Border War: Georgia vs. Florida Football

November 06, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 I had the pleasure of heading down to Jacksonville, FL last weekend to shoot the annual Border War between the University of Georgia and the University of Florida. They call it a border war, but no matter if the game goes to the Bulldogs or the Gators, Jacksonville and Duval County at large remain firmly in the Sunshine State. 

I went into the day feeling pretty warmed up for SEC football despite having not shot any since the SEC Championship last year. The handful of Mercer University games this fall left me in good shape.

So after the military style siege necessary to get to EverBank Field, I hit the tailgate to check out the debauchery.

UGA_v_FLUGA_v_FLA beer bong makes the rounds at a Georgia tail gate outside EverBank Field before the annual Georgia/Florida football game Saturday.

UGA_v_FLUGA_v_FLA toy Georgia Bulldog dragged through the parking lot at EverBank Field before the Georgia/Florida game Saturday.

Enough of that. Let's make with the game.

UGA_v_FLUGA_v_FLThe Georgia Bulldogs take the field before the start of their game against Florida Saturday in Jacksonville. The Bulldogs took to the field with some injuries. Florida was about the same. Still, even with the stands hollowed out by diminished expectations on both sides of the game there was some electricity in the air.

UGA_v_FLUGA_v_FLGeorgia's Todd Gurley rumbles toward the end zone for the Bulldog's first touchdown of the day against Florida Saturday in Jacksonville. Todd Gurley scored early.

UGA_v_FLUGA_v_FLGeorgia quarterback Aaron Murray passes near the end zone in the second quarter against Florida. This pass and the next were incomplete. Georgia ended the drive with a field goal. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray passes near the end zone in the second quarter against Florida. This pass and the next were incomplete. Georgia ended the drive with a field goal.

UGA_v_FLUGA_v_FLGeorgia fans cheer the defense from the Georgia end zone in the first quarter. I kind of wondered if this fan was truly rabid.

UGA_v_FLUGA_v_FLTodd Gurley walks off the field and heads to the locker room after scoring his second touchdown of the game against Florida Saturday. Gurley was back on the field before the end of the second quarter. In keeping with the injury story line that has plagued Georgia this season, Todd Gurley left the field after his second touchdown. He came back in the game, but he was running at something less than 100%. 

UGA_v_FLUGA_v_FLGeorgia tail back Brendan Douglas leans into Florida defensive back Jaylen Watkins to keep from getting pushed out of bounds on a first quarter run. Routine play but some radical angles. 

UGA_v_FLUGA_v_FLGeorgia quarterback Aaron Murray goes to the ground in the Georgia end zone, handing Florida a safety during play in Jacksonville Saturday. Georgia spent the first half firmly in control of the game only to give up a safety, shown here, a touchdown and essentially every bit of momentum in the second half. 

UGA_v_FLUGA_v_FLGeorgia's Shaq Wiggins reacts to the first down handed to Florida after the Georgia defense lined up with too many men on the field in the fourth quarter. A number of miscues, like an illegal substitution shown here, were a drain on Georgia's efforts. 

UGA_v_FLUGA_v_FLOfficials intervene in scuffle on field between the Georgia offense and the Florida defense. As the game wore on, tempers repeatedly flared on field after play. Fighting in full pads. I'll never get that. 

UGA_v_FLUGA_v_FLGeorgia quarterback Aaron Murray. left, and offensive tackle John Theus applaud the Florida defense after a personal foul handed Georgia a first down on the last, clock draining drive of Georgia's win Saturday. Florida had a hard time keeping it together, too. Here Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray. left, and offensive tackle John Theus applaud the Florida defense after a personal foul handed Georgia a first down on the last, clock draining drive of Georgia's win.

UGA_v_FLUGA_v_FLFrom left, Georgia punter Adam Erickson, place kicker Marshall Morgan and tail back Brandon Harton celebrate with fans after the Bulldogs beat Florida Saturday in Jacksonville. From left, Georgia punter Adam Erickson, place kicker Marshall Morgan and tail back Brandon Harton celebrate with fans after the Bulldogs beat Florida by only three points. You should love your kicker with a 23-20 score. 

UGA_v_FLUGA_v_FLFans reach out to slap Mark Richt some skin as he leaves the field following Georgia's win over Florida Saturday in Jacksonville. By the end of the game, even Georgia head coach Mark Richt, slapping skin with some fans, was limping off the field. 

 

So Georgia won for the third straight year. It wasn't pretty, but bragging rights are bragging rights.


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