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

The Gator News and World Report for Monday, Octber 4, 2004. Gators Move Up After Beating Razorbacks; Killer instinct talk should die down; Zook: Our guys want to put teams away; Big wins and upsets shake up AP poll; Gators shut out Georgia; No. 5 Florida kills Alabama's hopes; Zook expects LSU to remember Florida's 2003 win; Zook defends team's tenacity; Gators should enjoy tough win, use experience gained against LSU; Zook defends play of Gators and more...

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Gators Move Up After Beating Razorbacks
As his deflated Gators sat in the locker room at Tennessee's Neyland Stadium on Sept. 18, Florida football coach Ron Zook told his players they remained in the hunt for an SEC Eastern Division title.

Killer instinct talk should die down
Coach insists Gators have one despite nearly blowing a 38-7 lead to Arkansas at home.

Zook: Our guys want to put teams away
After seeing another big lead melt away Saturday, Florida coach Ron Zook knows the questions are going to fly this week about his team's inability to put teams away and the Gators' apparent lack of a killer instinct.

Big wins and upsets shake up AP poll
For the first time this season, The Associated Press poll received a serious shake-up - just not at the top.

Zook expects LSU to remember Florida's 2003 win
lorida defeated LSU last year, and the Tigers are reeling from two losses in three weeks that presumably ended whatever hopes they had of making another run at a national championship.

Gators in hunt after Vols' loss
Auburn's victory against Tennessee increased UF's chances in the SEC East race and made beating LSU on Saturday all the more critical.

Gators thwart Razorbacks' comeback
The coaches have caught their breath. The fans have regained their regular heartbeat. And the players already are focused on the next game. Now that things have cooled down despite Arkansas' dramatic late-game attempt at a comeback, the No. 12 Gators now can take a moment to appreciate the positives of Saturday's 45-30 win.

Zook's message: LSU still a threat
With ESPN showing endless highlights of LSU's 29-point loss at Georgia and Florida's players surely tuning in, coach Ron Zook's job became a little trickier over the weekend.

Zook defends team's tenacity
Fans may lament the way Florida played late in Saturday's 45-30 win over Arkansas, but coach Ron Zook makes no apologies.

No clear favorites yet in SEC
Georgia and Auburn top the East and West, respectively, but several teams, including Florida, are still in the hunt.

Gators should enjoy tough win, use experience gained against LSU
Just face it. It's never going to be easy — not with this team. There are not enough good things that can happen to make the Gators comfortable — not a 200-yard rushing performance, not a four-touchdown advantage, not a lead in the final seconds.

LSU seeks solutions
LSU coach Nick Saban lost his first game as Michigan State's coach 50-10 to No. 2 Nebraska in 1995, and there was a 45-14 loss later that season at Wisconsin. He lost his opener in 1996, 52-14 to Purdue, followed by a 55-14 loss at No. 1 Nebraska. He lost at Oregon 48-14 in the second game of the 1998 season.

Zook defends play of Gators
Florida went from a 28-point halftime lead to needing an interception by linebacker Channing Crowder to finish off Arkansas on Saturday, 45-30.

Gators hold off Razorbacks
GAINESVILLE, Fla.-Say this for Houston Nutt and Matt Jones, against Florida they do adjust.

Florida Gator Soccer

Gators shut out Georgia
he Florida women's soccer team didn't let Friday's tough loss to Tennessee spoil its effort Sunday afternoon against another archrival.

Florida Gator Volleyball

No. 5 Florida kills Alabama's hopes
ary Wise knows her Florida volleyball team is most dangerous when the offense is spreading the ball around, getting kills from different positions.

No. 5 Gators Sweep Alabama
Junior outside hitter Jane Collymore finished with a match-high 13 kills, while senior middle blocker Sherri Williams finished with 11 kills and four blocks as No. 5 Florida won its 110th consecutive Southeastern Conference match as the Gators defeated Alabama 3-0 (30-20, 30-22, 30-19) before a crowd of 2,233 at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

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