Gator News And World Report (10/11/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Monday, October 11, 2004. Stories from Sunday's papers and Zook responds to loss by giving team 'little break'; UF's Zook Challenges Players; Gators' offense couldn't finish what it started; Zook: I can understand why fans are upset; Zook says he feels the fans' pain; Tigers stun UF at end; Loss puts Gators on the ropes; Zook: Players must make plays and more...

Florida Gator Football

Zook responds to loss by giving team 'little break'
No practice for Gators today, with Middle Tennessee up next after loss to LSU.

UF's Zook Challenges Players
Ron Zook wisely skipped his usual spiel about getting better Sunday and got directly to the point.

Gators' offense couldn't finish what it started
There were times Saturday night when they were shredded by the run. There were times when they seemed to have no answer for passing plays in the middle of the field.

Zook: I can understand why fans are upset
Florida football fans everywhere are frustrated and upset in the wake of UF's second-half fade in Saturday night's loss to LSU. Ron Zook said Sunday that's OK. He doesn't blame the fans for feeling this way because he said he feels exactly the same way.

Florida falls to No. 22
The gap between No. 1 USC and No. 2 Oklahoma is smaller than it's been all season.

Zook says he feels the fans' pain
The Florida Gators have two early losses for the third time in as many seasons under coach Ron Zook.

Loss puts Gators on the ropes
UF needs help if it has plans to play for the SEC title in Atlanta or in a major bowl game.

Zook: Players must make plays
The title hopes have faded. The season has lost a large dose of its luster. And the coals of the hot seat, which started to show signs of cooling, just turned bright orange once again.

Spurrier's return just what they need in Austin
Steve Spurrier must come back. Now. It's time. It's definitely time.

Zook says he is responsible for Gators' losses
Florida coach Ron Zook sounded like a changed man Sunday. The unrelenting optimism that he has shown during three tumultuous seasons — even in the worst of times — was replaced by a sense of urgency the day after his team collapsed once again, this time falling 24-21 to LSU in The Swamp.

The Swamp no longer kind to the Gators
The Florida Gators are drowning in The Swamp. Coach Ron Zook lost his sixth home game in two-plus seasons late Saturday night when LSU rallied to send 90,377 Gators fans home mumbling something about the good not-so-old days.

Gators try to rebound, again
It was a Saturday that Ron Zook and the Gators would rather forget. Not only did the Gators fall at home 24-21 to LSU, but Tennessee's surprising 19-14 road victory against Georgia made it difficult and increasingly unlikely that Florida will win the SEC East.

LSU defense carries load in win at UF
Many will remember LSU's 24-21 comeback victory Saturday at Florida for the Tigers' offensive spark under the leadership of quarterback Marcus Randall, but LSU's defense played an essential role in giving Randall a chance to win it.

Gators forced to face reality as conference hopes spiral downward
Corey Webster, LSU's injured all-conference cornerback, skipped through the visiting tunnel after his team's comeback victory rotating hand motions – Gator chomp, throat slash, Gator chomp, throat slash.

Florida's Zook has no excuse for play
Florida coach Ron Zook is taking a different approach this time around. For the third straight season, the Gators find their SEC hopes in dire straits at midseason.

Florida Gator vs LSU Game Stories From Sunday

Reversal Of Fortune
From the southwest corner of Florida Field, the LSU band played the only command Florida's defense needed to hear.

Secondary Catches On Early
Florida cornerback Dee Webb was earning a dubious distinction among his teammates - a reputation no defensive back wants.

SEC Championship Is But A Memory
Thanks to Florida's 24-21 loss to LSU and Tennessee's upset of No. 3 Georgia on Saturday, the Gators can essentially forget about playing in the SEC Championship Game.

Tigers stun UF at end
This is a night in The Swamp that started out with so much energy and so much hope for Florida. But the weary Gators ran out of both in the fourth quarter Saturday night.

Tigers blitz; Gators fizzle
LSU's defensive game plan is usually pretty simple and rarely varies. It goes something like this: The Tigers blitz from the time they get off the bus until opposing quarterbacks are winded and covered in grass stains.

Gottfried: Gators a contender ... next year
There is a possibility Cornelius Ingram will stay with the football team all fall.

UF failure seems familiar
The Gators' second loss of the season was much like the first - the result of a last-minute score. This time, LSU rallied past Florida.

Gators not happy at home
It was happening again. The strong start. The defensive brilliance. The growing momentum.

Tough loss puts Gators in deep hole
Talk about your classic one-two punches to the gut. Hours after Tennessee's upset of Georgia meant Florida would need help just to make it into the SEC Champion -ship Game, the Gators went out and did all they could to make that fading possibility into a pipe dream not even Ricky Williams could conjure.

Gators are draining the fun out of the Swamp
It's no wonder they grumble. It's no wonder they are perpetually in a bad mood. It's no wonder they clog the Internet with venom and vitriol about their head coach.

Florida-Georgia loses its luster
Even if Florida continues its dominance over Georgia in their annual rivalry, the Bulldogs might have already managed to indirectly hurt the Gators worse this season.

No 'D' in Gators
Florida sophomore Chad Jackson has decided it can't just be bad luck or missed assignments anymore.

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