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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.

FOURTH QUARTER
> 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.

THIRD QUARTER
> 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.

SECOND 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.

FIRST QUARTER
> 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.

PRE GAME
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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Special teams is where we need real help, oh no.

It is always easy to rebuild a D with all that talent and speed...D's react
Offenses are timing...youth is inexperience
which leads to limited quick decisions
This is a good game for the U

what im talkin bout

Let 's go CANES.

Lets all agree to send some positive energy here
No need to slam our own team

The Florida roster is loaded with punks....these guys looks scared.

The Canes were outgained 123-81 in the first half, but you have to say the game plan is working thus far. UM won time of possession 17:21 to 12:39 and has forced Tim Tebow to complete just 6 of 14 passes for 61 yards. He's run for 46 yards.

OUR RECUITS ARE GOING TO BE IMPRESSED!!!

James took a shower in the locker, on crutches, done for the night "does not look good, not fully evaluated" from WQAM.

"OUR RECUITS ARE GOING TO BE IMPRESSED!!!"

LOL

how 'bout Robert Farve ... 1ST DOWN

notice how quiet gaturds on this blog are!

now we mixin it up

James I can only hope can stay healthy
Cooper is a touch SOB
Thank you Fulmer for getting his name wrong
Corso is cool...sometimes he hates on Miami
but always gives them props when they play well

Nix is telling them right now, no excuses get your crap straight. I LOVE THIS. Too bad we burned a TO.

Marve looks like skywalker with that glove on the force is strong with this one

Thanks for keeping me informed guys with what is being said on the radio and the TV. Together, we make a great team!

PS.. 90,833 a new record at UF for attendance. I'm thinking the recruits put them over the top.

Dude I cannot stand Lou Holtz. He is such a UM hater.

Oh yeah, has everyone noticed that even when Miami is down like last year folks still consider playing them a huge game..if UF is so great why are the fans acting like this is a championship considering how they see Miami as inferior...it just goes to show that since 83 we are the very definition of championship football...of course Dennis Erickson kind of messed up the program..Butch got it right...I still believe Coker was hand tied on recruiting..I seriously think they were told not to recruit South Florida so much because they did not want the football team to take over the whole college and the nation...:)

qb sneak up the middle was open

where's our bruiser?

Butch Davis shoulda had a ring. Santana showed us the way.

Holtz hates Miami because he had to cheat to beat us with a bogus 5th down so long ago...plus. he had to be breaking rules..c'mon how do you get so many urban youth who are not Catholic to go to South Bend instead of the U, FSU, Alabama, and such back then...hahahaha

fair catch, didn't want to get hit by Bosher ;-)

No matter what happens from this point forward. This is a new UM team. This isn't Virginia 48-0 anymore. Miami has talent on both sides of the ball. This is a new team.

"Thanks for keeping me informed guys with what is being said on the radio and the TV. Together, we make a great team! "

Lazy print people;)

Amen to that...I love this game no matter the outcome..our D is def. back..thier crowd is quiet..Tebow is keeping them alive..we need to run left a little...we need a crossing pattern or two ..dang, first down...oh well
This game is more about the U being back on the right track...ESPN may air some more games now :)

Looks like Murphy doesn't want to get hit. What a Wuss!!! Canes gonna win by a pair of TDs!!!

Tebow's not planting his feet threw long. Hit harder.

Murphy let that ball go. Someone's scared tonight.

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

Posted by: Manny Navarro | September 06, 2008 at 09:39 PM
journalists in glass houses shouldn't throw stones ...

PROMISES, PROMISES

Yes, short on mid field 4th down. Punt that UF...Let's go Canes!!!

Lets not jinx anything...do not call out any final scores from here on out...lets enjoy the moments unfolding...:)

This defense looks super strong really proud of these guys great game so far

ANYONE WATCHING THE UF OLINE HOLDING?

I think it is pretty clear there is no controversy--like Kirby/Wright. Marve is the clear cut #1 and already showing signs of being for real.

Manny...are UM receivers open downfield???

I think we need to go back to the short passing game.

Let's get a TD.

If we could just get the lead it'll be a snowball

USF 24-10

Damn I wanted UCF to win. Punish USF for acting bigger than they are.

The commentators have a hard on for Marve.

why no qb sneak on short yardage.

wear 'em down ...
time of possession our friend ...
ROPE-A-DOPE

This is where youth is youth...going deep gets youth hyped...be discplined on offense and build to the big plays...

int or fumble cmon DDDD!!!

I think UF's line and Tebow are a bit surprised by this Miami D's front 7.

We are hitting out there. Let's keep it up.

where r all the gayturds.......funny how dey not round when things r tight.lmao

Marve is streatching now and cramping up a bit. They're gatorading him. Shoulda used powerade!

journalists in glass houses shouldn't throw stones ...
PROMISES, PROMISES
Posted by: green | September 06, 2008 at 10:02 PM

Fair enough green.

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