Florida cornerback Larry Kennedy's streak of consecutive starts was in danger of ending at 42 after he injured his knee Oct. 15 against Auburn.
Kennedy was expected to miss four to six weeks. Instead, he started Saturday wearing a brace on his left knee.
"I can't imagine myself missing a game," Kennedy said. "I didn't even think of it."
A few other Gators also returned from injuries, including defensive tackle Henry McMillian, who sprained his knee Oct. 1, and tailback Elijah Williams, who sprained his knee and ankle Oct. 8.
Williams said he was thrilled to be back.
"It was hard watching (the loss to) Auburn," he said. "I was just sitting on the sidelines, trying to cheer everybody on and trying to run here and there. I was not supposed to be walking. I had a big boot on."
But Williams said he may have reinjured his ankle Saturday.
Wide receiver Sorola Palmer, who sustained a pulled hamstring in practice early last week and was listed as questionable, also played.
Although the Gators have won the past five meetings, Georgia still leads the series 43-27-2.
"Luckily I got out of here without losing to Georgia one time," UF defensive tackle Ellis Johnson said. "They've got a big lead on us, so we're trying to catch up."
Dean calls the play
Even though he wasn't the starting quarterback, Terry Dean still was calling the shots early for the Gators. Dean, the team captain, called the coin toss.
A sellout crowd of 85,604 set a record for Florida Field and for the state of Florida.
Florida defensive tackle Ellis Johnson played his first game as a married man.
Johnson, a senior from Wildwood, married the former Simone Sutton on Thursday in a ceremony at the Alachua County Courthouse.
Tom Coughlin, the coach of Jacksonville's NFL expansion team, attended the game reportedly to look at Georgia quarterback Eric Zeier.
Saturday was the third of five straight home games for UF. Next week is homecoming against Southern Mississippi at 1 p.m.
_ MICHELLE THRESHER