In a rivalry game as heated as Georgia-Florida, it isn't uncommon for emotions to run high. That happened in a pre-game skirmish before the Bulldogs' 17-9 win Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla. Among others, Georgia safety Corey Moore and Florida Strength coach Jeff Dillman were reportedly involved.
The incident apparently began when Florida safety Matt Elam bumped Georgia cornerback Devin Bowman. According to the Palm Beach Post's Jason Leiser, Dillman engaged Moore before moving on to a member of the Bulldogs' staff:
Gators strength coach Jeff Dillman, who later had at least one very animated conversation with a ref, was involved as well. Dillman shoved Georgia S Corey Moore, then got in the face of a Bulldogs assistant.
The game was testy throughout, as Georgia and Florida combined to commit 24 penalties for 227 yards. Several of those penalties were personal fouls. According to Florida linebacker Jonathan Bostic, that's the kind of play to be expected when the Bulldogs and Gators meet:
"It's something that's expected out of a rivalry game, just two teams going at it."
With the win, Georgia (7-1, 5-1 SEC) gained control of the SEC East. The Bulldogs are a half game behind the Gators (7-1, 6-1) in the division, but if Georgia wins its next two games against Ole Miss and Auburn, it will earn a berth in the SEC Championship Game for the second consecutive season.