University of Florida

Gators get to know Moreno

Knowshon Moreno was a third-string tailback for much of the season until injuries elevated the freshman to the starting line against Vanderbilt on Oct. 13.

Moreno carried the ball 28 times for 157 yards that night - both career-highs.

He followed that up Saturday with 188 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries in No. 20 Georgia's 42-30 victory over No. 9 Florida at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.

"Knowshon was awesome," Georgia coach Mark Richt said.

"As long as it's working out for us," Moreno said about his increased workload.

He scored on runs of 1, 10 and 3 yards.

Moreno's first touchdown set off the end zone celebration, attended by the entire Georgia team. His last touchdown, with 3:54 to play in the game, iced the victory.

Moreno gained the most yards since Verron Haynes rushed for 201 yards against Georgia Tech in 2001.

Big plays

The game was not lacking for big plays.

Matthew Stafford's 84-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Massaquoi in the first quarter was the longest offensive scoring play for Georgia since 2003.

Stafford also threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Mikey Henderson in the fourth quarter.

Florida responded with a 40-yard scoring pass from Tim Tebow to Louis Murphy in the first quarter and a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown by Wondy Pierre-Louis in the second quarter.

Big win

Georgia's 42 points were the most the Bulldogs scored against the Gators since a 44-0 win 44-0 win in 1982.

Big loss

Those 42 points were the most surrendered by Florida in regulation since Urban Meyer took over the program in 2005. Vanderbilt scored 42 that season but the past seven came in overtime.

Sanders injured

Southeast High's Terron Sanders injured his left ankle in the second quarter and did not return. The extent of the injury to the red-shirt freshman defensive tackle was not released.


Tebow completed passes of 19 yards or longer to six receivers. His two rushing touchdowns gave him at least one rushing score in nine straight games, extending his school record. . . . Percy Harvin rushed 10 times for 97 yards - both season highs. . . . Brandon James returned five kickoffs for Florida for 122 yards. His longest was 52 yards. . . . Georgia leads the series 47-37-2.