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The Gators officially had seven penalties for 70 yards, but the number of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties was truly abysmal.
The emotion of the Georgia-Florida game was no doubt there. But there's a difference is showcasing that emotion in a good way and showcasing it in a stupid way.
The biggest example came when the game was already decided and Georgia was kneeling down to run out the clock. There is no reason why the Gators need to get a shot in to feel like they accomplished something. All it did was create unneeded drama and took away from the game.
One stupid penalty that ended up hurting the Gators was one play earlier when a personal-foul penalty was called on Darious Commings. Illegal hands to the face was the call, and it's one the officials got right.
Had the penalty not happened, Florida had Todd Gurley stopped on a third-down run, and Georgia was going to have to think about going for it on fourth down or kicking the field goal.
Let's also not forget the personal-foul penalty on Solomon Patton after a 3rd-and-goal on the Gators' first drive. Without that penalty, the Gators have an easier field-goal attempt than a 40-yarder. Instead, the field goal was missed.
Now, I'm not saying the Gators would have won, but they would have at least had a chance to let the play on the field decide the outcome as opposed to a penalty.