Despite not being at full strength, UF made a statement by holding UGA to only three points while scoring 29 of their own in the season opener.
Flanker Rob Roux, who missed most of the fall after recovering from a torn ACL last season, earned Man of the Match honors after scoring two tries.
Roux powered his way in for the opening score just four minutes into the game.
The Gators played physical on defense, forcing Georgia to get the ball wide.
However, the aggressive defense had some unfortunate repercussions as freshman flanker Ryan Gilbert suffered a concussion after attempting to block a kick.
Gilbert did not return to the game and was replaced by fellow freshman Ben Gajus.
The Gators were able to add another score before the half when inside center Jason Lentz powered his way into the try zone.
After Lucas Basistrocchi’s second conversion, the Gators led 14-0.
Facing a smaller pack, UF was able to use its size and strength to win most of the scrums and attacked with crashes.
The Gators also featured a new scrum-half, Raf Freedman, who previously played in Australia. Freedman’s vocal leadership, precise passing and sound tackling gave UF a big boost.
The offense got back on the board when Roux scored his second try at 58 minutes. Eight minutes later, Tommy Gibble blazed his way for another try before winger Josh Nicdao sealed the victory with only two minutes left.
It was an impressive showing for the Gators who were missing flanker Mike Breske (calf) and prop Chris Coleman (shoulder). Breske is aiming to return this Saturday against Tennessee.