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Gators defense falters early, regressing against Georgia

Graham Hall
Special to The Sun

It didn’t take long for Florida’s defense, led by Todd Grantham, to regress in a demoralizing way from its strong showing against Missouri. 

After Evan McPherson’s kick-off gave Georgia the ball on the 25-yard line on the opening drive of the game, the ‘Dawgs’ offense dialed up a perfect play call from the jump. 

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Georgia running back Zamir White took the handoff 75 yards for the game’s opening score on the first offensive play of the afternoon, giving UGA a 7-0 lead less than a minute into the action.

Georgia Bulldogs running back Zamir White runs for a 75-yard touchdown against the Florida Gators' on Saturday in Jacksonville.

Any hopes the Gators had of evening the score on their first drive were squandered by a three-and-out, and Georgia’s offense subsequently regained possession inside UF territory with a chance to take a double-digit lead with more than 12 minutes remaining in the first quarter.

The Gators, currently ranked No. 8 in the Amway Coaches Poll, improved to 3-1 win a 41-17 rout of Missouri. Kyle Trask continued his excellent season with a four-touchdown-pass performance, two to receiver Kadiarius Toney.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs, ranked No. 5, are now 4-1 following a 14-3 win over Kentucky. Zamir White got the ground game going for Georgia, rambling for 136 yards and a touchdown.