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Florida routs Georgia again

No. 1 Gators clinch the SEC East title after a 41-17 win over Bulldogs.

November 01, 2009|Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. — Black pants, black helmets and another team-wide celebration.

No matter what Georgia does to change its luck against Florida, the result usually stays the same. The Gators own this series.

Tim Tebow accounted for four touchdowns, A.J. Jones had two huge interceptions and top-ranked Florida beat the Bulldogs, 41-17, on Saturday for its 17th win in the last 20 meetings between the Southeastern Conference rivals.

The Gators (8-0, 6-0) extended the nation's longest winning streak to 18 games and clinched the SEC East title when Tennessee beat South Carolina later Saturday.

The Bulldogs (4-4, 3-3) lost for the third time in four games.

This one hurt more than the others. Georgia spent the last 12 months stewing about last year's 49-10 loss, a game in which Florida Coach Urban Meyer called two timeouts in the final 44 seconds, prolonging its misery.

Florida scored touchdowns on its first two possessions, led 24-10 at halftime and essentially put the game out of reach on the opening possession of the second half.

The thing the Bulldogs might remember most was Tebow's breaking Herschel Walker's SEC record for rushing touchdowns.

Tebow slipped up the middle and ran mostly untouched for a 23-yard score with 1:32 remaining in the first half. He dropped the ball briefly, and the field judge picked it up. But Tebow ran back, grabbed it out of his hand and carried it to the sideline.

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