|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|
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has lost yet another player to a season-ending injury.
Coach Will Muschamp says backup linebacker Jeremi Powell tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Saturday at Missouri and will have season-ending surgery. He injured it trying to block a punt.
Powell, a redshirt freshman from Largo, had been a key contributor on special teams.
Muschamp says "unfortunate for him. He's a guy who was really emerging special teams-wise."
Powell is the eighth Florida player out for the season.
The list includes four starters: Quarterback Jeff Driskel (broken leg), defensive tackle Dominique Easley (knee), right tackle Chaz Green (labrum) and running back Matt Jones (knee). Receiver/kick returner Andre Debose (knee), freshman linebacker Matt Rolin (knee) and freshman defensive back Nick Washington (shoulder) also sustained season-ending injuries.
BY: John Mamola / 620wdae.com
It was a rough afternoon for Tyler Murphy and the #22 Florida Gators offense as they could get very little going on offense against the #14 ranked Missouri Tigers in Columbia, MO. Murphy and the Gators offense finished with only 141 total yards of offense as they get blown out by Maty Mauk and the Tigers 36-17.
Mauk making his first start for the Tigers this season didn’t miss a beat as Missouri’s offense continued it’s torrid pace which they have enjoyed all season long. Mizzou came into the game with UF averaging 515.7 yards per game and scoring only 41 or fewer points once this season. The red-shirt freshman quarterback took his first step forward finishing with 295 yards passing and two touchdowns (1 rushing).
The Tigers didn’t waste any time from the beginning of the game as they scored their first touchdown only twenty-two seconds into the game. Maty Mauk’s pass to Bud Sasser in the corner of the end zone gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead, and that lead they would never relinquish.
The Gators offense only had one offensive drive over twenty yards in fourteen possessions. The Tigers defense finished with six sacks of Murphy, and only allowed 92 yards through the air which is a season low for the Gators. The Gators got within three points at the beginning of the second half on a 100 yard kickoff return from Solomon Patton making it a 13-10 Mizzou lead. However the Tigers would roll after that scoring 23 of the final 30 points in the game.
Tigers running back Henry Josey rushed for 136 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown. Kelvin Taylor led the Gators rushing attack with 74 yards and a touchdown. Andrew Baggett added five field goals for the Mizzou attack as they move to 7-0 (3-0 SEC). Will Muschamp is now 4-4 in his last eight games, and 4-10 overall against ranked opponents at Florida.
The Gators will now head to play Georgia next week. You can hear the game on WDAE (620AM/95.3FM) Saturday beginning at 1:30pm with the pregame, and a 3:30pm kickoff.
BY: John Mamola / 620wdae.com
The Florida Gators aren’t exactly having the greatest of seasons this year as they walk into their match up with Missouri on Saturday with two losses, one in conference. A team that has been decimated by injuries over the entire course of the year has some beginning to believe that the Gators are slipping as a power team in the SEC.
ESPN’s college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit says although the year has been tough for the Gators’ faithful, there is no reason to believe that Florida is losing its edge at all.
“I still think they’re an elite program” said Herbstreit. “You have to look at the situation. To me they have just never been able to replace the quarterback (Tim Tebow). Think about where they’ve been with their passing game since 2008. I just don’t feel like we’ve seen consistency at the quarterback position or the wide receiver position, and that’s an area if you’re Will Muschamp or Brent Pease (offensive coordinator) they got to be able to recruit and find players in those positions.”
Herbstreit believes the trend of the college game is heading towards scoring a lot of points in games to win, and the Gators need an offense that is balanced and able to put a ton of points on the board in a competitive SEC. Herbstreit also dived into the new College Football Playoff selection committee, saying believes everyone on the board is well qualified to do the job and hopes that they are as committed to their important roles in the game of college football.
“They have to watch the games, and they have to truly rank them based on how they’re playing. Not their reputation and not their tradition, they have to do it based on what they’re seeing this season from these teams.”
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — No. 22 Florida will be without running back Matt Jones for the remainder of the season.
Coach Will Muschamp says Jones had surgery Monday morning to repair torn meniscus in his left knee.
Jones injured his knee Saturday at LSU.
The sophomore carried 79 times for 339 yards and two touchdowns this season. He missed most of fall practice and the season opener while recovering from a viral infection. He had costly fumbles in each of his first two games, prompting Muschamp to open up the starting job. Jones responded with a 176-yard performance at Kentucky, essentially solidifying his spot atop the depth chart.
Now, the Gators will turn to senior Mack Brown, who leads the team with 340 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, and freshman Kelvin Taylor.
By Dory LeBlanc
Last year in Gainesville, Florida defeated LSU by outplaying the Tigers physically. This year in Baton Rouge, LSU gave the Gators a taste of their own medicine, taking advantage of an Easley-less defense to hand Florida their second loss of the 2013 campaign. The Florida offensive line was no match for the 300 pounders on LSU's D-Line, and were manhandled throughout much of the game.
The Gators jumped on the board first, taking a 3-0 lead on walk-on Frankie Velez's first-ever field goal from 44 yards out, but LSU was in the driver's seat the remainder of the contest, eventually winning 17-6.
Florida held the Tigers scoreless in the first quarter, the first time that has happened to LSU this season, but Zach Mettenberger's passing attack was too much for the Gators to stop, and LSU challenged Florida's run-defense and won for the rest of the contest.
Mettenberger continues to improve with each start, completing 9-of-17 passes for 152 yards, but LSU's offensive focus was the running-game, scoring both TDs on the ground, with a one-yard goalline rush by J.C. Copeland to give the Tigers a 7-3 lead and backup QB Anthony Jennings took a sneak into the end zone from one yard out to extend it to 14-3.
A normally active Florida pass rush was almost non-existent in Death Valley, certainly feeling the effects of Dominique Easley's absence. Last week, Dante Fowler Jr. and Ronald Powell were able to make up for Easley against an anemic Arkansas offense, but the Tigers receivers out-ran and out-played the Gator defensive backs, leaving little time to penetrate LSU's offensive front.
Ranked second against the run nationally, the Gators allowed a season-high rushing 180 yards, with Jeremy Hill wracking up 121 yards alone.
In the first half, Tyler Murphy looked confident and solid, able to evade pressure and make plays, but things changed as the O-Line was worn down in the final 30 minutes, and the Gators struggled to get anything going consistently on offensive.
Florida, ranked 10th in the SEC in rushing, lost leading rusher Matt Jones in the first half with a knee injury. At the time of this post, the extent of his injury is unknown as is his status for next week's meeting with Missouri. Missouri, coming off a 41-26 upset at Georgia, will likely be without their starting QB James Franklin, who suffered a separated shoulder in the victory. Freshman Maty Mauk is expected to start.
Freshman Kelvin Taylor, son of Gator great Fred Taylor, split the carries with Mack Brown in the second half, picking up 107 combined yards.
Velez's 24-yarder in the fourth quarter narrowed the gap to 14-6, but LSU returned the favor on their next possession, getting the three points back on a 31 yard attempt by Colby Delahoussaye.
Murphy (15-of-27, 116 yards), under pressure for most of the second half, was sacked on back-to-back plays late in the fourth quarter, with the second (on failed protection by LT D.J. Humphries) led to a fumble, giving LSU the ball back with 3:51 left in the game and the 17-6 lead.
The Tigers stuck with what worked and kept the ball on the ground to run the clock out.
Next Up: The Florida Gators head to Columbia, MO to take on the Missouri Tigers at 12:21 next Saturday. As always, keep in tuned to 620am/95.3fm for the call.