"We want to give the opportunity to get on the field and try to take advantage of some of that look". "So to come down on the field for the last two minutes of the game was pretty cool".
For Mullen, who returned to Gainesville after almost a decade at Mississippi State, the rivalry hasn't changed a bit.
If Alabama is out of the conference championship game race, it means Georgia doesn't have to pull off an incredible upset (because someone else did) to win the SEC title game. Florida gave the ball away three times and failed to force a turnover by Georgia.
Kudos to the Gators being in this game for three quarters. Both teams will enter the game with one conference loss each, and another would all but eliminate the loser from the national title race. Despite Florida's notoriety on the defensive side, the Gators have been terrible at stopping the run at times, ranking only 11th in the SEC. These two teams faced off in Jacksonville for their annual rivalry in an SEC top-10 matchup. One week after throwing four interceptions in a miserable loss to LSU, Fitzgerald completed 14 of 22 passes, including several big gains that swung the game in favor of the Bulldogs.
Florida exploded out of the locker room at halftime. "It really worked out for us during that drive".
Mississippi State 28, (16) Texas A&M 13: Nick Fitzgerald threw for 241 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores to lead the Bulldogs over the Aggies in Starkville, Mississippi. He finished 13-of-21 for 105 yards.
Georgia has spent the last two weeks stewing over their performance.
"Just to forget about it, things happen", Scarlett shared on what he did after the fumble. "You've got to fix those areas".
When the time came to show up, Florida didn't show.
Fromm has faced adversity before, bouncing back after a disgusting loss to Auburn last season, and leading the Bulldogs in a comeback over the Sooners in the NCAA playoffs. The Bulldogs were exposed in Baton Rouge, and that was the first time that they had seen a defense with that type of physicality. "But there are times in the game you look and say, 'OK, we're playing like the Florida Gators, like we expect to play, '" Mullen added. "There's a lot of fuel from that".
Holyfield and Swift combined for 175 on the afternoon, and the Bulldogs outgained Florida on the ground 189-170. Georgia could not run effectively and honestly just scratched their game plan far too early. Smart acknowledged that Florida has the best set of receivers that his team has faced this season, and the Gators will have their chances for explosive plays down the field.
Mullen and Smart are Lake Oconee neighbors, with summer homes in the posh community about 75 miles southeast of Atlanta. "It might've been our worst execution of the year, and I'm really disappointed with that. We got to make sure the lessons that are there to be learned are learned". "There's a whole bunch of coaches up there". Many thought this Gator team was a seven, or eight-win team at best. The Bulldogs were behind Clemson, Alabama, Notre Dame and MI, respectively, and they can not afford another loss if they want to remain in the conversation.
Next, the Bulldog defense conducted the first stop of the second half by either team.