JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Knowshon Moreno leapt into the end zone and was quickly surrounded by all his Georgia teammates — yes, all of them.
Answering coach Mark Richt's pregame challenge, about 70 players rushed from the Georgia sideline following Moreno's first-quarter touchdown, jumping up and down and celebrating wildly. Florida just watched, stunned by the brazen Bulldogs.
An even bigger party unfolded a few hours later.
Moreno ran for a career-high 188 yards and three scores, Matthew Stafford threw three touchdown passes and No. 20 Georgia upset the ninth-ranked Gators 42-30 on Saturday in a game filled with big plays and momentum shifts.
"I can't tell you how much fun it was in the locker room and I wish everybody could have seen it," Richt said.
The Bulldogs (6-2, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) sacked Heisman Trophy hopeful Tim Tebow six times and contained the Gators' high-scoring offense most of the game. The result was a rare victory for Georgia in one of the South's most heated rivalries.
Florida (5-3, 3-3) had dominated the series since 1990, winning 15 of the last 17 meetings and eight of nine. Georgia turned it around Saturday, taking advantage of Tebow's bruised non-throwing shoulder and Florida's porous defense.
Richt set the tone before the game.
"I told them if they didn't get a celebration penalty after our first score, all of them would be doing early morning runs," said Richt, who chastised his players two weeks ago for jumping on Vanderbilt's midfield logo following a 20-17 victory. "I wanted to make sure we left this game with our hearts on the field."
They also left the Gators heartbroken.
Tebow fought back tears during his postgame news conference.
"It hurts a lot," said Tebow, who was 14-of-22 passing for 236 yards and a touchdown.