Odds and Ends

The national buildup for Florida's game with Georgia stemmed from last year's Bulldog celebration. Supposedly Georgia's display and subsequent victory had broken the mental hold the Gators have held in the rivalry since 1990. In 60 minutes of total domination, Florida proved Saturday that was far from the case.

It was appropriate that the day after Halloween, Georgia suffered through the Blair Walsh Project. As so many Georgia kickers before him have in this game, the normally reliable Walsh suddenly faltered with misses from 27 and 37 yards. The 37-yarder would have gotten the Bulldogs on the scoreboard first, but instead Florida raced down the field and scored on Percy Harvin's 13-yard run. The Gators are now 28-1 under Meyer when they score first.

As frustrating as the misses had to be for Georgia, it was the made kick which proved the most devastating to their hopes. With the game 7-3 Florida, Bulldogs coach Mark Richt inexplicably opted for an onside kick attempt. Walsh hit it directly to Florida's Butch Rowley, who recovered it cleanly at the Georgia 41. Seven plays later Tim Tebow plowed into the end zone to make it 14-3 and give Gators control of the game which they never relinquished.


Florida led Georgia 14-3 at the half. The Gators improved their record under Meyer to 34-3 when leading at the half. Their only loss this season, to Ole Miss, is one of the three defeats.


The Gators would become the Eastern Division champions with a win against Vanderbilt next week. The Commodores are 3-2 in conference so far and had a bye this week.


Urban Meyer typically does not want extra attention paid to one of his players, but he gave Tim Tebow a designed curtain call in his hometown. Meyer sent Tebow in for the first play of a possession with just over 10 minutes to go in the game and then substituted John Brantley before the next snap. The junior For the day, Tebow was 10-of-13 for 153 yard with two touchdowns and ran for three as well.


Some injured Gators returned to the fold for this one. Left guard Jim Tartt was able to see some time, spitting reps with Carl Johnson. Tailback Emmanuel Moody got into the game during the fourth quarter, announcing his presence with a 28-yard run, and went on to have a team leading 71 yards on the ground.


With this win, Florida will get a boost in the BCS standings. Now they need to get help from their opponents as well. Saturday was a pretty good day on that front. Miami beat Virginia, Kentucky somehow staggered past Mississippi State, Ole Miss beat Auburn and Arkansas beat Tulsa. All of those will give the Gators strength of schedule a boost. Not everything was good for the Gators, as FSU lost their game with Georgia Tech and Hawaii lost to Utah State.


Perhaps hoping to channel some of Georgia's energy from last season, star wide receiver A.J. Green decided to do a little self-congratulatory dance after catching a 54-yard pass from Matthew Stafford. While the freshman's excitement about a big play is understandable, when you're down 35-3 celebrating is a highly questionable choice. To add insult to injury, Ahmad Black intercepted Stafford on the next play to set up Florida's sixth touchdown.


There had been speculation Georgia would opt for a "code red" all red pants and uniform combo against Florida. After their "blackout" beatdown against Alabama, the Bulldogs instead opted for their typical red tops and silver pants. Florida went with an all white combo.

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