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4th Q: Georgia is terrible; UF 49, UGA 10

JACKSONVILLE -- The Georgia Bulldogs have completely given up here at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. UF quarterback Tim Tebow just tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Percy Harvin to give UF a 42-3 lead. There wasn't a UGA defender within 10 yards of Harvin when he caught it in the end zone.

The touchdown was set up by another interception by UGA quarterback Matt Stafford, his third of the game. Ahmad Black had the interception and returned it 64 yards to the UGA 25.

UF quarterback Tim Tebow rushed for his third touchdown of the game with 3:29 left in the third quarter to give the Gators a 35-3 lead. This one is done.

The eight-yard touchdown run was set up by a 20-yard fumble recovery and return from UF defensive lineman Terron Sanders. Moreno fumbled the ball at the UGA 30-yard line and Sanders returned it to the 10.

Sanders' big defensive play came a few minutes after UF cornerback Joe Haden intercepted UGA quarterback Matt Stafford at the UF 12 and returned it 88 yards to the UGA 1. Tebow scored on the next play to give Florida a 28-3 lead.

Big play for the Gators here in the third quarter at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.

Florida cornerback Joe Haden intercepted a pass from UGA quarterback Matt Stafford at the UF 12 and returned it 88 yards to the UGA 1 with 7:54 left in the third quarter.

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow rushed for a one-yard score on the next play to give the Gators a 21-3 lead.

UGA kicker Blair Walsh, a freshman from Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons, missed his second field goal of the first half with less than two minutes to play. The 27-yard attempt hit the right upright. Walsh missed a 38-yard field goal in the first quarter.

UGA had their chances at the end zone during the drive. Stafford missed a wide open tight end on first-and-goal from the UF 6. On third down from the 9, UGA running back dropped a pass in the end zone.

Drive's key play: Georgia quarterback loosed a downfield missle to receiver Mohamad Massaquoi on third-and-19 to give UGA a first down at the UF 6. The impressive throw came one play after UF linebacker Brandon Spikes and UF lineman Jermaine Cunningham combined for a 10-yard sack.

Tim Tebow became Florida's career rushing touchdowns leader with 7:26 left in the first half. His two-yard touchdown run gave UF a 14-3 lead.

Tebow has 37 career rushing touchdowns, or one more than UF great Emmitt Smith, the NFL's all-time rushing leader. Georgia great Herschel Walker holds the SEC career rushing touchdowns record (49).

Georgia gave Florida excellent field position on the drive with a failed on-side-kick attempt. It was an ill-conceived play by the Bulldogs and Florida started its drive at the UGA 40. The drive's key play was an 18-yard pass to tight end Aaron Hernandez, which gave UF the ball at the UGA 22.

Georgia kicker Blair Walsh cut the Gators lead to 7-3 with 11:18 left in the second quarter with a 35-yard field goal. Walsh missed a field goal on Georgia's opening drive. Georgia's scoring drive featured a 26-yard pass to Prince Miller on a UGA third-and-10.

Florida receiver Percy Harvin gave UF a 7-0 lead with 20 seconds left in the first half on a 13-yard option play. Georgia's defense failed to cover the play properly and Harvin jogged into the end zone following a well-timed pitch from Tebow.

The drive's key play was a penalty by Georgia defensive lineman Jarius Wynn, whose penalty for illegal hands to the facemask of UF offensive lineman Carl Johnson nullified an interception by Tebow. Instead of turning the ball over, Florida received a first down on the UGA 13.

While Florida's offense spurted early, Georgia pieced together a successful drive but couldn't convert when freshman kicker Blair Walsh of Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons missed a 38-yard field goal wide left with 5:16 left in the first quarter.

Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes set the tone early for the Gators with a punishing hit on Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno. Moreno attempted a rush up the middle and Spikes met him in the backfield and speared him to the ground. Spikes then got facemask to facemask with Moreno and jawed for a few seconds before officials broke it up.

UF freshman cornerback Janoris Jenkins started for the Gators.

Florida took the field enthusiastically for its pregame warm-up. The players shot a few Gator chomps to the UGA band before meeting near midfield. Tebow chest bumped UF offensive coordinator Dan Mullen at full speed and knocked over the coach.

Florida freshman cornerback Janoris Jenkins tested the integrity of his bruised right shin about 75 minutes before kickoff here at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.

Jenkins spoke with UF cornerbacks coach Vance Bedford briefly, pointing to his shin, before jogging back into the locker room. Jenkins did not warm up with his fellow cornerbacks. Jenkins injured his shin during the first defensive series against Kentucky last week.

Should Jenkins be unable to perform today, back-up cornerback Wondy Pierre-Louis will get the start. Pierre-Louis started in 2007 and was a first-string cornerback through the first three games of the season. He was replaced in the line-up by Jenkins during the Gators win against Tennessee.

Georgia is wearing its traditional red jerseys and silver pants. Florida is wearing all white.

Members of the Orange Bowl Committee were on hand Saturday in Jacksonville. In addition to the Orange Bowl, the Orange Bowl Committee is also hosting the BCS national championship game this season.

Confused about his personal identity, Jack the bulldog ended his own life today two hours before kickoff here in Jacksonville. This is the last known photograph taken of Jack the bulldog before he jumped into the St. Johns River and floated out to sea. We'll miss you Jack. He was four in dog years.


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