If this is the last time junior quarterback Jake Fromm plays against the Florida Gators, he certainly went out in style. Fromm threw for 279 yards with a pair of touchdowns to lead No. 8 Georgia to a 24-17 win over No. 6 Florida in Jacksonville, Fla.
This was Georgia’s third straight victory against the Gators and sixth in the past nine years. Fromm has been the main reason for the Bulldogs’ success in the last two victories with five combined touchdown passes, four of them coming on third down.
Fromm found Dominick Blaylock for a three-yard touchdown on third down in the first quarter. He would continue to move the ball efficiently throughout the game, completing 20 of 30 passes. Then his second touchdown came in the fourth quarter when the junior found an uncovered Lawrence Cager for a 52-yard score to put Georgia up by 14.
“There’s been a lot of outside noise, and this has been a challenge to our guys to not listen to the outside noise but to really gel within our locker room,” Fromm said. “To come out and respond and play the way we did today, it really shows what our guys are made of, their hearts, and what we mean to each other.”
In addition to catching the long touchdown, Cager led the Bulldogs with 132 yards receiving on seven catches. Eight different players caught at least one pass from Fromm, with all but two netting 20-or-more receiving yards. On the ground, junior running back D’Andre Swift led the way with 86 rushing yards.
Almost All Kicks
It was all field goals in the first half, with the exception of the Blaylock touchdown early in the second quarter. Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship drilled two 30-plus-yard kicks, while Evan McPherson answered with a 38-yarder of his own.
With Georgia up 13-3 at the start of the second half, Blankenship hit his third field goal of the game to make it 16-3. Those were the only points between either team in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, quarterback Kyle Trask did everything he could to keep Florida in the game, hitting Van Jefferson for a 23-yard touchdown to bring Florida to within six. But a few minutes later, Fromm linked up with Cager for the big score to once again make it a two-possession game.
Freddie Swain would later find the end zone on a two-yard pass from Trask to bring the score to 24-17. But Florida was unable to get the ball back from Fromm and the Georgia offense, as a 22-yard completion to Eli Wolf on third down iced the game for the Bulldogs.
Georgia, now 7-1, moves closer to winning the SEC’s East Division for the third straight year as it pushes for an appearance in the College Football Playoff. Florida falls to 7-2 and now needs lots of help to win the East.
Next up, the Bulldogs host Missouri on Saturday, a team they have beaten five times in a row. The Gators will also return home to host Vanderbilt, who they have beaten in 27 of the 28 times they have faced off.