Tempers were hot. Tussles broke out. Trash talk was heavy.
Just the latest version of the Georgia-Florida game.
“There was a lot of that, `Momma this,’”Georgia freshman cornerback Shaq Wiggins said. “A lot of bad, bad stuff. (Receiver Quinton) Dunbar No. 1 and 83 (Solomon Patton). They were some mouthy little fellas, but they were some good players.”
The number of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties combined in Georgia’s 23-20 win hit the double digits.
Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd got in Patton’s face in the first quarter. Patton responded by shoving Floyd’s face mask, drawing a personal foul.
Florida missed a 40-yard field goal.
“I knew I helped the team out by not reacting and pushing him back,” Floyd said. “It was a good look that we got that flag. I went up to him to test him and see if I could get a flag off of him. He just happened to shove me and the referee saw it.”
In the third quarter, Florida’s Dante Fowler shoved Todd Gurley when the two were on the ground after a Gurley run.
Gurley threw a punch after they were separated that didn’t land. On another play, Gurley shoved the face mask of a Florida player.
There’s also this photo floating around of Gurley getting poked in the face by a Florida player, something host Scott Howard brought up to Mark Richt on his radio show Monday night.
At the end of the game when Aaron Murray took a knee, Georgia didn’t take kindly to Florida’s Darrin Kitchens charging into Chris Burnette.
Murray, Burnette and Gurley got personal fouls and so did a Florida player.
“The one thing about fighting and all that kind of stuff, you’re allowed to battle every time the ball’s snapped, every time the ball’s kicked, you’re allowed to be in a battle, but when the whistle blows, you’ve got to stop,” Richt said. “I think our guys tried to do a pretty good job of that and it just did get a little bit crazy.”
There’s no indication any discipline is coming from the SEC on all this.
Floyd is ready for another round with the Gators.
“It was the most intense game besides LSU,” Floyd said. “LSU because it was a dogfight. Florida, I ain’t never have experienced them trying to shove us and trying to fight us. I never have experienced it, too. I enjoyed it. I look forward to playing them again next year, too.”
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