Bulldogs block 'outside noise,' make their own in crucial win against Gators

AP photo by Joshua L. Jones / Georgia defensive back J.R. Reed (20) does the "gator chop" with fans in celebration after the Bulldogs beat Florida on Saturday in Jacksonville.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - All college football games are not created equally.

Take it from Georgia's players after Saturday's 24-17 triumph over Florida before a frenzied crowd of 84,789 at TIAA Bank Field. That was no ordinary win.

"We had to treat this game like it was our last game," Bulldogs junior running back D'Andre Swift said. "If we had lost, what would we have really been playing for? Some bowl game? We had to come into this game like it was our last one and approach it that way."

Had the No. 8 Bulldogs fallen to the No. 6 Gators, they would have been recognized among the sport's biggest disappointments, with last month's stunning double-overtime loss to South Carolina at home still ranking as arguably the most shocking result of the season.