Scores

Final

(3) Florida 9

(7-1, 6-1 SEC)

(12) Georgia 17

(7-1, 5-1 SEC)

Coverage: CBS

3:30 PM ET, October 27, 2012

1 2 3 4 T
#3FLA 0 6 0 39
#12UGA 7 0 3 717

Top Performers

Passing: J. Driskel (FLA) - 191 YDS, 2 INT

Rushing: T. Gurley (UGA) - 27 CAR, 118 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Mitchell (UGA) - 5 REC, 74 YDS, 1 TD

No. 10 Bulldogs force six turnovers, upset No. 2 Gators

Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Shawn Williams' criticism will be remembered as a challenge.

And Georgia (No. 10 BCS, No. 12 AP) responded better than anyone could have expected.

Five days after Williams ripped his defensive teammates for playing too soft, the Bulldogs turned in their best performance of the season -- one that will go down in Florida-Georgia lore.

The Bulldogs stuffed the Gators (No. 2, No. 3) from every angle, forcing six turnovers in a 17-9 victory Saturday that left them on the cusp of the Southeastern Conference Championship Game.

Call it the World's Largest Outdoor Turnover Party, and it gave Georgia consecutive wins in the heated rivalry for the first time since 1989. These have to be two of the more significant victories of coach Mark Richt's tenure.

"I'd say we're not soft," Richt said. "The defense rose to the occasion. ... Our seniors played well, and I know it's a game they'll remember for the rest of their lives."

The victory, just the fifth in the last 23 meetings for Georgia, gave them a chance for even bigger accomplishments.

The Bulldogs (7-1, 5-1 SEC) can clinch the East and a spot in the conference title game with wins against Mississippi and Auburn the next two weeks.

If Georgia plays defense like it did against Florida -- it was the first time since 1988 that UGA held the Gators without a touchdown -- getting to Atlanta should be a mere formality.

"Shawn challenged us and we took it personal," Jarvis Jones said. "As men, when another man challenges you, it will be personal. The guys stepped up to the challenge."

The Bulldogs did little on offense until Aaron Murray found Malcolm Mitchell for a 45-yard touchdown with 7:11 remaining that put them ahead 17-9. Mitchell spun out of Loucheiz Purifoy's tackle attempt and went mostly untouched the rest of the way. Florida kept the drive alive with Dominique Easley's holding penalty on third down.

Georgia sealed it with -- what else? -- a defensive play.

Jones knocked the ball out of Jordan Reed's hands at the 5-yard line, and teammate Sanders Commings recovered in the end zone with 2:05 left.

Jarvis Jones

Daniel Shirey/US Presswire

Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, who forced a key fumble late, celebrates after the team's upset of Florida on Saturday.

"When I saw him make the first guy miss, I thought he was going to score," Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel said. "He didn't take care of the ball, just like the whole team didn't all night."

Jones had another huge game against Florida (7-1, 6-1). The junior, who had four sacks in last year's 24-20 victory, finished with 13 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles.

"I had a great game, but it's about what we did as a defense," Jones said. "All of us did what we came here to do. ... It's a great feeling."

Williams' harsh words didn't go over well with coaches and teammates. He probably had a point after Georgia allowed at least 20 points in six of its first seven games and gave up 206 yards rushing last week at Kentucky.

Jones missed that game with a sprained ankle. With him back, Georgia looked like a different defense, and it surely helped that Florida self-destructed at every turn.

The Gators got behind early. Driskel fumbled twice on Florida's first three plays. Georgia recovered the second one, which set up Todd Gurley's 10-yard touchdown run.

Driskel, who completed 14 of 26 passes for 185 yards, lost another fumble, threw two interceptions and was sacked five times.

His first interception came at the end of the first half and with the Gators at the 5-yard line. Driskel rolled right on second down and threw across his body and into the end zone. Bacarri Rambo picked off the pass.

Driskel's next drive ended the same way. Under heavy pressure, he floated one over the middle that Damian Swann intercepted. It set up a Georgia field goal that made it 10-6.

Wildcat quarterback Trey Burton fumbled on the ensuing possession, but Marshall Morgan missed a 37-yard attempt.

"We're capable of playing like this week in and week out," Jones said. "We should have been playing like this all year."

When the game was finished, Richt and his players celebrated in every corner of EverBank Field.

"I wanted to stick around and enjoy it," Richt said. "I wanted our players to enjoy it. When you have a game like that and you have the type of success we had, you want to celebrate. I don't think there's anything wrong with that. We definitely weren't trying to taunt anyone. We were just trying to celebrate with our fans."

Georgia had plenty of anxious moments before the party started.

The Gators intercepted three passes from Murray, who completed 12 of 24 passes for 150 yards, but managed just two field goals off those turnovers. Georgia also was flagged 14 times for 132 yards.

Florida made it 10-9 on Caleb Sturgis' 50-yard field goal in the fourth, but Driskel's mistakes proved to be too much to overcome.

The Gators, who turned the ball over just four times in their first seven games, had four in the first 36 minutes Saturday.

And with Mike Gillislee (77 yards) mostly bottled up, the Gators had no choice but to put the ball in Driskel's hands.

"Six turnovers. Wow," Florida coach Will Muschamp said. "That's tough to overcome. We've got to find better ways to run the football, which we did in seven of eight games this year."

Muschamp noted all season how small his team's margin for error was. It really showed as the Gators got behind early and failed to make a comeback. The Gators had been 3-0 when trailing at halftime, but they didn't make the same successful halftime adjustments that carried them in wins against Texas A&M, Tennessee and LSU.

Georgia did.

"I think our guys were very serious about playing with intensity," Richt said. "They played with physicality. They were accused of some things that guys don't like to be accused of, and that probably helped motivate them."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
FLA
UGA
1st Downs1514
Total Yards266273
Passing191150
Rushing75123
Penalties10-9514-132
3rd Down Conversions7-161-10
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers63
Possession33:4126:19

Passing Leaders

FloridaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Driskel15/271917.102
GeorgiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Murray12/241506.313

Rushing Leaders

FloridaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gillislee22773.5016
Hines144.004
GeorgiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gurley271184.4123
Marshall441.003

Receiving Leaders

FloridaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Reed57414.8022
Dunbar34013.3019
GeorgiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mitchell57414.8145
Brown23015.0018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERFLAUGA
TD12:02Todd Gurley 10 Yd Run (Marshall Morgan Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERFLAUGA
FG07:05Caleb Sturgis 38 Yd 37
FG02:43Caleb Sturgis 22 Yd 67
THIRD QUARTERFLAUGA
FG08:34Marshall Morgan 29 Yd 610
FOURTH QUARTERFLAUGA
FG09:41Caleb Sturgis 50 Yd 910
TD07:11Malcolm Mitchell 45 Yd Pass From Aaron Murray (Marshall Morgan Kick) 917

Research Notes

Florida turned the ball over 6 times on Saturday against Georgia. They turned it over just 4 times in their 1st 7 games.

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