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Dolphins surpass Bears, win 27-14

By on October 21st, 2014

The Miami Dolphins defeated the Chicago Bears on Sunday at home 27-14.

The Dolphins elected to receive after they won the opening coin toss, which they haven’t done all season. However, the Dolphins weren’t able to do anything on the opening drive after a sack on first down.

But the Dolphins did score twice in the first half, heading to the locker room with a score of 14-0.

“I thought we got off to a better start this week than we have in the past,” said Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin.

Chicago and quarterback Jay Cutler answered in the second half with a 10-yard pass to Matt Forte bringing the score to 14-7. However, the Dolphins responded with a drive of 83 yards and scored on a two yard run by running back Lamar Miller.

“We have playmakers all over the field,” said Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

After a blocked field goal attempt by Caleb Sturgis, Chicago would score on its next possession. The Dolphins got a Sturgis field goal to bring the score to the final 27-14.

Tannehill ended the game 25 of 32 with 277 yards and two touchdowns. Miami improves to 3-3 for the season and Chicago drops to 3-4.

Miami heads to Jacksonville to play the Jaguars on Sunday. The Bears play the Patriots in New England on Sunday as well.

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Monday Sports Update (10/20)

By on October 20th, 2014

A new all time touchdown pass leader in the NFL, an NFL team gets a first win, NASCAR, Gator soccer and volleyball and more in our Monday Sports Update…

** Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning became the NFL’s all time touchdown passes leader after his team demolished the San Francisco 49ers 42-17 Sunday night.   Manning needed three TD passes to break the record of 508 set by Brett Favre; he got four in the win.

** The Jacksonville Jaguars get their first win of the season, beating the Cleveland Browns 24-6 Sunday.   Miami also wins, beating Chicago 27-13.

** Monday Night Football tonight has Houston at Pittsburgh.

** In college football, five SEC teams are not in the top ten of both major polls.   Mississippi State is number 0ne in both polls and Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn and Georgia join them in the top ten.

** The Gator volleyball team is unbeaten in SEC play after sweeping Arkansas Sunday.   It was not a good week for Gator soccer as it lost at South Carolina and at Kentucky, losing 2-0 to the Wildcats Sunday.

** In NASCAR, Brad Keselowski had to win the race Sunday at Talladega to advance in the Chase For The Cup and he did just that but Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne did not advance.


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Jaguars Get Their First Win, Former Gators Support Muschamp

By on October 20th, 2014

There was a certain buzz around the stadium before the Jacksonville Jaguars kicked off their Week 7 matchup against the Cleveland Browns. It would not match the feeling in the air after the Jaguars got their win of the season just hours later by a score of 24-6.

A lot of credit can be given to the Jacksonville defense for their first win since beating Houston on December 15th, 2013.

As the offense struggled early on, the defense managed to force field goals deep within the red zone. Following Blake Bortles first quarter interception, the Jaguars held the Browns to four plays of minus five yards.  In the second quarter, the Browns would find themselves inside the 20 once again. The Jaguars stood tall and forced another field goal. In fact, the Browns only put up three points off of Blake Bortle’s three interceptions.

Jacksonville’s offense would finally get going with an Allen Robinson 31 yard touchdown catch to put the Jags up at half. They would never look back.

Denard Robinson would end up having a huge day on the ground as he ran for 127 yards on 22 carries. He also ran for an eight yard touchdown after a Browns muffed punt in the fourth to put Jacksonville up 17 to 6. Minutes later, Storm Johnson sealed the game with a three yard TD run.

The Jaguars now sit at 1-6 on the year.

Jaguars defensive end Andre Branch injured his groin in today’s game. He left the locker room with crutches. Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny will have an MRI on his right shoulder.

With the Cleveland Browns  visiting the Sunshine State, former Gator Joe Haden offered his thoughts on the current struggles going on in Gainesville.

“It’s going to turn around,” Haden said, “It’s going to get back to how it was when I was there with Tebow.”

