate on that right now but that's what they think right now. It's going to be evaluated when we get back but there's not a need for an operation, so he'll miss next week, they said possibly four weeks. Taylor's a guy that will do what he has to do to get back. The fortunate thing is he's not going to have to be operated on.

On Carlos Perez, Kelvin Kight and other UF receivers stepping up…

"That's 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 you've been talking about. I'm proud of them, I'm happy for them, they got an opportunity and they stood up and made the plays that they had to make."

Georgia Quotes

Head Coach Mark Richt

On if this was the most frustrating game he's coached in: "I've 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. We're still in control (of making the SEC Championship game). We need to regroup and make sure that we don't 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 Georgia's injuries affected the outcome: "Oh, I don't know. That's just football. Everybody's got people injured."

On Georgia's trouble in the red zone: "I give Florida credit. They did a great job of defending us. We did not get it done. It's 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. It's the first time we've had some true adversity. We'll find out how unified we are. Now we'll find out what we're 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 weren't 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."


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