The Florida Gators are in the driver’s seat to Atlanta.
The Gators pounded the Georgia Bulldogs with a furious offensive effort in Saturday’s edition of the WLOCP, earning a 44-28 victory that was more lopsided than the score would likely indicate. As a result, Florida now leads the SEC East Division and with just a few weeks remaining, has forged a pretty path towards the SEC Championship Game.
Kyle Trask took command and stole the headlines on Saturday. Trask’s dazzling performance under center pushed him to a record performance at quarterback for the Gators and in SEC history, as well. He became the first player in the conference’s history to have four touchdown passes in five consecutive games. In addition to that, his four touchdowns brought him to 22, which is tied for the second-most through five games in the conference’s history. His mark tied him with last year’s Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow and fell just one shy of Tua Tagovailoa’s 23.
Furthermore, Trask is now alongside the likes of Danny Wuerffel (1996) and Rex Grossman (2001) as the only players in Gators history with multiple 400-yard passing games in a single season. Trask finished the day with 474 yards through the air, the second-most of any quarterback against the Bulldogs.
10 different Gators caught passes from Trask in his historic showing. His four touchdowns went to four difference receivers. Kemore Gamble, Justin Shorter, Trevon Grimes and, of course, Kyle Pitts were responsible for hauling in those touchdowns. Dameon Pierce picked up the other touchdown on the ground, and Evan McPherson hit field goals from 34, 50 and 51 yards out.
It was a demoralizing day for Georgia, whose quarterback issues plagued them. Stetson Bennett and D’Wan Mathis simply paled in comparison to Trask, as the two combined to throw for 112 yards on a 9-for-29 mark. They each tossed a touchdown pass, one to Kearis Jackson and Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint, but also threw a combined three interceptions. While it was Zamir White who got the party started, and while they collected 165 yards on the ground, the massive differentials in the passing game swung this game in the end.