JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Todd Gurley scored twice in his first game in more than a month, helping Georgia beat rival Florida 23-20 on Saturday.
Gurley returned from an ankle injury and totaled 187 yards, finding the end zone on a 5-yard run and a 73-yard reception. The Bulldogs scored on their first four possessions, taking a 20-0 lead that looked as if it would be enough against one of the Southeastern Conference's most anemic offenses.
But the Gators rallied, taking advantage of a fumble, a safety and some questionable play calls to seize momentum in a weird, wacky and chippy game.
Florida cut it to 23-20 early in the fourth, putting Georgia (5-3, 4-2 SEC) on its heels after a failed fourth-down run followed by a huge defensive penalty. But the Gators (4-4, 3-3) faltered down the stretch.
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12:15 --Georgia received the opening kick-off and marched down the field in impressive fashion.
Aaron Murray was 3/4 for 28 yards. In his first game back after an injury, running back Todd Gurley made his mark early with a 25 yard touchdown run 2:45 into the game.
Georgia - 7 Florida - 0
10:10 -- Florida responded with an 83 yard pass early in the following drive -- but couldn't cash in. The long Tyler Murphy to Quinton Dunbar connection was in vain. Georgia stopped Florida on 3rd down leading to a missed 40 yard field goal by Francisco Velez.
Georgia - 7 Florida - 0
9:19 -- Gurley is fast. He uses his speed to take a short pass 73 yards for a Georgia touchdown.
Gurley has 131 total yards.
Georgia - 14 Florida - 0
2:13 -- An eight play, 58 yard Georgia drive was stalled by the Gators, but Marshall Morgan drilled a 50 yard field goal from the right hash.
Total Yards: Ga - 210 Fla. - 106
Georgia's Gurley was taken to the locker room so doctors could examine his ankle. His return is questionable.
Georgia - 17 Florida - 0
14:37 -- A bobbled catch by Georgia receiver Rantavious Wooten in the endzone keeps the Dawgs from going up another touchdown. Mark Richt's team has to settle for another Morgan field goal.
Georgia - 20 Florida - 0
10:49 -- On a field where his father Fred Taylor played most of his career, Gators running back Kelvin Taylor looks to be the featured back for Will Muschamp's squad. Taylor has 8 carries for 33 yards.
9:54 -- Florida finally gets on the board after a 7 play, 45 yard drive ends with a Velez field goal.
Tyler Murphy -4/13112 yards
Georgia - 20 Florida - 3
8:10 -- Gurley returns to Georgia backfield.
0:00 -- Georgia capitalizes on a Florida 4th down gamble and turnover on downs with a field goal as time expired in the first half.
Georgia: 335 total yards, 109 rushing
Murray: 12/20 226 yds 1 TD
Gurley: 64 rushing, 84 receiving
Florida: 209 total yards, 83 rushing
Murphy: 7/18 126 yds
Taylor: 12 carries, 51 yds
Halftime score: Georgia - 23 Florida - 3
8:10 -- A long Gator drive helped by a 4th down conversion leads to no points after another missed field goal. This time it was Austin Hardin whose 47 yard field goal fell short.
Georgia - 23 Florida - 3
6:58 -- Fumbled pass from Georgia's Murray to a TE ruled a lateral. Florida recovers at Georgia's 13 yard line.
6:21 -- Florida's Mack Brown rushes 5 yards for Florida's first touchdown.
Georgia - 23 Florida - 10
1:19 -- After a Florida punt landed Georgia on its own 2 yard line, Florida'sCB Loucheiz Purifoysacked Murray for a safety.
Momentum looks to be shifting in Florida's favor.
Georgia - 23 Florida - 12
14:20 -- Florida QB Tyler Murphy finished a 14 yard run with a diving touchdown over a Bulldog defender. A two point pass from Murphy pulled the Gators within three.
The Gators have scored 17 unanswered points.
Georgia - 23 Florida - 20
0:00 -- Georgia is able to convert a couple 3rd downs to keep the ball away from Florida for the final 8 minutes with a 14 play, 70 yard drive.
Georgia wins to push its record to 5-3. Florida falls to 4-4.
FINAL SCORE: Georgia - 23 Florida - 20
Georgia:414 total yards - 258 passing, 156 rushing
Murray - 16/25 258 yds 1 TD
Gurley - 100 yds 1 TD rushing, 3 rec 87 yds
Florida: 319 total yards - 174 passing, 145 rushing
Murphy - 13/29 174 yds passing, 10 carries 28 yds 1 TD rushing
Taylor - 20 carries 76 yds rushing
Dunbar - 4 rec 91 yds
Attendance: 84, 693