Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

14 Florida Georgia 10; Gators Score on Their First Two Possessions

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

14 Florida Georgia 10; Gators Score on Their First Two Possessions

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FLORIDA: WHAT WENT RIGHT

Opening drive: The offense came out looking completely in sync, scoring on its opening drive for the first time all season. Surprisingly, run-challenged quarterback Chris Leak finished the impressive series with an option keeper for a touchdown.

Fake punt: Punter Eric Wilbur perfectly executed a fake on fourth-and-2 late in the third quarter, running over left tackle and cutting inside for a 20-yard gain to the Georgia 41. It came at a time when the momentum was swinging in the Bulldogs' favor.

Georgia's botched field goals: Brandon Coutu, the Southeastern Conference's leading scorer, missed two second-half field-goal attempts that might have enabled the Bulldogs to take the lead.

FLORIDA: WHAT WENT WRONG

Costly fumble: DeShawn Wynn's superb first-half running was offset by an untimely fumble at the Georgia 6, killing a chance to add to Florida's 14-3 lead.

Second-half stall: After gashing Georgia's defense for 116 rushing yards during the first half, Florida struggled to get the ground game untracked again. The only decent third-quarter run was a fake punt. The Gators continually missed chances to put the game away because the offense failed to finish drives.

THE KEY PLAY

The situation: Georgia's ball, trailing 14-10, about nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. First down and 10 on the Florida 33.

The play: Toss sweep right.

What was supposed to happen: With the Florida defense softened after a 19-yard run over left guard by Danny Ware, Georgia tries to go outside with a pitch to Thomas Brown.

What did happen: Florida defensive end Jeremy Mincey, a native of Statesboro, Ga., strings the play farther outside. Brown stops to attempt a cutback, but Mincey tackles Brown for an 8-yard loss.

Result: Two runs net 6 yards for the Bulldogs, and Georgia's Brandon Coutu attempts a 52-yard field goal that bounces off the right upright. Florida gets the ball back, drains four minutes off the clock, and Georgia doesn't threaten again. …

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