Dawgs victorious in brawl with Gators 

October, 28, 2012
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Georgia’s game against Florida on Saturday was as much a back-alley brawl as it was a football game, but that's exactly what the Bulldogs believe they needed in order to come away with a 17-9 win over the Gators, ranked No. 2 in the nation.

After struggling for weeks to play with the toughness required of a championship-caliber football team, the Bulldogs challenged themselves this week to match the physical Gators punch for punch. And while the results were not entirely favorable -- the Bulldogs drew a whopping 14 penalties for a season-high 132 yards -- their vow to show off a nasty streak made an enormous difference.

“We got called out as a defense,” Bulldogs linebacker Michael Gilliard said. “Coach [Mark] Richt, he showed us what people on ESPN were saying about us, saying we’re soft and basically how the nation felt about us. So we wanted to come out as a defense as a whole and beat the No. 2 team in the country. And I feel like that’s what we did and we did a great job of it.”

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