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Gator Football Gets Embarrassed By Missouri In Homecoming Game 42-13

By on October 19th, 2014

In a must-win game, the Florida Gator football team didn’t show up.

Instead, the Gators (3-3, 2-3 SEC) were blown out by Missouri (5-2, 2-1 SEC) 42-13 inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Saturday night.

Florida head coach Will Muschamp summed up his frustration with the team’s lackluster performance.

“You don’t even give yourself a chance to win when you turn the ball over six times. You got two special teams touchdowns. Every single point they have leads to points. Six sacks, you don’t protect the quarterback. It changes the game and how you gotta play going into the second half. Offensively, just abysmal.”

Missouri only mustered up 119 total yards of offense, compared to 283 by Florida, but turnovers, special teams, and a brutal offensive performance is what sealed Florida’s fate in its second Homecoming loss in two years.

Missouri wasted no time scoring first as Marcus Murphy returned the opening kickoff 96 yards to give the Tigers a quick 7-0 lead. After Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel was ineffective in his first two series going 2-of-6 for 17 yards and a fumble, Muschamp decided to give back up quarterback Treon Harris a shot.

It didn’t start off the way anyone expected it to.

On Harris’ first series, he was whacked from behind and fumbled deep in Florida’s territory. That led to a five yard touchdown run by Tigers running back Marcus Murphy that put Mizzou up 14-0.

Missouri extended its lead in the second quarter to 17-0 after they went on an 18 play, 55 yard drive that ended in a 25-yard field goal from Tigers kicker Andrew Baggett.

Driskel threw an interception late in the second quarter on a rainbow throw over the middle that ended up in the bread-basket of Tigers safety Braylon Webb, who returned to the UF five yard line. The Gator defense held Mizzou to a 34-yard field goal that made it 20-0.

The Tigers shut out the Gators in the first half 20-0. That’s the third time in Florida’s last seven games that they’ve been shut out at the half.

“It was 20 to zero in the first half and it honestly could’ve been a lot worse,” Florida center Max Garcia said. “But our defense stepped up and made plays. We just put them in tough positions. We didn’t get them on the field enough. We had a couple turnovers where they scored on the turnovers. So, that’s on us as an offense, just not taking care of the football for them.”

Things got worse for the Orange and Blue in the second half.

Missouri’s Marcus Murphy returned a punt for 82 yards to make it 26-0, his second touchdown return of the game. Then the Tigers made a two-point conversion to add insult to injury to widen their lead to 28-0.

The Mizzou defense would continue to make things worse for Florida as they sacked Driskel and forced a fumble, which was recovered by defensive end Markus Golden who took it 21 yards to the end zone. That put the Tigers up 35-0 midway through the third quarter.

A few minutes later, Driskel threw his second interception of the game, a 46 yard interception return by Darvin Ruise to put the Tigers up 42-0. That would signal the end of the night for Driskel, who now has 12 turnovers in the last four games. He finished 7-of-19 for 50 yards with two interceptions and two fumbles.

Florida would refuse to be shut out as Treon Harris led the Gators on a nine play, 63 yard drive that concluded with a five yard touchdown pass to tight end Tevin Westbrook, who somehow caught it with defenders draped all over him. The Gators would head into the fourth quarter down 42-7.

Early in the fourth quarter, Harris threw his first career interception on a deep ball down the sideline in an attempt to hit Demarcus Robinson. That turnover marked six turnovers by the Gators, their most since Georgia in 2012.

“You turn it over six times, you’re not going to win,” Muschamp said. “It wasn’t from a lack of effort or trying, it was a lack of ball security. Protection at times. Those are things we gotta clean up.”

After the game, Muschamp told his guys they need to self evaluate themselves after a disastrous performance.

“I told them anytime you go have one like this you look in the mirror and figure out what we need to do to improve. That’s what some of our guys need to do is look in the mirror and they need to play better in some situations. That’s what we’re going to do.”

Now the Gators will have a bye week to get over the egg they just laid and get ready to take on Georgia, who leads the SEC East, on November 1 in Jacksonville.

For audio of the above quotes, click below:

Muschamp on the teams struggles

Garcia on how the offense didn’t help the defense with all the turnovers

Muschamp on the turnovers

Muschamp on what he told the team after the game




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Gators vs Missouri Photo Gallery

By on October 19th, 2014
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Gator Football Blown Out By Missouri In Homecoming Game

By on October 18th, 2014

Despite holding Missouri to a paltry 119 yards of total offense, the Florida football team commits six turnovers, allows a punt return and kickoff return for a touchdown and a pick six as well on its way to a 42-13 Homecoming loss on Saturday night.

