|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 Dory LeBlanc
After starting the season 4-1, the Florida Gators lost five in a row, including last week's near upset of South Carolina.
Florida had to win their final two games of the campaign to extend their Bowl streak to 23 and avoid their first losing season since 1979.
The Gators will not get a bowl invite this year, after falling to Gerogia Southern 26-20 Saturday in Gainesville.
On the opening drive, RB Kelvin Taylor (son of Gator great Fred) picked up 54 of Florida's 63 yards on the scoring drive that netted the Gators three points for the early lead.
The defense forced Georgia Southern, who UF has faced only twice - coming away with a win in both meetings, to punt, but the snap was fumbled and Solomon Patton stopped the punter, forcing another fumble. Florida took over at GSU's 34, but the drive stalled and Frankie Velez's field goal attempt was blocked.
Nursing a 3-0 lead, the Gators forced a fumble, recovering the ball inside GSU's 20. Five plays later, Skyler Mornhiweg threw his first career touchdown on a three-yard pass to Patton, who leads the team with five TD receptions this season.
Florida had more bad news on the injury front. Starting LB Michael Taylor, who was one of the most productive defenseman for the Gators Saturday, was lost in the second quarter with a knee injury.
On the next Eagles drive, GSU was able to pull within three after a 45-yard touchdown run by Keith Ellison with 2:01 left to go in the first half.
Georgia Southern scored again on the opening possession of the second half, after gaining 66 yards on the first play of the drive, and converting a fourth-and-inches at the goalline to go up 14-10 with 2:36 off the clock in the third quarter.
The Gators had no answer to stop the Eagles' triple option, and with M. Taylor in street clothes in the second half, Georgia Southern continued to run the ball all over Florida Field, without completing a single pass.
William Banks extended the Eagles' lead to 20-10 on a four-yard run as the third quarter was closing, but Frankie Velez added three more for Florida to make it a one-score game, 20-13, in the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Mornhinweg looked downright awful throughout the game, with only 27 passing yards until tossing a 45-yard touchdown pass to Patton, the second time in two games the freshman attempted a pass beyond 20 yards.
With the game tied at 20, Georgia Southern eclipsed 400 yards rushing on the day on William Banks' 14-yard TD run, but for the second time in the contest, the Eagles missed the PAT and led by only a touchdown.
The Gators got the ball with a little over two minutes remaining in the ballgame, but a personal foul penalty negated promising field position, sending Florida back to the 36 from the 49.
Mornhinweg and Co. just couldn't get anything together on offense, and coupled with bizarre clock management, the Gators fell to Georgia Southern, the first FCS school to beat the Florida Gators in the program's history.
Next up: The Gators host the No. 2 Florida State Seminoles next Saturday, November 30th at Ben Hill Griffn Stadium in Gainesville.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Patric Young scored 16 points, one of six Florida players in double figures, and the No. 16 Gators beat Middle Tennessee 79-59 Thursday night.
The Gators won their 19th consecutive game at home, this one thanks to a dominant start to the second half.
Florida (4-1) came out of the locker room and outscored the Blue Raiders 18-6 over the first 5½ minutes. DeVon Walker got the run started with a 3-pointer, and then the Gators went inside.
Young had a dunk, and Jacob Kurtz and Dorian Finney-Smith followed with three-point plays. Leading scorer Casey Prather, who played just 4 minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, made two free throws and also added a three-point play. In between, he found Michael Frazier II on the break for a layup.
Florida used the spurt to turn a single-digit lead into a 20-point game, and coach Billy Donovan's team coasted from there.
Dorian Finney-Smith scored 17 points in his Gator debut, in just 16 minutes of action, as No. 11 Florida defeated Arkansas-Little Rock 86-56 on Saturday afternoon.
Finney-Smith had been suspended and then was cleared to play but also had been battling a virus that saw him drop 10 pounds.
"He hadn't picked up a ball since Monday," said head coach Billy Donovan. "He really moved the basketball and made the extra pass. Because he can shoot it, put it on the floor and pass, he opens up a lot of things for our guys."
Casey Prather played a large role with 27 points. The Gators turned on the press in the second half to pull away.
The Gators are now 2-1 on the season. Saturday's game aired on WDAE.
Florida went dormat on offense after a 14-6 lead and lost its fifth game in a row, 19-14 at No. 10 South Carolina Saturday night.
The Gators are 4-6 on the season and with the loss will not be going to a bowl game. A losing season is certain unless Florida plans on knocking off FSU. This is the longest losing streak for the Gators since the winless 1979 season.
Kelvin Taylor had both the Gators' TDs as they led 14-6 at half.
Florida was down to Skyler Morningwheg at quarterback. The redshirt freshman only attempted two passes in the first half and finished 10-of-13 for 107 yards.
Skyler Fry kicked four field goals, the third putting South Carolina ahead 16-14 with 6:54 remaining. His insurance kick made it 19-14 with 2:17 remaining, giving Florida time to win but Morningwheg was intercepted near midfield.
The Gamecocks improved to 8-2 and kept alive their SEC East hopes though they still need a Missouri defeat. Florida is now 4-6 on the season with games left against Georgia Southern and FSU.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials are coming to coach Will Muschamp's defense.
Athletic director Jeremy Foley and school president Bernie Machen voiced strong support for Muschamp on Wednesday, telling the school's website they are fully committed to keeping Muschamp around to fix the team's problems.
The Gators (4-5) have their second four-game losing streak in Muschamp's three seasons and are facing the possibility of missing a bowl game for the first time since 1990. If Florida doesn't upset No. 11 South Carolina or second-ranked Florida State this month, the program would have its first losing record since 1979.
Foley says he's "a thousand percent convinced that Will Muschamp is the guy to lead this football program. Nothing has changed in what we feel about Will Muschamp from the day we hired him."