Current Jaguars safety Josh Evans also offered his thoughts.

“It’s a little bit of embarrassing to see a team like that struggle like that cause I know they are better than that.”

When asked what they thought of Will Muschamp as a head coach, both players responded positively.

“He’s a passionate coach. He’s fiery on the sideline,” Haden stated, “The coach is cool. It’s just time to perform on the field.”

Josh Evans said, “I actually like Muschamp as a head coach.  When I got a chance to play with him, he got me better.”

Evans also stated, “I don’t think that he’s just the one to blame all the time.  It’s a team thing and it’s a team effort.”

To hear audio of the story above, click below:

Haden Believes The Gators Will Turn It Around

Josh Evans Says It Is Embarrassing For Florida Alumni

Haden Thinks Muschamp Is A Passionate Coach

Evans Supports Muschamp And Talks About Defensive Mindset

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Florida Volleyball Tops Arkansas in Straight Sets; Continue Rolling in SEC Play

By on October 20th, 2014

Florida freshman middle blocker Rhamat Alhassan registered a career-best .846 hitting efficiency and junior outside hitter Gabby Mallette put down a season-tying 12 kills as the eighth ranked Gator volleyball squad blanked Arkansas 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-22) Sunday in front of the Florida faithful, solidifying the top spot in the SEC standings as the only team undefeated in conference play.

The first set saw the Gators post seven consecutive points against the Razorbacks and only one lead change. The second set was more back-and-forth, with 12 tie scores and four lead changes. The Gators would also post five consecutive points in the set.

The third and final set was nothing short of a hard-fought battle, as the Gators and Razorbacks would go back and forth, including nine tie scores and two lead changes. Florida would jump out to a 6-1 lead before squandering the advantage, falling to 11-12, before ultimately pulling out the set and match victory.

Sunday’s victory against the Razorbacks (11-9, 5-2 SEC) marked a conference-best nine straight wins for Florida (14-3, 8-0 SEC) and the Gators’ sixth sweep in league play this season. The Orange and Blue posted nine blocks, compared to Arkansas’s two, dug up 36 balls to the Razorback’s 28 and landed six service aces, while Arkansas had just two.

Alhassan and Mallette combined for 23 of Florida’s 44 kills, while sophomore right side Alex Holston added nine slams, three blocks, and seven digs in the sweep. Junior middle blocker Simone Antwi and Alhassan each posted four blocks to help aid the Gator defense. Junior setter Mackenzie Dagostino added 35 assists and two service aces

Gator head coach Mary Wise knew that the Razorbacks would be tough competition for her squad and credited a couple of players for stepping up.

“We played a team in Arkansas that was really on a roll and playing their best volleyball now that they’re healthy. We had enough really good performances, especially by Gabby (Mallette) and Rhamat (Alhassan), to counter a very talented Arkansas team that we’ll see later in the season.”

The Gators will be back in the O’Dome next weekend for a two-match home stand when Florida hosts Missouri Friday and Mississippi State Sunday. First serve between the Gators and Tigers is slated for 7 p.m., while Florida and MSU will tilt at 1:30 p.m. Sunday to wrap up the weekend. The Gators are 3-2 all-time against Mizzou, the defending SEC Champions, as Missouri took both meetings in 2013. UF swept the Bulldogs in Starkville October 5th and is now an undefeated 44-0 against MSU, 35-0 under head coach Mary Wise.

You can catch both matches on ESPN 850 WRUF.

For postgame comments from coach Wise, Mackenzie Dagostino, and Gabby Mallette, click below:

Wise recaps the Arkansas match

Wise talks about the team dropping points in the third set after jumping out to a 6-1 lead

Wise talks about the team learning from each match

Dagostino talks about what the team could learn from playing a tough team like Arkansas

Dagostino talks about staying strong despite leading a match 2-0

Dagostino talks about the team’s mindset being 9-0 in SEC play

Mallette talks about her transition from the bench to an offensive weapon

Mallette talks about the growth she’s seen in her offensive game

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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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