Gator News And World Report

The Gator News and World Report for Sunday, September 4, 2005. Game didn't show future - just a glimpse; NOTEBOOK: Wynn sits out another contest; Punishing results; Wyoming easy for UF, but what about SEC?; Overmatched: Very little goes right for UW in thorough defeat; Jackson's play highlights Meyer's winning UF debut; Victory is just the start and more...

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Game didn't show future - just a glimpse
The alligator's mouth popped open and they ran onto the field to the loudest roar ever for a Florida team's entrance into The Swamp.

Offense sputters, defense shines
After all the hype, all the anticipation, all the expectations, the Florida Gators finally launched the Urban Meyer era with a rather pedestrian opening night performance in The Swamp.

GAINESVILLE -- The answer to the question Florida coach Urban Meyer was asked most during the offseason is: Yes.

Chad hanging with UF's best
When Chad Jackson was last seen on the field for a game with the University of Florida, the team suffered a humbling loss to Miami and Jackson's reputation took a beating.

NOTEBOOK: Wynn sits out another contest
GAINESVILLE -- Florida running back DeShawn Wynn apparently didn't have enough invested. Coach Urban Meyer said early last week that "invested" players would play against Wyoming on Saturday. Wynn did not play against the Cowboys.

Meyer Debut Has Moments
GAINESVILLE As the final note of the University of Florida's alma mater floated into the balmy night Saturday, Gators center Mike Degory turned to jog back to the locker room.

Jackson Fits The Bill: Playmaker
GAINESVILLE Attention, Downtown Athletic Club. Florida linebacker Brandon Siler would like to make an announcement.

Punishing results
Chris Leak completed 26 of 34 passes for 320 yards and three touchdowns in Florida's season opener.

Wyoming easy for UF, but what about SEC?
Trying not to be the guy whose first reaction to your winning lottery ticket is to remind you about the taxes and sycophant relatives. But, in properly fitting the dawn of the Urban Meyer Epoch into a semblance of perspective today, it may bear reminding that, three years earlier, the ill-fated regime of Ron Zook had begun with an even greater sparkle and adoring swoon in a 51-3 triumph in this very same Swamp.

Ground questions remain
The Gators gained 176 rushing yards in their season-opening victory against Wyoming, but 85 of those were on a touchdown run by a wide receiver.

Line play is key for defense
Belle Glade's Ray McDonald didn't need long to justify being moved to defensive end. With 4:53 remaining in the first quarter, McDonald came around the right side and sacked Wyoming's Corey Bramlet for a 9-yard loss. On the next play, McDonald, who played at Glades Central, flushed Bramlet into the hands of Florida's Jeremy Mincey and Steven Harris to end the Cowboys' third drive at the Gators' 24-yard line.

A passable start for Meyer, Gators
His quarterback was enjoying a record-setting night, but coach Urban Meyer missed much of it. His team finished with 411 yards of offense, and Meyer wanted a lot more.

Meyer Keeps First Win At UF In Perspective
Just like in the days when ol' what's-his-name used to coach here, the University of Florida football team is on the attack again. And if we were writing a storybook about Urban Meyer's debut Saturday as the head Gator, we'd say it was just what everyone in orange and blue had hoped for.

Overmatched: Very little goes right for UW in thorough defeat
Wyoming safety Dorsey Golston could only watch as Florida's Chad Jackson streaked to the corner of the end zone, reached one hand up and impossibly reeled in another touchdown pass.

Meyer era debuts in Gainesville
Like every other sporting team in the country, the No. 10 Florida Gators played the song "Let's Get it Started" before Saturday's game against Wyoming. But for the Gators, it meant something.

Meyer gets rolling
Chris Leak answered all those questions about whether he could run Urban Meyer's spread offense. Leak completed 26 of 34 passes for 320 yards and three touchdowns, broke Steve Spurrier's school record for consecutive completions and led No. 10 Florida to a 32-14 victory over Wyoming in Meyer's debut with the Gators yesterday.

Gators receivers Caldwell, Jackson pull double-duty
Who says the Gators have trouble at running back? Florida racked up plenty of rushing yards in Saturday's 32-14 victory against Wyoming - 176 to be exact - while adding a score on the ground. But then again, the Gators lost 85 of those yards and the rushing touchdown came from a receiver.

Game ball
CHRIS LEAK, QB, FLORIDA: In his first test running a new offense, the junior was 26-of-34 for 320 yards and three touchdowns.

Thornton starts; Wynn crowded out of backfield
Gainesville · The question of the week here was who would start at tailback for the Gators.

Florida bottles up explosive Bramlet
Gainesville · While most of the eyes in the record 90,707 crowd at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday night were probably curious about the new look Florida offense, it apparently wasn't coach Urban Meyer's biggest concern.

Jackson's play highlights Meyer's winning UF debut
GAINESVILLE · Chad Jackson stepped spectacularly into the snapshot moment in Florida coach Urban Meyer's debut Saturday night.

Florida comes out firing
All week long, new Florida head coach Urban Meyer walked around his home muttering one thing to himself, to his family, to the walls, to the ceiling late at night.

Victory is just the start
It wasn't a yawner, but it didn't exactly quicken any pulses either. It was, well . . . a start. Not spectacular. Not sensational. Not sizzling. Just a start.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Gators sweep tourney
Spearheaded by a 16-kill, 13-dig effort from senior outside hitter Jane Collymore, the No. 8 Florida volleyball team swept No. 15 UC-Santa Barbara in three games 30-25, 30-22, 30-24 in the final match of the Aquafina Volleyball Invitational.

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