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49ers Overcome Half-Time Deficit, Beat Rams 31-17

By on October 14th, 2014

The San Francisco 49ers came from behind on the road to beat the St. Louis Rams 31-17 last night in Monday Night Football to win their third straight game.

The Rams were leading 14-3 late in the second quarter when tight end Jared Cook was called for offensive pass interference after a 21 yard pass from quarterback Austin Davis.  St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher says the call was what turned the game around.

“You know that’s a point swing.  We’re in field goal range.  We’ve got a good kicker and it might even be seven,” Fisher said. “And then we come back and we give up the long touchdown pass.  So it’s a big swing there, but it started with the OPI call.”

After that call and the half, San Francisco dominated, with the 49ers putting up 21 points to the Rams’ three in the last two quarters.

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had his best game since Week 1, throwing for 343 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Coach Jim Harbaugh talks about his quarterback’s success.

“He had pin-point throws. He had throws where he laid it in there perfectly, got the step-up and got the check down. He kept the chains moving.” Harbaugh said. “I thought he was really on his game tonight.”

Kaepernick threw touchdowns to three different receivers; Brandon Lloyd, Anquan Boldin, and Michael Crabtree.  The quarterback credits his receiving corps with the great offensive showing.

“It’s very comforting for a quarterback. You look across the board, we have number one receivers and you really have to pick your poison of who you want to match up on.” Kaepernick said.

St. Louis had one last chance to keep itself in the game and tie it back up late in the fourth, but Dontae Johnson came up with a 20 yard pick-six  to seal the deal for the 49ers with 53 second to go.

Harbaugh was happy to see his team get the come-from-behind win.

“It was a hard tough win on the road…a division opponent. They really came after us.  We had some mistakes early, some adversity early,” Harbaugh said. “But our guys really showed championship character I thought. I’m proud of the way they stepped up.”

The Rams are now 0-3 at home this season.  They’ll look to get their first home win Sunday against the Seahawks.

The 49ers stay on the road to face the Denver Broncos Sunday night.

To hear audio from the story, click below:

Jeff Fisher on OPI Call

Jim Harbaugh on Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick on Wide Receivers

Jim Harbaugh on Tough Win

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Muschamp: Driskel and Harris Will Both Play Against Missouri

By on October 14th, 2014

On Monday, following Florida’s 30-27 frustrating loss to LSU, Gator head coach Will Muschamp said the team just needed to make “one more play.”

That one play was on the verge of coming to fruition, but Florida tight end Tevin Westbrook dropped a pass in the end zone on third-and-goal late in the fourth quarter that would’ve likely won the game for the Gators.

Despite the loss, Muschamp knows the team still controls, to some degree, its journey to Atlanta for the SEC Championship game.

“We still have everything sitting in front of us as far as controlling our own destiny and where we want to go and that’s to Atlanta. And that starts with Missouri.”

Coach Boom also mentioned that both quarterbacks, Jeff Driskel and Treon Harris, will see playing time this weekend against Mizzou.

“They both will play this week. We’ll work through the week and see how things go. Right now Jeff will probably start, but they both are going to play.”

Driskel said he’s never played in a two-quarterback system before, but he’s open to it, if it helps the team.

“Treon and I are both going to work hard this week, we’re both going to work for each other and we’re both going to hope that the other person does well when they’re in. Obviously that’s something that we think is going to help the team, so if it’s going to help the team, I’m all for it.”

On the defensive side of the ball, the Gator defense played well for the most part against LSU, before having a coverage breakdown that led to a 41-yard completion on third-and-25 late in the fourth quarter.

Florida safety Keanu Neal said it was his fault for not communicating to cornerback Brian Poole what the play was. Neal talked about how frustrating it is to still have communication problems five games in.

“Of course it’s frustrating. Like I said, it was louder in the stadium, so it’s hard to hear. We just gotta look at each other more and signal better because obviously we couldn’t hear each other.”

Meanwhile, Coach Muschamp addressed the injuries on the team as well.

