Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Meyer, Players Savor Big Victory; after Clobbering Georgia, UF Will Shift the Focus to Vandy

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Meyer, Players Savor Big Victory; after Clobbering Georgia, UF Will Shift the Focus to Vandy

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Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO

Florida's players and coaches certainly enjoyed the Gators' 49-10 rout of Georgia on Saturday.

Linebacker Brandon Spikes stood off by himself, pointed toward the delirious Gators fans in the stands, and smiled.

Quarterback Tim Tebow, who agonized over the embarrassing 42-30 loss to the Bulldogs in 2007, did a victory lap around Jacksonville Municipal Stadium and smiled throughout his postgame news conference.

"It doesn't get any sweeter than this," Tebow said.

Gators coach Urban Meyer received a bear hug and a kiss from his wife, Shelley, and was nearly bowled over by his daughters, Gigi and Nicole, as the Gators were singing the fight song moments after the game ended.

"We went home, and we enjoyed that win," Meyer said. "Wins are too hard to get, especially rivalry games. If I didn't do that, I'm sure I'd have some coaches come in here [and watch film of upcoming opponents]. My wife taught me that a long time ago. You go enjoy that darn win, and then you're here the first thing in the morning."

It gets pretty serious pretty quickly, though. Because of the Gators' rout of the Bulldogs, Florida is in position to wrap up the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division by beating Vanderbilt on Saturday. A victory would send Florida (7-1, 5-1) to the SEC Championship game in Atlanta on Dec. 6 to play the Western Division champ, likely top-ranked Alabama.

The Gators are also still in contention to play for a national championship for the second time in three seasons.

Florida, which moved up to fourth in The Associated Press rankings, rose to fifth in the Bowl Championship Series rankings.

Talk of playing for a national title is getting too far ahead, Meyer said.

UF's first task is Vanderbilt, a team the Gators have beaten 17 consecutive times.

The Commodores have lost three in a row after beginning the season 5-0, and they haven't scored more than 14 points in those losses.

"They're a very good team, the best Vanderbilt team since I've been here, and they've had some good [players], including first-round draft picks," Meyer said. …

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