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Good Day, UGA: The gummy jaws of a toothless Gator Nation edition

Cy Brown

Good day, UGA. Welcome to your one-stop shop for all the relevant UGA football news and takes every Monday through Friday. Today, we begin a weeklong celebration of Gator-hatin’.

It’s HATE WEEK!

Which means it’s time for Early Cuyler’s “Stone Cold Lock of the Century of the Week.”

Throw out the records

Early just told us Georgia will win because of heart and uniform color, but his words may not quell the fear of many Georgia fans. Florida is on track to win the SEC East, while the Bulldogs are struggling to finish .500 in the division. The Gators are favored — I’ll tell by how much in a moment — but that doesn’t mean Georgia has little chance to come out of Jacksonville with a win.

When it comes to rivalry games such as Georgia-Florida, records tend not to matter. The Gators have upset the Dawgs on a few occasions (2002, 2003 and 2014 come to mind) but Georgia has a couple of unexpected wins in the rivalry as well. Here are two times that was the case in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.

2007: No. 20 Georgia upsets No. 9 Florida

We had to sit through Urban Meyer and Florida winning the national championship the year before, but 2007 was all about the Gator Stomp. Before the game, Mark Richt told his players, “That this was not going to be an individual celebration, but a team celebration.” When he said that, he meant for the 11 players on the field for the Bulldogs’ first score of the game to celebrate together. His players took it a different way. He didn’t know it at the time, but Richt had orchestrated one of the best moments in WLOCP history, and turned the tide in the Georgia’s favor. Roll the tape:

Georgia incurred two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties because of the mass celebration, but it didn’t matter. The dance in the end zone revved up the Bulldogs, and it was all Georgia the rest of the afternoon. Knowshon Moreno rushed for 188 yards as Georgia won 42-30.

2012: No. 10 Georgia upsets No. 2 Florida

In 2002, it was a loss to Florida that undid Georgia’s shot at a national championship. It took a decade, but in 2012, the Bulldogs got some revenge.

It was a sloppy game, with 9 turnovers between the teams. Most of Georgia’s offensive production came via the legs of Todd Gurley, who rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown. But this was a game decided by defense, and it came down to one player and one play.

With a little more than two minutes to go, UF tight end Jordan Reed caught a short pass, turned, broke free of a Georgia defender and headed straight toward the end zone. It looked like he would make it too, but Jarvis Jones got his hand in and knocked the ball away. Georgia recovered in the end zone and went on to win the game 17-9.

The line

The Georgia-Florida line — and, no, I’m not talking about that crappy band — is Florida -6.5.

ICYMI

Dawgs in the NFL

  • A.J. Green had 8 catches for 169 yards and a touchdown as the Bengals beat the Browns 31-17. Shawn Williams provided 5 tackles, a sack and an interception for the Cincinnati defense.
  • Matt Stafford passed for 266 yards and a touchdown in Detroit’s 20-17 win over Washington.
  • Todd Gurley rushed 15 times for just 57 yards as the Los Angeles Rams lost to the New York Giants in London. Alec Ogletree led the L.A. defense with 7 tackles.
  • Chris Conley caught 2 passes for 29 yards in the Chiefs’ 27-21 win over the Saints.
  • Blair Walsh hit a 45-yard field goal and an extra point for the Vikings in 21-10 loss to the Eagles.

Around campus

  • Three women’s tennis players — Eleni Christofi, Caroline Brinson and Kennedy Shaffer — are set for ITA Regional title matches on Monday after going a combined 5-0 on Sunday.
  • On the men’s side, junior Wayne Montgomery defeated fellow Bulldog Emil Reinberg (6-3, 5-6, 6-4) to advance to the ITA Regional final on Monday.
  • The soccer team beat Ole Miss 3-0 on Thursday, but lost a 4-3 heartbreaker to Missouri on Sunday.
  • The volleyball team went 0-2 this weekend, with a 3-2 loss to Texas A&M on Friday, and a 3-0 loss to Florida in Gainesville on Sunday.
  • The equestrian team collected wins over Tennessee-Martin and New Mexico State by identical 17-2 scores this weekend.

Good dog

Today’s good dog licks doors whenever he wants someone to let him outside. That isn’t how doors work, my dude!