Bull­dogs take bite out of Florida! The take­away

♦ Fromm throws 3 TDs, No. 7 Ge­or­gia beats No. 9 Florida 36-17

The Standard Journal - - NATIONAL SPORTS - By Mark Long AP Sports Writer

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 last 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.

The turnovers were the Ga­tors’ real un­do­ing dur­ing the Oct. 27 show­down.

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.

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 sig­nif­i­cant progress for the team to be­come a le­git­i­mate SEC con­tender.

Ge­or­gia: The Bull­dogs can clinch the SEC East next week at Ken­tucky. Af­ter stew­ing the last two weeks over the loss at LSU, they re­sponded in a big way.

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.

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).

/ AP-John Raoux

Ge­or­gia quar­ter­back Jake Fromm looks to throw a pass as Florida de­fen­sive line­man Cece Jef­fer­son, right, rushes dur­ing the first half of last Satur­day’s game in Jack­sonville, Fla.

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