The Florida Gators shocked the nation on Saturday after defeating the No. 11 ranked Georgia Bulldogs, 38-20. The Bulldogs’ defense had no answer for the Gators’ rushing attack. Florida put up 418 yards on the ground which was the fourth best total in school history.
Florida running backs Matt Jones and Kelvin Taylor both had career days. Taylor ran for 197 yards and two touchdowns while Jones rushed for 192 yards and two touchdowns as well.
It was the first win against Georgia for Gators’ head coach Will Muschamp.
“Extremely happy and proud for them and happy for our fans to be able to enjoy this,” Muschamp said. “I know how frustrating it is for our fans. I hear it. I get their emails. I’m just really happy for everyone in the organization to know we won in dominating fashion.”
During the first quarter, Georgia running back Nick Chubb scored on a 39-yard run which put the Bulldogs up 7-0. It looked as if Georgia was going to have their way, but they were in for a rude awakening.
During the second quarter, the tide turned completely. Florida faked a field goal and scored on a 21-yard run by Michael McNeely, which changed the momentum of the game. Later on, Kelvin Taylor’s first touchdown run of the game put the Gators up 14-7.
The entire second half belonged to the Gators, who dominated on the ground. Gators’ quarterback Treon Harris attempted only six passes, while Taylor and Jones combined for 50 rushing attempts.
Simply put, the Bulldogs knew what was coming and could not stop it.
“We knew we were going to pound them and pound them and were going to keep pounding them,” Kelvin Taylor stated. “We weren’t going to be denied.”
The win marked Muschamp’s first in the rivalry. As a player and coach, he was 0-7 heading into Saturday’s game.
“I’m happy to win it,” Muschamp stated. “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. I’m on the ballot now. I’m just really happy.”
Georgia’s national title hopes are all but over after losing to the Gators.
Florida is trying to salvage another disappointing season and Muschamp is fighting to save his job.
The Bulldogs will look to bounce back this upcoming Saturday against Kentucky. Florida is hoping to continue their momentum versus Vanderbilt.
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