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GAME 8: FLORIDA 47, GEORGIA 7 // Rivalry sustains another Dawg pounding in Jax

The rivalry between Florida and Georgia didn't really make it back to its native home when the schools met in Jacksonville. It made it only halfway.

Only half a game.

Only half a team.

And a crowd that appeared only half-interested.

Top-ranked Florida was missing eight key players _ six on defense and two on offense _ and still thumped border-rival Georgia 47-7.

"We haven't faced a lot of adversity on the field as far as a lot of real tight games this year," Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel said, "so to be able to face adversity off the field and not let it affect us, I think that's a good sign."

Lost for the season was senior center Jeff Mitchell, a three-year starter who broke a bone above his left ankle on the game's second play. Five defensive starters were new entries on the injured list, and two players served one-game suspensions for missing too many classes.

"We miss those guys who are not out here, but we have to concentrate on who is here," said sophomore Terry Jackson, who played running back and linebacker against the 'Dawgs. "We have a lot of players people don't even know about who can fill in and really contribute."

More than 84,000 people jammed into Jacksonville Municipal Stadium to see this 74-game rivalry return to the River City. They no doubt would have liked half their money back.

Florida failed to score on its opening possession for the first time but scored on its next five to take a 34-0 halftime lead.

Wuerffel became Florida's all-time passing yardage leader on a 16-of-23 effort for 279 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.

"I keep thinking it can't go that good, it can't just keep going on like that," Spurrier said of the Gators' first-half supremacy. "I'll be dad-gummed it keeps happening. Hopefully, it will keep happening the rest of the way. It just amazes me how well they play early, just about every game."