10/27: Florida vs. Georgia post-game report

No. 2 Florida Gators football (7-1, 6-1 SEC) dropped a sloppy game 17-6 to the No. 10 Georgia Bulldogs (7-1, 5-1 SEC) at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, FL. Georgia is now in the driver’s seat to win the SEC East while Florida is looking to regroup and still make something out of the 2012 season. Gators head coach Will Muschamp met with the media and provided some of his thoughts after the game.

HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS

» The victory gave Georgia consecutive wins over Florida for the first time since the 1980s when the Bulldogs won three-straight over the Gators from 1987-89.
» Muschamp is now 0-6 all-time in the Florida-Georgia series, going 0-4 as a Bulldogs player and 0-2 as head coach of the Gators. He is the first UF head coach since Galen Hall to lose more than one game to UGA in his career.
» Florida lost for the first time this season when trailing at the half (3-1).
» The Gators are now 1-5 under Muschamp when rushing for fewer than 100 yards.
» Saturday was the first time in 2012 that UF was outscored in the second half (10-3).
» After starting the year +11 in turnover margin, Florida’s season-long number fell to +8 as the Gators coughed up six turnovers in the game, three more than the Bulldogs.
» Florida has registered at least one interception in seven-of-eight games and picked up three on Saturday alone. It is the second time this season that UF registered three interceptions in a single game.
» The Gators lost their third game under Muschamp when holding an opponent to under 21 points and are now 2-6 under Muschamp when being out-rushed by an opponent.
» Florida was held without a touchdown in a game for the first time since Oct. 15, 2011 (at Auburn) and for the first time against the Bulldogs since 1988.
» The Gators were more efficient on third down (7-of-16 vs. 1-of-10), held the ball longer (33:41-26:19) and passed for more yards (185-150) than the Bulldogs. Florida, however, was outrushed 81-123 and coughed up three more turnovers
» UF entered UGA’s red zone four times on Saturday but amassed just six points by kicking two field goals and giving up a pair of turnovers.

PLAYER NOTES

» Redshirt senior kicker Caleb Sturgis scored nine points on three field goals Saturday, making him one of three players in school history to register more than 300 career points. His 302 points are third behind Jeff Chandler (368) and Tim Tebow (342).
» Sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel fumbled the ball thrice (lost two) and tossed two interceptions. He had only one interception on the season entering the game.
» Redshirt junior tight end Jordan Reed tied a career-high with five receptions and set a career-best with 74 receiving yards, though his fumble late in the fourth quarter was a black eye on his performance.

OPENING STATEMENT

Below is what Muschamp had to say at the beginning of the post-game press conference marking his first loss since Nov. 26, 2011.

“I’ve said all season long that we’re not a team that has a lot of margin of error. Six turnovers leads to 10 points – critical plays in the game. You got to rise up and those opportunities you have, you got to make those plays. You got to give [Georgia] credit; they did and we didn’t. Six turnovers. Wow. That’s tough to overcome.

“The turnover before half, we got to get points in that situation. We had a hard time establishing some things in the run game, and they’ve got some good players defensively. We’re just not quite there explosive enough-wise offensively to overcome…or any team…six turnovers, at the end of the day. That’s the end of the game, in my opinion, six turnovers. We got, I think, two field goals off two interceptions. We just can’t turn the ball over like that. That’s unfortunate.

“I felt like we did a nice job on the last drive. Jeff made some really outstanding throws and plays and gave us an opportunity to win the game. No one play loses a game. Great effort on Jordan’s part trying to get the ball in the end zone. We just got to do a better job with ball security. That’s really it. Ball security’s it.”

Read the rest of what Muschamp had to say…after the break!

INJURY UPDATES

Gators looked to be down on the field injured all game long. Though most eventually returned to the game, two never stepped back on the field on Saturday. Junior wide receiver Solomon Patton, who landed with his left arm trapped under his body when being tackled around the neck early in the game, is believed to have a broken arm and should be out the remainder of the season.

“That’s a guy that the defense has to account for on sweeps on end-around stuff like that. That’s a huge loss to us. That’s a guy who can make a big play at any time. We’re hoping he can recover from his injury,” Driskel said.

Redshirt junior Will linebacker Jelani Jenkins was forced out of a game for the third time this season after tweaking the injured hamstring that has already forced him to miss action. His status is currently unknown though the expectation is that he will be able to play sooner than later.

NOTES AND QUOTES

» On if the defense did enough for Florida to win: “We were in position. The third-down throw [for a touchdown] was a heck of a throw and catch on their part. We were in position to make it, but they made the play and we didn’t. Frustrating, but at the end of the day we’ve got to make those plays.”

» On the Gators’ having the run game stifled in consecutive weeks: “[Opponents are] loading the box. We’ve got to win down the field. We’ve got to win down the field.”

» On bouncing back from the tough loss: “That’s what I told the team in the locker room: ‘You’ve won well together. We’re going to find out how we handle adversity as a football team.’ 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. We got to regroup here. Our staff will get back in the office tomorrow and work and get the players back at 3:00 p.m. on Monday. I think we have good leadership on our football team, and I think we’ll be fine in the long run. 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, not disappointed with the effort but the ball security and some of the things we just got to move forward with.”

» On the holding penalty called on junior defensive end Dominique Easley that extended Georgia’s final touchdown drive: “I have zero comment on that one.”

