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Georgia defeats Florida 36-17 to win World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party

The Gators are now out of the SEC East picture.

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The Georgia Bulldogs bounced back in a big way. After scuffling in a 36-16 loss to the LSU Tigers two weeks ago, UGA defeated the Florida Gators in their annual meeting in Jacksonville. The Dawgs won the 2018 edition of the WLOCP 36-17 and, in doing so, knocked the Gators out of the SEC East race.

Georgia, who’ll now face off with the Kentucky Wildcats in an SEC East title game next week, romped Florida in the second half, outscoring their opponents 23-10. The game was close at the first half, 13-7 to be specific. And what’s more is that the Gators opened up shop by taking the lead in the 3rd quarter. Georgia roared back to score right after, and after the two teams traded field goals, UGA pulled away. Terry Godwin and D’Andre Swift scored late-game TDs to put the game out of reach.

Jake Fromm certainly played well, going 17-for-24 for 240 yards. Fromm threw three touchdowns, one to Godwin and two to Jeremiah Holloman, and tossed no interceptions. Swift played real well too on the ground, rushing for 104 yards and needed just 12 caries to get there. Elijah Holyfield got the bulk of the work, carrying the ball 20 times. But he only amounted 71 yards. But it made no difference as UGA outgained Florida on the ground, anyway.

UGA’s defense played one of their better games after slipping up of late. They held Feleipe Franks to just 105 yards on the ground and the Florida ground game to 170 yards on 37 carries. Lamical Perine had just 62 yards on 14 carries and the lone player to get on the board on a rushing TD was Franks. Jordan Scarlett had 56 yards on eight carries, meanwhile.

The win was obviously a big one for UGA as they now are a win away from another SEC East Division Championship. Florida is reeling a bit obviously after this loss, but they’re still showing tremendous strides in development. The Gators will no doubt be back in the future under Dan Mullen. But, Georgia should get all of the attention here for their efforts.