No. 3 Florida falls to No. 12 Georgia 17-9
The realization quickly set in as the dejected Florida Gators gathered in the locker room Saturday night: now is when they’ll find out exactly what they’re made of.
No. 2 and undefeated Florida stumbled, struggled, and made uncharacteristic mistakes in volumes before suffering a 17-9 loss to No. 12 Georgia in front of 84,644 at EverBank Field Saturday.
It was Georgia’s (7-1, 5-1 SEC) second consecutive win over the Gators (7-1, 6-1) its first two-game streak since winning three straight from 1987-89. It was the first time since a 26-3-3 loss in 1988 that the Gators have lost to the Bulldogs without scoring a touchdown. And Georgia freshman Todd Gurley is the first player to rush for 100 yards (118) against the Gators this season.
Instead of earning its first SEC East title since 2009, the Gators’ fate now rests in Georgia’s hands. The Gators need a win over Missouri this week and a Georgia loss to either Ole Miss or Auburn to win the East. Also gone is the No. 2 ranking in the BCS standings and any hope of a national championship.
What’s left is four games and many questions about where this team goes from here.
“I told the team in the locker room: you’ve won well together, now we’ll find out how you handle adversity as a football team,’’ Florida coach Will Muschamp said.”We’ve done that very well in my time. We’ve got a bunch of down guys in the locker room, and I totally understand that. But we’ve got to regroup here. . . . We have good leadership on our football team and I think we’ll be fine. We just need to push through this. There’s no question there’s a lot of football to play. Very disappointed with the outcome of the game, but not disappointed with the effort. We’ve got to move forward.”