Ga­tors un­able to over­come mis­takes as Bull­dogs ride 4th-quar­ter surge to win

Orlando Sentinel (Sunday) - - SPORTS SUNDAY - By Edgar Thomp­son Or­lando Sentinel

UF coach Dan Mullen ar­gues a call dur­ing the Ga­tors’ loss to the Ge­or­gia Bull­dogs Satur­day in Jack­sonville.

JACK­SONVILLE — It was an SEC heavy­weight matchup of top 10 teams, with ESPN’s Col­lege Game­Day on hand, 11 NFL scouts look­ing on and a na­tional TV au­di­ence tuned in to watch.

But the Florida Ga­tors were not quite ready big stage. Not yet, at least.

Coach Dan Mullen’s team showed enough fight dur­ing Satur­day’s 36-17 loss to the Ge­or­gia Bull­dogs.

The No. 9 Ga­tors (6-2, 4-2 SEC) also could not fin­ish as the No. 7 Bull­dogs found their stride dur­ing the de­ci­sive fourth quar­ter and never looked back.

“I don’t think we played very well,” Mullen said. “That might have been our worst ex­e­cu­tion per­for­mance of the year, and I’m re­ally dis­ap­pointed with that.

“We’ll learn as a team. You get in these big-game sit­u­a­tions right there you got to go ex­e­cute.”

The Ga­tors led the Bull­dogs (7-1, 5-1) for fewer than three min­utes, fol­low­ing a 36-yard touch­down strike from Feleipe

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