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Gator volleyball looking to streak pass the Bulldogs

By on October 28th, 2014

After their most recent win over Mississippi State, the Florida volleyball team (16-3,10-0)  is now on an 11 game win streak. The streak started back on September 21st with their win over UCF.

“There’s nothing like that experience of being in the O’Connell center playing an opponent, and learning from those experiences,” said head coach Mary Wise. “It’s a group of people that work really, really hard.”

Wise also spoke about how her players help each other get better daily.

“Alex (Holston) is a better hitter today because she has to hit against Denise (Belcher) every day in practice. Simone (Antwi) and Rhamat (Alhassan) are better every day because they have to go against Shainah (Joseph) every day,” said Wise.

“You’re only as good as your least experienced player, because that’s who you have to practice against.”

Florida looks to stretch the streak to 12 Wednesday when they take on the Georgia Bulldogs in the O’Connell Center. You can catch the game on ESPN 850 WRUF, with coverage beginning at 6:50pm.

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Washington Edges Dallas in Overtime, 20-17

By on October 28th, 2014

Not even Tony Romo’s late reappearance could help the Dallas Cowboys keep their winning streak alive.

The Washington Redskins came away with a 20-17 overtime victory Monday night, led by quarterback Colt McCoy, who made his first start of the season.

Washington’s third string quarterback was 25 of 30 on the night and threw for 299 yards, He made some mistakes early on, but did enough to give his team their first NFC East win since beating Dallas in 2012.

“I was a little shaky early on, but I felt like at halftime I came out and just got a whole lot better.” McCoy said.

After ending regulation tied at 17, McCoy led Washington down the field in overtime, where Kai Forbath eventually kicked the game winning 40 yard field goal.

The Cowboys had their chance after that, but couldn’t get a first down, sealing the win for Washington. Coach Jay Gruden is happy with the road victory, but knows there is still a lot of football to be played.

“It’s a great team win, to get a win on the road,” said Gruden, “but the fact of the matter is, we’re still 3-5 and we have a long way to go.”

Both teams looked a little messy in the first half, with Washington and Dallas both giving up turnovers.  Cowboys coach Jason Garrett says his team couldn’t past the turnovers early in the game.

“The fumbles early on hurt us.  Any time you give the ball up, you obviously eliminate an opportunity to score yourselves,” Garrett said. “There aren’t that many drives in the game.  Those two turnovers early hurt us.”

Both teams looked better in the second half, but in the third quarter Romo left the field after a sack by Washington’s Keenan Robinson with an apparent back injury.  He came back with 1:52 remaining in regulation, despite still being in pain.

“It was obviously pain, but I also felt like I could deal with it,” Romo said.  “I’ve done that before and you just have to play football.”

Garrett said after the game Romo had a back contusion and his x-rays were negative.

Romo’s comeback wasn’t enough to give Dallas the win, and the Cowboys are now 6-2 on the year.

The loss ends the Cowboy’s six game win streak.  Next, Dallas heads to Glendale to take on the Arizona Cardinals Sunday.

Meanwhile, Washington also hits the road Sunday to face the Minnesota Vikings.

To hear audio from the story, click below.

Colt McCoy on his play

Gruden on Team Victory

Jason Garret on Turnovers

Tony Romo on playing through pain

 

 

 

 

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Muschamp: “Florida-Georgia Is One Of The Best Rivalries In College Football”

By on October 28th, 2014

 

Florida (3-3, 2-3 SEC) has never beaten Georgia (6-1, 4-1 SEC) under head coach Will Muschamp. As a player for the Bulldogs, Muschamp never beat the Gators between 1991-1994. The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party will commence this weekend in Jacksonville when the Gators and Bulldogs get together for their annual meeting.

“There’s nothing like it, coming over the bridge and getting ready for this game and the excitement that’ll be in the air, certainly on game day, but the build up to it,” Muschamp said.

During the bye week, Muschamp declared that true freshman Treon Harris will get his first start at quarterback, replacing redshirt junior Jeff Driskel.

“Treon will be getting his first start,” he said. “Excited for him and what he’s going to be able to do. A guy that has a knack for making plays. He’s got a calm, cool, collective air about himself and how he carries himself, and I think he’ll play well.”

