Gator News And World Report (9/25/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Sunday, September 25, 2005. Split personality; Amazing first two quarters overshadow horrific finale; UK defense cures foe's offense; Receiver Cornelius wows Meyer; 'Bama builds hype for big game vs. UF; Catching on big-time; Meyer says Leak has best game; Meyer Pleased With First Part Of Gators' Win; 'Cats, Meyer rip second-team defense; Junior eases worries of losing Caldwell; Florida gets best of Wildcats for 19th straight time and more...

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Split personality
For a while here Saturday, it was almost as if the years had been rolled back and it was 1995 or '96 again.

Amazing first two quarters overshadow horrific finale
There was a point of realization for the Gator fans in Commonwealth Stadium and those watching at home when they suddenly thought something they didn't think possib

UK defense cures foe's offense
No matter how hard they tried, the Indiana Hoosiers simply couldn't run the ball. Then, along came the Kentucky defense and suddenly they could.

Meyer: You gotta keep your head up
Losing a fumble is one thing, but reacting by hanging your head and walking off the field is not acceptable to Florida coach Urban Meyer.

Everett picks his spots
Earl Everett knew he was down. But he also knew what the coaching staff has drilled into the Florida players - play until the whistle.

Receiver Cornelius wows Meyer
During the course of a game, a head coach has a lot of things on his mind but he knows who is playing well.

'Bama builds hype for big game vs. UF
University of Alabama football players can finally use the F-word after taking care of the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Ugly but effective
When the ball went off his fingertips and back into the air, it was as if everything went into slow motion for University of Alabama junior linebacker Juwan Simpson.

Florida defensive end Jeremy Mincey has been waiting -- and waiting -- for the Gators' offense to go of

Catching on big-time
After Jemalle Cornelius had the best game of his Florida football career Saturday, a reporter asked Gators quarterback Chris Leak about the junior wide receiver, mispronouncing his first name.

Meyer says Leak has best game
Florida coach Urban Meyer called Chris Leak's performance against Kentucky the best of the season. Leak completed 25-of-32 passes for 319 yards and four touchdowns, and he ran the option with more confidence than he has all season. Plus, he didn't throw an interception.

By the numbers
The offense came alive. Though it came against an obviously undermanned opponent (UK was without six starters and six key reserves because of injuries), the Gators moved the ball at will in the first half. It's an encouraging sign, especially heading into next weekend's showdown with Alabama

Meyer Pleased With First Part Of Gators' Win
LEXINGTON, KY. - OK, so the offense works. The backups, not so much.

Cornelius Helps Fill Caldwell's Void
Just minutes after pulling off the biggest win of his Gators career, Coach Urban Meyer appeared rattled.

Florida-Kentucky Game Notes
Florida backup DE Jarvis Moss played significant minutes Saturday for the first time in his career, and the redshirt sophomore's appearance in the lineup is the result of a medical mystery solved.

Gators go to town on Wildcats
In the preceding 60 football minutes, Urban Meyer had seen his Florida football program at its best and its on-field worst. So as he discussed his team's victory over Kentucky Saturday, the new coach, still undefeated as leader of the Gators, offered an interesting suggestion.

Gators backups backed into corner in victory
Quarterback Chris Leak guides UF to a 42-point halftime lead before the second-stringers let the Wildcats back into the game.

Sub picks up the slack
Jemalle Cornelius filled in admirably for injured standout Andre Caldwell, finishing with eight catches and 138 yards.

Wynn makes history
On Saturday, DeShawn Wynn became the first player in Florida history to score four touchdowns in a game twice in his career, and the record seems surprising on several levels.

'Cats, Meyer rip second-team defense
Coach Urban Meyer didn't sugarcoat his feelings about his second-string defense's performance after a second-half collapse at Kentucky.

Gators make their point early
Perfection would have to wait another day. University of Florida coach Urban Meyer had larger concerns to address. For starters, he didn't want to risk an offense that scored seven straight touchdowns or a defense that held Kentucky to four first downs to build a 49-7 halftime lead.

Junior eases worries of losing Caldwell
After Jemalle Cornelius had the best game of his career, a reporter asked quarterback Chris Leak about the junior receiver.

Rout gives insight into Gators
By halftime, Florida linebacker Brandon Siler was already envisioning the celebration.

Silent star's day includes historic TDs
He's still giving everyone the silent treatment, but DeShawn Wynn let his play do the talking Saturday against Kentucky.

Now it's OK to say Florida
OK, Alabama fans. Say it with me now. Slowly. Florr. Ihh. Duh. Florida.

UF tailback raises the bar
Junior tailback DeShawn Wynn became the first player in Florida history to score four touchdowns in two different games.

Florida gets best of Wildcats for 19th straight time
If the Florida Gators go on to have the magical season so many UF fans are starving for, they may look back on the first half Saturday against Kentucky as a turning point.

Coaches still in favor of replay
The NCAA's approval this week to use instant replay in all 28 Division I-A bowl games came at a perfect time. Through three weeks, replay has widely been lauded as a success around the country, credited with affirming critical calls in big games and overturning others that could have changed the outcome of key matchups.

Gators should get past fitful offensive start
In the moments after Florida's 16-7 victory Sept. 17 against Tennessee, first-year Gators coach Urban Meyer, the swami of the spread option offense, termed his unit's performance against the Vols as "inadequate."

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