For the first time in 8 trips to Jacksonville for this annual border war, Coach Will Muschamp left this game on the winning side. The final score was 38-20, but besides the first quarter of the game, UF dominated UGA with over 400 yards rushing. Former Publix grocery bagger, Michael McNeely, faked a field goal and ran 21 yards for the tying score in the second quarter to spark the Gators to 38 unanswered points. UGA had dominated the first quarter, but then missed a field goal in the cool and windy conditions in Jacksonville. The Dawgs defense also seemed in control of the game holding the Gators to a field goal attempt. Nick Chubb had rushed for over 100 yards in the first quarter, and Georgia had another turnover in their advantage. All of this momentum was erased when a walk on wide receiver ran for his life with an uncalled down field hold to help him score, and sparked his two running backs to rush for almost 400 yards and dominate the Dawgs the rest of the game.
Hutson Mason had his career high in passing yardage with 319 yards, but he would leave Jacksonville the second time this year without a win. Nick Chubb finished the game with over 200 all-purpose yards, and Brendan Douglas scored at the end of the game to make the final score 38-20. Kelvin Taylor looked like his dad (Fred Taylor who played at both UF and for the Jacksonville Jaguars) by rushing 25 times for 197 yards with a 65 yard TD run in the 4th quarter to put UF up 38-13, and put a final nail into the Dawgs coffin for the day. Taylor’s counterpart, Matt Jones also ran the ball 25 times for 192 yards, and both scored 2 touchdowns to dominate the Dawgs defense for the remainder of the game.
“I’m happy to win it,” Muschamp said. “It feels a lot better than the other side. I don’t think they’re going induct me into the Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame.” “We were going on a roll winning games,”
Senior Ramik Wilson said, “I guess we got too comfortable.” UGA entered the game as a 13 point favorite, but this game looked like the opposite of the 1997 game when UF was the heavy favorite and lost by a large margin. This rivalry game is usually close, especially in recent years. UF had the help of the zebras, especially in aiding in phantom picks for UGA defenders tackling UF. Pruitt’s Dawgs showed some bright spots, but were overshadowed by a team ready to make a statement. The Dawgs defense could NOT stop Jones and Taylor, and better be ready to go to Lexington to face UK. The Gators barely beat UK in OT earlier this season. UF travels to Nashville to face a down Vanderbilt this weekend. Both teams must win out in their SEC games, and hope for a Missouri loss to have a chance to go to the SEC Championship game.