Florida (3-2, 2-3 SEC) trailed 20-0 at halftime and for all intents and purposes was out of the game at that time.

The Gators scored two touchdowns after being behind 42-0 as freshman quarterback Treon Harris threw for a score and ran for another.

Missouri improves to 5-2 overall and to 2-1 in SEC play with the help of the Florida turnovers and six sacks in the game as well.

Florida has a bye week before playing its annual game with Georgia in Jacksonville.

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Florida Football Faces Must-Win Against Missouri In Homecoming Game

By on October 18th, 2014


The Florida (3-2, 2-2 SEC) football team is coming off its toughest loss of the season, losing to LSU 30-27 on a last second field goal. Now the Gators host Missouri (4-2, 1-1 SEC) for their Homecoming game and need a win to keep their SEC East hopes alive.

The Gators and Tigers are meeting for just the fourth time and today marks their second clash at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Last week, Mizzou was shutout at home by Georgia 34-0. In that game, Tiger quarterback Maty Mauk had five turnovers, but Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin says he’s a great player.

“He’s extremely dangerous; he can create plays on his feet. He threw the ball rolling out to his left for 70 yards down the field against Georgia. When you have a guy that can do that, it definitely opens your eyes.”

Not only does Mauk have a strong arm, but he also is a threat to run. Durkin knows it will be imperative for the Gator defense to contain him in the pocket.

“It’s very important, because once he gets out of the pocket; now your defense starts to break down and then he has a run pass option and you have to stay in coverage because he’s not just a scrambler. He can throw the ball too and he throws it on the run. When he scrambles, he’s still looking down the field to throw it. So, we need to contain him, keep him in the pocket; and we also have to stay in coverage down the field when he does scramble.”

Missouri ranks 11th in the SEC in rushing and passing offense, but Tigers radio play-by-play man, Howard Richards, thinks the running backs for Mizzou have the capability to burst for big runs at anytime.

“Russell Hansbrough, Marcus Murphy, those two guys know how to get it done. If that offensive line can get together and give them any creases or any daylight, either of those guys can exploit those little seams or holes, and go the distance.”

Over on the defensive side of the ball, the Tigers defense lost a few players who were drafted to the NFL, but Richards thinks the defensive ends on this year’s team have stepped up.

“I felt and still feel that Missouri’s starting defensive ends, Shane Ray and Markus Golden, are a better starting pair than last year’s starting pair of Michael Sam and Kony Ealy. They’re more active, I think the up-side is better for these guys. Ray and Golden can both play against the run and they’re very good pass-rushers. Very instinctive players. I think they’re going to get better even this year.”

The Gators have had terrible production from their receiving corps. The only player that has over 200 yards receiving is Demarcus Robinson, who has 476 yards. On the other hand, Missouri has three receivers that are over 200 yards receiving. Florida offensive coordinator Kurt Roper thinks the receivers are maybe trying too hard.

“They’re like anybody else they don’t want to let anybody else down. They don’t want to let the other guys down on the team. I don’t see it as a lack of concentration. I see it as trying not to make a mistake, and it maybe leads to that.”

Meanwhile, injury wise, Gator defensive tackle Leon Orr will be back on the field as well as sophomore All-American cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III.  

Florida’s next four opponents are all in the SEC East, and center Max Garcia says head coach Will Muschamp stressed just how important this stretch is for the Gators.

“He told us we have four games to get us to the SEC Championship. Four very winnable games if we go out there and do what we’re supposed to and what we’re capable of doing. He put that in perspective for us. We have what we want right in front of us. So if we go out there and approach it the right way, one game at a time, we’ll be where we want to be.”

The Gators will get the chance to start their four game win streak later tonight. Kickoff for the Homecoming game against Missouri is set for 7 pm. Be sure to tune into ESPN 850 WRUF for pregame coverage starting at 3 pm.

For audio of the above quotes, click below:

Durkin on Mauk’s strong arm

Durkin on the need to contain Mauk in the pocket

Richards on Missouri’s running backs

Richards on Missouri’s starting defensive ends

Roper on the receivers’ not wanting to let anybody down

Garcia on winning the next four games


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UF Homecoming Parade Recap; Florida Gators Face Missouri Tigers Tonight

By on October 18th, 2014

Here are some of the sights and sounds from the University of Florida’s annual Homecoming Parade. The Gator football team is set to face SEC East rival Missouri in its Homecoming game tonight at 7 PM in the Swamp. You can catch all the pregame action  on ESPN 850 WRUF beginning at 3.