“Leon Orr (defensive lineman) is questionable with his knee. I thought he’d be back by now, but we’ll see how he works this week. Matt Jones (running back), it was not a knee, it was more of an ankle that he had from the previous game. He felt it was a little loose. We think we’ll get him back by Wednesday.”

“D.J. Humphries (offensive lineman) had a knee in the game, we think we’ll get him back Wednesday. Latroy Pittman (wide-receiver), everything has come out fine. He’s day-to-day, everything is checked out to be normal. And we’ll get Vernon Hargreaves back on Tuesday.”

Kickoff for Florida’s Homecoming game against Missouri is set for 7, but ESPN 850 WRUF has you covered with pregame coverage starting at 3.

For audio of the above quotes, click below:

Muschamp on team still controlling their own destiny

Muschamp on both QBs playing this weekend

Driskel on playing in a two quarterback system

Neal on the communication issues

Muschamp on injuries

 

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Tuesday Sports Update (10/14)

By on October 14th, 2014

Some interesting Gator football news, Monday Night Football, more talk at FSU and the baseball playoffs in our Tuesday Sports Update…

** Gator football coach Will Muschamp said Monday that both Jeff Driskel and Treon Harris will see action at quarterback Saturday against Missouri.   He did not name a starter but said Driskel “probably” would start the game.

** FSU football coach Jimbo Fisher says his quarterback, Jameis Winston, will not miss any time despite a student conduct code investigation into an alleged sexual assault.  Various media reports say Winston will be investigated for two possible sexual misconduct charges.

** Buffalo University is looking for a new football coach today after the school fired Jeff Quinn after a loss to Eastern Michigan Saturday.

** On Monday Night Football, San Francisco erases an early 14-0 deficit and goes on to beat the St. Louis Rams 31-17.

** The ALCS was rained out in Kansas City last night so they’ll try it again today.   Game 3 of the NLCS is also scheduled for today.

** The Arizona Diamondbacks have a new manager today after hiring Oakland A’s bench coach Chip Hale.

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Noami Santos-Lamb: Never Far From Home

By on October 14th, 2014

Scan through the program at a Gator volleyball game, and you’ll see players from all over the United States. Keep scanning, and you’ll come across Noami Santos-Lamb. The Puerto Rico native, Santos-Lamb is a 5’11″ redshirt junior outside hitter. Unlike many of the players on the team, she attended high school outside of the states, attending Carvin School in her hometown of Carolina.

Santos-Lamb comes from a family of athletes; her father was a college and professional basketball player, her mother was a track star in college for Puerto Rico. And it was her father that taught her to play volleyball when she was four.

“Growing up, he tried to teach me how to play basketball and they (her parents) always tried to teach me,” Santos-Lamb said. “But I never liked the sport as a child. I played in high school and middle school, but I was never a fan of contact sports.”

Prior to attending Florida, Santos-Lamb represented her country in the 2010 FIVB World Championship, before receiving the honor again in 2014.

“It was great,” Santos-Lamb said. “It was great to get the call from not only a great player, but my close friend Aury Cruz. She was the first person to call me, even before I knew that I was going to be called.”

Through the national team, Santos-Lamb played alongside former Gator standout and All-American Aury Cruz, who played a vital role as an unofficial ambassador for the university.

“This is really surprising,” Santos-Lamb said. “But I never really knew about college athletics until late in high school, like junior year when I started getting offers. And my first offer ever was Florida; the first school to ever show interest was Florida…nobody ever really stood a chance, in that way.”

Once at Florida, Santos-Lamb quickly acclimated herself into the squad. She saw action in 15 matches, including sets in the NCAA tournaments. The biggest blow for the outside hitter came in the preseason of her sophomore year, when she tore her ACL. The injury would force her to redshirt a season, and cost her a year of game play.

“It was a really tough time,” Santos-Lamb said. “I was crying on the sideline in the first match of that season. It was a hard time. To come out here, and do all the work, and in a split second, a year is gone.”

