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With dad Jack in attendance, Luke Del Rio leads Florida over Georgia

With dad Jack in attendance, Luke Del Rio leads Florida over Georgia

BOX SCORE

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jordan Scarlett scored for the sixth consecutive game, Antonio Callaway had the first rushing touchdown of his career and No. 14 Florida used a dominant defensive effort to beat Georgia 24-10 on Saturday.

Playing just their second game in four weeks, the Gators won their third straight in the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party." It was Florida's 21st victory against the Bulldogs in the last 27 years.

Coach Jim McElwain should raise a glass to his defense after the latest one.

The Gators (6-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) pressured freshman quarterback Jacob Eason early and often and stuffed Nick Chubb on just about every carry. The unit stopped two fourth-down plays on Georgia's final two drives.

The biggest mismatch was up front, with Florida's defense controlling the line of scrimmage. That's nothing new for Georgia (4-4, 2-4), whose O-line has been a target for criticism all season. The Bulldogs lost for the fourth time in their last five games, and first-year coach Kirby Smart fell to 1-6 in the series as a player and coach.

McElwain improved to 2-0, including a win against his former colleague and close friend. Smart and McElwain worked at Alabama (2008-11) together, and the Tide went 48-6 and claimed two national championships with them as coordinators.

Florida did nothing spectacular offensively, managing 231 yards.

Luke Del Rio, coming off a three-interception performance against Missouri, completed 15 of 25 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown. His 19-yard scoring pass to C'yontai Lewis in the first quarter got Florida on the board. Scarlett made it 14-10 late in the second when he scampered in from 2 yards out. Callaway gave the Gators some cushion when he scored on a jet sweet late in the third.

That was plenty for Florida's defense, which smothered Georgia on a warm, sun-soaked afternoon. The Bulldogs finished with 164 yards, including 21 rushing. Chubb had 20 yards on nine carries.

THE TAKEAWAY

FLORIDA: Remains atop the SEC's Eastern Division, but the road to Atlanta stiffens with games remaining against Arkansas, South Carolina and LSU down the stretch. Win them all, and the Gators will return to the league's title game.

GEORGIA: Continues to be a work in progress in Smart's first season. The Bulldogs played well defensively for the second straight week but had nothing to show for it.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Gators, who moved up one spot in the Top 25 despite not playing last week, could inch closer to the top 10 . The Gators haven't been ranked in the top 10 since losing to in-state rival Florida State last November.

RETURN TRIP

Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was in the stadium for the second time in less than a week. Del Rio, who spent nine years as Jacksonville's head coach before getting fired in 2011, was on hand to watch his son, Luke, play. Del Rio's Raiders beat the Jaguars 33-16 last Sunday. Oakland spent the week in Florida and play at Tampa Bay on Sunday. Del Rio attended the game with his wife and family.

WELCOME BACK, HBC

Retired coach Steve Spurrier attended his first Florida-Georgia game in 15 years. The Head Ball Coach, who won the 1966 Heisman Trophy while playing for the Gators and later spent 12 years coaching his alma mater, watched the game from retiring athletic director Jeremy Foley's suite. New AD Steve Stricklin was there, too. It was Spurrier's first time at the stadium since his final season at Florida in 2001. Spurrier, who stepped down as South Carolina's coach in 2015, is now serving as an ambassador to his alma mater.

UP NEXT

FLORIDA: Plays at Arkansas for the first time since 2008. The Gators are 9-1 against the Razorbacks, including nine consecutive wins since Arkansas joined the SEC in 1992.

GEORGIA: Plays at Kentucky. The Bulldogs have won six in a row and 17 of 19 in the series.

Kyler Murray suffers first loss as OU starting QB in wild Red River Rivalry

Kyler Murray suffers first loss as OU starting QB in wild Red River Rivalry

Kyler Murray never lost a Texas high school football game, going 42-0 as a prep with three straight state championships. He can't say the same about being a starting quarterback in the Red River Rivalry. 

Playing in front of his home state at the University of Texas, Murray found himself on the other side of one of the biggest rivalries in college football. And a last-second Texas field goal put an end to his and Oklahoma's perfect record this season. 

That doesn't mean Murray didn't continue his Heisman campaign in the 48-45 loss. 

[JOHNSON: A's top pick Kyler Murray always envisioned himself as a two-sport star]

Murray, the Sooners quarterback and A's top draft pick last June, threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns. On the ground, Murray rushed for another 92 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. He did have mistakes with one interception and one fumble. 

Looking to pull off a two-touchdown comeback, Murray made plays like this with his arm. 

That wasn't even close to his biggest highlight of the day. Down 45-31 with 5:21 left, Murray showed off his blazing wheels for perhaps the best run of this college football season. 

Through six games, Murray now has 1,764 passing yards with 21 touchdowns through the air to three interceptions. He's been just as impressive using his legs, rushing for 377 yards and five more scores.

Last season during his Heisman campaign, Baker Mayfield, who Murray replaced at Oklahoma, total 1,937 passing yards through six games with 17 touchdowns and one interception. He also had 101 yards on the ground and one more score. 

Comparing the two, Murray (2,141) has 103 more total yards than Mayfield did in 2017 through the first six games, and eight more touchdowns.

If Murray is wearing an A's jersey in a few years, don't blink with him on the base paths. 

Former Cal star Jabari Bird arrested for domestic incident, kidnapping

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Former Cal star Jabari Bird arrested for domestic incident, kidnapping

BOSTON — Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird is facing several charges following a domestic incident in which a victim was injured, police said.

Bird, a second-round draft choice of the Celtics in 2017, signed a two-year contract with the team this summer after splitting his rookie season between Boston and the Maine Red Claws of the G-League.

“Jabari Bird is currently being guarded by the Boston Police at a local hospital for an evaluation after a domestic incident that occurred in Brighton on Friday,” the department said in a brief statement Saturday. “The victim involved in the incident was also transported to a separate hospital for treatment of injuries sustained.”

Police said complaints would be sought against Bird for assault and battery, strangulation and kidnapping. He could be arraigned as early as Monday in Brighton District Court. Brighton is a neighborhood of Boston.

No other details were immediately released.

“We are aware of the incident involving Jabari Bird and are taking it very seriously,” the Celtics said in a statement on Saturday. “We are actively gathering information and will reserve further comment at this time.”

A message left with Bird’s agent, Aaron Goodwin, was not immediately returned.

Bird, 24, played his college basketball at California where he earned All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention honors and led the Golden Bears in scoring in his final season at the school.

He appeared in 13 regular-season games for the Celtics last season, averaging 3.0 points per game.