Fromm, Hol­lo­man lead Ge­or­gia past Florida

The Bradenton Herald (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY MARK LONG

JACK­SONVILLE, FLA.

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 sea­son and the fifth time in the last eight years.

Ge­or­gia (7-1, 5-1 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) scored all four touch­downs on third down, gut-punch­ing the Ga­tors (6-2, 4-2) time and time again.

“That’s seven plays on the day that’s go­ing to make a rough day for you,” Florida coach Dan Mullen said.

Fromm com­pleted 17 of 24 passes for 240 yards, none big­ger than the two TD throws to Jer­maine Hol­lo­man. There had been talk that Ge­or­gia coach Kirby Smart would get highly touted fresh­man Fields more snaps fol­low­ing a 20-point loss to LSU. Fromm smashed those ru­mors.

“Jake is a high-qual­ity kid who works his tail off ev­ery day,” Smart said. “I’m sure he felt and heard the noise. He just con­tin­ues to work and get bet­ter.”

D’An­dre Swift de­liv­ered the knock­out blow with a 33-yard TD run with 4:39 re­main­ing, send­ing Florida fans scram­bling for the ex­its.

“It feels more spe­cial,” Fromm said, com­par­ing this vic­tory to last sea­son’s 42-7 romp. “This year it was a fight. We were able to en­joy it and re­spect it a lot more.”

Hol­lo­man beat C.J. McWil­liams twice in the same cor­ner of the same end zone. The Bull­dogs clearly picked on the sopho­more af­ter he re­placed Hen- der­son (back) on the first se­ries. Fromm seemed to search for him on third down.

“When you can’t get off the field, you get the re­sults we got to­day,” Florida de­fen­sive end CeCe Jef­fer­son said.

Florida 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-toHol­lo­man con­nec­tion and then pulled away late.

The Ga­tors failed to get a stop when they needed it in the fourth.

Turnovers were the Ga­tors’ real un­do­ing. Jor­dan Scar­lett fum­bled on the team’s open­ing posses­sion, and Fromm found Hol­lo­man three plays later. Franks threw an in­ter­cep­tion on the next se­ries. But the dag­ger was his fum­ble near the goal line.

THE TAKE­AWAY

Florida: De­spite an­other lop­sided loss to Ge­or­gia, the Ga­tors still have a chance to win 10 games this sea­son. It’s been a sig­nif­i­cant turn­around from Jim McEl­wain’s fi­nal sea­son, but Franks has to make more progress for the team to be­come a le­git­i­mate SEC con­tender. Ge­or­gia: Af­ter stew­ing the last two weeks over the drub­bing at LSU, the Bull­dogs re­sponded in a big way. They can clinch the SEC East next week with a

vic­tory at Ken­tucky.

GOAL-LINE STAND

Franks fum­bled try­ing to get the ball out of the shadow of his goal line late in the third and gave the Bull­dogs the ball at the 1. Ge­or­gia ran six plays from in­side the 2 and had to set­tle for a field goal and a 23-14 lead. The scor­ing drive: six plays, no yards and took 3 min­utes, 58 sec­onds.

“That has to be a record,” Jef­fer­son said.

“That just speaks vol­umes about my de­fense and the will and the hunger that have to not drop the rope and draw a line. … I’m pretty sure they were tired, but you could look at them and they just looked like the ‘300’ war­riors, ready for the next play.”

POLL IM­PLI­CA­TIONS

Florida will fall out of the top 10. Ge­or­gia prob­a­bly won’t have room to move much up, es­pe­cially with top-ranked Alabama and No. 4 LSU on byes.

RUN­NING STREAK

Ge­or­gia fin­ished with 189 yards rush­ing, in­clud­ing 80 in the fourth quar­ter. Florida had 170 on the ground. It’s the 13th con­sec­u­tive year that the team with more rush­ing yards won the game.

HUGE LOSS

Los­ing Hen­der­son was big be­cause the Ga­tors were al­ready with­out fel­low sopho­more Marco Wil­son, who in­jured his left knee in a loss to Ken­tucky in early Septem­ber. Hen­der­son and Wil­son were two of the best cor­ner­backs in the league. The Ga­tors al­ready were thin in the se­condary be­cause of in­juries to Brian Ed­wards and Quincy Len­ton, plus the loss of Randy Rus­sell (heart con­di­tion) and Justin Watkins (dis­missed).

UP NEXT

Florida be­gins a three­game home-stand against Mis­souri.

Ge­or­gia plays at Ken­tucky. The Bull­dogs have won eight in a row in the se­ries.

CUR­TIS COMP­TON AP

Ge­or­gia wide re­ceiver Jeremiah Hol­lo­man (9) gets past Florida’s C.J. McWil­liams for a touch­down catch dur­ing the first quar­ter Satur­day.

CUR­TIS COMP­TON AP

Ge­or­gia line­backer Tae Crowder, right, re­cov­ers a fum­ble by Florida quar­ter­back Feleipe Franks (13) on the Florida 1-yard line as de­fen­sive back Tyrique McGhee makes the hit dur­ing the third quar­ter Satur­day.

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