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Gators get back on track with win against Bulldogs

UGA Celebration Well, time to update my bio page, because Florida's 34-31 overtime win against Georgia definitely goes near the top of the list of best sporting events I've ever attended.

A good game really snuck up on everyone today. The Gators led 21-7 at the half and it wasn't particularly well-played, but things really got going in the fourth quarter, when the two teams combined for 31 points to send it to overtime, where Will Hill picked off a pass and Chas Henry ended it with a 37-yard field goal.

I went down on the sideline for overtime, and it was without a doubt the best atmosphere I've ever witnessed. My complaint about the neutral site for this game has always been that, while it's never quiet, it's rarely very loud. That wasn't the case in overtime.

As they prepared for the coin toss, both sides of the stadium were going completely nuts, with players dancing on the field and the most deafening noise level I've ever heard there. As a Jaguars fan, seeing 84,444 rabid fans at EverBank Field made me pretty jealous. If the Jags had that every Sunday they'd be really tough to deal with.

I'll get more into what Florida's offense did differently as the week goes on, but here are my thoughts coming out of the game.

UF ran a no-huddle offense, which seemed to work pretty well. UF coach Urban Meyer (that's him in the blue shirt in the picture, and that's punter/hero kicker Chas Henry ahead of Meyer on his teammates' shoulders) loved Oklahoma's no-huddle attack in 2008, and tonight was the best I've seen the Gators run it. Florida used to call that the "Banzai Offense," and it was more of a hurry-up-and-wait scheme where they audible five times, call timeout or jump offsides. Looked better tonight, but I guess that's what happens when you have two weeks to practice it.

The offense definitely looked different tonight, but a lot of that had to do with personnel. Emmanuel Moody and Mike Gillislee didn't play, and those frustrating dive and swing pass calls stayed on the sideline with them. Instead, Chris Rainey sparked the outside running game, which opened things up for Trey Burton to run up the middle. Burton went wild, picking up 110 yards and two scores on 17 carries, including a 51-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Florida did an awful lot of rotating at quarterback between John Brantley, Burton and even Jordan Reed, who had 19 yards on three carries and definitely needs more chances. I like the different looks, but I'd also like to see them find a way to succeed with Brantley. As things stand, it's pretty clear they aren't confident enough in Brantley to shape the offense around him.

But maybe they don't need to. The main issue I see is that Brantley isn't going to run and Burton isn't going to throw, so Florida is still predictable based on who they put back there. But with Rainey back and Jeff Demps on his way to full health, there are a lot of possibilities for what the Gators can do out of the backfield. They also used some pre-snap motions to swap Burton and Brantley in hopes of messing with the defense. Never looked like it worked particularly well to me, but it was something, right?

That's really what this game came down to for me. After the bland, crappy performances of the past month, the Gators needed to come out and show they had a pulse. They did that today. Even noted ball-dropper Deonte Thompson looked good. That catch down at the 2-yard line to set up Demps' touchdown run was incredible. On the flipside, UF did a good job on UGA stud wideout AJ Green (4 catches, 42 yards, TD). By the way, Green called for the ball on his TD in triple coverage, then scored anyway. Kid's a baller.

What was your favorite moment from tonight's game? What impressed you and what didn't? And where does that rank for you all-time for Florida-Georgia games? Anyone dressing up as Chas for Halloween?


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Hola Cane Fan ... U know, the young Gators aren't a very good team, yet ...

What's your excUse 3 years in wit Ur Top talent ?

By far the Thompson catch at the end of the game was my favorite moment! For a guy who constantly drops the ball, to make that catch was amazing! A close second was seeing Henry nail that kick. This guy is by far the best punter in college football, and he stepped into a position simply to help out the team, and unfortunately missed some huge field goals that cost us 2 games. So to see him get some redemption, was great!

Congratulations to the Lizard nation for
"stealing" the game from the dawgs and winning the " felon Bowl "

Stealing??? That's funny! Congratulations Virginia, for showing the Canes who they really are!!

Virgina? Virginia? That's like losing to Vandy.....

Favorite moment was Trey Burton's 51 yard TD run. Excellent game! Both teams played their hearts out.

Mike, excellent analysis. Offense is still too predictable, but I give Meyer (and Addazio, maybe?) credit for trying different things. Rainey looked great. Moody looked great on the sidelines, where he belongs!

Can't believe a Cane troll still had the gall to post here. FZB, you're a loser. Go read all the pathetic posts on the Cane articles as the "Cane fans" rip apart their coaches, QBs, and everything else green & orange. What a laughingstock. But that's not as important as coming to Gator Clause and fulfilling your Gator envy.

