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Dawgs Can't Keep up with Gators

JACKSONVILLE - Georgia fell 24-10 to No. 14 Florida on Saturday afternoon at Everbank Stadium.

The game proved to be a defensive struggle as the Gators tallied 231 total yards while Georgia managed 164 total yards. 

"It is hard anytime when a team makes you one dimensional, it is hard to be successful" said Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart. "It is frustrating because I thought we were really be able to run the ball in this game. I thought we could move them up front, then get a little rhythm and get the thing started. There were glimpses; a couple runs in there when we were running power. But nothing consistent and if you can't run the ball consistently then it makes you one dimensional" 

Defensively, sophomore cornerback Deandre Baker led Georgia with career-high 10 tackles and his first-career sack, while sophomore linebacker Roquan SmithClick here to hear it followed with nine stops. 

Freshman quarterback Jacob Eason went 15-for-33 on 143 yards with one touchdown. The Bulldogs leading receiver was sophomore Terry Godwin who had 57 yards on five receptions. Georgia running game was limited to 21 yards. 

In the opening drive of the game, Georgia safety Dominick Sanders intercepted Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio and returned it 31 yards to the Gator 25-yard line. The Bulldogs converted the turnover into a 25-yard field goal by redshirt freshman kicker Rodrigo Blankenship, the first score Florida has allowed in the first quarter this season. 

The Gators responded with a 19-yard touchdown reception by tight end C'yontai Lewis in the last minute of the first quarter to go up 7-3. 

In the subsequent drive, Eason found freshman receiver Riley Ridley for a 14-yard touchdown strike on 3rd-and-four to retake the lead, 10-7, at the 12:02 mark in the second quarter. The six-play, 75-yard drive included a 38-yard completion from Eason to wideout Terry Godwin followed by a Gator pass interference penalty to get inside the red zone. 

Florida headed into halftime with a 14-10 lead as tailback Jordan Scarlett punched it into the end zone from two yards out with less than two minutes left in the second quarter. 

At the half, the Bulldogs had 117 yards of offensive and the Gators had 133 total yards. Eason went 7-for-16 for 98 yards and a touchdown in the first half. 

Florida extended its lead to 21-10 with a four-yard rush by sophomore receiver Antonio Callaway at the 3:11 mark in the third quarter then added a field goal late in the fourth. 

Georgia finishes its road schedule at Lexington, Kentucky next week against Kentucky on November 5. The game will be featured on SEC Network at 7:30 p.m. ET. 


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