The way Georgia ended its game against Florida was a thing of beauty for the Bulldogs.
How they got there was another wild ride when the wheels nearly came off.
The Bulldogs continue to act like they can’t stand prosperity.
They are outscoring opponents 68-31 in the first 15 minutes of their six SEC games, but that’s the only quarter the Bulldogs have put up more points than their opponents.
In the fourth quarter, Georgia’s taken it on the chin, 72-37, including a combined 25-0 against Vanderbilt and Florida.
Things began to unravel in the third quarter with a 23-3 lead against the Gators with a dropped pass on what was ruled a lateral to Arthur Lynch and a safety on a sack.
“It was a little stressful,” quarterback Aaron Murray said of the 23-20 Bulldogs win. “It seems like it’s happening every week. We understand we’ve got to keep fighting until the very last whistle.”
Against Vanderbilt, special teams breakdowns led to touchdowns off a muffed punt and high punt snap.
“You can’t predict the type of things that have happened,” coach Mark Richt said. “It’s mostly self-inflicted wounds. I use that term more than I’d like to this season. … You’d like to make people earn it at least, make it a little bit tougher. … It’s hard to hold people off once they get their blood pumping again.”
Georgia held off Florida by ending the game with a 15-play drive that ate up the final 8:17 on the clock.
“We answered the bell and it just happened on that last drive,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “To be honest with you, I’d like to finish the game like that every time. I know the drama, but when you finish a game like that it gives your team confidence.”