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Georgia RB Brian Herrien ran hard in Saturday's game against Florida in Jacksonville

Georgia football game recap: Bulldogs defeat rival Florida, 24-17

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Georgia took a big step toward winning a third straight SEC East Division title with its third consecutive win over Florida.

The No. 8-ranked Bulldogs (7-1, 4-1 SEC) topped No. 6-ranked Florida (7-2, 4-2) 24-17 at TIAA Bank Field on Saturday.

Quarterback Jake Fromm was 20-of-30 passing for 279 yards and 2 touchdowns, while receiver Lawrence Cager had 7 catches for 132 yards with a TD and 2-point conversion catch.

The Bulldogs converted 12 of 18 third-down attempts in front of the crowd of 84,789 in Jacksonville, controlling the clock for 35:48 to Florida’s 24:12.

Cager’s 52-yard touchdown catch gave the Bulldogs a 14-point lead with 10:01 left, and after a Florida TD tight end Eli Wolf converted Georgia’s 12th third down with a 22-yard reception that sealed the win in the final minutes.

The Georgia defense held Florida to negative rushing yards until the Gators’ final drive of the contest, Florida finishing with 21 yards rushing on 19 attempts.

See how the entire game broke down below:


Georgia 24, Florida 17, 3:11: Freddie Swain 2-yard catch from Kyle Trask (Evan McPherson kick); Drive: 17 plays, 75 yards, 6:50. Key Play: Trevon Grimes four-yard catch from Trask to Georgia 2-yard line on fourth-and-2.

Georgia 24, Florida 10, 10:01: Lawrence Cager 52-yard catch from Jake Fromm (Cager from Fromm for 2-point conversion); Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 3:50. Key play: Cager 52-yard touchdown on first-and-10 after two third-down conversions on the drive.

Georgia 16, Florida 10, 13:51: Van Jefferson 23-yard catch from Kyle Trask (Evan McPherson kick); Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 3:58. Key play: Freddie Swain 6-yard catch on fourth-and-1 at UGA 29, to the 23.


Georgia 16, Florida 3, 9:45: Rodrigo Blankenship 27-yard Field Goal. Drive: 9 plays, 64 yards, 5:08. Key play: Lawrence Cager 30-yard gain to Florida 13.


Fromm: 11-19, 103, TD; Trask 6-11, 106

Swift: 13-56; Perine 3-10

UGA 177 yards, Florida 114 yards

UGA 19:44; Florida 10:16 T.O.P.


Georgia 13, Florida 3, 0:10: Rodrigo Blankenship 37-yard Field Goal. Drive: 7 plays, 48 yards, 2:18. Key play: D’Andre Swift 30-yard run to Florida 24.

Georgia 10, Florida 3, 2:40: Evan McPherson 38-yard Field Goal. Drive: 6 plays, 54, 2:03. Key play: Kyle Pitts 29-yard catch on first-and-10 at Florida 25 to Georgia 46.

Georgia 10, Florida 0, 4:43: Dominick Blaylock 3-yard catch from Jake Fromm (Rodrigo Blankenship catch); Drive: 10 plays, 59 yards, 6:19. Key play: Lawrence Cager 12-yard catch on third-and-6 at Florida 22.


Fromm 5-9, 53 yards; Trask 4-6, 54 yards

UGA 60 yards, UF 54 yards

Georgia 3, Florida 0,  3:58: Rodrigo Blankenship 31-yard field goal. Drive: 16 plays, 47 yards, 7:03; Key play: Lawrence Cager 15-yard catch from Jake Fromm on third-and-14 at UGA 36.

Georgia captains D’Andre Swift, J.R. Reed and Jake Fromm win the toss, defer, Florida captains Josh Hammond, Freddie Swain and David Reese elect to receive.


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