» On how Florida has and can win football games this year: “I’ve said it through the entire year and I’ve preached it to our team constantly. We can’t go out and lay it on the ground six times. That’s to what we can do. We’ve got to take advantage of field position, which we didn’t. We’ve got to take advantage of turnovers, which we didn’t. We just got to go back and regroup. We’ve got a solid football team. We’re going to be fine. We just got to regroup and understand the things that we’ve got to do to be successful. We didn’t do that tonight. We didn’t do it.”

MUSCHAMP’s ANGER ON DISPLAY AGAIN

On Saturday, Muschamp was once again angry at the officials on occasion, but he was also furious over some questionable decisions that his players’ made over the course of the game. CBS slowed down his reaction to sophomore tight end Clay Burton either entering the game and being the 12th man on the field or forgetting to leave the field when a particular play was called. His presence drew an untimely penalty for Florida.

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17 Responses to “10/27: Florida vs. Georgia post-game report”

  1. joe says:

    Maybe the players think yapping after a play is ok because they see their coach continually yapping at the refs. Our play on the field right now speaks volumes especially on offense.

  2. Greg says:

    I know it wasn’t a game changing play or the reason UF lost but I’m extremely disappointed in the refs and Gary Danielson for not acknowledging the illegal use of hands on two occasions, one being extremely blatant. When Patton was tackled “around the neck” the GA player literally had a hold of Patton’s neck line of the helmet and even pulled his head up a little when standing back up. Sad to see Patton go out like that.

    • Gator John says:

      agreed. I was screaming at the TV as to why there was no flags. I have given up on Danielson ever being a decent commentator.

      • Jim says:

        Kind of reminds of a when a gator was trying to gouge at the eyes of a UGA RB 2 yrs ago and no flags. It goes both ways in a emotionally charged game like this. I`m not saying it`s right from either side but it happens so, don`t act like UGA players are the only ones who do it

        • Gator John says:

          While I in no way condone what Spikes did, there is a difference between being in a pile and the refs not seeing it, and allowing (at least twice) UGA players to make tackles above the shoulders. Now, I am not a ref, but I do believe it is a penalty to tackle someone around the head. It was in plain sight, which is why I wondered why there were no flags. If the refs had seen Spikes do what he did, he should have been ejected. But they missed it because of it happening in a pile of players.

      • texashedge says:

        No flags? There were definitely some BLATANT non-calls (the hold on Sharif Floyd during the opening TD, for one) but it’s also very hard to complain when UGA got 2x the penalty yardage we did. I wouldve liked to see some sort of horse-collar type flag on the Patton tackle but it just wasn’t clear – wasn’t a horse collar, wasn’t a facemask. Tough to call.

  3. STFUP GARY DANIELSON says:

    Gary Danielson was a loser himself, he thinks he knows everything there is about a game..oh and by the way can you tell he shows a terminal dislike for Florida….. but has he ever won any type of championship or title ?? ,,NOOOOOOOO he failed miserably on every team he played on….Gary I hope you read this .. SHUT UP FOR ONCE GARY !!!!

    • l. Holt says:

      I agree with the comments about Danielson. CBS needs to find someone else to comentate these SEC games. He is very hard to listen to because he never shuts up! I have heard this from alot of SEC fans not just Gator fans. Please CBS get rid of Gary.

    • caligator says:

      …on a MUCH lighter note, Tracy Wolfson must be the most attractive mother of 3 on Planet Earth.

      • STFUP GARY DANIELSON says:

        Thank you I Holt, Well he went to Purdue so his a Big 10 jerk !!! keep his ass up there making comments on them,, does anyone know how or where we can send this As*H*** a email ? His fat comouth needs to go to !!!

    • Gator John says:

      Danielson has to be the worst color guy ever. He knows everything about nothing. I turned down the sound and turned on the radio and listened to Mick instead.

  4. Walt P says:

    Wow those turnovers were redicules. Then the horrible calls wow.

  5. El Meester says:

    Some of you guys are hilarious. Danielson calls MANY UF games, yet the only time we hate on him is when we lose–likely because he was making legit criticisms about how we lost. Are we really going to call him a terrible commentator because he didn’t call the tackle on Patton illegal? Guess what: it wasn’t illegal. Violent, yes, but not illegal. Not sure what some of you wanted him to say.

    There’s a lot to talk about in this game, and we choose to talk about a guy who had absolutely no impact on the actual game. Anyway…

    GO GATORS! Let’s keep our heads up!

    • STFUP GARY DANIELSON says:

      No I think you might be thinking we are saying this because of a loss and there was nothing i mentioned about patton at all… so wrong answer, your the minority here on the Danielson comments , i fully know he does this to any “SEC” team win, lose or draw….. “Heads are always up”.. just cant stand a as*ho** like him…

    • Gator John says:

      If I have time, I am going to look up whether it was illegal or not, and if I am wrong, I will admit to it. But I have always been under the impression tackling a player around the head was a penalty. It happened at least twice, once to Patton and once to Driskel.

      And my distaste for Danielson goes back to when TT was still playing for UF. Danielson did those games with thinly veiled contempt for how Tim played. Win or lose, this guy is the worst.

  6. Geoff says:

    Gary Danielson may be the most annoying human being on this planet.. His hate for the gators is as transparent as that of a Tiger/Cane/Nole/Bulldog….ect….
    Im tired of it.
    That being said his remarks have no effect on what happens on the field. We were sloppy… add some horrible calls and we were dead in the water.
    We need to be more balanced on offense.. BOTTOM LINE.
    Love the D… they are probably the best unit in college football.. (other than maybe Bama).
    GO GATORS

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