JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida will hold off raising a glass for at least another week.
Kelvin Taylor ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns, Antonio Callaway delivered another huge play and the 11th-ranked Gators beat rival Georgia 27-3 Saturday to move a step closer to the Southeastern Conference title game.
The Gators dominated the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" by holding the Bulldogs to 223 total yards and a field goal.
"It should have been a shutout," Gators defensive tackle Jon Bullard said.
It was good enough for Florida's second victory in a row in the storied series and 20th in 26 years.
This one left the Gators (7-1, 5-1) one conference victory from clinching the East, which is big part of coach Jim McElwain's edict of "restoring the order" by getting Florida back to SEC prominence.
"I don't expect to lose," McElwain said. "We should never go into an event thinking we're going to come in second. The one thing you learn real quickly in this business is there are no participation ribbons. It doesn't matter who we play, we go in with a mindset that we're going to put a plan to do whatever it takes to win the football game."
The Gators can wrap up the East by beating Vanderbilt next week. If that happens, Florida would earn its first trip to Atlanta since Tim Tebow's senior year in 2009.