Gator News And World Report (09/22/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, September 22, 2004. UF's response is togetherness; Wildcats spur fond memories for Leak; Kentucky Coach Says Gators Deserved To Beat Vols; UF receivers attaining national recognition after loss; UF must go from gut-wrenching loss to gut check; UK coach: Refs dropped ball in Gator game; Burton out for season; Domination of Kentucky; Wildcats' offense gets in step; Gator goes from graffiti goat to good guy and more...

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FBC Florida Zook
Now is not the time for Florida to dwell over the cruelty of the clock.

UF's response is togetherness
Gators say they're not panicking after loss; team unity never a question.

Wildcats spur fond memories for Leak
Happy Anniversary, Chris Leak. Florida's sophomore quarterback made the first start of his career against Kentucky last season, and it sure was a memorable one. Leak rallied UF from a 21-3 fourth-quarter deficit with two touchdown passes and one two-point conversion pass, and the Gators won 24-21.

Kentucky Coach Says Gators Deserved To Beat Vols
Florida found an unlikely ally Tuesday in its struggle to recover from a pair of blown calls in a loss at Tennessee last week. Kentucky coach Rich Brooks said the Gators deserved to win, and he wishes they didn't plan to take out their aggression on his team at Florida Field on Saturday.

UF receivers attaining national recognition after loss
It was the big question perplexing a national TV audience. Who caught that touchdown? Only the true UF football fans may be familiar with many of the recipients of Chris Leak's passes Saturday night. But the anonymity may be a thing of the past

UF must go from gut-wrenching loss to gut check
They want to flush it and forget it. The season still has a lot of football to be played. Kentucky is a dangerous game just a few days away.

UK coach: Refs dropped ball in Gator game
This week marks the one-year anniversary of Chris Leak taking over as UF's starting quarterback.

Burton out for season
Kentucky wide receiver Keenan Burton will miss the rest of the football season with a broken left wrist.

REDEEMING QUALITY
Wide receiver Dallas Baker wants to atone for last week's costly personal foul, which has sparked ridicule from some Gators fans.

In 1 year, Leak makes huge strides
One year later, the coach hasn't forgotten. He still remembers his quarterback's reaction, his lack of emotion.

Domination of Kentucky
Florida plays host to Kentucky on Saturday, and it will be the 39th consecutive season the teams have met. The Gators have won 17 in a row and 23 of the past 24 in the series. In fact, since the SEC split up into two divisions in 1992, Florida is 36-0 against SEC East foes Kentucky, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. A closer look at the 12 games in the lopsided UK series since 1992:

Wildcats' offense gets in step
For the first time in recent memory, Kentucky coach Rich Brooks didn't have to answer negative questions about the Wildcats' offense Monday.

SORRY, ZEBRAS, BUT LAST WEEK'S GAFFES PROVE YOU NEED HELP
We don't ride the zebras. Others can complain about the men in the black and white stripes, but our preference is our own creed. Officials do a thankless and commendable service.

Gator goes from graffiti goat to good guy
Dallas Baker's personal foul with 55 seconds left in Florida's loss at Tennessee was not hard to miss. Neither was the 30-foot mural that stretched across a section of Gainesville's 34th Street graffiti wall. It read, THANKS BAKER, in 6-foot-high black letters.

Gator castoff recovers
Was he seeking redempton, or was it solace? There were plenty of reasons for Dallas Baker to make a surprise visit to his New Smyrna Beach church Sunday morning.

Gators overcome UT loss with positive thinking
From linemen to receivers, from seniors to freshmen, many of the Gators were all smiles after the Tennessee game.

Brooks says freshmen are `difference-makers'
University of Kentucky football coach Rich Brooks isn't ready to call this freshman class the best in the history of college football, but it's clear by the team's youth movement that the rookies have made an impression in a short time.

UF team sticks up for Baker
As has been the tradition for generations, University of Florida students use a concrete wall on 34th Street just off campus to paint messages to loved ones for birthdays, to honor a deceased friend or to just make a statement.

It's time the NCAA realizes it needs instant replay
The most troubling part about Florida's controversy-filled, 30-28 loss to Tennessee on Saturday night wasn't the venom that flowed from fan e-mails that I was bombarded with.

Florida singing bad-call blues now
If the Florida Gators were playing anyone else besides the University of Kentucky this weekend, Ron Zook might have gotten a deskful of sympathy cards from Wildcat Nation.

Refs' mistakes payback to UF for Fenner call
Somewhere, Lane Fenner is sitting there with an orange-and-blue voodoo doll, devilishly poking it with pins and relishing every blown officiating call that deprives the University of Florida of an important victory.

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