SEC Football: Georgia Beats Florida in the Biggest Cocktail Party in the World

Alex FergusonSenior Analyst IIOctober 29, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 29:  Ben Jones #60 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts after winning the game against the Florida Gators 24-20 at EverBank Field on October 29, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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For the last few years, the only thing the Georgia Bulldogs felt when they came down to Jacksonville to face the Florida Gators was the boot on their behind when the Florida Gators kicked their butts. 

 It wasn't pleasant, heightened by 2010's crushing overtime loss that would have made any red-clad man cry. 

At first, it wasn't any different. The Georgia offense went from pretty inept to even more inept, matched only by a punting game that was meant to be focused on NOT kicking the ball to Jeff Demps. When Demps blew past the special teams players and celebrated in the end-zone, the Florida fans went crazy, and the score was 17-3.

But this wasn't the old Georgia team. That team probably would have sank at 17-3. Their defense livened up. The offense finally livened up, carrying an awful kicking game in Blair Walsh on its back all the way to take a 24-20 lead. Highlights included Aaron Murray's 4th and 6 pass to Tavarres King for a 14-yard touchdown in the third quarter and Richard Samuel's four-yard rush—helped by a Florida pass interference game that has become the pattern of Gator football this season—for a touchdown in the fourth.

 The defense—as it has done all season long—did the rest for the Bulldogs stopping wave after wave of Florida attacks - especially because the kicking game consistently started Florida drives 60 yards from home. 

 Was it pretty? Nope.

But the fans in Athens are much happier with Mark Richt, and at the moment, that's what matters!