Dawgs Throw Away Points

JACKSONVILLE – In a game filled with missed opportunities for Georgia, Matthew Stafford can't help but wonder if he threw away the Bulldogs' best chance at a comeback in what ended up a 49-10 Florida win.

Georgia failed to cash in on three red-zone chances in the first half, but trailed by just 11 when Stafford got the ball at his own 1 early in the third quarter. The Bulldogs drove to the Florida 30, moving the ball with ease, but Gators defensive back Joe Haden put an end to the rally with an interception he returned 88 yards, setting up a 1-yard Tim Tebow touchdown.

"We had a corner route called, and the guy read it, did a good job and made a great play," said Stafford, who finished 18-of-33 passing for 265 yards.

As it turned out, the play didn't end up meaning a lot in the final score, but at the time it was a devastating blow to the Bulldogs.

"It certainly killed a lot of momentum that we were gaining at that point. Not only was it an interception, but it was an interception for all that hidden yards. That's what killed us, and there was very little chance of keeping them out of the end zone at that point."

The quick shift in momentum turned into an avalanche of blunders for the Bulldogs, who turned the ball over three more times in the second half – including two interceptions by Stafford.

"From then on out, we were going throw it, and they know it and we know it, so it's a little easier for them," Stafford said. "We became one-dimensional just because of the scoreboard, but that still doesn't excuse it."

Florida scored 21 points off turnovers Saturday, and the Gators five touchdown drives in the half took a combined 5 minutes, 18 seconds, turning the close game into a blowout.

"We did it to ourselves," Stafford said. "Us turning the ball over, giving them the short field a bunch, we know they're a good football team, and they took advantage."

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