Three takeaways from No. 8 Georgia’s win over No. 6 Florida

first_img Oklahoma State’s Tylan Wallace to miss rest of season with torn ACL, reports say GO GET IT Van Jefferson💪Florida (+6.5) makes this a one-possession game! pic.twitter.com/uZIRPBdOiW— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) November 2, 2019But Georgia wasn’t rattled by Florida’s comeback as the Bulldogs responded by scoring eight points in the final quarter to stay out in front.The intensity between these two powerhouses made for one of the most passionate rivalries in college athletics, and neither side disappointed this time around. Related News No. 8 Georgia took control of the SEC on Saturday after topping No. 6 Florida 24-17 in a heated rivalry matchup, and the Bulldogs are making a strong case for themselves in the race to the College Football Playoff.The Bulldogs held a comfortable lead through the first three quarters, but the Gators mounted a fourth-quarter comeback that began with an impressive touchdown catch by Van Jefferson. Here are three takeaways from the Bulldogs’ big win:Lawrence Cager maximizes Georgia’s potentialLawrence Cager separated his shoulder earlier this season and left his team’s lone loss of the season against South Carolina with rib issues, forcing him to miss the following game against Kentucky. But after taking time off to recover from his injury, the grad transfer assumed his position as Jake Fromm’s favorite target.Cager had a team-high 19 receptions for 245 yards and three scores following Georgia’s loss to the Gamecocks and exploded for seven receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown against Florida. His biggest play of the day came on a 52-yard reception in the fourth quarter.Patience is a virtue. ⏳Jake Fromm has all day to throw after the play-action fake and he connects with Lawrence Cager for the long TD❗️🐶 Georgia (-6.5) leads 24-10.pic.twitter.com/zkPHqGaN4L— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) November 2, 2019Pairing a healthy Cager with D’Andre Swift and Fromm makes for a dangerous offense that can compete with any team.Florida’s ground game was nonexistentThe Gators are a long way away from being elite rushers, but they’ll have to do better than they did Saturday to challenge their competition. While Florida was able to go toe-to-toe with Georgia in the air, its ground game was embarrassing.Florida tallied 21 net rushing yards and averaged a measly 1.1 yards per attempt in the contest. The Gators’ leading rusher Lamical Perine only managed 31 yards on 7 carries. Georgia wasn’t spectacular either, but the Bulldogs’ 119 rushing yards gave them a significant advantage.The Gators picked the wrong day to be a one-dimensional football team, and it could cost them in the long run. The game was won on third downGeorgia controlled the flow of Saturday’s game early on by dominating opportunities to convert on third down. Florida’s defense stayed on the field because the Bulldogs extended drives extremely well.Georgia converted 12 of its 18 third-down attempts while the Gators went 2-of-9 on their own chances. No third-down play was more important than the flat-footed throw Fromm made to seal the deal for the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter. The coaching staff kept trusting his arm ⁠— and it paid off in the end.JAKE FROMM 💪(via @CBSSports) pic.twitter.com/aUqoJRnJqM— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) November 2, 2019The Bulldogs still have No. 11 Auburn and Texas A&M on their schedule this year. Continued third-down success could make all the difference in how those battles pan out.last_img