But through hard training regiment, and the support of her family, coaches, and team, she was able to make a full recovery.

Santos-Lamb is now a redshirt junior and is posting season-high numbers across the board. She says that the outlook on the season is bright, and that the team is taking a different approach to the season, not just focusing on winning a “natty champ” (national championship).

“We’re just winning,” she said. “And then we move on. It’s about learning when we win. We’ve been having a lot of discussions and dialog about what’s going on within the team.”

 

 

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Bucs defeated yet again, lose to Ravens 48 to 17

By on October 14th, 2014

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the Baltimore Ravens at home 48 to 17 on Sunday. With this loss, the Bucs are now 1-5 for the season.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw five touchdowns in the first half of the game, becoming the first quarterback to do so since Tom Brady in 2009.

Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon started for his third game of the season, throwing two touchdowns and an interception.

The Bucs were finally able to score early in the third quarter with a 47 yard field goal. Glennon then threw to Mike Evans and former Gator Louis Murphy each for touchdowns.

The Bucs defense didn’t perform up to par but head coach Lovie Smith said there is “zero chance we change our scheme.”

The defense wasn’t able to pressure the Ravens offense, with not a single sack or interception.

The Bucs are now 0-3 at home.

“For our sake we are a better football team than that and I thought we would play better,” said Smith after the embarrassing loss.

To hear audio from the story, click below.

Head Coach Lovie Smith

Bucs Head Coach Lovie Smith 2

 

 

 

 

 

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Miami Dolphins Lose in Closing Seconds to the Green Bay Packers, 30-27

By on October 14th, 2014

With 2:04 left in the game, no timeouts left and on his own 40, Aaron Rodgers did what he does best, win football games. Rodgers engineered a 60-yard TD drive, ending it with a four yard touchdown pass with :03 seconds left to tight end Andrew Quarless to seal the deal and give the Green Bay Packers a 30-27 win over the Miami Dolphins.

Rodgers threw for 264 yards and three passing TDs, while Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill threw for 244 yards, two TDS and two interceptions. Jarvis Landry of the Miami Dolphins had the most successful game of his short NFL career, catching six balls for 75 yards and getting his first career receiving touchdown.

After the game, quarterback Ryan Tannehill said it was a tough loss for his team.

“We didn’t play well in the first half, but we fought ourselves back, made a bunch of plays in the second half, and then didn’t get it done there in the end with offense or defense,” he said.

Miami coach Joe Philbin praised the Packers.

“You’ve got to give them credit, they executed better,” he said.  “We had 70 yards of offense at halftime, that’s not good enough, it doesn’t matter what league you’re in, it definitely isn’t acceptable in this league.”

The Dolphins dropped to 2-3 on the season, and will travel to Chicago next week to take on the Bears, who come fresh off of a 27-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

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Monday Sports Update (10/13)

By on October 13th, 2014

A new number one in college football, NFL news, NASCAR, the baseball playoffs and more in our Monday Sports Update…

** There’s a new number one team in this week’s Top 25 polls and that is Mississippi State, vaulting now number two FSU.   Ole Miss, Baylor and Notre Dame round out the top five.

** All Florida teams lost in NFL action Sunday.   Jacksonville remains winless after a 16-14 loss at Tennessee; Tampa Bay was drilled 48-17 by Baltimore and Miami lost late at home to Green Bay 27-24.

** Monday Night Football tonight has San Francisco at St. Louis.

** In baseball’s NLCS, Kolten Wong hits a walk off homer to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 5-4 win over San Francisco to even that series at 1-1.  In the ALCS, Kansas City returns home with a 2-0 lead over Baltimore.

** Kevin Harvick wins the NASCAR race in North Carolina on Saturday and after the race, Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski went at it with Kenseth mad that Keselowski hit his car on pit road after the checkered flag went out.

