Gators beat down Bulldogs, 44-28, in Top 10 matchup in Jacksonville

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 8 Florida Gators beat down the No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon. The Gators won 44-28 over the Bulldogs at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.

This was the Gators first win in the series since the 2016 season when they won 24-10 over the Bulldogs. Georgia had won three straight before Saturday’s loss.

Florida Gators running back Malik Davis makes a reception against the Georgia Bulldogs
Malik Davis makes a reception against the Georgia Bulldogs (Photo by Florida Gators Football/Instagram)

Georgia leads the all-time series 53-44-2. This was Florida’s 42nd win in Jacksonville in the series.

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The Gators improved to 4-1 on the season. Now, with this win, the SEC East will likely now go through Gainesville.

The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 4-2 on the season.

Florida’s star tight end Kyle Pitts suffered a head injury right before halftime.

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Gators quarterback Kyle Trask went 30 of 43 for 474 yards. He had four touchdowns and one interception.

Dameon Pierce had 15 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown. Malik Davis had five receptions for 100 yards.

Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett went 5 of 16 for 78 yards. He had one touchdown pass and one interception.

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Due to a lackluster performance, Kirby Smart benched Bennett in replace of D’Wan Mathis, who started the season as the team’s starting quarterback. Mathis went 4 of 13 for 34 yards.

Mathis also had one touchdown pass and two interceptions.

Smart will have to make a quarterback decision before the team’s next game. It’s either going to be Bennett, Mathis, or transfer J.T. Daniels, who has not appeared in a game yet this season.

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Daniels transferred to Georgia in the off-season after appearing in 12 games over two seasons with the USC Trojans.

Zamir White had seven carries for 107 yards and a touchdown. Kearis Jackson had three receptions for 48 yards and a touchdown.

After Georgia led 14-0 in the first quarter, Florida went on a 44-14 run to end the game. 

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Pierce scored an aforementioned rushing touchdown for the Gators. Pitts, Kemore Gamble, Justin Shorter, and Trevon Grimes also caught touchdown receptions. 

Evan McPherson also made three field goals.

White scored a rushing touchdown for the Bulldogs. Jackson and Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint also had receiving touchdowns. 

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Eric Stokes also had a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown.

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