The Gators have struggled mightily at producing anything on offense. One reason for that is they turn the ball over at an alarming rate. They’ve turned it over 15 times in the last four games, six of those coming in their previous game against Missouri. Muschamp emphasized the importance of ball security to his team during the bye week.

“When you get opportunities to make plays, you gotta make some plays and that’s how you build confidence within a game situation. Those opportunities will happen on Saturday. You gotta go out there and coach well and prepare your players for those situations when they happen. You gotta go make some plays. You gotta catch the ball, you gotta throw it to the right spots, you can’t force the ball, you gotta take care of the football. That’s the number one thing our team needs to do right now is take care of the ball. If we’re able to do that, we’ll give ourselves a chance to win. And if we don’t take care of the ball, it don’t really matter.”

A few of the players on Florida are from the state of Georgia, including linebacker Michael Taylor and center Max Garcia. Neither of them have beaten the Bulldogs since they’ve been at UF, so they’re desperate for a win.

“Being recruited by them (Georgia) and being recruited from the state of Georgia means a lot because you chose to go away for college,” Taylor said. “It’s a big game, it impacts us too as it does probably Muschamp too, he went there. It’s a big game for all of us, it’s the border rivalry. You want to play good in this game. This game has decided who’s going to come out of the [SEC] East for the last couple years, except for last year.”

“I’m a Georgia boy. One of the first memories I have is watching this game. I just feel like this game has so much hype, so much tension around it,” Max Garcia said. “I don’t even know how to describe the atmosphere. It’s so much antsiness and anxiousness around the game. It’s a huge game. Guys are really locked in from our lift this morning, guys are just focusing on trying to get better.”

Despite the controversy surrounding whether Muschamp is going to lose his job, his players are standing by him. Garcia referred to him as a “father figure.” Mike Taylor “wouldn’t want to play for anybody else right now.”

One way the Gators can at least improve the chances of Muschamp sticking around until the end of the season is to get their first win against Georgia since 2010.

Florida and Georgia will kickoff from Everbank field in Jacksonville on Saturday at 3:30. Pregame coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN 850 WRUF.

For audio of the above quotes, click below:

Muschamp on the excitement before Florida Georgia

Muschamp on Treon starting at QB

Muschamp on taking care of the football

Mike Taylor on the hype surrounding this game, especially being from Georgia

Max Garcia on what this game means to him

 

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Tuesday Sports Update (10/28)

By on October 28th, 2014

The World Series continues, the NBA regular season gets underway, an upset on Monday Night Football and more in our Tuesday Sports Update…

** The San Francisco Giants can win the World Series tonight with a victory in Game 6 in Kansas City; the Giants are up in games 3-2.

** The NBA regular season kicks off tonight with three games including Orlando at New Orleans.   The Boston Celtics make some roster cuts and one of them was former Gator Erik Murphy.

** On Monday Night Football, the Washington Redskins upset the Dallas Cowboys 20-17 in overtime.

** FSU running back Karlos Williams is being investigated by the Tallahassee Police Department about an alleged domestic battery involving his girlfriend.

** The Gator football team’s game at Vanderbilt next week will be a night game and start at 7:30 pm.

** Ole Miss, coming off its first loss of the year in football, also loses one of its top defenders as starting linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche is lost for the season after breaking his ankle last weekend.

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Around the NFL: Florida Edition

By on October 28th, 2014

Only one of three NFL teams in Florida emerged victorious this weekend at the end of Week 8.

That team was the Miami Dolphins, who defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-13 to improve to 4-3 on the season.   The now 1-7 Jags struggled to get anything going on offense for most of the game and were dominated both at the line of scrimmage and in the secondary by the Dolphin defense. Jags quarterback Blake Bortles threw for 221 yards and also threw two costly interceptions that were returned for touchdowns.

“The defense played really well. The offensive line played really well,” said Bortles. “I’m killing us, so I have to try and eliminate different things and be better.”

The Jags will try to redeem themselves when they play the Bengals in Cincinnati this weekend.

Despite winning the game, the Dolphins were grossly ineffective on offense. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for just 178 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

“We didn’t put those points up, the defense put those points up today,” said Tannehill. “We have to be able to go out and execute no matter who we’re playing. We didn’t perform up to our standards today in any aspect.”

