|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|
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Sam Dekker scored 16 points, Traevon Jackson added 13 and No. 20 Wisconsin overcame a sloppy start Tuesday night to hold off No. 11 Florida in its home opener, 59-53.
The Gators turned up their backcourt pressure to narrow a 10-point deficit to 51-48 with 2 minutes left on two free throws by center Patric Young. Another free throw by Young cut it to 56-53 with 41.8 seconds left.
But Jackson hit a floater at the foul line over Jacob Kurtz with about 10 seconds left and Frank Kaminsky blocked a shot on the other to seal the win for Wisconsin (2-0).
Michael Frazier II led Florida (1-1) with 20 points.
Dekker's 3-pointer with 11:06 left in the first half sparked a 22-10 run for Wisconsin.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Murphy's four turnovers led to three touchdowns, helping Vanderbilt embarrass Florida 34-17 Saturday for the program's first win in Gainesville since 1945.
The Commodores snapped a 22-game losing streak in the lopsided series and moved a step closer to becoming bowl eligible for the third consecutive season under coach James Franklin.
It was another signature win for Vanderbilt, which knocked off Southeastern Conference powerhouses Georgia and Florida in the same season for the first time in school history.
Murphy was Vandy's MVP in this one, a loss that probably will leave the Gators (4-5, 3-4 SEC) out of a bowl game for the first time since 1990.
The Commodores (5-4, 2-4) scored after each of Murphy's three interceptions, taking advantage of short fields to build a 24-3 lead. Vanderbilt finished with 12 first downs and 187 yards. Florida had 26 first downs and 353 yards.
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By Dory LeBlanc
The No. 10 Florida Gators narrowly defeated the North Florida Ospreys 77-69 in the season opener Friday afternoon at the O'Connell Center in Gainesville.
From tip-off, the Gators looked like the tenth ranked team in the nation, despite being without standout guard Scottie Wilbekin who was suspended indefnitely in June, quickly jumping to a 20-6 lead with 11:54 to go in the first half. Three minutes later, Florida had made all 15 free throws and had extended their lead to 25-10.
However, as time was closing in on halftime, the Ospreys went on an 11-0 run and after 20 minutes of play narrowed the gap to 37-31 at the half.
The Gators, under longtime coach Billy Donovan, regained their composure at the break and dominated North Florida early in the second half, leading as much as 58-39 due largely in part to continued success at the FT line.
Florida struggled shooting from the outside in the first half, but briefly found rhythm in the second, with Eli Carter and Michael Frazier hitting three-pointers back-to-back. Unfortunately, those would be the only shots made from behind the arc.
The Gators also had trouble defending the perimeter allowing the Ospreys to shoot from 3-point range and found themselves unable to close out halfs as North Florida went on another run, this time outshooting Florida 10-2 to come within 10 (70-60) with 2:16 to go.
With less than 30 seconds remaining, the Ospreys trailed 64-72, but continued to send the Gators to the charity stripe, allowing Florida to keep their lead. In total, UF made 27-of-31 free throws, a key component of their victory.
Donovan's Gators ended the contest with three players reaching double-digits in scoring: Casey Prather, Kasey Hill, and Frazier.
Prather, who played off the bench last year, led the team with a career-high 28 points, while senior center Patric Young, who was voted to the pre-season All-SEC first team earlier Friday, struggled offensively in the opener, scoring only two points. Frazier, who came off the bench, scored 19 points and made all six free throws, while grabbing eight rebounds and a steal.
Wil Yeguete also had meager offerings on offense, but more than made up for it on defense, recording four steals and four rebounds.
Next up, he Gators travel to Madison to take on the No. 20 Wisconsin Badgers on Tuesday, November 12.
By Dory LeBlanc
Just as soon as the whistle blew in Jacksonville to start the annual Florida-Georgia rivalry game, the contest looked essentially over, but the Gators had some dog in them in the second half, and mounted an unbelievable comeback.
Unfortunately, it was too little too late.
Georgia scored on its opening possession, then scored again three plays into their second for a quick 14-0 lead over the Gators.
The Bulldogs extended their lead to 20-0 after two consecutive field goals by Marshall Morgan, including one for 49 yards.
