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Gameday blog: UF 26, Canes 3 (F)

I'll be going down to the field with five minutes to play to get postgame quotes. I'll be back afterward to update you on what I find out.

> Another questionable call by officials gives Florida a first and goal on the 3 after an incomplete pass to Percy Harvin is ruled pass interference on Randy Phillips. On third and goal, Florida finall scores on a 3-yard run with 13:39 left. UF 16, UM 3
> I think we'll finally get so UM's offense get a little more aggressive here now that UM is down by two touchdowns.
> And Louis Murphy -- Mr. Talker -- caps another long UF scoring drive -- 95 yards on 5 plays -- with 20-yard touchdown reception. This one looks like its over. UF 23, UM 3.

> Great start for UM on the opening series of the second half -- a three and out with lots of pressure on Tim Tebow.
> How about Patrick Nix. Two called timeouts on UM's opening possession of the second half and an earful for Robert Marve and the offense. Not sure you want to jump on the guys. They're playing well. How do you feel about it?
> Another good stop by Miami's defense on UF's second possession after the Gators picked up a pair of first downs. Too bad UM couldn't capitalize on offense.
> Tight end Anthony Hernandez comes through for the Gators with a big 38-yard catch and run to move UF into UM territory. Can the Canes defense stiffen?
> After further review, the Canes get -- well you know. Carl Moore's catch down the sideline gets overturned, giving UF possession at the UM 5. We go to the fourth quarter.

> Miami caps a 16-play, 42-yard drive with a nice long field goal by Matt Bosher. Gators 7, Canes 3.
> How bout those Northwestern Bulls? UM freshman linebacker Sean Spence comes through with a huge sack of Tim Tebow on third down. Tebow tried to throw the stiff arm. Spence wasn't having it.
> And as promised, we see freshman quarterback Jacory Harris with 10:39 left in the second quarter. Randy Shannon said he would play in the first half. Mark it off. He's in.
> Jacory's first drive picks up a first down but fizzles when his pass falls harmlessly to the ground behind the UF secondary. I wonder if we'll see him again this half.
> The Gators outgained UM 69 to 49 in the first half, but UM won the time of possession battle 8:55 to 6:05... a key if the Canes are going to stay in the game.
> Huge play by Tim Tebow this time on third and long. He scrambles, avoids the rush and finds Deopnte Thompson at the UM 41-yard line for a big gain and first down. Florida eventually punts, but pins UM inside its own 1-yard line with 4:17 left.
> UM guard Orlando Franklin makes a bad mistake picking up a penalty for a late hit. It leads to Matt losing 10 yards and Florida's Jeffrey Demps blocking a Matt Bosher punt that gets ruled a safety with :47 seconds left. UF 9, UM 3.
> How about Matt Bosher picking up Brandon James and slamming him to the floor on that kick return. That was funny.
> Maybe Gators receiver Louis Murphy heard some footsteps on that third down drop? Or maybe, he got UM's message.

> Miami has a rough start. First Ryan Hill falls on his butt in the end zone on the kick return. And then UM's offense falls on its butt. A bad punt by Matt Bosher gives the Gators possession at the UM 35.
> Florida takes all of 1 minute, 34 seconds to cash in with a Tim Tebow to Aaron Hernandez 14-yard touchdown pass. Is the rout just beginning? UF 7, UM 0.
> Safety Anthony Reddick is already piling up the tackles. Nice start for Reddick, who was a freshman All-American and is starting to look he could be UM's best defensive player this season after coming back from a pair of knee injuries.
> After gaining no yards on their first two possessions, Miami finally starts to the move the ball on the ground behind quarterback Robert Marve and running backs Javarris James and Graig Cooper. Marve picks up a first with his legs on third down and again on fourth down to move UM to the Florida 25.

I'm sitting inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium aka The Swamp two hours before tonight's showdown between the Canes and fifth-ranked Gators. Since I'm pretty sure everyone will be tuned into this one tonight on ESPN at 8 p.m., I'm not going to provide any detailed info on plays during the game.

Miami_hurricanes_logoBut I will be providing notes and thoughts throughout including answering questions and responding to your comments below. After the game, I'll race down to the locker room to grab quotes for the Canes and fill you in later tonight with what I've learned.

> Miami will be wearing white jerseys on white pants. Florida will be wearing blue jerseys on blue pants.

Florida_gators_logo_2> About 15 minutes ago, I was subjected to some serious Gator propaganda -- along with the 50 or so recruits on hand for tonight's game. As the Gators made their way into the stadium tonight as usual (from their bus with a walk across the field into the locker room) they were followed by the recruits down the middle of the field while a video was blaring music and girls shouting 'It's Great to Be A Florida Gator.' The recruits, with family members, are now sitting in the first three rows behind the end zone that reads Florida. They'll be sitting there all night to watch this one.

I know a lot of people feel this game could affect recruiting between the schools. The truth is, Miami and Florida aren't battling head to head over a lot of the recruits here tonight. The fact Miami was able to win the recruiting war despite going 5-7 almost negates the fact these days winning really affects a recruits decision. I think what plays a bigger role for kids nowadays is the fact so many freshmen are playing right away at Miami. In the grand scheme, as long as Miami doesn't get absolutely embarrassed tonight, this game will probably mean absolutely nothing when it comes to recruiting.

I'll be back before kickoff. Feel free to leave me your questions below.


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Bill Young - worth every penny.



Maybe Gators receiver Louis Murphy heard some footsteps on that third down drop? Or maybe, he got UM's message.

Matt Bosher 3 - matt botcher 9 H


Make sure to ask Brandon Harris what he just told Murphy after Murphy dropped the pass at the end of the 1st half. Also, was Murphy spittin out teeth on that punt block?