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Florida NFL Preview

By on October 18th, 2014

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the midst of their bye week as they prepare to take on the Minnesota Vikings October 26th. The Bucs are coming off a tough loss to the Ravens last week, 48-17. Fullback Jorvorskie Lane has been suspended for two games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.  According to Lane, he did it unknowingly.  Lonnie Pryor is likely to step and take over Lane’s position.

Looking to the north, the Jacksonville Jaguars are set to take on the Cleveland Browns this weekend. The Browns are coming off a victory against Pittsburgh, whereas the Jaguars have yet to get their first win. According to Jags quarterback Blake Bortles it has been little things that have hurt the team.

“A missed block here, a missed throw there… those are the things we need to improve on.” he said.  The game will take place in Jacksonville at 1 PM this Sunday.

The Miami Dolphins will face the Chicago Bears on Sunday. The Bears are coming off a win, while the Dolphins are looking to gain one this weekend. Dolphins coach Joe Philbin says Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill needs to improve before the upcoming game.

“I always talk about the quarterbacks, talk about decision making, talk about accuracy, talk about making plays. Those three things I’ve said since day one,” said Philbin.

See below for the full audio clips from Jags’ Blake Bortles and Dolphins’ Joe Philbin.




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Friday Sports Update (10/17)

By on October 17th, 2014

The World Series is set, Gator soccer takes a loss, NFL and college football results and more in our Friday Sports Update…

** The World Series is now set in Major League Baseball.  The San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals last night 6-3 to win the National League pennant and set up a World Series match up with the Kansas City Royals.

** The Texas Rangers have a new manager after hiring Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister to replace Ron Washington.

** The Gator soccer team loses for the first time in SEC play Friday at South Carolina 3-2.   The Gators will play again Sunday at Kentucky.

** The New England Patriots edge the New York Jets 27-25 on Thursday Night Football.  The Pats move to 5-2 while the Jets fall to 1-6.

** In college football, Utah edges Oregon State 29-23 and Pittsburgh tops Virginia Tech 21-16.

** In high school football, Buchholz loses at home to Orange Park Oakleaf 35-14 in a district match up.   Trenton beats Hawthorne, Ocala Trinity Catholics blanks PK Yonge and St. Francis loses to First Academy.

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FSU looks to re-gain number one spot with matchup against Notre Dame

By on October 17th, 2014

The number five Notre Dame Fighting Irish are looking to upset the number two Florida State Seminoles this weekend when they travel to Tallahassee in a nationally televised college football game.

FSU is looking to regain the number one ranking with a win against the Irish, but Notre Dame is hoping to keep its undefeated season alive. The Seminoles have won their last two top-five matchups this season and are looking for a big win at home this weekend.

Senior offensive tackle Cameron Erving hopes his team can put together one complete game on Saturday.

“When we came out this season we were prepared sometimes and struggled sometimes. We have not been as consistent with the chemistry but we play well but now were just trying to put it all together. One whole game,” Erving said.

This weekend’s match up is one of the biggest of the season for the Noles. Junior linebacker Terrance Smith respects the Notre Dame offense and its quarterback, Everett Golson.

“When you have a dual-threat at quarterback like that it always makes the game harder because even if everyone is locked down in the back end he can still take the ball down and run with it. We just have to make sure that our defensive line keeps their rush contained and keeps them bottled in.”

Most people would believe that the drama surrounding quarterback Jameis Winston could be a distraction for the Seminoles in this game. However, wide receiver Rashad Green says his quarterback does not let outside distractions affect his performance.

“That guy is a competitive human. He works his tail off every day. I don’t think it has anything to do with what’s going on outside of that practice field and our facilities. He is just a hard working guy. That’s my brother and I love him, I see what he does everyday. I can honestly say it’s the work that you put in everyday that makes the results look like they do on Saturdays.”

Kickoff is set for 8:00 Saturday on ABC.

For audio from FSU players, click on the links below:








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Buchholz falls to Oakleaf 35-14 in Thursday High School Football, More Local Games Tonight

By on October 17th, 2014

The Buchholz Bobcats could not stop the run against Orange Park Oakleaf, losing 35-14 at Citizen’s Field on Thursday night.

The Bobcats drop to a 3-4 record on the year (1-1 in district play). Oakleaf on the other hand is enjoying a historic season, improving to 8-0 this season.

