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Florida Gators run
all over Georgia Bulldogs

Written by Nick de la Torre, November 1, 2014, 3 Comments,
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Senior offensive lineman and Georgia native Max Garcia walked to the podium on Monday afternoon and gave Georgia the playbook.

“Last year against South Carolina when we had Skyler [Mornhinweg] in there we said we were going to run the ball until the wheels fell off,” he said. “If we have to do the same thing this year against every team then that’s what we’re going to do.”

The Gators ran but the wheels never fell off.

Florida’s 418 rushing yards were the fifth most ever surrendered by a University of Georgia football team. Matt Jones and Kelvin Taylor both had career highs (197 yards for Taylor, 192 for Jones) and the Gators ran the ball on their final 28-plays en route to a 38-20 win over Georgia.

“I feel like we’ve got, me and Matt Jones, we’re the top backs in the SEC,” Taylor said after a career night.

Jones and Taylor combined for a school-record 389 rushing yards and the 418 rushing yards that Florida gained against Georgia are the most under a Will Muschamp coached team.

Florida knew this would be the gameplan for two weeks. When Treon Harris was named the starter, Florida knew that they would need to protect their freshman quarterback in what would be the most raucous atmosphere he’s ever faced.

Will Muschamp said he went to the offensive line meeting room this week and turned his attention to D.J. Humphries, “You played in the game as a freshman, do you remember what it felt like?” He asked his starting left tackle. “Now imagine you were playing quarterback.”

The offensive line took the onus on their shoulders this week to protect the quarterback. With the Gators only attempting six passes in the game, protecting the quarterback didn’t come in the form of pass pro, rather getting a push so that the running game would be the only weapon the Gators needed all game.

“We were pretty much left with no option but to run the ball,” senior center Max Garcia said. “I felt like, as an offensive line, we had to put the game on our hands and stick to the gameplan, not shy away, not get nervous or anxious. We went in there with a gameplan and we executed.”

Florida’s only option, according to Garcia, turned out to be the only one they needed. After playing their worst game of the season against Missouri, the offensive opened up running lanes wide enough for the team bus to drive through and the backs had a field day.

“I was like, ‘is this real’? If y’all are gonna keep giving me that I’ll keep gashing their ass,” Taylor said. “Our offensive linemen, those guys did great. I can’t credit those guys enough.”

Florida came into the game with a simple plan; run the football until the wheels fall of. The wheels didn’t and this formula may just carry them the rest of the way this season.

All week leading up to this game the players said that playing Georgia was personal. What’s more personal than running the ball 60 times to just six passes. It’s an offensive lineman’s dream.

“Love the contact. I love to drive people against their will,” Garcia said. “As offensive linemen you have to do that. When I do that and put someone on their back that’s the best feeling in the world, just knowing I can overpower a man like that.”

Florida piled up rushing yards and literally ran the fans in red right out of the stadium. It was a sight to behold and one that the team noticed, savored and enjoyed watching from the opposite sideline.

“You see the red sea turning into turquoise, out there with those seats. I enjoyed seeing that,” said Garcia. “Sometimes you need something to look at when you’re on the sideline and just seeing that; it’s a real nice sight seeing that their fans are leaving.”

“I’m so proud of Gator Nation for sticking behind us and sticking with us throughout the whole game also. Being able to celebrate it with the fans, that’s something I’ll never forget.”

Nick de la Torre

About Nick de la Torre

A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC

  1. malscottNovember 2, 2014, 12:46 am

    It’s hard for me to think back four years, but that might have been Muschamp’s biggest win. Nice team unity. Great defense, great all around. For me, that takes the sting out of an otherwise miserable season to date. I’m so happy for the players AND the coaches. Muschamp got to do it his way, albeit, with (6.5 per carry ) and a cloud of dust! Good stuff. Go Gators.

  2. scooterpNovember 2, 2014, 1:01 am

    Great execution. Players showed up..,. Very proud. The running game was amazing. Offensive Line played great. Where has this been? Now that your coaches head is on the chopping block, you come through? It was WMs decision to FINALLY go with Harris. More than Muschamp, Driskel was the one who lost the locker room after UT. The team is just different and plays with more urgency when Harris is under center. Driskel didn’t inspire and the team needed a different look. Not sure if it will save Mischsmps job, but when this team decides to show up they can compete with anyone. Great job today!

