Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Dogs Run the Show; LB Jones Frustrates UF as Georgia Takes Command of SEC East

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Dogs Run the Show; LB Jones Frustrates UF as Georgia Takes Command of SEC East

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Byline: Hays Carlyon

Charley Trippi, Herschel Walker, Jarvis Jones.

In terms of the greatest Georgia Bulldogs playing their best against Florida, Jones now belongs.

Trippi ran and passed all over UF back in the 1940s. Walker ran over the Gators in the 1980s. Jones mauled Florida again on Saturday.

A year after making four sacks in Georgia's 24-20 win over UF, the junior outside linebacker had a legendary encore in store for the Gators.

Jones recorded a career-high 13 tackles, made three sacks, while also forcing and recovering two fumbles to lead No. 12 Georgia to a 17-9 Southeastern Conference win over the third-ranked Gators at EverBank Field in front of 84,644 fans. The Bulldogs posted consecutive victories over Florida for the first time since 1988-89 and finally took control of the rivalry back from the Gators.

The 6-foot-3, 241-pound Jones led a Bulldogs' defensive effort that forced six Florida turnovers. The Gators had turned the ball over four times all season prior to the game.

Georgia coach Mark Richt was so impressed with Jones' effort, he read his stats out loud at the beginning of his press conference. He also mentioned Jones wasn't fully healthy, as he continues to play through an ankle injury, as well as a groin strain.

"I think it's worth reading," Richt said. "He really led for us. He was more vocal this game then I've ever seen him. He really wanted this one badly. He did a good job of keeping the intensity up."

Georgia (7-1, 5-1) also took control of the SEC East with the victory and can clinch the title with wins against Ole Miss and Auburn. Florida (7-1, 6-1) has to beat Missouri on Saturday and hope for a UGa loss to advance to the SEC championship game on Dec. 1 in Atlanta as the East representative.

The Bulldogs will also make a jump in the Bowl Championship Series standings. Georgia was 10th this week, Florida was second in the BCS.

"I had a great game, but it's about what we did as a defense," said Jones, who was credited with 4.5 tackles behind the line.

"All of us did what we came to do. We beat the No. 2 team in the nation and it's a great feeling. I'm proud. This was a great Georgia win."

Fittingly, Jones helped seal the victory in the game's final minutes. Down 17-9, Florida tight end Jordan Reed caught a pass from quarterback Jeff Driskel, broke free of his defender and ran inside the Georgia 5-yard line. Reed hurdled a defensive back and was stripped from behind by Jones. The ball went deep into the end zone and was recovered by Sanders Commings for a touchback, sealing the victory for Georgia.

"No one play loses a game," Florida coach Will Muschamp said. "It was a great effort on Jordan's part trying to get the ball into the end zone. Just got to do a better job with ball security. …

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