Dawgs fall to Florida in 27-3 loss

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer

JACK­SONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida will hold off rais­ing a glass for at least an­other week.

Kelvin Tay­lor ran for 121 yards and two touch­downs, An­to­nio Call­away de­liv­ered an­other huge play and the 11thranked Ga­tors beat ri­val Georgia 27-3 Satur­day to move a step closer to the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence ti­tle game.

The Ga­tors dom­i­nated the “World’s Largest Out­door Cock­tail Party” by hold­ing the Bull­dogs to 223 to­tal yards and a field goal.

“It should have been a shutout,” de­fen­sive tackle Jon Bullard said.

It was good enough for Florida’s sec­ond straight

win in the sto­ried se­ries and 20th in the last 26 years.

This one left the Ga­tors (7-1, 5-1) one con­fer­ence vic­tory from clinch­ing the East, which is big part of coach Jim McEl­wain’s edict of “restor­ing the or­der” by get­ting Florida back to SEC promi­nence.

“I don’t ex­pect to lose,” McEl­wain said. “We should never go into an event think­ing we’re go­ing to come in sec­ond. The one thing you learn real quickly in this busi­ness is there are no par­tic­i­pa­tion rib­bons. It doesn’t mat­ter who we play, we go in with a mind­set that we’re go­ing to put a plan to do what­ever it takes to win the foot­ball game.”

The Ga­tors can wrap up the East by beat­ing Van­der­bilt next week. If that hap­pens, Florida would earn its first trip to At­lanta since Tim Te­bow’s se­nior year in 2009.

Georgia (5-3, 3-3) has few, if any, math­e­mat­i­cal chances of win­ning the East. The loss was nearly as ugly as that 28-point de­ba­cle at home to Alabama in early Oc­to­ber and surely will turn up the heat on long­time coach Mark Richt.

“If you are a leader in any way, shape or form, you are go­ing to be crit­i­cized, in good times and in bad times,” said Richt, who fell to 5-10 in the se­ries. “That’s part of it. ... Our jobs as head coaches are very, very pub­lic and very, very emo­tional be­cause you have so many peo­ple who care so much about their pro­gram.”

Richt’s de­ci­sion to change quar­ter­backs did noth­ing to spark a sput­ter­ing of­fense. Richt benched Greyson Lam­bert, who failed to throw a touch­down pass against Van­der­bilt, Alabama and Mis­souri. But in­stead of turn­ing to backup Brice Ram­sey, Richt called on Fa­ton Bauta to make his first ca­reer start.

“We felt like Fa­ton per­formed well enough to get the nod, and that’s what we did,” Richt said.

The ju­nior from West Palm Beach com­pleted 15 of 33 passes for 154 yards, with four in­ter­cep­tions. His third came in the end zone, with Georgia try­ing to make it 20-10.

“You have to learn to take the pos­i­tives away from it,” Bauta said. “You sit there and think you’re the worst player of all time, that’s not go­ing to help. It’s not good. Ob­vi­ously a bad start, but it’s a start.”

Mak­ing things tougher on Bauta, the Bull­dogs man­aged just 69 yards rush­ing. Sony Michel car­ried 13 times for 45 yards.

Florida put the game away mid­way through the fourth, thanks to Jor­dan Scar­lett’s 60yard scam­per and Tay­lor’s 16yard score. Tay­lor put an an­kle- break­ing move on cor­ner­back Malkom Par­rish be­fore find­ing the end zone for the 10th time this sea­son.

Tay­lor ran for 197 yards and two touch­downs against Georgia last sea­son, but hasn’t been nearly as good since. He vowed this week, though, to put to­gether an­other big game. And he de­liv­ered — in the sta­dium his fa­ther, re­tired NFL run­ning back Fred Tay­lor, called home for 11 sea­sons.

“Based on what’s hap­pened, we ought to make this our home sta­dium for him,” McEl­wain said. “He’s done a heck of a job here.”

The Ga­tors built a 20-0 lead at half­time thanks to three huge plays — one from the of­fense, one from the de­fense and one from spe­cial teams. Nick Wash­ing­ton re­cov­ered a muffed punt in the end zone. Treon Har­ris scram­bled and found Call­away for a 66-yard score down the side­line. And Ver­non Hargreaves III re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion to the 5, set­ting up Tay­lor’s first TD.

The Ga­tors coasted from there, mov­ing oh-so-close to “restor­ing the or­der.”

“It’s not about think­ing about go­ing to the cham­pi­onship,” McEl­wain said. “It’s about what do we do right now to get bet­ter be­cause the cham­pi­onship will never come if we don’t take care of the now. And our guys are get­ting that.”

John Raoux/AP

Florida wide re­ceiver An­to­nio Call­away (81), right, runs for a 66yard touch­down play af­ter catch­ing a pass in front of Georgia safety Johnathan Abram

Stephen B. Mor­ton/AP

Georgia quar­ter­back Fa­ton Bauta (10) is pres­sured by Florida de­fen­sive back Mar­cus Maye (20) dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NCAA col­lege foot­ball game, Satur­day, Oct. 31, 2015, in Jack­sonville, Fla. Bauta was in­ter­cepted in the end zone on the play....

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