|FOOTBALL Regular Season|
|Aug 31||vs Toledo||
|Sept 7||Miami (FL)||L 16-21|
|Sept 21||vs Tennessee||
|Sept 28||AT Kentucky||
|Oct 5||vs Arkansas||
|Oct 12||AT LSU||
|Oct 19||AT Missouri||
|Nov 2||AT Georgia||L 20-23|
|Nov 9||vs Vanderbilt||
|Nov 16||AT South Carolina||L 14-19|
|Nov 23||vs Georgia Southern||
|Nov 30||vs Florida State||L 7-37|
by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
Shabazz Napier had 26 points, including the game-winning jumper at the buzzer, giving the 12th-ranked Connecticut Huskies a 65-64 win over number-15 Florida.
The Gators took a 64-63 lead after Michael Frazier's layup with 17.7 seconds to play, but Napier ended up with the basketball after a scramble at the free-throw line and calmly put up a jump shot that went in just as the horn sounded.
Florida led by as many as eight points in the second half, but saw their lead disappear as the Huskies went on a 16-1 run midway through the second half.
The second half saw players on each side deal with ankle issues. Florida point guard Scotty Wilbekin went down clutching his ankle with about three minutes to play in the game, and did not return. Napier then went down after being fouled on a successful three-point shot, but would stay in the game to make the free-throw to make it 63-62.
Casey Prather led the Gators with 19 points, including 11 (on 5-5 shooting) in the second half.
Connecticut remains unbeaten in eight contests this year, while the Gators fall to 6-2 on the year.
Florida's schedule doesn't get any easier, as their next matchup takes place December 10 at the O'Connell Center, when they take on 6th-ranked Kansas as part of the Big XII / SEC Challenge.
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GAINESVILLE, FL (University of Florida Communications) - University of Florida junior defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy (Pensacola, Fla.) recently announced that he has decided to forego his final year of eligibility with the Gators and declare for the 2014 NFL Draft. Purifoy played in 37 games at UF, including 19 starts, and totaled 102 tackles, 12 pass breakups, five forced fumbles, 4.5 tackles-for-loss, three blocked kicks, two interceptions, a pair of sacks and a fumble recovery.
"There are a lot of factors that go into making these individual and personal decisions and I'm 100 percent supportive of Loucheiz's choice to enter into the NFL Draft," said Florida head coach Will Muschamp. "Loucheiz has come a long way from when I sat in his living room with his family during the recruiting process and he also knows his work is not done. We wish him nothing but the best of luck and look forward to watching him on Sundays. As we have with other former Gators, we encourage him to return to
"I have had a great three years at the
Purifoy totaled 24 tackles this season, tied for second on the squad with seven pass breakups and collected two interceptions. In early October, he earned the Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week honor for his performance in the Gators' 30-10 win over
GAINESVILLE, FL (University of Florida Communications Release) University of Florida head coach Will Muschamp announced on Sunday that he will be making changes on his coaching staff following yesterday's conclusion to the 2013 season. Offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis will not return for the 2014 season. There is no timetable set for hiring replacements.
"I have a lot of respect for Coach Pease and Coach Davis," said Muschamp. "They are both good football coaches and even better people. There have been a lot of unfortunate circumstances this year, but that is part of the game sometimes. I want to thank each of them for their contributions to the program both on and off the field."
"I am grateful for the opportunity to come to the University of Florida and work with a bunch of great coaches, administrative staff and players," said Pease." I know we came up short of our ultimate goal, but I will carry on knowing I gained valuable friendships and relationships during my time here."
By Dory LeBlanc
Down just 3-0 after the first quarter in Saturday's annual rivalry game, it looked as if the 4-7 Gators could upset the No. 2 team in the country. Then Jameis Winston began to do what has made him the front-runner in this year's Heisman Trophy race and led the Seminoles to an undefeated 12-0 season by beating Florida 37-7.
Florida's biggest and only opportunity to take the lead came in that opening quarter as Louchiez Puriofy intercepted Winston and Trey Burton took the ball 50 yards downfield from the Wildcat formation. The Gators kicking woes continued, however, and Austin Hardin missed his eighth field goal of the season (4-for-12) after attempting a 49 yarder.
Florida State, on the other hand, nailed their 49-yard attempt Roberto Aguayo moved to 16-of-17 in his freshman campaign.
Both of the Seminoles' touchdowns in the first half came on a Winston-to-Kelvin Benjamin connection; first on a 45-yard pass which the sophomore receiver made Brian Poole, Jabari Gorman, and Jaylen Watkins each miss their tackles as he fought his way into the endzone to take a 10-0 Noles lead with 4:24 until the half. On the second, the redshirt freshman nailed a wide-open Benjamin with a 29-yard pass, picking up Winston's 33rd passing TD of the season, tying Chris Weinke's record.
Up 17-0 to start the third, Florida State got the ball first, but were forced to go three-and-out. On the ensuing Gators drive, Sklyer Mornhinweg was sacked from behind and fumbled to give FSU the ball with great field position. Aguayo hit a 40-yarder to extend the Seminoles' lead to 20-0 with 11:02 to play in the quarter.
Five minutes later, the rout was on as Winston-Benjamin hooked up again on a 56-yard pass play, making it easy for Devonta Freeman to run it in from 11 yards out to make it a 27-0 romp.
Even when the Florida offense sustained a drive late in the third, converting a fourth down in Seminoles' territory, a false start penalty backed the Gators up five yards, making the game a continuous uphill battle for the orange and blue.
The Gators did manage to avoid the shutout as Mornhinweg found FB hunter Joyer for a five-yard TD pass to get them on the board, but Florida State answered on their next possession, when Winston completed a 4-yard pass to Benjamin to put the game away at 34-7.
Aguayo tacked on three more points with just over three minutes to play to give the Seminoles the eventual final score 37-7.
Winston finished the game 19-of-31 for 327 yards, three touchdowns and a pick, while Benjamin recorded his best performace to date with nine receptions for 212 yards and three scores.
For the Gators, Mornhinweg set a career-high in completions (20-of-25) and threw for 115 yards with one TD and no interceptions, but will turn the starting QB job back over to Jeff Driskel next season - as long as Driskel can play.
Next up:The Gators will miss their first bowl game in 23 years and look to regroup from their only losing season since 1979.
The Seminoles will prepare for the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, December 7th.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Dorian Finney-Smith made a free throw with 1.3 seconds left, lifting No. 15 Florida to a 67-66 victory over rival Florida State on Friday night.
Finney-Smith struggled all night from the field, missing 10 of 12 shots, but came up big in the clutch.
He grabbed an offensive rebound on a missed jumper by Scottie Wilkebin and got fouled on the putback. He missed the first free throw, but gathered himself and sank the second one for the Gators (6-1).
Florida State (5-2) had a shot to win it, but Ian Miller's desperation heave from half court bounced off the back of the rim, just missing by inches.
Casey Prather led Florida with 19 points, and Michael Frazier II added 17. Finney-Smith finished with six points and 10 rebounds.
The Gators extended their home-winning streak to 20 and won their fifth straight in the series.