Gator News And World Report

The Gator News and World Report for Sunday, September 26, 2004. Fason-Led Gators Run Away From 'Cats, 'Cane; A year later, sweet redemption; Amazin' Fason; Defense ready and steady; Leak not at his peak; 'Cats go flat; A storm-tossed schedule; UK coach would like officiating changes; Punchless Gators manage win against Kentucky; Caldwell relishes catching, throwing and more...

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Fason-Led Gators Run Away From 'Cats, 'Cane
With Hurricane Jeanne bearing down on the state, Gov. Jeb Bush tried Saturday morning to dissuade Floridians from traveling to watch Florida face Kentucky.

Caldwell Becoming A Favorite Target
He still has yet to score a touchdown this season, but sophomore WR Andre Caldwell has cemented his place in Florida's offense.

Leak, Passing Game Not Up To Muster
Even the best players can appear only human once in a while. Throwing three interceptions and missing some clear targets, quarterback Chris Leak played one of his worst games since becoming UF's starter.

A year later, sweet redemption
On a day mixed with brilliant sunshine and cooling showers, Florida's offense was about as schizophrenic as the weather. With the defense throwing punch after punch, it was up to the offense to provide the knockout blow to pesky Kentucky.

Amazin' Fason
hile everyone else on the Florida offense seemed skittish Saturday, kicking and rearing and reluctant to go into the starting gate, Ciatrick Fason looked as calm and as certain as Secretariat getting ready for a nice leisurely gallop in a bluegrass meadow.

Defense ready and steady
In the loss to Tennessee a week ago, the Florida defense had never tried harder - and with more resolve - to make plays. But the harder they tried, the more the Gators fell over each other or got out of position or missed assignments.

Leak not at his peak
The maturation of Florida sophomore quarterback Chris Leak took another step Saturday.

Receivers have link to Leak
hey are three sophomores, three amigos off the field who have developed a productive bond on it.

'Cats go flat
Kentucky coach Rich Brooks kept waiting for his offense to make a big play. Quarterback Shane Boyd was waiting, too. Kentucky's defense? They were begging for help after keeping the 'Cats in the game through 3 quarters.

A storm-tossed schedule
Gov. Jeb Bush was asked in a Saturday morning news conference if he felt fans should attend the UF-Kentucky game with Hurricane Jeanne bearing down.

Quarter by quarter
1st quarter: BACK TO BAKER: Gator receiver Dallas Baker was the subject of a lot of talk after he was flagged for a personal foul late in last week's loss at Tennessee. Perhaps by design or as a way to show confidence in the junior from New Smyrna Beach, Chris Leak's first pass went to Baker for 5 yards and the game's initial first down.

Despite mistakes, Gators win
Florida and Kentucky got an early start to beat Hurricane Jeanne.

Fleet Fason carries Gators
Ciatrick Fason rushed for 210 yards and scored two touchdowns. That was impressive enough to draw comparisons to former Gators great Emmitt Smith.

Unit reverses field, stifles UK
Defensive end Joe Cohen said the Gators were 'trying to stop everything' against Kentucky. They nearly did, holding the Wildcats to a field goal and 207 yards.

UK coach would like officiating changes
In light of the controversial moments in Florida's 30-28 loss to Tennessee last week, Kentucky coach Rich Brooks said he wants the SEC to change the way it handles officiating in its front office.

Fason runs to rescue
He could barely walk. He could barely talk. Florida tailback Ciatrick Fason was limping toward the locker room when a television reporter asked him how it felt to perform so well.

Confident Fason can take anything Zook offers
They were arguing, sort of. Florida Coach Ron Zook threw his arm around Ciatrick Fason and slapped at his running back's chest. Fason gave an awkward nod.

Punchless Gators manage win against Kentucky
Ron Zook and Ciatrick Fason were going at it again — must be something about Kentucky week.

The humble leader
The maddening losses to Miami and Tennessee were in the books. So were the inconsequential routs of San Jose State and Florida A&M.

Leak Erratic, but Fason Sparkles
Florida running back Ciatrick Fason rambled for a career-high 210 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns as the 16th-ranked Gators won their Southeastern Conference home opener against Kentucky, 20-3, on Saturday afternoon.

Gators Struggle in Red Zone
Ciatrick Fason had the best game of his career Saturday against Kentucky, picking up 210 yards on 31 carries at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Fason runs UF over Kentucky
C-4 blew up Saturday. And because the player, nicknamed C-4 for his explosive ability on the football field, picked a perfect time for an Emmitt Smith-type performance. Ciatrick Fason helped make certain the Gators didn't implode.

Cats fizzle in Florida
Maybe that 51-point explosion against Indiana last week was a mirage. That new-and-improved, quick-strike, high-powered attack that rolled up 560 yards against the Hoosiers was nowhere to be found in The Swamp yesterday, as the Cats reverted to the ineffectiveness they displayed in a season-opening shutout loss to Louisville.

Despite scoreboard, this was one lopsided affair
Those hearty souls who remembered to set their alarm clocks and forget the hurricane warnings just to be there at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium yesterday, were rewarded with a rarity.

Shades of Emmitt
They don't mention Emmitt Smith's name often around the Florida Gators football team. When they want to motivate a running back, coach Ron Zook refers to Errict Rhett, who was the stud back during Zook's stint as an assistant coach in the early 1990s.

Caldwell relishes catching, throwing
Before he caught the first of what would be a career-high eight passes, Andre Caldwell found himself on the other end of a down-field pass.

Gators convert enough chances
On a day when the Florida offense couldn't keep from hurting itself, Ciatrick Fason was its saving grace.

Gators run past Wildcats 20-3
Before Saturday, Buffalo Bills head coach Mike Mularkey hadn't caught one of his alma mater's games in person in 22 years.

Gators' defense dominates
Statistically, the Florida defense has been solid this season. The Gators are only giving up 16.5 points points per game in their last two outings. Unfortunately for Florida, 30 of those points came in the two-point loss to Tennessee.

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