Georgia vs. Florida: 10 Things We Learned in Bulldogs' Win
For the third straight year, the Georgia Bulldogs took down the Florida Gators in Jacksonville.
Players who needed to step up did just that, and when things got rough at the end, they came together and did not let the Gators take the game away from them.
The Bulldogs made their share of mistakes, and they need to get those mistakes corrected moving forward if they want to win out and have a chance to win the SEC East. But they got the win over the Gators, and they can now move on to the next one.
Here's 10 things we learned in the Bulldogs' win vs. Florida.
Todd Gurley Is the Team's MVP
At the start of the game, Todd Gurley provided a much-needed spark on offense, scoring the team's first two touchdowns in the first quarter.
But as the game progressed, Gurley got fatigued due to not working out because of the ankle injury.
But he still fought through all that and helped the Bulldogs burn the final eight minutes of the clock.
Gurley rushed for 100 yards on 17 carries, and he was not nearly 100 percent. In order for the Bulldogs to finish with at least nine wins this season, Gurley will have to put the team on his back.
Aaron Murray Is Still Clutch
Aaron Murray did not have great numbers, but he did enough to help the Bulldogs win.
He only threw for 258 yards and one touchdown, but he threw a big seven-yard pass to Rhett McGowan in the final series of the game, which led to a key first down.
Murray's overall record against the Gators is 3-1. He may not be able to win the SEC before he leaves, but he had his way against the Gators, which will be remembered by Bulldogs fans.
The Offensive Line Came Up Big
The offensive line has been criticized for the three losses the Bulldogs suffered this season.
But they don't get a lot of credit when the Bulldogs win. They should get a ton of credit against the Gators because they were able to push the defensive line around at the start of the game as well as the end.
Dallas Lee, John Theus, Chris Burnette, Kolton Houston, Kenarious Gates and David Andrews made Murray and Gurley's life a lot easier when it mattered the most. If they can continue to play hard for the remainder of the season, there is no reason the Bulldogs can't win out.
Gurley Is Also a Dangerous Receiver
Going back to Gurley, he is also a threat in the receiving game.
The sophomore led the Bulldogs with three receptions for 87 yards and one touchdowns.
One of the plays of the game came in the first quarter when Gurley scored on a 73-yard reception.
Gurley has not gotten too many touches in the passing game because he is so good on the ground. But as the receivers continue to get healthy, expect Murray to go to Gurley more through the air.
Marshall Morgan Is Much-Improved
Marshall Morgan had another strong game, as he made all three of his field-goal attempts. In fact, he has only missed two field goals at this point of the season.
Last year, Morgan missed six field goals and only made one of four field-goal attempts from 40-49 yards. This year, Morgan has made his only attempt from 40-49 yards and is 3-of-4 on 50 yards or more.
Shaq Wiggins Is the Team's Best Corner
The secondary is a work in progress, but Shaq Wiggins is emerging as the best cornerback.
He only had two tackles and did get beat on a few plays. But he did have one pass breakup and is starting to play with a swagger.
As the game got close, Wiggins began to be more confident and play more aggressive, which is the reason he did not get beat deep when the Gators needed a huge play.
Garrison Smith Played Huge
One of the strong points of the Bulldogs defense has been the play of the defensive line.
In the game against the Gators, Garrison Smith was the defensive lineman who was on another level.
The senior had three sacks to go along with his nine tackles. He was all over the field and gave Tyler Murphy fits all game long.
Ramik Wilson Could Be the Best Linebacker in the Conference
Ramik Wilson is no Jarvis Jones, but he has played solid football all season long.
Wilson led the Bulldogs defense with 11 tackles and one tackle for loss. Before the game, there was only one player in the conference who had more tackles than him.
Wilson plays sideline to sideline, and while he misses tackles from time to time, he has good enough speed to come back and make the tackle if the opportunity presents itself.
The Defense Did Not Play That Bad
This was the eighth consecutive game the Bulldogs have given up 20 points or more this season.
But in this case, the defense did not play a bad ballgame.
The defense only allowed 319 yards and sacked Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy five times. The reason the Gators were able to score 14 of the 20 points is they had a short field to work with on both scoring drives due to misuses by the Georgia offense.
The defense will more than likely be a work in progress all year long. But they had a pretty solid game against Gators, despite letting them nearly take the lead in the fourth quarter.
This Rivalry Has Shifted in the Bulldogs' Favor
With the Bulldogs now having a three-game winning streak against the Gators, they now have the upper hand in the rivalry. In fact, this is the first time since 1987-89 the Bulldogs have won three straight over the Gators.
After years of dominance by the Gators through the '90s and the 2000s, the Bulldogs have finally found a way to win in Jacksonville.
It's has been a roller-coaster year for the Bulldogs, but the win against Florida is one of the highlights of the season.
Hopefully, this win will lead to a much-needed winning streak so the Bulldogs can have a chance to play in the SEC title game for the third consecutive year.