JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Not again.
Shortly after Gators fans across the country cracked a beverage and lined up their in-game assortment of munchies, Florida dug itself a seven-point hole. A wholesale pre-snap shift on Georgia’s first play from scrimmage left the Gators out of position defensively, and running back Zamir White made a 75-yard house call. It was unlikely anyone finished their first refreshment or picked up a second chicken wing by the time Florida went three-and-out, then surrendered a six-play, 61-yard drive punctuated by Stetson Bennett’s 32-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint.
A little over three minutes in, Georgia bullied the Gators to the brink of disaster. Again. Exactly like the last three games of this series – all of which saw the Bulldogs build double-digit leads before Florida changed the zero next to its logo on the TIAA Bank Field scoreboard.
Head coach Dan Mullen saw a group of shell-shocked Gators on the edge of the same cliff Georgia shoved them off repeatedly with Kirby Smart on the opposite sideline.
These Gators pushed back, though. Not again, they said.
“We need to score here,” redshirt sophomore receiver Justin Shorter told his teammates. “We have to get this going.”
On the ensuing offensive possession, junior