No. 8 Georgia stops No. 6 Florida in battle of SEC rivals

Jake Fromm threw two touchdown passes, and Georgia allowed just 21 rushing yards as the eighth-ranked Bulldogs defeated No. 6 Florida 24-17 on Saturday at Jacksonville, Fla.

Rodrigo Blankenship kicked three field goals for the Bulldogs (7-1, 4-1), who took possession of first place in the Southeastern Conference’s East Division with four weeks remaining in the regular season.

The SEC Championship Game between the East and West Division winners will be played Dec. 7 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

The decision virtually was sealed when Fromm teamed with tight end Eli Wolf for a 22-yard pass play on third-and-7 with 2:53 left and Florida without a timeout.

Fromm completed 20 of 30 for 279 yards in beating Florida for the third straight year.

Kyle Trask finished 21 of 33 for 257 yards and two TDs for the Gators (7-2, 4-2). He became the first Gators quarterback in 10 years to throw for two or more TDs against Georgia.

Trask’s 2-yard TD pass to Freddie Swain cut Georgia’s lead to 24-17 with 3:11 remaining. The play finished a 17-play, 75-yard drive in 6:50.

Fromm found Lawrence Cager down the left sideline with a play-action pass that became a 52-yard scoring play with 10:01 remaining. The quarterback then connected with Cager on the two-point conversion for a 24-10 advantage.

Trask hit Van Jefferson with a 23-yard TD pass to cut Florida’s deficit to 16-10 at 13:51 of the fourth quarter. It culminated a nine-play, 80-yard drive in 3:58.

Blankenship’s 27-yard field goal created a 16-3 advantage with 9:45 to go in the third quarter.

The Gators had minus-8 yards rushing through three quarters.

Fromm’s 3-yard scoring pass to Dominick Blaylock and Blankenship’s two field goals helped Georgia build a 13-3 halftime lead.

The Bulldogs converted 8 of 11 third-down attempts in the first half, when the Gators were 0-for-4 on their tries. Georgia also limited Florida to 8 yards rushing (on nine attempts) during the first 30 minutes.

Florida pulled within 10-3 on Evan McPherson’s 38-yard field goal at 2:40 of the second quarter.

Fromm’s scoring pass to Blaylock gave Georgia a 10-0 lead with 4:43 remaining in the second quarter. The 10-play, 59-yard drive took 6:19 and included a 12-yard, third-and-6 pass completion to Cager that was ruled a catch despite video replay clearly showing the ball hit the ground.

Blankenship kicked a 31-yard field goal at 3:58 of the first quarter and a 37-yarder 14 seconds before halftime.

The Bulldogs managed just 7 yards rushing in the first period but allowed none.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)

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