Deonte's catch was the play of the game. the INT in OT by Hill was a very close second!

Young Gators? 3 fresmen make them young? Cames puked themselves. Gatard trash puked themselves too just that a horrible UgA puked itself worse. Feel real good about an OT win to a team that lost to Colorado? Appy State and Carolina are drooling at playing Gatard trash.

No QB and No RB = coach's fake heart attack.

A team full of veterans losing again!! Feel proud of that one buddy!! Soon to be 9 straight seasons of mediocrity, feel real good about that one too! 7 straight years without even sniffing a conference championship, something to be proud of as well!!!

Int machine for a QB plus glorified head coach plus over-rated recruiting class = 9 straight years of a joke of a program.

Canes really stunk it up, no excuses. Thats college football for ya. The gators finally showed some life, but we still need a lot of work. Burton is the future! We still lose to s carolina tho. We can save our season when we beat the criminoles...again .

Favorite moment was the last second ticking off the clock as UM loses to Virginia.

A great Weekend: A Gator Victory, a UM and FSU loss. All is right in the World!

Young Gators? 3 fresmen make them young? Cames puked themselves. Gatard trash puked themselves too just that a horrible UgA puked itself worse. Feel real good about an OT win to a team that lost to Colorado? Appy State and Carolina are drooling at playing Gatard trash.

No QB and No RB = coach's fake heart attack.

Posted by: Fast Forward | October 31, 2010 at 10:22 AM

you must not have taken a look at UFs roster before...

Great game, hopefully this jump starts them!

Fast Forward = loser Cane groupie obsessed with Gator Nation. You sound like a lil B$$tch: "We were bad, but you were bad too, and the only reason you won is because your opponent was worse!" What kind of poor excuse for a man are you? You measure the worth of your team by constantly comparing it to ours. Do you see me writing on the Cane blog? You got a small wee wee, it seems.

nice kick Chas

1) Chas hitting the 3 for the win and confidence
2)Deonte's catch
3) Trey all day

Hands down it is Jacory getting pounded into the turf....

Who cares what UM did? The answer is nobody who matters. I'd love to see the ticket stubs of the unwanted canes fans who post to this site. Bet none of them go to the actual games. But even if, who cares. I can only speak for myself but know thisbp. I couldn't care less what you think or your half assed theories or observations. Go get your own blog.

The problem with Hurricane Football U Axe ?

It's Elementary ...


Helloooooo, cane fans, where are you? What's wrong, cavs got your tongue?

Wow great game against a mediocre SEC team of course the gators fit that mold also so I guess celebrate but know at least 2 more losses are on the horizon. SC and Noles will dominate this very average gator team. 5 losses is now the norm for the gators as 4 years of relevance is over.

i put this win against georgia up there with that blocked field goal against South Carolina back in 06. truth be told, our only loss should have been Bama. the other two losses, as bad as we played, we still actually had a chance to win. Vandy will be another good game... man arent we starting to like these close ones???

@UFelony -- Waaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh, whatsamatter, canes no fun no more? All the talk of virtue, graduation rates and good citizenship awards has deteriorated into calls for Randy's head....bunch of hypocrites!

I have been absent for obvious reasons - my mom was sick and I had to pick up a shift at Meatloaf Depot. (Not because the library was closed)

Even though my Canes lost - we put more players in the NFL and have more championships. We will rally around our team & Coach Randy and dare I say 15k strong this weekend at high noon. I have been saying since the FAMU game that we should start the Sylvester Morris kid. This will help our recruiting because high school qbs see that they can start right away. So once again - we beat you in recruiting albeit players no one knows.

Go 'canes!

UFelony - 30 and counting

I just hope when richt gets to miami he doesn't bring that mediocrity with him.

Go 'canes!

...do you get rings for draft picks??? Stick with bragging about your exploits back in the '80's.

Posted by: Da Who?

We invented the swagger and that will evident when we are the 12th man this weekend in Sun Life professional stadium. Maryland will be false starting all over the place because of noise from all the tumble weeds throughout the windy stadium.

Go 'canes!


Sorry for the typo but I was to delirious with laughter!

BTW, do you think the U goes back to giving away game tickets when you purchase something of the value menu at BK?

Checkers will probably give away tickets because they don't have seating and there will be PLENTY of seats available at noon at the Sun Life Stadium.

So to all my fellow cane fans drive to checkers, get the Number 5 ACC coastal meal deal and bring it to the stadium.

Go 'canes!

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