Learning from last season: Florida

Why can't Georgia get over the Florida hump? Would 2001 be any different? Could Georgia take advantage of stupid Florida mistakes?

Florida was just too much for Georgia, again. This time, as in the past, Georgia had their chances to beat the Gators, but either coaching calls did not pan out as expected, or Georgia could not stop the Florida running game.

Actually, Florida had its way with Georgia in terms of moving the ball all game long. However, Florida continuously shot themselves in the foot with stupid, and sometimes questionable penalties (to the tune of 12 penalties for 106 yards).

Even with the gifts from Florida, including four Florida turnovers, Georgia could not get over the hump. Florida's Rex Grossman had a Heisman day, throwing for over 400 yards and two touchdowns. David Greene had his first non-super human effort of the year with "only" 258 yards and one interception.

The running game did not totally fail Georgia. But without Musa Smith Georgia was pretty useless in the running department. The Dawgs scored their only touchdown of the game on a one-yard Jasper Sanks plunge. Still, Georgia was mainly ineffective on the ground, as Sanks led the way for the Georgia running game with his 56 yards.

What we learned:

What we really learned was that Georgia, for yet another season, was not ready to take advantage of Florida mistakes and turnovers to get the win. Georgia was in the game the whole time, but never fully took advantage of Florida mistakes.

We learned that Georgia needs to be a lot more like Florida in that department. When Florida gets the ball after a turnover, it is amazing the amount of times that they score immediately. Georgia's offense is just as high powered as Florida's, but still has not figured out how to make top teams pay for stupid mistakes.

What was said:

"We had opportunities that we didn't take advantage of. Our defense played well, considering Florida has one of the top offenses in the country. We just stubbed our toe when we were in position to score." – Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt

"And we have spent a lot of time in this second half down in here (Florida territory) and just can't get anything." – Larry Munson after Georgia missed converting a 4th down in Florida territory in the 4th quarter.

"Florida is really good at tackling, they don't miss tackles." – Georgia sideline reporter Loran Smith

Dean Legge can be reached here: dean@dawgpost.com

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