5. Georgia football beat Florida 23-20 in 2013
The No. 5 game on this list is the 2013 matchup between Florida and Georgia when the Dawgs defeated the Gators 23-20.
This matchup was Richt’s final win over the Gators in his tenure at Georgia, but it was the Dawgs’ third straight victory.
Between Aaron Murray and sophomore running back Todd Gurley, they led the way to ensure the Dawgs beat the Gators.
Gurley led the team with 187 total yards against the Gators as he finished with 100 rushing and had 87 receiving yards.
Murray had a stellar performance going 16-of-25 for 258 yards and one touchdown.
The Dawgs jumped on that Gators that year as they quickly went up 23-3 before allowing Florida to get right back into the game. Georgia scored 17 first-quarter points and two field goals in the second quarter while holding the Gators to one field goal.
Being able to hold Florida to three first-half points was a big reason this game made the list. Without being able to hold them, this matchup could have gotten turned on its head and quickly.
However, the Gators weren’t about to lay down. They came out hot in the second half, scoring a touchdown and then getting a safety against the Dawgs in the third quarter.
Florida scored once more in fourth, but the Dawgs held them off and beat them by three points.
The Dawgs defense did their job down the stretch and got it done when they needed to. They stepped up to help out an offense that went stagnant in the second half.
Despite the Dawgs collecting 414 total yards of offense, they scored all their points in the first half, and usually, that isn’t a good thing.
However, the defense held tough and gave Florida another loss as 2013 was the same year they lost to Georgia Southern late in the season and finished 4-8 overall.
The Gators didn’t win another game after beating Arkansas 30-10 on Oct. 5 that year.
This game is No. 5 on the list because the Dawgs battled to get the job done, and it was their third straight win over Florida. Gurley and Murray made sure to keep the streak alive because they both knew how important winning this game was.