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Gator Volleyball Sweeps Texas A&M; Completes Sweep of SEC Weekend

By on October 13th, 2014

The ninth ranked Florida volleyball team got its third win over a top-25 opponent this season with a sweep against 19th ranked Texas A&M (25-12, 25-23, 25-17) to complete a weekend sweep at home in front of the Gator faithful in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The Orange and Blue added a sixth win to their undefeated SEC slate, while improving to 12-3 overall on the season.

Florida relied on its veteran defense in the back row and posted 10 blocks on the afternoon as UF limited the Aggies (11-5, 3-2 SEC) to just a .119 hitting efficiency in the three-set victory. The Gators rode the arms of sophomore right side Alex Holston and freshman middle blocker Rhamat Alhassan, as the duo combined for 23 kills and nine blocks. Holston hit a season-best .545 on the afternoon, while Alhassan turned in a .368 clip.

Senior Taylor Unroe paced the Gators with 10 digs, while fellow senior libero Holly Pole scooped up nine. Holston rallied for a season-tying seven digs and UF had zero reception errors for the fourth time this season.

The Gators are undefeated all-time against Texas A&M, including a perfect 5-0 at home in the O’Dome now.

UF slammed down 43 kills, compared to Texas A&M’s 29, and the Orange and Blue limited the league’s top hitting team to a .119 hitting efficiency while turning in its second-best offensive efficiency in SEC play with a .395 hitting percentage.

Gator head coach Mary Wise pointed out postgame that despite the strong offensive numbers in the box score, the defense was the biggest factor in this match.

“As good as the offensive numbers were in this match,” Wise said. “The true story has to be our defense. From the serve, the block, the back row play — it was as good a defensive performance as we’ve had all year.”

The Gators will now have a quick turnaround as the Gators head to Columbia, South Carolina for a mid-week tilt against the Gamecocks. First serve between the Gamecocks and Gators is slated for 6 p.m. at the Carolina Volleyball Center. After the Wednesday match, the Gators will next play Sunday at home against Arkansas. You can catch both matches on ESPN 850 WRUF.

To hear postgame comments from coach Wise, Taylor Unroe, and Alex Holston, click below:

Wise recaps the Texas A&M match

Wise discusses the play of Taylor Unroe

Unroe talks about the preparation coming into the match

Unroe on building her dig game

Holston recaps the Texas A&M match

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LSU Hits Game-Winning Field Goal To Hand Florida A Crushing Defeat

By on October 12th, 2014

LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye hit a 50-yard field goal with three seconds left to hand Florida football a heart-breaking 30-27 defeat at home in The Swamp on Saturday night.

The game-winning field goal was made possible after LSU safety Rickey Jefferson hauled in a tipped interception throw from Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel, who tried to force a slant pass into slot receiver Latroy Pittman. Jefferson returned it to the UF 36-yard line to set up the game-winner that perhaps never should have happened.

Why you ask?

LSU had no timeouts, but decided to run it on first down with 24 seconds remaining and it appeared as though the clock was going to run out and the game was headed for overtime. However, in bizarre fashion, the officials stopped play for some unexplained reason and re-set the game clock to eight seconds. That gave LSU a chance at a game-winner and they made it count. The victory gave LSU head coach Les Miles his 100th win.

Florida head coach Will Muschamp was just as perplexed as everyone else as to why the referees put more time on the clock at the end.

“Down there at the end, I’m not real sure exactly what happened with the clock. I’ve never been in a situation where they put seven seconds back on the clock. I’ll call Steve Shaw [SEC coordinator of officials] for an explanation, I don’t know if I’ll ever get any, but certainly will call to try and find out. I never got an explanation on the sideline.”

Driskel said it was a crushing way to lose.

“It’s a really tough loss. We would’ve liked to pull it out, but all our goals are in front of us. Hats off to LSU, they played a great game. We did a lot of nice things and a lot of things that obviously we need to get corrected. We’re gonna be down for today, watch the film and move forward and focus on Missouri and not look back.”

