- David Ching, ESPN Staff Writer
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Here are three things we learned from Georgia's 23-20 win against Florida on Saturday.
Sloppy play still an issue: Maybe it's the lack of lineup continuity because of all the injuries Georgia is dealing with. Maybe it's simply a lack of discipline and consistency. Whatever the reason, the Bulldogs continue to shoot themselves in the foot with dumb mistakes. They were in total control of Saturday's game before Arthur Lynch dropped a lateral from Aaron Murray and then crouched with his hands on his helmet after what he thought was an incomplete pass. However, it was a live ball that Florida's Leon Orr alertly picked up and toted to the UGA 14-yard line. That set up a short touchdown drive where Florida cut the Bulldogs' lead to 23-10, and soon what was shaping up to be a rout was anything but a comfortable win.
Gurley makes it go: It's striking how big a difference All-SEC tailback Todd Gurley makes in the offense. The sophomore broke a 30-yard run on the Bulldogs' first drive and scored on a tackle-breaking 5-yard run. Then he capped the second drive by rumbling 73 yards for a score with a dump-off pass from Murray. He missed time afterward -- Georgia coach Mark Richt said Gurley was “gassed” after the long touchdown -- and didn't appear to be himself when he returned to the game. But even at less than 100 percent, he helped Georgia gain a couple of key first downs in the fourth quarter that allowed the Bulldogs to run out the clock.
East is still in play: Saturday's game, full of mental errors and penalties, hardly looked like it featured two teams who belonged in a championship game. And yet the victory keeps Georgia's hopes alive in the SEC East, while the loss basically eliminates the Gators. Missouri (4-1 in SEC play) and South Carolina (5-2) both rolled to conference wins Saturday so the Bulldogs (4-2) still need some help, but they did what they had to do to remain in the race.