Good Day, UGA: The ‘Florida gambled! Florida gambled!’ edition

Jacob Eason will be looking to buck the trend of Georgia QBs losing their first start against Florida.

Good day, UGA. Welcome to your one-stop shop for all the relevant UGA football news and takes every Monday through Friday. Today, we look at the woes of UGA QBs in their first starts against Florida and relive “Fourth-and-dumb.”

The folks at the Paul Finebaum Show dug up this interesting tidbit about Georgia quarterbacks in their first starts against Florida:

Carter put up some big numbers in this game, but that was mostly in garbage time. Florida scored three touchdowns in the first quarter to get out to a 21-0 lead and never looked back.

David Greene, 2001 — 25 of 42, 258 yards, 1 INT

Greene was solid in his freshman effort in Jacksonville, and made quite the connection with Fred Gibson, who hauled in 7 catches for 131 yards. But Earnest Graham’s 131 yards on the ground kept Florida in control on its way to a 24-10 win.

Joe Tereshinski, 2005 — 8 of 21, 100 yards, 1 INT

Poor ol’ Joe T. can hardly be blamed for the 14-10 loss in 2005. It was the first start of his college career, filling in for the injured Shockley. He barely hit the 100-yard mark, but he did catch a touchdown on a pass from tailback Thomas Brown.

Matt Stafford, 2006 — 13 of 33, 160 yards, 2 INTS

Stafford is the most analogous QB to Eason. Both were superstar prospects from out of state with cannons for arms and expected to start, and win, in their freshman seasons. If Eason’s first Florida outing is anything like Stafford’s, Georgia is in for a long afternoon Saturday. The Gators won 21-14 on their way to the national championship.

Joe Cox, 2009 — 11 of 20, 165 yards, 2 TDs, 3 INTs

Here’s another in this late-aughts string of bad performances from games you want to forget. Tim Tebow was the height of his power and Tebow-ness, and the Gators won 41-17 on the way to another national championship.

Aaron Murray, 2010 — 18 of 37, 313 yards, 3 TDs, 3 INTs

Murray’s first start against the Gators was a mixed bag, as the Dawgs lost in a 34-31 thriller. If he had finished the game with 3 TDs and 2 INTs, we probably wouldn’t even be making this list. Will Hill’s interception of Murray in overtime negated UGA’s chance to score and allowed Florida to kick a field goal to win.

Huston Mason, 2014 — 26 of 41, 319 yards, 1 TD

Sometimes I forget how effective Mason was in his one season as Georgia’s starter. And he looked dang good in this game. Unfortunately, this also was the one game Will Muschamp’s offense actually worked, and the Gators ran for more than 400 yards to win 38-20.

Faton Bauta, 2015 — 15 of 33, 154 yards, 2 TDs

I’m still convinced the only reason Mark Richt played Bauta was to shut up complaining  fans — including this one — who wanted Bauta to start over Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey.


Great moments in Gator-hatin’: ‘Fourth-and-dumb’

Florida was still without its first SEC title in 1976, but a win over Georgia would secure it. At halftime of the ’76 game, it looked it would finally happen. The Gators led 27-13 and held all the momentum heading into the second half.

But Georgia scored to make in 27-20 early in the second half, seizing that momentum back. The Gators could see their first SEC title possibly slipping away, so, in a bid to keep Georgia from gaining steam, Florida coach Doug Dickey elected to go for it on fourth-and-1 from his own 29 in the fourth quarter. Take it away, Larry:

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