  3. snowprintNovember 2, 2014, 6:57 am

    I didn’t recognize the Florida team that showed up Saturday. Harris didn’t do much, but the team played unlike it had at any point in the year for him. This team now has a chance to win the East if Missouri stumbles. It’s possible, after all hey did lose at home to Indiana and this season is pretty wild. The team that showed up Saturday should be favored to win it’s next three games. I’d say they even have a chance to beat FSU, but I’m not going to get carried too far away with that unless Winston doesn’t play. Consistency is the key. This is the first time that UF’s backs have lived up to the hype, will it continue? Is a win over Georgia enough for Foley to retain Muschamp?

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Senior offensive lineman and Georgia native Max Garcia walked to the podium on Monday afternoon and gave Georgia the playbook.

“Last year against South Carolina when we had Skyler [Mornhinweg] in there we said we were going to run the ball until the wheels fell off,” he said. “If we have to do the same thing this year against every team then that’s what we’re going to do.”

The Gators ran but the wheels never fell off.

Florida’s 418 rushing yards were the fifth most ever surrendered by a University of Georgia football team. Matt Jones and Kelvin Taylor both had career highs (197 yards for Taylor, 192 for Jones) and the Gators ran the ball on their final 28-plays en route to a 38-20 win over Georgia.

“I feel like we’ve got, me and Matt Jones, we’re the top backs in the SEC,” Taylor said after a career night.

Jones and Taylor combined for a school-record 389 rushing yards and the 418 rushing yards that Florida gained against Georgia are the most under a Will Muschamp coached team.

Florida knew this would be the gameplan for two weeks. When Treon Harris was named the starter, Florida knew that they would need to protect their freshman quarterback in what would be the most raucous atmosphere he’s ever faced.

Will Muschamp said he went to the offensive line meeting room this week and turned his attention to D.J. Humphries, “You played in the game as a freshman, do you remember what it felt like?” He asked his starting left tackle. “Now imagine you were playing quarterback.”

The offensive line took the onus on their shoulders this week to protect the quarterback. With the Gators only attempting six passes in the game, protecting the quarterback didn’t come in the form of pass pro, rather getting a push so that the running game would be the only weapon the Gators needed all game.

“We were pretty much left with no option but to run the ball,” senior center Max Garcia said. “I felt like, as an offensive line, we had to put the game on our hands and stick to the gameplan, not shy away, not get nervous or anxious. We went in there with a gameplan and we executed.”

Florida’s only option, according to Garcia, turned out to be the only one they needed. After playing their worst game of the season against Missouri, the offensive opened up running lanes wide enough for the team bus to drive through and the backs had a field day.

“I was like, ‘is this real’? If y’all are gonna keep giving me that I’ll keep gashing their ass,” Taylor said. “Our offensive linemen, those guys did great. I can’t credit those guys enough.”

Florida came into the game with a simple plan; run the football until the wheels fall of. The wheels didn’t and this formula may just carry them the rest of the way this season.

All week leading up to this game the players said that playing Georgia was personal. What’s more personal than running the ball 60 times to just six passes. It’s an offensive lineman’s dream.

“Love the contact. I love to drive people against their will,” Garcia said. “As offensive linemen you have to do that. When I do that and put someone on their back that’s the best feeling in the world, just knowing I can overpower a man like that.”

Florida piled up rushing yards and literally ran the fans in red right out of the stadium. It was a sight to behold and one that the team noticed, savored and enjoyed watching from the opposite sideline.

“You see the red sea turning into turquoise, out there with those seats. I enjoyed seeing that,” said Garcia. “Sometimes you need something to look at when you’re on the sideline and just seeing that; it’s a real nice sight seeing that their fans are leaving.”

“I’m so proud of Gator Nation for sticking behind us and sticking with us throughout the whole game also. Being able to celebrate it with the fans, that’s something I’ll never forget.”

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