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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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This young tight end for them looks good...where are our tight ends? Are they staying in a lot to block? What a wonderful game

hit him, drive him to the ground

MEETING OF THE MINDS

gayturds r holdin and the refs arent callin

here comes a bs call

SEc review? we will get screwed...

right

Wow. Tough call on the Canes. I thought he dropped it.

BS!

told ya

unfuckinbelievable

You just knew this would happen with SEC officals...there goes the game...just like Washington we get screwed...he frigging drops the ball...so wrong for such a great game to just to hand it to UF like this...
they should be thankful they do not play us til 2013

did he gain ne yard on that carry tebow cause that would be illegal forward pass right

he fumbled the ball into the endzone, it should be a touchback

the fix is in boys

what a horrible call. You can tell that these are SEC officials... they must have been promised a date with a goat after the game

Shannon raved about the tight ends during training camp. They have been a non factor so far

Shades of Ohio State, close hard fought game ruined by officials. Let the kids determine the game not fat guys behind a camera. Especially when it was a BS call, no possession! Gators getting bailed out. Just pisses me off!

That replay overturn was complete BS. He never possessed the ball, and when he came down, the ball came loose. I can't believe how bad of a call that was.

damn! What a homerun call for the good ole boys. 5 minutes to decide that video review irrefutable overrules the call on the field! Not even Cochran could have beat the home cooking call

THE SEC REFS ARE TRYING TO STEAL THIS GAME

UNCATCHABLE

why are SEC refs at this game at an SEC venue. when NCSU went to USC last thurs, ACC refs were there like they should be. why are the fucxking SEC refs at a home venue??

Kudos to the canes for hanging tough so far. All 9 Gator points came from UM mistakes or bad plays. Add to that the SEC refs and I am afraid it is too much.

Regardless of the outcome these guys are showin alot of pride out there
wow refree's are really leavin their mark on this game lol

wow..is this the fiesta bowl offical? Oh my God....

Wow. Another horrible call.

2002

UM comes out of this game with alot of respect

Makes you wonder if that car accident never happened how good the offense would be right now...it is clear Robert was told he would start last year eventually...you can see it in him..we are set at QB for years to come with both these guys

WE ARE NOT GIVING UP

Where is Mo Sikes when you need him.

It is tebow versus the U

One thing is for sure... those recruits have seen what Urban didn't... Miami is far from dead. In fact, they're kicking.

screw respect. I WANT THE WIN!

JC,

what do you see, exactly, out of Marve that says hes doing great. all hes doing is keeping us in the game. hes thrown 1 pass down field and it was to double coverage

7 or 8 tries from the 2 or 3 they better be able to score

Wow. Another horrible call.

Posted by: Manny Navarro | September 06, 2008 at 10:26 PM

HOLDING

THIS IS A HORRIBLE OFFICIALATING!!!!

WHERE WAS THE HOLDING CALL ON THE GUY ON THE CORNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nothing to lose here, open the playbook already. Please

GOT DAMNIT!! 2 HOLDS ON THE OUTSIDE AND NO FRACVKING CALL!!

Hey Canes Fan..I watched last week and this week and both look strong, confident...it also means something they are used to winning in Florida...he is calm focused...just like Harris last week...I am saying if he would have played last year he would have more experience and see the field even better...I made a mistake it is Tebow and the Officals versus the U

Now, we see the fight in them down like this in the 4th

NC...This is Marve's first game. I think he's doing a great job of leading drives, he's using his feet, and he's not making huge mistakes. Marve isn't going to win us the game, he's too inexperienced. We need a big play from a WR or Cooper.

MANNY!!!

What do you think about recruits? Its to our favor?

why are SEC refs at this game at an SEC venue.

Posted by: Canes fan in NC | September 06, 2008 at 10:26
to ensure victory ...

NONNEGOTIABLE

why not go for 2? If we more experience they could lose by 1?

Q: MANNY!!! What do you think about recruits? Its to our favor? Posted by: canesfan08 | September 06, 2008 at 10:34 PM

A: I thought as long as UM didn't get embarrassed in this game they would come out winners in the recruiting front. It's fifth-ranked Florida -- and their potent offense -- which has looked bad.

cmon d

well, I guess Lance Legget is back for U.M under the alias of #85. I'm calling it like I see it, this kid has already dropped two key passes. Remove this tumor right now before it spreads!

Hey lets get some positivity going on here...cmon cmon cmon cmon cmon

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