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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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oh no

he is not moving his right arm....man oh man u never want to see anyone on any team get hurt

yes cook looks ok

Overall there is a lot of positivity from this game. But you know what, I bet these kids from Northwestern, if they lose, are not going to be like "we'll we played pretty good." These kids are winners. So I sure hope that they are pissed as heck at the end of the game if they lose, because, my friends, a champion isn't satisfied with anything less than 1st. I think the new U.M. class are champions. If they lose, they will remember the feeling and try not to repeat it ever again.

I agree ...and now the offical take over...where was the horse tackle call earlier on them...oh well ...the last TD they had 8 chances to get it in..kind of deflating for a young team...time to get pissed...
here come the UF posts any second

wow the refs made it a totally different game

? Now do you keep runnin or just let marve throw and run it all over the place

HORRIBLE OFFICIATING TURN THIS GAME AROUND!!!!
HORRIBLE OFFICIATING TURN THIS GAME AROUND!!!!
HORRIBLE OFFICIATING TURN THIS GAME AROUND!!!!
HORRIBLE OFFICIATING TURN THIS GAME AROUND!!!!
HORRIBLE OFFICIATING TURN THIS GAME AROUND!!!!
HORRIBLE OFFICIATING TURN THIS GAME AROUND!!!!
HORRIBLE OFFICIATING TURN THIS GAME AROUND!!!!
HORRIBLE OFFICIATING TURN THIS GAME AROUND!!!!

Our attitude in the next 9 minutes is going to say a lot about the type of team we are going to be this year.

NC State vs South Carolina

the better team played the first half, but the 2nd half, better yet, the 4th qtr was won by the team who played the least amt of time on defense during the game. score does not indicate the final.

I agree that the officiating completely sucks. At the same time, however, the offense needs to step it up the last few minutes and score a freaking touchdown! I like Marve. What a difference from last year!

Marve has to throw and we have to run a 2 minute offense.

Miami's D looks great. Your offense sucks horribly. marve looks like he can do something but you can't tell for sure because u guys keep running it.. get rid of Nix imo.

I agree junkie good call

my question is JC what would you expect from classless gator fans the team they have has been togetehr for three years while ours has been together like 6 months.

Look at the postives we do have ton of potenial on the team

dang i feel bad for UCF

The refs turned this game. The defense has been out on the field way too long. Offense needs work, starting with Coach Nix. Sorry, I have never been a fan of this guy. Marve will be interesting to see develop. Needs to work on his passing accuracy. Then again, Nix has to call some pass plays that go beyond 3-5 yards. Tight ends non-existent. No receiver cutting across the middle. Overall good performance for 3+ quarters although it looks like the wheels are about to come off now.

they gettin all the breaks

Nix sucks.

PS Randy Phillips has no heart.. could have jumped on that loose ball. U guys wont win the ACC if u play soft like that

UF is not winning any titles anymore anyway..
Tebow is great, but USC is the team this year
Georgia will get too beat up in the SEC...The U defense is showing the nation UF can get rattled..
As for the recruits...we had the best class last year with a horrible season...it just says that at the end of the day South Florida's best mostly want to play for the U
Tebow beat us no more than that...we are young hungry and on track for a title in 3 years...by then USC will be on probation...hahahahaha

hopefully nix will be fired at the end of the year. we should have hired mike leach as our head coach.

Now do you keep runnin or just let marve throw and run it all over the place

Posted by: defensewinschampionships | September 06, 2008 at 10:46 PM

HURRY-UP

Manny?

Be real the officaiting at the game is horrible? I know you got be political correct because you work 4 the paper. but those calls turn the game around. Didin't?

Enough about the refs we lost fair and square.

wow UF is so cool...they start throwing now up 20...to pad stats...
UM 5 titles
UF not even close

You Cane fans are great, already blaming it on the Refs. Do you guys know anything about college football?? He had possession when his elbow, clearly inbounds, touched the ground. This is not the NFL. As soon as his elbow hit the ground, the play is dead. It doesn't matter if the ball comes out after he hits the ground out of bounds. It's no different than if a rb fumbles the ball with his knee down. The pass interference in the endzone, was OBVIOUS, he tackled Havin before the ball got there, and if it was a gator that did it, you'd be saying great call. The horsecollar maybe, but I guess you neglected to see the horsecollar on Tebow a little earlier than that that wasn't called.

make up call lol

And Miami finally gets a call their way.