Buchholz was down 21-14 towards the end of the third quarter when quarterback Jackson White hit wide receiver Wesley Brandenberg in the red zone just short of the goal line. Brandenberg made the reception but fumbled the ball out of the end zone – resulting in a turnover. Oakleaf would go on to score on the ensuing drive, ultimately scoring the game’s final 28 points.

“Whenever you lose, obviously you have to take away something,” said Buchholz head coach Mark Whittemore. “What we chose to take away from it is the fact that we were on the cusp on being tied up at the end of the third quarter.”

The Bobcats had trouble stopping the run all night long. Four of Oakleaf’s five touchdowns came on rushing carries. The Knights racked up over 200 rushing yards in the second half alone.

From here, Buchholz will face another district opponent next week when they take on the Fletcher Senators.

“We got to be very aware of the fact physicality up front is something we got to get done next Friday,” Whittemore added. “We can’t allow Fletcher to push us around.”

Elsewhere in high school football on Thursday, Ocala Trinity Catholic whips PK Yonge 49-0, Trenton beats Hawthorne 51-6 and Leesburg First Academy crushes St. Francis 56-10.  In games tonight…

** The Union County Fightin’ Tigers (4-2, 0-1) will look to get their first district win against the Newberry Panthers (4-3, 2-0).

“If we come out and we play and we don’t beat ourselves, I like our chances,” said Union County head coach Ronny Pruitt. “At the same time, if we come out, have a slow start and let them get up on us it could be a bad night for us.”

Kickoff from Newberry is set for 7:30 p.m.

** The Gainesville Hurricanes (3-3, 2-0) have a district matchup against the Vanguard Knights (2-3, 0-1). Kickoff from Citizen’s Field is set for 7:30 p.m.

** The Eastside Rams (1-5, 1-2) will travel to take on the Crystal River Pirates (1-5, 0-3). Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

** The Santa Fe Raiders (4-2, 1-2) hope to continue their successes against the Belleview Rattlers (1-5, 0-3). Kickoff from Santa Fe is set for 7:30 p.m.

** The Chiefland Indians (3-4, 0-1) will host the Williston Red Devils (1-5, 0-2). Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

** The Suwannee Bulldogs (6-0, 4-0) hope to remain undefeated when they travel to take on the Dunnellon Tigers (5-2, 3-1). Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

For audio from the above quotes, click below:

Buchholz head coach Mark Whittemore says their third quarter fumble killed their momentum

Whittemore says the team needs to be more physical at the line of scrimmage

Union County head coach Ronny Pruitt says his team has to come off focused against Newberry


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No. 5 Florida Soccer at South Carolina Thursday

By on October 16th, 2014

Gator soccer is back on the road as they take on the South Carolina Gamecocks tonight in Columbia. The Gators hope to come back strong after losing last year’s match up 2-1 in overtime, making it the Gator’s first home league overtime loss since 2004.

Florida is most recently coming off a 5-1 win over Mississippi State. The team battled back after Mississippi State got it’s first and only goal off a corner kick in the first minute of the game.

” I think the best news about that was it gave us a chance to show some resilience and come back and score a goal 10 minutes later, and then kind of break it open in the second half to score four more for a feel good win on alumni weekend,” said Florida head coach Becky Burleigh.

Florida players have found themselves recognized as Players of the Week four separate times this season. Those who have been honored include Jillian Graff, Pamel Begic, Tessa Andujar, and Savannah Jordan. Key players have helped the team keep an undefeated record in the SEC and so far go 11-2 overall.

Another player head coach Becky Burleigh feels has had stand out performances is Meggie Dougherty Howard.

“Meggie Dougherty Howard who I think is a terrifically talented player who doesn’t have many gaps in her game… she doesn’t get many recognitions but she does everything for us,” said Burleigh.

The Gators hope to keep their perfect conference record against the Gamecocks who are 2-3-1 in conference play.  Despite their record, South Carolina has only surrendered six goals this season and is sixth in the nation with a .414 goals-against-average.

“They’re a really really stingy defense. They don’t give up many goals. They are leading the SEC in that category now and they have traditionally been very good at that. Their goal keeper is the defending SEC Player of the Year,” said Burleigh.

South Carolina is coming off a 1-0 loss against the Kentucky Wildcats, who the Gators will play this Sunday.

Click here for audio of Florida head coach Becky Burleigh:

Burleigh on giving up a goal in the first minute.

Burleigh on Meggie Dougherty Howard.

Burleigh on South Carolina.





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