No. 12 Georgia upsets turnover-prone Florida 17-9
Florida made it 10-9 on Caleb Sturgis’ 50-yard field goal in the fourth, but Driskel’s mistakes proved to be too much to overcome.
The Gators, who turned the ball over just four times in their first seven games, had four in the first 36 minutes Saturday.
And with Mike Gillislee (77 yards) mostly bottled up, the Gators had no choice but to put the ball in Driskel’s hands.
‘‘Six turnovers. Wow,’’ Florida coach Will Muschamp said. ‘‘That’s tough to overcome. We've got to find better ways to run the football, which we did in seven of eight games this year.’’
Muschamp noted all season how small his team’s margin for error was. It really showed as the Gators got behind early and failed to make a comeback. The Gators had been 3-0 when trailing at halftime, but they didn’t make the same successful halftime adjustments that carried them in wins against Texas A&M, Tennessee and LSU.
‘‘I think our guys were very serious about playing with intensity,’’ Richt said. ‘‘They played with physicality. They were accused of some things that guys don’t like to be accused of, and that probably helped motivate them.’’