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GAMEDAY College Football

Georgia 42, Florida 20

(AP Photo/John Raoux)

By MARK LONG
AP Sports Writer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Daijun Edwards and Kenny McIntosh ran for two touchdowns each, and No. 1 Georgia pulled away from Florida following a second-half scare to win 42-20 in the rivalry dubbed "the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party."

The defending national champion Bulldogs (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) looked to be in trouble when the Gators (4-4, 1-4) scored the first 17 points of the third quarter and turned a 28-3 deficit into a one-score game.

But the Dawgs answered with consecutive touchdown drives to seal their 10th consecutive victory. Georgia beat Florida for the fifth time in six years.

Edwards finished with 106 yards rushing. McIntosh added 90 on the ground.

Stetson Bennett completed 19 of 38 passes for 316 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Tight end Brock Bowers caught five passes for a career-high 154 yards, including a 73-yard score in which he hauled in a ball that tipped off linebacker Amari Burney.

Burney's luck turned in the second half when he forced a fumble that led to a field goal and then picked off a pass that set up Anthony Richardson's 78-yard TD pass to Xzavier Henderson.

Little else went the Gators' way. Georgia finished with 555 total yards against Florida's beleaguered defense and was 2-for-3 converting fourth-down plays.

Richardson threw for 271 yards and a touchdown for the Gators, who have lost 12 of their last 15 SEC games. Nearly half of Richardson's passing yards came on plays of 78 and 41 yards. Freshman Trevor Etienne ran for 53 yards and a score.

Georgia surely will celebrate this one after a day of mourning. Legendary coach Vince Dooley died Friday.

Dooley dominated the Georgia-Florida series during his coaching career, going 17-7-1 against the Gators. The most famous victory came in 1980, when Lindsay Scott hauled in a 93-yard touchdown pass from Buck Belue in the closing minute. The improbable 26-21 triumph propelled Georgia to a perfect season and their first consensus national title.

THE TAKEAWAY

Florida: Despite playing Kentucky and Tennessee tough earlier this season and then rallying against Georgia, the Gators have ground to make up in the SEC's Eastern Division. Napier knows it starts on the recruiting trail and losing five-star cornerback Cormani McClain on Thursday was a step back in Florida's rebuild.

Georgia: The Bulldogs struggled at times against Florida, most notably because of dropped passes, costly penalties and turnovers. Those are the kind of mistakes that could doom Georgia in close games as the toughest part of its schedule awaits. The Dawgs face No. 3 Tennessee, Mississippi State and 19th-ranked Kentucky the next three weeks.

SCOUTING PROSPECTS

Nine NFL teams were on hand to scout talent on both teams: Baltimore, Detroit, Jacksonville, Miami, Minnesota, the Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington. Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter surely ranks high atop everyone's wish list. He returned to action after missing the last two games with ankle/knee issues.

KEY INJURIES

Georgia standout linebacker Nolan Smith spent the second half in street clothes because of a shoulder injury. His position got even thinner when freshman Darris Smith was injured on the second-half kickoff, shaken up when Florida's Jack Pyburn drove him to the ground. Georgia right tackle Amarius Mims was helped off the field in the fourth quarter with a left knee injury.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter FlaUGa
UGa TD 7:15 Daijun Edwards 1 yard TD run (Jack Podlesny Extra Point) 0 7
UGa TD 1:30 Kenny McIntosh 2 yard TD run (Jack Podlesny Extra Point) 0 14
Second Quarter FlaUGa
UGa TD 12:36 Brock Bowers 73 yard TD pass from Stetson Bennett (Jack Podlesny Extra Point) 0 21
Fla FG 5:35 Adam Mihalek 52 yard field goal 3 21
UGa TD 0:17 Ladd McConkey 7 yard TD pass from Stetson Bennett (Jack Podlesny Extra Point) 3 28
Third Quarter FlaUGa
Fla TD 9:34 Trevor Etienne 3 yard TD run (Adam Mihalek Extra Point) 10 28
Fla FG 6:07 Adam Mihalek 26 yard field goal 13 28
Fla TD 3:31 Xzavier Henderson 78 yard TD pass from Anthony Richardson (Adam Mihalek Extra Point) 20 28
UGa TD 0:35 Daijun Edwards 22 yard TD run (Jack Podlesny Extra Point) 20 35
Fourth Quarter FlaUGa
UGa TD 11:44 Kenny McIntosh 4 yard TD run (Jack Podlesny Extra Point) 20 42
Team Stats
  Florida Georgia
First downs 20 26
  Rushing 6 12
  Passing 9 13
  Penalty 5 1
3rd Down Efficiency 4-16, 25% 6-12, 50%
4th down efficiency 0-3, 0% 2-3, 67%
Rushes-Yards 34-100 40-239
Passing Yards 271 316
Return Yards 60 52
Completions-Attempts-Int 18-37-0 19-38-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-29 0-0
Punts 6 3
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties - Yards 7-53 4-40
Florida Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Richardson 18 37 271 1 0
Georgia Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Bennett 19 38 316 2 2
Florida Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Etienne 11 53 4.8 1
M. Johnson Jr. 11 24 2.2 0
A. Richardson 11 19 1.7 0
L. Lingard 1 4 4.0 0
Georgia Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Edwards 12 106 8.8 2
K. McIntosh 16 90 5.6 2
B. Robinson 9 35 3.9 0
L. McConkey 1 7 7.0 0
S. Bennett 1 2 2.0 0
Florida Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
X. Henderson 5 110 22.0 1
J. Shorter 3 66 22.0 0
R. Pearsall 3 38 12.7 0
T. Etienne 3 20 6.7 0
M. Burke 1 14 14.0 0
T. Chiaokhiao-Bowman 1 12 12.0 0
M. Johnson Jr. 1 7 7.0 0
D. Zanders 1 4 4.0 0
Georgia Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Bowers 5 154 30.8 1
L. McConkey 4 51 12.8 1
D. Washington 3 47 15.7 0
K. Jackson 2 28 14.0 0
M. Rosemy-Jacksaint 2 22 11.0 0
D. Bell 2 19 9.5 0
K. McIntosh 1 -5 -5.0 0
Florida Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Perkins 1 0
A. Burney 1 0
Georgia Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Florida Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Crawshaw 6 278 46.3
Georgia Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Thorson 3 118 39.3
Florida Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
X. Henderson 1 12 12.0
Georgia Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. McConkey 1 7 7.0
Florida Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Etienne 2 48 24.0
Georgia Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Jackson 3 45 15.0
Florida Missed FG
Player Length
Georgia Missed FG
Player Length




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