No. 7 Georgia beats No. 9 Florida, 36-17
Jake Fromm threw three touchdown passes, ending speculation about freshman Justin Fields supplanting him in the starting lineup, and No. 7 Georgia beat ninth-ranked Florida 36-17 on Saturday.
The Bulldogs took advantage of Florida’s three turnovers and an injury to cornerback C.J. Henderson to win the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” for the second straight year.
Fromm completed 17 of 24 passes for 240 yards, none bigger than the three for scores – all on third down. The first two went to Jeremiah Holloman, who beat C.J. McWilliams both times. The Bulldogs ( 7-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) clearly were picking on McWilliams after he replaced Henderson (back) on the first series.
There had been talk that Georgia coach Kirby Smart would get highly touted freshman Fields more work following a 20-point loss to LSU. Fromm smashed those rumors.
Florida (6-2, 4-2) took a one-point lead early in the third quarter – Feleipe Franks threw a perfect, 36-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Swain – but Georgia answered with another Fromm-to-Holloman connection and then pulled away late.
Franks fumbled trying to get the ball out of the shadow of his goal line and gave the Bulldogs the ball at the 1. Georgia came up short on six attempts from inside the 2 and had to settle for a field goal and a 23-14 lead.
Despite the impressive goal-line stand, Florida couldn’t get another stop. Fromm found Terry Godwin on another third down for a 36-yard score and a 29-17 advantage.
The Gators were in big trouble at that point because they’re not built to play from behind. D'Andre Swift delivered the knockout punch with a 33-yard TD run with 4:29 remaining, sending Florida fans to the exits.
No. 2 Clemson 59, Florida State 10: Trevor Lawrence threw four touchdown passes, and No. 2 Clemson handed Florida State its worst home loss in program history.
Lawrence completed 20 of 37 passes for 314 yards before staying on the sideline for good late in the third quarter. Tee Higgins and Amari Rodgers each had two touchdown receptions.
No. 8 Oklahoma 51, Kansas State 14: Kyler Murray passed for 352 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score to help No. 8 Oklahoma beat Kan- sas State at home.
No. 12 Kentucky 15, Missouri 14: Terry Wilson hit CJ Conrad for a 2-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the game as No. 12 Kentucky rallied from a 14-3 deficit in the fourth quarter for the win. No. 14Washington State 41, No. 24 Stanford 38: Gardner Minshew drove No. 14 Washington State to a 42-yard field goal by Blake Mazza with 19 seconds remaining to put the Cougars in sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 North with a victory at No. 24 Stanford.
California 12, No. 15 Washington 10: Evan Weaver returned an interception 37 yards and Greg Thomas kicked two field goals to lead California to a home win over No. 15 Washington.
Mississippi State 28, No. 16 Texas A&M 13: Nick Fitzgerald threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as Mississippi State knocked off No. 16 Texas A&M at home. Northwestern 31, No. 20 Wisconsin 17: Clayton Thorson ran for two touchdowns and threw for one.
Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm (11) looks to throw as Florida defensive lineman Cece Jefferson rushes during the first half Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla.