Oct 27, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Jarvis Jones (29) and linebacker Christian Robinson (45) force a Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) fumble in the first half at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In the latest installment of the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, the Florida Gators experienced a hangover.
Todd Gurley put up 118 yards and a touchdown on the nation's 10th-ranked rushing defense, while Georgia's unit dominated from start to finish as the No. 12 Bulldogs upended the No. 3 Gators by a 17-9 score at EverBank Field to take over control of the SEC East race.
Led by three sacks and two forced fumbles by standout linebacker Jarvis Jones, a Georgia defense that allowed 436 rushing yards in its last two games -- a lopsided loss at South Carolina and a narrow win over Kentucky -- racked up six turnovers and stifled Florida's potent ground game to hand the Gators their first loss of the season.
The victory in turn placed Georgia (7-1, 5-1 SEC) in the driver's seat for a berth in the SEC Championship Game. The Bulldogs need only to win their two remaining conference matchups, a home date against Ole Miss next week and a trip to Auburn the following Saturday, to capture the division.
Florida (7-1, 6-1), which entered averaging 212.7 rushing yards per game, mustered just 81 rushing yards, while quarterback John Driskel threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles in a 14-of-26, 185-yard performance.
Georgia's Aaron Murray threw three first-half interceptions of his own while completing only 12-of-24 attempts for 150 yards, but came through with a 45- yard touchdown to Malcolm Mitchell that gave the Bulldogs a 17-9 lead with 7:11 left.