The Dolphins will try to string together their third win in a row when they play the San Diego Chargers at home next weekend.

Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dropped their sixth game of the season after losing to the Minnesota Viking 19-13 in overtime. The Bucs struggled on offense for most of the game and failed to put any points on the board until the fourth quarter. Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon was sacked five times as he threw for just one touchdown and one interception in the loss.

The Bucs will try to bounce back when they face the 4 and 3 Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

To hear audio from the players click below:

Bortles

Tannehill

 

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Bucs come up short, lose to Vikings 19-13

By on October 28th, 2014

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday 19-13 in overtime. The Bucs came off of a bye week last week and the Vikings come off a loss to the Bills.

This is the second overtime loss for the Bucs in the 2014 season, the first being to the New Orleans Saints.

Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon threw to tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins to give the Bucs a 13-10 lead with a little over two minutes left in the game.

The game then went into overtime after Vikings kicker Blair Walsh nailed a 38 yard field goal on the last play of regulation, tying the game 13-13.

Minnesota linebacker Anthony Barr, the Vikings first round pick out of UCLA, came up with the game winner as he returned a 27 yard fumble for a touchdown in overtime.

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater finished with 241 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions, while Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon went for 171 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

The Bucs travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns on Sunday at 1.

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Dolphins Defense Comes Up Big in Win Over Jacksonville

By on October 28th, 2014

The Miami Dolphins came out of Jacksonville with a 27-13 win over the Jaguars on Sunday as Miami’s defense finished with four sacks, and two interceptions, both going for touchdowns.   The defense also recovered a fumble and all this was done despite giving up the most yards in a game all season.

In his first start of the season, Jaguars running back Denard Robinson ran for 108 yards on 18 carries. In the passing side of things, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for 196 yards with a touchdown and an interception.  On the other side, Jaguars rookie QB Blake Bortles threw for 221 yards with a touchdown and two picks.

The Miami Dolphins improved to 4-3 on the season and will return home to take on the San Diego Chargers (5-3) next week. The Jacksonville Jaguars fell to 1-7 and will travel to Cincinnati next weekend to take on the Cincinnati Bengals (4-2-1).

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Gator Volleyball Downs the Bulldogs, Extends Win Streak to 11 Matches; Continues SEC Dominance

By on October 27th, 2014

The eighth ranked Florida volleyball got its 11th straight victory Sunday with a 3-0 sweep (25-9, 25-14, 25-16) of Mississippi State in an afternoon clash at the  Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Florida tacked on its 10th SEC victory, improving to 16-3 on the season and an undefeated 10-0 in league play.

Stabilized by the veteran back row and senior Taylor Unroe’s 14 digs, the Orange and Blue posted their eighth SEC sweep – second against Mississippi State — using a team-best 10 kills from freshman Rhamat Alhassan, while junior middle Simone Antwi hit a career-best .875 (7-0-8) against Mississippi State (6-19, 1-9 SEC).

The Gators jumped out to an early lead, and never looked back. Florida did not give up the lead from start to finish, outscoring the Bulldogs 59.0 to 19.0.

A total of 15 Gators saw action in UF’s second meeting with the Bulldogs this season, including freshman setter Abby Detering, who dished out a season-best eight assists.

Junior setter Mackenzie Dagostino added 27 assists, while sharing time with Detering. Seniors Holly Pole and Maddy Monserez combined for 15 digs (11 for Pole, 4 for Monserez) and four service aces (two a piece).

Gator head coach Mary Wise credited her senior back row as a big key to her squad’s success.

“A lot of credit in this win goes to the play of our three seniors: serving, passing and digging, ” Wise said. “They played like the focused, senior veterans that they are.”

Florida held Mississippi State to nine points in a 25-9 first-set decision, the lowest point total for a Gator opponent in a set this season, while the Bulldogs had just 15 kills in the match, the lowest for a UF foe in SEC play since 2012 when MSU had 14 in the Gator-Bulldog match up two years ago.

MSU became UF’s 13th opponent this season under a .197 hitting efficiency, and the second to record a negative team clip (-.012).

