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Dec 21st

Florida Gators Trick the Georgia Bulldogs 41-17

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84,604 fans cheered on Halloween night at the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium as the University of   Florida Gators crushed the University of Georgia Bulldogs 41-17.  This is the 74th anniversary of the annual event also dubbed as “The World’s Largest Cocktail Party” with RV City (fans with motor homes) showing up on the Wednesday prior to the Saturday game.
The Florida Gators received the opening kickoff and wasted no time scoring the games first touchdown on an 80-yard, 6 play scoring drive that took all of two minutes and thirty nine seconds on a Tim Tebow 22-yard pass to wide receive Riley Cooper.  This was only the second time this season that the Gators had scored a touchdown on their first offensive possession.  
The Gators kicker Caleb Sturgis kicked the point after and the Gators led 7-0.  This was Cooper’s fourth touchdown of the season, giving him the most touchdowns among the team receivers.

After the Gators stalled on their first offensive drive due to a holding penalty on the offense tackle, they punted.  With Tebow back on the field, the offense marched 92-yards on 11 plays for a second touchdown on a 29-yard strike to Cooper again. This was the longest offensive drive by the Gators this season.  With the point after good, the Gators led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Bulldogs got on the scoreboard courtesy of a 49-yard kick by Blair Walsh.  Bulldog quarterback Joe Cox connected with tight end Aron White and with the Walsh point after kick good, Gators led 14-10 with 10:42 left to play in the first half.  

The Gator offense took the field again and after stalling, Sturgis attempts and makes a 56-yard field goal.  After the Bulldog offense stalls and punts the ball away, Tim Tebow and the Gator offense has the ball with 2:23 left in the second quarter.  Tebow scores on a 23-yard designed quarterback keeper and with the point after kick, the first half ends with the score Gators 24; Bulldogs 10.

The Bulldogs take the second half opening kickoff.  The Gator defense strikes when AJ Jones intercepts Bulldog quarterback Cox at the Gators 19-yard line.  Again on a quarterback keeper, Tebow scores his second touchdown of the game on a 5-yard rumble.  With this touchdown, it is Tebow’s eight for the season and his 51st career touchdown.  This gives him the SEC career rushing record, surpassing Herschel Walker (49 total), the former great Bulldog running back.

The Bulldogs answer with a touchdown of their own, a 4-yard pass from Cox to Michael Moore capping a 79-yard, 14 play scoring drive.  The third quarter ends after Gator AJ Jones picks up his second interception from Bulldogs quarterback Cox.  The score at the end of three quarters is Gators 31; Bulldogs 17.

In the fourth quarter, the Gators defense picks up another interception, this time by Ryan Stamper.  The Gators add another 3 points courtesy of a 44-yard boot by Sturgis.  Georgia then inserts quarterback Logan Gray into the lineup and  his pass is picked off  by Brandon Spikes who returns it 5-yards for the Gators and the game’s  last score.  

The game final is Gators 41; Bulldogs 17.

With four interceptions and  mental errors that resulted in major penalties, Georgia did not play close to the error free football needed to defeat the undefeated Gators, again ranked number 1 in the nation.  

The Gators (8-0) take on Vanderbilt University Commodores (2-7) in the Swamp on November 7, 2009 at 7:15 PM EST and will be televised on ESPN2.  The Commodores were stung Halloween night by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (ranked 11th in the nation) 56-31.

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