The Gator News And World Report (10/03/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Sunday, October 3, 2004. A look back at the Arkansas game,the receivers who had break out games, a running back who is chasing a record, Crowder, blown leads, same song as last year in Arkansas. Also, a couple of stories and Steve Spurrier and what the future may hold for him in collge footbal. All this and more...

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GAINESVILLE -- Florida linebackers coach Bill Miller had a gut feeling that Channing Crowder was going to make a play to save the Gators against Arkansas on Saturday.

Caldwell finally gets first TD
He has been waiting and waiting -- 16 games, in fact, heading into Saturday's game against Arkansas -- but Florida wide receiver Andre Caldwell finally has his first career touchdown.

It's Never Easy For Gators
His right eye blackened and swelling by the minute, University of Florida linebacker Channing Crowder sauntered off Florida Field on Saturday to a waiting headlock from Coach Ron Zook.

Caldwell Gets His Elusive First TD
His is a journey that would be no longer than 100 yards.

Hustling Butler Gets Key Block On TD
Florida OG Lance Butler won't include the block on any of his highlight films, but it earned him plenty of praise from his coaches and teammates.

It looked like a rout, but the Hogs had other ideas
At halftime, Florida coach Ron Zook told his team he wanted to "put the hammer down" on an Arkansas team that was down by 28 points.

Gators make it exciting
This young Florida football team learned another tough lesson on a sweltering Swamp Saturday. A scary one, too. Very scary.

Gators lacking KO punch
Florida junior center Mike Degory offered a theory on his team's knack for always making games interesting.

Crowder all over field for Florida
With his right eye nearly swollen shut, Channing Crowder looked like a heavyweight prizefighter following Florida's 45-30 victory against Arkansas on Saturday.

Big plays from big cast
They have no ordained nickname. No choreographed celebrations.

Crowder hog tackles the Razorbacks
Chris Leak did just about everything for Florida on Saturday _ except preserve a victory.

Playing ball-hog
Channing Crowder's interception stemmed Arkansas' comeback attempt, and Chris Leak passed for three touchdowns as Florida earned a key SEC win.

Gators avoid nerves, upset
Everything that the Gators had worked for through three quarters looked like it was about to come crashing down.

Fason chasing after records
It's still early in the season, but if Ciatrick Fason keeps up his current pace, he could easily shatter the team's record for rushing touchdowns in a season.

A strangely similar win
There were no looming hurricanes to threaten Saturday's game against Arkansas. No controversial officiating to taint it, either. Yet somehow, it happened again.

Winning can be boring -- except with these Gators
I'll admit it: I love Ron Zook. How can you not? Any sports writer worth his weight in blank, non-sequential meal receipts should hit his knees tonight and say a prayer of thanks for Zook and his divinely ditzy Florida Gators.

Maligned Baker cooks up best game of career
Florida wide receiver Dallas Baker hasn't addressed the media for two weeks. On Saturday, he didn't have to say a word.

Leak rebounds with fine outing
This was one way to bounce back. After Florida QB Chris Leak struggled in a three-interception performance against Kentucky last week, the sophomore didn't just return to his typical form during Saturday's 45-30 win against Arkansas. He exceeded it.

Receivers help Gators jump to big lead
One week, the receivers aren't on the same page with quarterback Chris Leak.

Holding on . . . barely
As he walked into the locker room following the best 15 minutes of football during the Ron Zook Era, Florida junior safety Jarvis Herring couldn't believe what he was hearing.

Even a victory is not enough
The Swamp's upper decks were growing steadily emptier Saturday afternoon with five minutes to play and Florida clinging to a 38-30 lead over Arkansas.

Quarter by quarter
ANDRE THE NOT-SO-GIANT: On their second play from scrimmage, the Gators lined up with Ciatrick Fason at tailback and 6-foot-1, 195-pound receiver Andre Caldwell as an undersized fullback. It was a dupe, though, as Caldwell went in motion left to his receiver spot. Fason ran for a two-yard gain.

Jones proved up to the hype
This game was over at the half. The score - Florida 35, Arkansas 7 - said it. So did Matt Jones' body language. With the final seconds ticking off the clock in the second quarter, Jones didn't even bother to try to line up his team to run another play or two. Instead, he shook his head and simply pointed his team to the locker room and trudged off.

Gators fix Leak
Chris Leak helps Florida take a big lead. Then Channing Crowder ends the Razorbacks' rally in the final minutes.

Gators explode in 1st half, implode in 2nd
As the Gators strutted into the locker room for halftime -- their chins up and chests puffed after running out to an imposing 35-7 lead -- somebody mentioned last year's game.

Defense's late stops preserve win
Under the lights at Neyland Stadium, the bend-but-don't-break Florida defense was broken by an untested freshman quarterback, Tennessee's Erik Ainge.

Sophomore gets his coveted TD
It's funny how life works out sometimes. ophomore Andre Caldwell had been lamenting his lack of touchdowns.

Gator WRs showing promise
Finally, it's happening. Huge things were forecast for Florida's wide receivers this season, especially the duo of Andre Caldwell and Dallas Baker. A year ago, Caldwell struggled at times as a true freshman and caught only 19 balls, despite playing in all 13 games. Baker caught 13 passes.

Florida Offense Awakes From It's Sleep
The Florida offense was as late-arriving as its crowd in the first quarter against Arkansas.

Florida Breaks Through UA's Safety Net
After going three and out on its first three possessions, Florida finally found a soft spot in Arkansas' 4-2-5 defense.

Gators steer away Hogs
Florida halts Arkansas' furious rally in near-repeat of last season's game

Florida Gator Steve Spurrier

Gator fans still yearn for Spurrier
With Florida fans making their way to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday morning, a caller to the Gator Radio Network's pre-game show asked one of those questions nobody bothers whispering around here anymore.

Colleges willl soon line up for Spurrier
The answer is out there. He's keeping a low profile, since talking about his past or his future would serve no purpose. But very soon, some of this nation's leading universities will be lining up to make their pitches, convinced that an investment in Steve Spurrier would be big money well spent.

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