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Jacksonville — Georgia's offense was unable to find paydirt for the second consecutive game, and the Bulldogs (5-3, 3-3) fell victim to five turnovers as they dropped a SEC East divisional contest to Florida by a 27-3 tally at EverBank Field in Jacksonville.

Junior Faton Bauta made his first career start, throwing for 154 yards on 15 completions but was picked off four times by a stout Gator secondary. Terry Godwin and Malcolm Mitchell each had four receptions in the contest, with Godwin totaling 42 yards and Mitchell boasting 60. The running game never quite found its legs, though, as Georgia was held to 69 yards on 22 carries.

Florida claimed control of the game early, jumping on top 20-0 before the intermission. They were first on the board as a muffed punt at the 5-yard line by Reggie Davis was recovered by the Gator unit in the end zone late in the first quarter. After extending their lead to 13-0 on a 66-yard pass from Treon Harris to Antonio Callaway, the Gators punched in their third touchdown with a short run at the goal line, set up by an interception returned to the Georgia 5.

The defense held Florida off the board for much of the second half, allowing a touchdown at the 7:10 mark of the game's final quarter. The final scoring drive came after the Bulldog offense appeared to gain some steam, marching into Florida's red zone before an interception kept Georgia from scoring.

Georgia's lone scoring drive came after a forced fumble by Davin Bellamy who had a strong game on the defensive side of the ball with a team-high seven tackles. Six plays later, Marshall Morgan split the uprights from 27 yards out to trim the deficit to 20-3. 

Sophomore Brice Ramsey received his first starting nod at punter for the Bulldogs and performed well, averaging 43.4 yards per punt on five kicks. Ramsey had one punt on the year coming into the game.

The Bulldogs return to Sanford Stadium for another SEC showdown next week when they will take on the Kentucky Wildcats.


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