|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|
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Gainesville, FL (University of Florida Communications) - University of Florida junior defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy earned the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week honor for his performance in the 30-10 win over Arkansas, the league office announced Monday.
Purifoy, a Pensacola, Fla., native, had the best game of his career, highlighted by returning his first career interception for a touchdown that gave Florida a lead which it never relinquished. He also recorded four tackles, including the first sack of his career, three pass breakups and a forced fumble against the Razorbacks. Purifoy was also key in assisting the Gator defense in notching two sacks against an Arkansas offense that was allowing just 0.6 sacks per game. He also returned two punts for 17 yards.
For his performance against Arkansas, Purifoy was also named the Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week, a Paul Horning Award Honoree and a College Football Performance Award Defensive Performer of the Week.
Next up, the Gators (4-1, 3-0 SEC) travel to Baton Rouge., to take on SEC West Rival LSU (5-1, 3-0 SEC) at 3:30 p.m.on Oct. 12. The game will be televised on CBS.
By Dory LeBlanc
The No. 18 Florida Gators remain unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference (3-0) after a shaky start, falling behind 7-0 to the Arkansas Razorbacks before going on to outscore the Hogs 30-3.
Freshman cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III took college football by storm in his first four games with seven tackles (including one for loss), three interceptions and a blocked kick while Loucheiz Purifoy, said to be the Gators' top draft prospect, sat out the opener due to a suspension and had been quiet in the three games that followed, still looking for his first career interception.
All of that changed Saturday night at the Swamp.
Purifoy forced a fumble after taking QB Brandon Allen to the ground in the first quarter and put the Gators up 10-7 after intercepting the Hogs signal caller and returning it 42 yards for a score. However, as good as the junior from
The Gators, who entered the game ranked 35th in the nation in rushing, continued to split carries between Matt Jones and Mack Brown who combined for a dismal 89 yards on 28 carries.
With Arkansas' defense focused heavily on stuffing the Florida RB tandem Tyler Murphy was forced to keep the ball in the air, and did not disappoint, throwing for three touchdowns – the first time A Gator QB passed for at least three scores since Jeff Driskel did it with four against South Carolina almost a year ago.
Murphy, who completed 16-of-22 passes for 240 yards also ran the ball seven times for 15 yards.
Two of those touchdown receptions were caught by Solomon Patton, who matched his season total in TDs against the Hogs and picked up 124 yards on six receptions and 14 yards on two attempts on the ground.
All was not positive for
SEC says Gators C Jon Harrison NOT automatically suspended for 1st half of next game following ejection— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) October 6, 2013
The Gators also committed eight penalties for 84 yards.
Entering the contest with the nation’s best run defense, the Gators allowed a season-high 111 rushing yards to
So far in the first five games this season, the Gators have outscored opponents a combined 72-12 points in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, without allowing a TD and have held 12 consecutive SEC opponents to 20 points or less.
Next up: The Gators travel to
The Florida Gators game at LSU Oct. 12 was deemed the most attractive of that weekend's SEC slate by CBS.
On Monday the league's games were slotted for that weekend and Florida-LSU was picked to air during the premiere national slot of 3:30 p.m.
That means the action will air on WDAE at that time, starting with the pregame show at 1:30 from the Gator Radio Network -- unless there is a conflict with Rays playoff baseball, in which case sister station 1250 WHNZ will have the action.
Head HERE for all of the SEC game times for Oct. 12.
Gainesville, FL (UF Communications) -- University of Florida defensive back Vernon Hargreaves, III earned the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week honor for his performance in the 24-7 win at Kentucky, the league office announced Monday.
Hargreaves made his third interception of the season, the most by an SEC freshman and the third-most nationally among freshmen. He intercepted the pass in the end zone from Kentucky's Maxwell Smith to rob the Wildcats of a third-quarter touchdown. Hargreaves currently leads the Gators in interceptions.
Next up, Florida (3-1, 2-0 SEC) returns to The Swamp to host Arkansas (3-2, 0-2 SEC) on Oct. 5 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Matt Jones rushed for 176 yards and a touchdown and Tyler Murphy threw for 156 yards and a score as No. 20 Florida beat Kentucky 24-7 on Saturday night, its 27th straight win over the Wildcats.
Murphy also rushed for a 3-yard TD in his first career start for the Gators (3-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference), who closed a difficult week on a high note after losing starting quarterback Jeff Driskel and defensive tackle Dominique Easley to season-ending injuries.
Jones outgained Kentucky by himself while he and Murphy provided all of the Gators' touchdowns in the first half to extend the longest active winning streak over a major opponent. Florida gave Gator wide receivers coach Joker Phillips a happy return after his firing last fall as Wildcats coach.
Joe Mansour's 25-yard run on a fake field goal was the only TD for Kentucky (1-3, 0-1), which was outgained 402-173.