Gator News And World Report (11/13/2004)

The Gator News and World Report for Saturday, November 13, 2004. Who's running the show? The quarterbacks; Who has the edge?; Ex-Gator recalled today; A Special Night At The Swamp; Zook seeks win, bowl bid in final game at Swamp; What a surprise -- This booster at UF understands role; Drama's other quarterback also flourishes in second life; Fourth-down conversion; UCF Upends No. 10 Florida, 3-2; How do they stop RB Ciatrick Fason?;

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Who's running the show? The quarterbacks
If Steve Spurrier does come back to the SEC, he won't recognize the league he left behind.

Who has the edge?
QUARTERBACK Chris Leak is the SEC's leading passer and is coming off a strong performance against Vanderbilt in which he threw for 307 yards. For USC, sophomore Syvelle Newton takes over the the injured Dondrial Pinkins. Newton is a better passer than Pinkins and is the QB of the future. EDGE: FLORIDA.

Team statistical leaders
Take a look at the offensive statistics and the players that put up the numbers for each team.

Between the lines
South Carolina hasn't beaten Florida since 1939, when the Gamecocks won 7-0 in Columbia.

Keys to winning
South Carolina 1. Grind the ball on the ground against UF's suspect defense and burn the clock.

Ex-Gator recalled today
Autin, who died as a freshman, to be honored on Senior Day as UF hosts South Carolina.

A Special Night At The Swamp
GAINESVILLE - Someday, they'll wave to one another in an airport as they hustle in opposite directions to catch connecting flights.

Zook seeks win, bowl bid in final game at Swamp
GAINESVILLE -- When Florida Coach Ron Zook sprinted out of the tunnel and onto Florida Field for the first time less than three years ago, the emotions didn't need to be justified.

What a surprise -- This booster at UF understands role
Who would have thought that you'd want a Petrino coaching your college football team instead of a Paterno? Poor ol' JoePa. He has the world's thickest glasses, but he just can't see the handwriting on the wall. . . . Bobby Bowden turned 75 this week, and son Jeff commemorated the occasion by throwing a birthday party. It was intercepted. .

Trying to make a bowl statement
The Gators can become bowl-eligible by winning Ron Zook's home finale'It would be embarrassing if we didn't get to a bowl,' RB Ciatrick Fason said.

Fason seeks repeat against Gamecocks
South Carolina's plan to stop quarterback Chris Leak last season created another star at the University of Florida.

Emotionally spent Gators ripe for an upset
South Carolina would like nothing better than to deny Florida a chance to seal a bowl game appearance.

Florida schools lose popularity
It has been a terrible year for Florida's Big Three on the field.

How do they stop RB Ciatrick Fason?
About Fason: The 6-foot junior has rushed for 100 yards or more in three consecutive games and five times this season. Against Vanderbilt last week Fason became the sixth Florida back and first since Fred Taylor in 1997 to run for 1,000 yards in a season.

Matchups
QB: Syvelle Newton is making his first start in a hostile environment, but the confident sophomore will not be intimidated. Chris Leak had a ho-hum game against USC in '03, throwing for 121 yards and getting sacked twice and intercepted once.

Three keys to victory
Florida has given up an average of 197 rushing yards in its four SEC losses and allowed 254 this past week to Vanderbilt, which is not a running team. The Gators' linebacker corps is beat up, with talented middle backer Channing Crowder questionable with a foot injury. If USC can control the line, it can hold the ball and take the energy out of the Swamp.

Will Zook feel at home?
Homecoming victory over Holtz would make Florida bowl eligible

A Special Night At The Swamp
GAINESVILLE - Someday, they'll wave to one another in an airport as they hustle in opposite directions to catch connecting flights.

Florida Gator Soccer

CENTRAL FLORIDA 3, FLORIDA 2
On an afternoon drenched with rain, Florida saw its season slip away.

UCF Upends No. 10 Florida, 3-2
The University of Florida soccer team (16-4-3) was defeated 3-0 by UCF (17-3-2) on a rainy Friday afternoon in the NCAA Championship opening round. It was the first win for UCF in the nine-match series between the two teams. The two teams have met twice before in NCAA First Round action, with the Gators taking the win last season 3-2 in OT and in 2001 (4-0). The Golden Knights will meet the winner of the Florida State-Boson College match on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. in NCAA Second Round action at the James G. Pressly Stadium.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Gators claim share of SEC title
The Gators don't feel like sharing. With their Friday win against South Carolina, the No. 7 Florida women's volleyball team (23-2, 15-0) clinched at least a share of the Southeastern Conference title with No. 15 Tennessee. The Gators led Tennessee by one game in the SEC standings heading into Friday's match.

Gamecocks Fall 3-0 to No. 7 Gators in VB Action
Gainesville, Fla. - The Florida Gators continued their dominance over the SEC conference as the South Carolina Gamecocks were the latest target and suffered a 3-0 loss. The Gamecocks are now 12-12 overall and 5-10 in the SEC while Florida improves to 23-2, 15-0 in the SEC and extends its conference win streak to 145 matches. Shonda Cole and UF's Jane Collymore both had 13 kills to lead the match. Nicole Miller led the Gamecocks in hitting with a .636 percentage (7k, 0e, 11ta).

Florida Gator Terry Dean

Drama's other quarterback also flourishes in second life
Terry Dean has turned a marketing degree into a high-end investment job.

Florida Gator Danny Wuerffel

Fourth-down conversion
On a street named Desire, Danny Wuerffel has found a new home away from the screaming sellout crowds, the rush of game-day adrenaline and the sport that once fueled his competitive fire.

Urban Meyer

Meyer Tries to Dodge Departure Rumors
When Shelley Meyer went to the grocery store earlier this week to pick up some bagels and cream cheese, a man pushing a cart stopped her as she walked down the aisle.

Florida Gator Steve Spurrier

No End In Sight To Spurrier Rumors
Never has a coach who quit his last two jobs attracted so much interest as the visored genius from Crescent Beach.

Florida Gator Swimming

USC Men's Swimming and Diving Team Falls to Nationally Ranked Florida
Gainesville, Florida - The University of South Carolina men's swimming and diving team was defeated this afternoon at the O'Connell Center in Gainesville. The Gamecocks competed against the fourth ranked Gators and the Texas Longhorns. Both teams proved to be tough opponents for the Gamecocks.

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