Louis Murphy is right...he is the U...u scared to catch the f'ing ball and get posterized.


I apologize for pushing the issue but can you give me a little thought on the extent of plays given to both Marve and Harris?

hey gayturds! how about that 50 points looking now?

Every series the Gators don't look like they can handle us on Defense.

Coach Shannon says we're gonna involve the WR's more in the 2nd half. I think Jacory did well,but Marve did better thus far.

Malaysian Cane,I agree with the sentiment but don't offend these boys by comparing them to those two.

I think if our offense can score twice, 10 or 14 points, we win this game. Bill Young is an effin genius!

Miami had some momentum. But you got to get (Harris) in the game if you are Shannon. You promised.

Posted by: Manny Navarro | September 06, 2008 at 09:02 PM
surely, you jest ; )
this ain't the YMCA ...


It should be obvious, but I think Marve plays most of the rest of the game....

I never thought I would say this: but good job in the first half Patrick Nix....he is finally calling some damn good plays...

second half should be fun...

Go 'Canes

Awesome statement...silly personal foul but they had one as well...our qb's look calm and focused...Tebow is a great talent..anything less and they would be losing bad....he is the team right now
How about our three way kicker slamming a player
you can tell he hits the weight room
regardless of tonight's outcome
Miami is back and in 3 years a championship number 6
Florida like Florida State is merely, like Jackson Browne sang, is a pretender only great
when we the U is down...
do either of those two ever win titles
when we are great? Nope.
Meyer def. looks nervous in the tv shots

I am proud of the U
I am proud of all football in Florida
because it is the state to beat
outside of maybe USC which is the best
team money can buy

Washington got hosed
Notre Dame is clearly off to a 5-6 season

Go fins tomorrow!


I an following the game half way around the world, from Kuala Lumpur with time difference of 12 hours. Our time now is 9:28AM (Sunday Sept. 07, 2008)

bad timing i do believe switchin qb's hope shannon manages this better. I thought marve was startin to get into the flow of the game only to be taken out. But what do i know i dont get paid to coach these guys would be nice though or maybe not

Manny, whats the emotions on the sidelines or the locker rooms (if you can get in)??

i hope they do you proud so far away
The Northwestern kids look great

How about ECU?

Tebow has happy feet. QB' s don't like to be hit.

BTW where is the holding calls?

They also should have called a horse collar penalty.

The D is looking great but I'm not overly excited at this point about 81yds of offense. I want that D to get me a pick 6!

Patrick Nix is calling a way too conservative game. How many times are we gonna see the handoff out of the shotgun??? Looking like Gary Stevens with the Phins. They need to let Marve throw the ball! He has shown no fear at all.



I was not the one who was comparing Marve & Harris. It was Russell.


That was me and I'm not calling Marve/Harris the 2nd coming of Kyle/Kirby. I just don't want a debate to start about who the starter should be, damn't. The cliche "Having 2 Qs is worse than 1"

Shannon and Nix are BLOWING THIS GAME!!! We have a good D coach but no head coach or O coach.

I foresee a playaction pass on 1st down in the second half

Outstanding performance by the defense. Sorry, Coach Nix you just don't seem to get it. Pounding it up the middle over and over again only works on your honeymoon!

Why switch QBS? Marve was doing fine. Then no pass has gone over 3 yards in the air. They are playing NOT TO WIN. Just not to get blown out. Well they accomplished it in the first half.

or would that be a bad idea i dont know im just sayin

Please throw 10-15 yard passing routes. Florida looks really uncomfortable when Marve rolls out to throw.

Yes, playaction....please!!!!!!

U play the hot hand ...

Teabow is never called for grounding.
They Oline is holding our dlinemen.
There olinemen jumps early everytime when they pull.....

There Dbs cannot have their hands on our wrs after 5yrds

SEC OFFICIALS??????????????

Expects lots of gimmick plays from UF in the second half. Its what they revert to when they get punched in the face.....finess team.


well geez, didn't exactly give one the chance to get a "hot hand"

U play the hot hand ...
Posted by: green | September 06, 2008 at 09:37 PM

Maybe this game teaches Randy not to make promises to quarterbacks.

corso is funny

Is it me or does Chris Fowler look a little upset that UF isn't dominating?

The second half is it. Will the Canes get worn down because the O is just running the ball or running 2 yard routes. How much longer can they hold them?

how can you all be so cruel to such a young team
pick smart plays to build confidence
it is clear this is not about one night
but the whole season
anyway people compare FSU and Miami
more than Miami and UF
Yes, play action should work...UF will be amped
the second half..I can only hope our halftime
speech was not like the tone of some folks here
this is a young young young team and little ones
respond to love, structure, guidance, and positive expectations
go u!

JC....we can win this game, its there for us. I don't think these guys lack confidence. Vanilla playcalls are crippling this team.

gotta keeep em from scorin on the first drive

MalaysianCane, I'm stupid, sorry. Ridiculous improvement so far over last year though. Young says he'll keep being agressive.


No one has ripped the team, what are you talking about?

Manny....does the crowd have that uh oh, here we go again feel?

lol bosher

BOSH sweet hit #2

Bosher should be playing D as well as kicking duties. Forston formy eyes has been ok no?

defense is bac no doubt

I see your point...however go deep and an interception....lay the brick one piece at a time
just like Howard S. did way back when
My god..our best tackler on special teams is
the kicker...maybe he needs to play safety as well LOL
What I find funny is UF lost all those games last year and everyone acts like they are USC
I can not wait for USC to pummel Ohio State next week.. I was so happy when UF killed Ohio State and I never root for UF...just shows how much we were hosed in the Fiesta Bowl

hot dam


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