Florida wide-receiver/returner Andre Debose got the scoring started in the first quarter after he took a 62-yard punt return to the house. It was his first career punt return for a touchdown. On the second drive of the game for the Gator offense, quarterback Jeff Driskel fumbled deep in Florida territory and LSU recovered.  LSU promptly ran two running plays for running back Leonard Fournette who bulldozed his way into the end zone to tie the game at 7-7 with just over six minutes to go in the first quarter.

Florida’s offense would respond on its very next drive, putting together a nice eight play 75-yard drive that ended with a nine yard TD run by Driskel. A key play that kept the drive alive came when Driskel kept it on fourth-and-one to pick up the first down at the LSU 24-yard line. Florida led 14-7 after a quarter.

The Gators would tack on three more at the start of the second quarter to make it 17-7, after kicker Frankie Velez knocked in a 34-yard field goal.

LSU would cut it to 17-14 on a 12 play 75-yard drive punctuated by a one yard TD run on fourth down by Kenny Hilliard. The Tigers only threw one pass on the drive. Instead, they gave it to their assortment of running backs who combined to rush for 70 yards on the scoring march.

Driskel threw his first interception of the game right before the half, but the Gators took their 17-14 lead into halftime. On the night, Driskel finished 14 of 25 for 183 yards yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. He also had 71 yards on the ground and a score. LSU scored 10 points on all three of Driskel’s turnovers.

On LSU’s second possession of the second half, they had an eight minute 65-yard drive that ended with a two-yard touchdown run from Leonard Fournette, who finished with 27 carries for 140 yards and two TD’s. The Gators had two costly defensive penalties called on them on two crucial third downs, giving the Tigers extra chances to take the lead. However, LSU missed the extra point to give them a 20-17 advantage which they would take into the fourth quarter.

Debose came up big for the Gators again late in the fourth when he returned a punt 53 yards to set the offense up for a go-ahead score at the LSU nine yard line. Two plays later, Driskel connected on an 11-yard touchdown pass to wide-receiver Demarcus Robinson. That gave the Gators a 24-20 lead with six minutes to go in the game.

It looked like the Gators were going to get the stop they needed after LSU had a third-and-25, but Jennings found a wide-open Travin Dural for a 41 yard completion. He hooked up with Dural again two plays later for an 11-yard touchdown to put the Tigers out in front 27-24.

“Had our opportunities, countless,” Florida head coach Will Muschamp said. “Third-and-25 and we had a miscommunication on an empty-check. You cut a guy loose in that situation you don’t deserve to win.”

Then Florida answered right back when Jeff Driskel hit Demarcus Robinson on a 73-yard pass that put the Gators at the LSU two yard line. The Orange and Blue had three chances to punch it in but couldn’t get it done. Florida tight end Tevin Westbrook dropped a sure catch in the end zone that might have been the game winning touchdown.  Instead, the Gators had to settle for a game-tying field goal to make it 27 all with 1:49 left in the game.

After stopping LSU, the Gators got the ball back and drove to the LSU 45 before the big interception that gave the Tigers their first SEC victory of the season.

Despite the brutal loss, Debose says the team won’t let it keep them down.

“This team is a well-knit team, we’re as close as they come. This won’t bother us much. We’re anxious to get back to work Monday or Tuesday. We’re just going to look forward, we can’t dawn on the past. We fought our hearts out, we left it all the line, so that’s we can ask for.”

Florida defensive lineman Alex McCalister still thinks the team can make it to Atlanta for the SEC championship game.

“We still control our own destiny. We lost to a team in the [SEC] West. We got four more games in the East. So it’s still on the table, being in the SEC championship at the end.”

Next up, Florida plays Missouri in Gainesville for its Homecoming game Saturday at 7.

For audio of the above quotes, click below:

Muschamp said he didn’t get an explanation why the refs put more time on the clock at the end of the game

Driskel on the tough loss

Muschamp on the 3rd & 25 play

Debose says they will rebound after a tough loss

McCalister on the team still controlling their own destiny

 

 

 

 

 

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Gators/LSU: Photo Gallery

By on October 12th, 2014

Some photographs from the Gators 30-27 loss to the LSU Tigers.

 

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