Florida will keep the pedal on the gas with its next match, a mid-week tilt Wednesday at Georgia. The Bulldogs and Gators last met in Gainesville October 10th, a 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-16) sweep in favor of the Orange and Blue. The Gators are 57-9 all-time against the Bulldogs, and 54-1 under Mary Wise.

First serve between the Gators and Bulldogs is slated for 7 p.m. from Athens. Catch the call on ESPN 850 WRUF.

For postgame comments from Mary Wise, Abby Detering, Simone Antwi, and Samantha Dubiel, click below:

Wise recaps the Mississippi State match and the impact of the seniors

Wise talks about the play of the back row (Monserez, Unroe, Pole)

Wise talks about the growth of the more experienced players thanks to the younger players (off the court)

Detering talks about her growth as a player throughout the season

Antwi talks about growing as a team after every match

Antwi talks about how the depth comes in handy during two-match weekends

Antwi talks about there not being difference between having Dagostino or Detering at setter

Dubiel talks about waiting for her number to be called on the bench

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Monday Sports Update (10/27)

By on October 27th, 2014

The San Francisco Giants get a big win, new college football polls, NFL news, Gator sports and more in our Monday Sports Update…

** The San Francisco Giants are one win away from a World Series championship after beating the Kansas City Royals 5-0 Sunday night behind the complete game shutout pitching of Madison Bumgarner.   Game 6 in KC Tuesday.

** Sad news in baseball too as St.Louis outfielder Oscar Taveras, an up and coming star, dies in a car crash at the age of 22.

** The new college football polls are out and there are still five SEC teams ranked in the top ten in both polls.

** Sad news to report today in football as well as former Gator offensive lineman and NFL offensive lineman Mo Collins has passed away at the age of 38.

** In the NFL, Miami beats Jacksonville 27-13 and Minnesota tops Tampa Bay 19-13.  On Monday Night Football tonight it’s Washington at Dallas.

** Both the Gator volleyball and soccer teams get wins on Sunday.   Gator volleyball remains unbeaten in the SEC with a sweep of Mississippi State and soccer beats LSU 3-0.

** Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the NASCAR race in Martinsville, Virginia, his fourth win of the year.   Jeff Gordon finishes second.   Earnhardt however has been eliminated from the Chase For The Cup.

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Bortles’ mistakes gives Dolphins the win, Former Gators talk Georgia, Muschamp, and Fans

By on October 27th, 2014

Both the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins looked to win their second consecutive game for the first time since last year on Sunday. With the help of Jaguar quarterback Blake Bortles, the Dolphins were able to overcome poor offensive play to beat the Jaguars, 27-13.

The Jaguars now move to 1-7 on the year. The Dolphins improve to 4-3.

Bortles finished with 221 yards and a touchdown, but two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns gave the Dolphins the lead. The Jaguar offense moved the ball well in the first half, but costly penalties on fourth down disallowed Josh Scobee from making several field goals.

The Jaguar defense was able to contain Miami’s offense in the first half, only allowing three yards in the first quarter and 56 in the half. Yet, the Dolphins found their way in the second half with a passing touchdown and several field goals from former Gator Caleb Sturgis.

The Jags will travel next week to Cincinnati to face the Bengals. The Fins will be back home against the San Diego Chargers.

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With the Dolphins in Jacksonville, we were able to catch up with former Gators Mike Pouncey and Jelani Jenkins. As well as we spoke with former Gator Josh Evans of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“I think this is going to be the biggest game of the year for our program,” said Mike Pouncey about the Florida-Georgia game. “Obviously we have been struggling a bit, but once a Gator always a Gator and just proud with the effort they put forth.”

“I think we are going to come out ready to play,” said Jelani Jenkins about the Florida-Georgia game.

Jenkins continues with comments about his former coach, “Whatever is going on there we’ll definitely fix. I have complete faith in Muschamp.”

Josh Evans talked about staying with your team in tough times.  ”You always want to stick with your team. You don’t want to discourage anyone, you want to keep motivating them,” Evans said.

To hear audio from the story, click below:

Pouncey on the Florida-Georgia rivalry

Jenkins on the Gators’ readiness for Georgia

Jenkins says the Gators always play with passion

Evans says the fans need to show support

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