Florida one step closer to clinching SEC East with win over Georgia

Gators' D sparks lopsided win over Dawgs

ESPN college football reporter Adam Rittenberg breaks down Florida's 27-3 win over Georgia in Jacksonville. With the victory, the Gators are in the driver's seat in the SEC East.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Just go ahead and build that Jim McElwain statue outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

The already improbable first season for McElwain at Florida got even better, as his 11th-ranked Gators (7-1, 5-1 SEC) topped archrival Georgia, 27-3. The Gators didn't need much from their offense, but their defense and special teams were outstanding, forcing three turnovers, one of which resulted in a touchdown off a muffed punt by Georgia.

Quarterback Treon Harris wasn't as efficient as he was in the loss to LSU a couple of weeks ago, but he made several big plays in the face of pressure, including a desperation 66-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Callaway in the second quarter that put Florida up 13-0.

The Faton Bauta experiment at quarterback failed for the Bulldogs, as he threw for 154 yards with four interceptions. Georgia (5-3, 3-3) has now gone back-to-back games without scoring at least 10 points for the first time in 46 years.

Florida can clinch the SEC Eastern Division with a win over Vanderbilt at home next Saturday.

What this win means for Florida: The Gators are now a win away from claiming the East for the first time since 2009. Florida also has won back-to-back games over Georgia for the first time since 2009-10. Florida could be headed back to Atlanta for the SEC title game, but it needs to get more consistency out of Harris. Georgia schemed him well, but his inability to make quality throws in the pocket are an issue.

What this loss means for Georgia: Barring a massive Florida meltdown, Georgia is out of the East race. A division many thought would be dominated by the Bulldogs slipped away from them in the biggest games of the season, as Georgia lost to Alabama and East rivals Tennessee and Florida. The Bulldogs are at a crossroads with head coach Mark Richt, who hasn't won the SEC since 2005 and has a major issue at quarterback.

Player of the game: Florida running back Kelvin Taylor had his best game of the season, rushing for a game-high 115 yards and two touchdowns. Taylor consistently grinded out yards against a Georgia defense that just couldn't slow him down for most of the game. He sealed the win for the Gators with a beautiful 16-yard touchdown run with 7:10 left.

Stat of the game: With the Gators registering 258 rushing yards, Florida has outrushed Georgia 676-210 in its past two wins in the series.