October 27, 2012

Notebook: Jones unstoppable



JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Even Florida coach Will Muschamp had to shake Jarvis Jones' hand.

After his performance in Saturday's 17-9 win over the No. 3 Gators, perhaps Muschamp just wanted to ensure the junior doesn't come back for another year.

Considering the way Jones has tortured the Gators in his two games, that probably wouldn't come as much of a shock, although the former Carver star said that wasn't the case.

"Me and Coach Muschamp have been friends since high school," Jones explained. "He recruited me to Texas, but he just told me to keep working, stay focused."

Jones was certainly focused against the Gators, and it showed on the field.

The linebacker collected a team-high 13 tackles, with three sacks, recovered two fumbles and forced two more, the last coming when he knocked the ball out of Jordan Reed's hands and into the end zone with just over two minutes to play. The football was subsequently recovered by Sanders Commings, allowing the Bulldogs to run out the clock.

"This is a man's game and this is the kind of game you've got to put players like him to where the ball is going to be and let him go make plays," defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. "He works hard and deserves everything he's gotten and the energy he brings does feed to our defense."

Head coach Mark Richt had to read Jones' statistics out to the media just to be sure he wasn't missing anything.

"It's worth reading - 12 solo tackles, one assist for 13, three sacks, four and half tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries," Richt said. "That's on a bum ankle and I'm sure his groin is not 100 percent yet."

Jones, who didn't play in Georgia's last game against Kentucky, only returned to practice on Monday.

"He really led for us. He obviously led for us on the field, but he was also more vocal than I've ever seen him. He really wanted this one badly," Richt said. "He did a good job of just keeping the intensity up because he knew what it was going to take. I'm just glad that he's a Georgia Bulldog."

Dawgs take advantage of Gator miscues

Georgia came in on the season even in turnover ratio while the Gators were +11 with only four turnovers on the year, but Saturday got 10 points off six Gator miscues.

"That was huge on our part," said cornerback Damian Swann, who accounted for one of the turnovers with a second-half interception. "We always try to get turnovers. Today, we were able to make some happen."

Swann also caused a fumble, which Jones recorded on Florida's first possession that set up Todd Gurley's 10-yard touchdown run.

With 1:44 left in the first quarter, Florida got an interception off of a tipped pass from Aaron Murray. It led to a Gator fumble at the Florida 48, caused by Jones and recovered by senior Cornelius Washington. It led to an interception on a tipped pass at the UF 5. UF converted it to a field goal. Florida got another interception at the UGA 11 and turned it into a field goal.

In the third quarter Georgia's Swann got an interception at the UF 25 as the Gators matched their turnover total for the year. It was Swann's second this year. It led to a 29-yard field goal by freshman Marshall Morgan for a 10-6 edge with 8:34 left in the 3rd quarter. Jones recovered a Gator fumble at the UF 26. It led to a missed field goal of 37 yards. Jones got another forced fumble to stop a UF drive in the Red Zone and recovered by Sanders Commings.

The Gators ranked the second in the league with a 93 percent scoring mark in the Red Zone coming in.

"I've never seen us work as hard as we have this week," safety Bacarri Rambo said. "Hats off to all my guys - they're all my brothers."

Gurley goes over 100 again

Gurley finished with 117 yards on a career-high 27 carries, pushing his total to 739 yards for the year.

"I had great blocking all day," Gurley said. "That (touchdown) was a great feeling. To score against that kind defense, especially when it's against Florida, is a great feeling."

The only drawback to Gurley's touchdown came when the North Carolina native was flagged for doing the "Gator Chomp" motion with his arms after crossing the goal line.

"I know I shouldn't have done that," Gurley said. "Blake Tibbs had done it earlier in the week, and I thought it would be funny to do. I shouldn't have done it though."

Georgia improved to 51-5 under Richt when they have a 100-yard rusher.

Injury update

Fullback Merritt Hall injured his right ankle on Georgia's first possession and did not return.

There were no other significant injuries.

This and that

Rambo moved in to a tie for second in Georgia history with 14 career interceptions. He got his first of the year to end the second half to thwart a Gator scoring attempt as he got it in the end zone. Rambo is third in school history in Interception Return Yards with 259. … Entering Saturday, Murray had only four interceptions on the year in 199 attempts and just 26 in 944 career attempts. In the first half today, Murray had three interceptions and was 4-for-8 for 34 yards. Murray's career-high for INTs is three as he had three against UF in 2010 and three against Miss. State in 2011. … Georgia plays host to Ole Miss next Saturday. Game time will be announced on Sunday. With Saturday's victory, it's expected the Bulldogs will kickoff at 3:30 on CBS.

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