The Florida Gators found their offensive groove in the program's 24-10 win over the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field in Jacksonville on Saturday.
The Wildcats are riding a three-game winning streak after beating Missouri 35-21 on the road Saturday.
Instant Analysis now further examines the Gators' victory. Now two running backs short, the Gators need their two backs to last the full four quarters this afternoon thanks to an unfortunate situation where they will be without two of their backups for their biggest game of the season.
Florida later wasted out 5:33 of clock on its ensuing drive, capping it off with a 38-yard field goal by Eddy Pineiro to lift the Gators to a 24-10 lead with 4:24 left in the ball game. If he can manage the game and limit his mistakes, Florida's offense should be able to grind out points.
The 14th-ranked Gators announced Friday that Thompson won't make the trip to Jacksonville because of "some choices and decisions he's made". Scarlett led the way with 93 yards and a touchdown on the ground on 26 carries, while Callaway caught four balls for 42 yards to go along with a rushing touchdown on a jet sweep. Chigbu was unable to catch the pass, but Wilson was flagged for pass interference to give the Bulldogs a fresh set of downs at the Gators' 20-yard line.
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Eason's efforts were Georgia's only hope offensively against the Gators. The last time an unranked Georgia team beat a ranked Florida squad was in 1989. But overall, there were long stretches of stalled drives and negative plays. Several games in this series have been unpredictable - in 2014, Florida came in unranked, whereas Georgia had just one loss and was the No. 11-ranked team in the country. Jacob Eason threw for 346 yards and a touchdown in 27 of 40 passes. But with three home games left, Cal has a good chance at becoming bowl eligible if it can maintain its strong play in Strawberry Canyon.
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I'm not the kind of guy to be over critical of play calling. He's not flawless, but Del Rio can take the Gators to the places it wants to go to in 2016.
Unexpectedly, Georgia's struggles in the running game have forced the 6-foot-6 freshman to carry the offense on his shoulders multiple times this season. It was something anyone could see a mile away entering this game, that Georgia would have to lean on Eason despite the fact he's a true freshman.
Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio was one of the two players honored this weekend.
"I want to play our best game in all facets of the game, being able to be balanced on offense and being able to control the line on scrimmage on defense and play well in the kicking game", he said.
"It is great to get a win and I know our guys were fired up.to get a win", Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said. UF's two sacks came on blitz calls for cornerback Jalen "Teez" Tabor and safety Nick Washington.
As the No. 14 Gators (6-1 overall and 4-1 in the SEC) have done so often this season, they got it done with defense Saturday.