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Grading the game: Georgia shines again to stay unbeaten

Georgia's defense puts pressure on Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks.
Georgia's defense puts pressure on Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks. The Telegraph

Here is how Georgia graded out following its 42-7 blowout win over Florida.

Offense: A-

Georgia had its way with Florida on the ground to the point where only seven passes were called. Yes, Georgia won by 35 points and kept the passing attempts in single digits. While Jake Fromm did throw an interception, he completed four of those passes for 101 yards and had a 17-yard touchdown to Javon Wims.

But the run game put on a show once again, with Georgia mauling Florida up front. Sony Michel needed only six carries to run for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Nick Chubb totaled 13 carries for 77 yards and a score too.

Defense: A-

Georgia held Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks to only 30 yards passing on 7-of-19 passing. Franks also threw an interception to Dominick Sanders – the 15th of his career – and fumbled the ball following a sack by J.R. Reed and Tyrique McGhee. Reed finished the sack-fumble play by returning the football for a touchdown.

The Bulldogs also had two fourth-down stops that proved pivotal, with one being on the UGA 4-yard line. But if there was one area Georgia did falter for a moment, it was when Florida running back Lamical Perine came into the game. The Bulldogs did have some trouble with Perine, who ran for 93 yards on 16 carries. That will be an area head coach Kirby Smart can point to during the week of practice to keep his unit focused.

Special teams: A-

Place-kicker Rodrigo Blankenship hit four touchbacks, giving him 41 for the season. That places him only 10 off the single-season record, which was set by Kevin Butler in 1981. Punter Cameron Nizialek boomed four punts for an average of 46.5 yards, with two going over 50 yards.

Georgia would like to see more in the return games, although players entered the week thinking they were close to having Mecole Hardman break one past midfield.

Coaching: A

Georgia came in with a great game-plan and never let up, even when up 21-0. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney probably hasn’t been given as much credit as he deserves for the turnaround of Georgia’s offense, which replaced three starting offensive lineman and has gone with a true freshman quarterback for the second consecutive season.

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