- Mike DiRocco, ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Here’s an analysis of three key plays in Florida’s 17-9 loss to Georgia on Saturday.
The score: Georgia leading 7-6 late in the first half.
The situation: Second-and-goal at the Georgia 5-yard line.
Why it didn’t work: QB Jeff Driskel threw back across his body into a crowded end zone.
The breakdown: The Gators are in the shotgun, with WR Frankie Hammond lined up left and TE Tevin Westbrook lined up right. RB/FB Trey Burton and TE Jordan Reed are on either side of Westbrook and two steps behind him.
At the snap, Reed runs an in route in the middle of the end zone. Westbrook runs an in route in the front of the end zone. Burton runs to the 1-yard line and turns around. Georgia rushes five men. Initially the pass protection is good, but DE Garrison Smith stunts up the middle and breaks through. That forces Driskel to roll right, where he has to then evade NT John Jenkins.
Driskel gets to the sideline at the 15-yard line and throws the ball back across his body into the end zone. He’s trying to hit Burton, who had worked his way into the middle of the end zone. S Bacarri Rambo, who had started off by playing center field to help defend Hammond and then slid to his left to cut off a pass to Westbrook, sees Burton open and sprints to his left.
He intercepts the pass and returns the ball to the 10-yard line.
Going forward: It’s a lesson Driskel has to learn as he continues to develop as a quarterback: Not only should he never throw back across his body, he has to understand that the best thing to do is to fire the ball into the stands to preserve the scoring opportunity. Take the sure three points from a Caleb Sturgis chip-shot field goal.
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Here’s an analysis of three key plays in Florida’s 17-9 loss to Georgia on Saturday.Costly interception The score: Georgia leading 7-6 late in the first half.