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BULLDOGS SHOVE GATORS AROUND ON GROUND

Florida's defense has been susceptible against the pass all year, but against Georgia, the Gators couldn't stop the run, either.

Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno ran the ball down the Gators' throats en route to 188 rushing yards and more than 200 yards of total offense in Florida's 42-30 loss to the Bulldogs on Saturday.

"We played lousy up front, that includes myself in the box," senior safety Tony Joiner said. "We just didn't stop the run."

Moreno's featured role came as a result of injuries to senior running backs Thomas Brown and Kregg Lumpkin. Moreno took advantage of his opportunities last week against Vanderbilt, rushing for 157 yards on 28 carries.

He followed that performance with an even better one against Georgia's biggest rival.

"Knowshon was awesome tonight," Georgia coach Mark Richt said.

Even when Florida knew the ball was going to Moreno - he carried the ball 33 times - the redshirt freshman pounded out yards against the youthful Gators defense.

"He's a shifty guy," Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes said. "They had great blocking up front. My hat goes off to the O-line. ... (Moreno) just hit the hole, and he runs real hard."

Georgia established the run early.

After taking over at Florida's 39-yard line, the Bulldogs handed off nine times - eight times to Moreno - marching down the field to score the opening touchdown. The Bulldogs did not attempt a single pass on the drive.

Not only did Georgia dominate the line of scrimmage, the Gators missed plenty of tackles.

On one second-quarter play, Moreno ran to the right, then reversed field to score a 10-yard touchdown. Florida coach Urban Meyer said the Gators missed at least three tackles on that one play.

"That's not Florida defense," Meyer said.

Coming into the game, the Gators ranked second in the Southeastern Conference and 15th in Division I-A in rushing defense at 94.4 yards per game. They allowed more than double that to the Bulldogs, yielding 217 yards on the ground.

Georgia scored touchdowns in all four of its red-zone possessions.

"We ran the ball well, and when he had to throw the ball, we threw the ball well," Moreno said.

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