Freshman kicker Frankie Velez missed a 40-yard field goal, but put Florida on the board with a 31-yarder with 9:54 left in the second quarter.
The Gators held Georgia to minus-four yards on the Bulldogs' final drive of the first half, but Morgan nailed a 32-yard field goal attempt to give Georgia a 23-3 lead.
Plant High's Aaron Murray led Georgia to over 300 first half yards, but didn't carry the momentum into the second half and allowed Florida to mount a comeback of 17 unanswered points.
After Austin Hardin missed a 47-yard field goal, Murray attempted to lateral the ball, but it was dropped, ruling it a fumble. Leon Orr, with a heads up move, scooped the ball up and returned it to Georgia's 14-yard line. Two plays later, Mack Brown ran it in from the five to put the Gators back in the ball game down 23-10.
The Orr fumble recovery, coupled with Brown's TD run rejuvinated the crowd, and the Gators defense forced Murray & Co. to punt the ball away.
On the ensuing play, Tyler Murphy avoided a sack and somehow was able to get the ball off to Solomon Patton, who was taken to the ground by a horse collar penalty. Like most Florida-Georgia games, this one got chippy, and a sideline scuffle erupted after the tackle. Two players from each side received off-setting unsportsmanlike penalties, but Florida netted an additional 15 yards due to the horse collar.
Just as it looked like the momentum had shifted the Gators' way, the positive plays stalled as Kyle Moore was called for a noticeable false start, and on the next play, a first down was negated on an illegal formation flag. Head coach Will Muschamp opted to punt the ball, and the move paid off as the Gators special teams downed it at the 3-yard line and Loucheiz Purifoy picked up a safety after taking Murray down with a corner blitz.
Marcus Roberson returned the safety-kick 15 yards to midfield, and Murphy ended the third quarter with a 25-yard run down to the 14-yard line, as Florida trailed 23-12.
On the first play of the final quarter, Murphy kept the ball once again, and ran for a 14-yard touchdown, and converted the two-yard pass to Clay Burton for the two points to come within a field goal of rival Georgia.
The Florida defense continued to stifle the Bulldog's offense, not allowing much breathing room, and had the stop of the game on a 4th-and-1 that gave the Gators a first down at UGA's 39. In a frustrating turn of events, Neiron Ball took his helmet off, drawing an unsportsmanlike penalty, and backing UF up to its own 46.
Georgia's defense returned the favor, stopping Florida on third down, but a strange sequence of events gave Florida the first down after Georgia got called for 12-men on the field on 4th & 2. The Gators could not capitalize on the fresh set of downs, however, and the drive ended with Murphy sacked for a loss of 14 yards.
Murray was calm, cool, and collected on the next drive completing short passes and handing the ball off to Todd Gurley II to take time off the clock and pick up first down after first down.
As Georgia was driving down the field into Florida territory, Muschamp was forced to use two timeouts, leaving the Gators operating with no way to stop the clock with 1:20 left and a three-point deficit.
If the theme of the game for Florida was "bonehead penalties" they ended the contest with a bang, picking up another penalty (illegal hands to the face) to seal the deal for Georgia, and giving the Bulldogs their third consecutive win over the Gators.
Murray ended the day 16-of-25 with 258 yards and a touchdown, while Murphy completed 13-of-29 passes for 174 and added 28 yards on the ground with a score.
Gurley II rushed for 100 yards and a TD on 17 attempts for Georgia and Kelvin Taylor, son of Gator great Fred, had 20 carries for 76 yards on the ground for Florida.
Next Up: Florida hosts the Vanderbilt Commodores at 12:00 next Saturday for the Gators' Homecoming game. As always, keep in tuned to 620am/95.3fm for the call by legendary announcer Mick Hubert.
We are heading into college basketball season and despite the Florida Gators being pre-season AP ranked 10, they will be a few men down. Both Damonte Harris and Dorian Finney-Smith have been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. Senior guard Scottie Wilbekin has been suspended throughout the spring and summer as well. The Gator will have 2 walk-ons and 6 scholarship players to utilize.
Harris and Finney-Smith are transfers and productive players on their former teams. Harris is a junior forward-center from Virginia Tech and was on the ACC all-freshman team and Finney-Smith a sophomore foreword that was on the SEC all-defensive team for