I love the effort and the D kept them in the game, but I'm very disappointed with the offensive coaches. The called a scared game and played not to get blown out instead of trying to make big plays. How many shot gun hand-offs to Cooper can they call on 1st down? Pathetic. Nix literally ran the ball on 1st down and passed the ball on obvious passing downs. No imagination at all.

I realize they have a young team but c'mon. I'd rather lose by taking some chances than get beat and take none.

UM sint interested in any moral victories. We played for 3 qrts to win the game. The 2 calls on the catch and the pass interf, were the worst calls I have seen in a while. Probably even worst than the fiesta bowl because it was so clear. The outcome of this game has been altered by officiating, and Meyer knows it. Thats why he is trying to run up the score right now. So it looks worse than it was.

Harris should never been in the game longer than 1 series. Not because he is bad, cause he isnt, but because Marve was getting into a groove. Shows Nix doesnt have a feel for the game. Offense should have been opened up fpr Marve a little. You either play to win or you will always loose..

Look at the classless Gators. Running up the score. They are soo cute.. Look like little school girls running around after they get to beat 25 freshman with the much needed help of the 12th man on the field..

Sean Spence is a beast!!!!

Man, oh man, second time this call against UF...how great are they? C'mon, this UF team is average...Tebow is above average..the rest of the team is third in the SEC for sure...Alabama, UF, Tenn, Vanderbilt even can beat UF! If UF is so hyped after last year and all the young players playing should be #3 next year to start the season? hhahahahahahaha

If it's a moral victory... Patrick Nix earned one... If it's a job Patrick Nix needs to start looking for one

If it's a moral victory... Patrick Nix earned one... If it's a job Patrick Nix needs to start looking for one

If it's a moral victory... Patrick Nix earned one... If it's a job Patrick Nix needs to start looking for one

If it's a moral victory... Patrick Nix earned one... If it's a job Patrick Nix needs to start looking for one

OPEN THE OFFENSE OR LOSE EVERY GAME LIKE WE DID LAST YEAR

SEAN SPENCE WITH THE DEVASTATING HIT!!!!!!!

ohhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! ouch

gator alum

We are obviously just pissed i mean ima cane fan i would the officating was fair u guys kicked our behinds good luck to you guys along the way and well see how our young canes do

That Sean Spence hit on Brandon James may make Canes feel better about this loss. WOW!

Spence is a beast...good god almight does he lay folks out...remind anyone of someone?

THAT'S THE WAY TO HIT!!

lets get a freakin td lets go

I hope you gayturds enjoy this and savour it and I pray Urban Meyer sticks around for the next one so he can feel what it's really like to be a gator in this series...you gays are doin what you're supposed to do right now but remember...this is not the same HURRICANE squad and this will be remembered...so congrats...you're now 1-6 against us in 20 odd years.

I love how the Gator Fans jump on here only after they have the game in hand...sad.

UF will celebrate this like a championship it is not...they beat an unranked UM squad filled with Freshman...It could be worse...we could be VA Tech and WVU getting beat by ECU...hahahaa
Lets get the ACC crown

Our O-Line is tired. Our receivers must not be getting open.

Dem Refs are full of s**t!!! Dey turned this game...overall, I'm proud of our boys but they did sort of give up at the end...Spence is going to be a BEAST!!!

you can suck his christmas balls all you want fans, but Marve is Kyle Wright jr. we're in for more horrible, inepot years on offense. (bury my heaD.)

Urban Meyer is not the man Tebow is...throwing up 20 with less than 2 minutes left..this will be remembered when we meet in a bowl next year...you will see

Gators have been holding on the O-Line half the game. Looks like the officials dont know when to call it, so they figure they wont call any of it.. Marve got horse-collered, no call. Alderius Johnson got held on the outside, no call. And on and on.. How nice of them.

WOW gators running up the score..

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