Stephen M. Dowell, Orlando Sentinel
November 1, 2008
WHERE: Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
THE BUZZ: The Gators got revenge from Georgia stomping on their end-zone logo the year before with an inspired performance. The Gators defense caused havoc all day, forcing Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford into three interceptions and running back Knowshon Moreno into a costly fumble. The Gators never trailed after Percy Harvin scored on a 13-yard run late in the first quarter.
KEY PLAY: With Georgia surging downfield, cornerback Joe Haden jumped a route and returned an interception 88 yards, setting up a 1-yard Tim Tebow touchdown and a 21-3 lead. Tebow accounted for five touchdowns on the day, two passing and three rushing. Harvin's return was the fourth-longest in school history.
STARS: Harvin caught a touchdown pass and rushed for another, while wide receiver Deonte Thompson caught his first career touchdown as a Gator.
STATS: This was Florida's largest margin of victory in the Florida-Georgia series since a 47-7 win in 1996.
QUOTE: To me, the rules say you've got three timeouts per half. They can use as many as they want. It's in the rules. They used their timeouts, and they have a right to do that." --Georgia Coach Mark Richt about when the Gators called two late timeouts despite the 39-point lead.