Halftime update: Florida 14, Georgia 3

November, 1, 2008
11/01/08
5:31
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When you can't score touchdowns in the red zone, it's tough to win games of this magnitude.

But, then, give Florida's defense some props.

Florida took a 14-3 lead over Georgia into halftime after the Bulldogs managed just one field goal despite three trips inside the Gators' 20-yard line.

Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford has hurt Florida throwing the football between the 20s, but the Bulldogs have been a disaster once they sniff the Gators' goal line.

The Bulldogs' final three offensive plays of the half typify the team's performance. Knowshon Moreno was swarmed under for a 3-yard loss. Stafford then threw his worst pass of the half when he sailed one behind a wide-open Tripp Chandler in the end zone. And then on third down, Stafford's pass into the end zone hit Moreno in the face mask and bounced away.

For a team that's been one of the best in the country at making plays this season, Georgia has made very few in the first half of this game.

And in big games like this, special teams are often the difference.

Georgia place-kicker Blair Walsh missed two field goal attempts, the last one a 27-yarder that hit the left upright after Georgia had a first-and-goal at the 6.

Georgia coach Mark Richt also may have outthought himself after the Bulldogs pulled within 7-3 early in the second quarter. He elected to kick onsides, but the Gators were right there to recover at the 41. Florida took advantage of the short field and drove for a touchdown.

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