No. 22 Georgia Hands Gators 24-20 Loss
Oct. 29, 2011
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The 22nd-ranked Georgia Bulldogs used a second half comeback to defeat the Florida Gators 24-20 in front of a boisterous crowd of 84,524 fans and nationally televised audience. With the win, Georgia improves to 6-2 on the year and 5-1 in the Southeastern Conference. Florida dropped its fourth-straight game to fall to 4-4 overall, including a 2-4 mark in SEC play.
Quarterback Aaron Murray finished with 169 yards and two touchdowns on 15-of-34 passing. Tavarres King led the Bulldogs through the air with three catches for 44 yards and a touchdown. Michael Bennett also recorded a touchdown. Isaiah Crowell finished with 81 yards on 18 carries to lead the team on the ground. Richard Samuel finished with 58 yards on 17 carries a touchdown.
Jarvis Jones led the team defensively, with five tackles, including four sacks for 27 yards. He also forced a fumble. As a team, Georgia recorded six sacks. Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams each recovered a fumble that resulted in a Georgia touchdown.
"I know that this was just a ballgame, but it felt like a lot more than that. We were able to get a few turnovers in the Florida territory and we made some clutch plays to win this game. I'm proud of the guys who stepped up and made plays. My goal was to get them to focus on their job and focus on playing for 60 minutes and come out with a win. I'm glad we were able to do that today."
After trailing 17-3, Georgia fought its way back, scoring two fourth down touchdowns to tie the game at 17 midway through the third quarter.
The first fourth down touchdown was set up by a fumble recovery by Rambo at the Florida 25-yard line. On fourth-and-five, Murray found Bennett in the end zone that made it a seven-point game at 17-10.
With six minutes left in the third quarter, Jones forced another Gator fumble, this time at the Florida 18. Murray threw again on fourth down, this time connecting with King for a 14-yard touchdown that tied the game at 17.
The lead didn't last long, as Florida's Andre Debose returned the kickoff 63 yards. The Georgia defense held strong, limiting the Gators to just a field goal that put Florida back on top 20-17.
The Bulldogs put together a nine-play, 45-yard drive to take a 24-20 lead that they would never relinquish. During the drive, Samuel picked up 23 yards, including a four-yard touchdown run.
Florida jumped out to 17-3 lead in the first half, with the only Georgia points coming from a 32-yard Blair Walsh field goal. One Florida touchdown came off a 99-yard kickoff return by Jeff Demps.
Georgia returns to the friendly confines of Sanford Stadium on Nov. 5 when it welcomes New Mexico State for homecoming. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., and the game will be televised on CSS