Gator News And World Report (10/30/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Sunday, October 30, 2005. 'Unbeaten' is rare in SEC, Meyer says; Circumstances don't matter: UF still won; Gators keep hope alive, beat Georgia 14 - 10; Spoilers and more; Wynn gives Leak breathing room; Mincey, defense step up; Two misses cost Georgia, but Richt's confidence remains high in Coutu; Gators Upset Bulldogs, Stay In SEC Title Hunt; Mincey Gives 'Dawgs A Show; Meyer's late call pays off while Richt's decisions fail qnd more....

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'Unbeaten' is rare in SEC, Meyer says
JACKSONVILLE- Urban Meyer knows what it's like to finish a season perfect, having finished 12-0 last year at Utah. He's not sure if it's realistic to think you can do so at his current location, saying it's near impossible with the talent and depth of the Southeastern Conference.

Circumstances don't matter: UF still won
The offense did little in the second half. The fumbled exchange at the end of the first half kept Georgia in the game. The defense had...

TE Casey resurfaces
Florida sophomore tight end Tate Casey guessed that a few passes might come his way Saturday.

Party crashers
Gator defense backs up quick TDs JACKSONVILLE - On the first offensive play of the afternoon, Chris Leak had two running backs lined up in the backfield with him.

Gators keep hope alive, beat Georgia 14 - 10
eorgia left another Cocktail Party without anything to celebrate. Chris Leak threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score, and No. 16 Florida used an impressive defensive performance to beat the previously unbeaten Bulldogs 14-10 Saturday at the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.

Spoilers and more
Florida is getting pretty good at ruining Georgia's national football championship hopes -- and saving its season at the same time.

Wynn gives Leak breathing room
Nothing takes the pressure off a struggling quarterback like a running back who can move the chains.

Mincey, defense step up
With his team clinging to a small lead, Florida defensive end Jeremy Mincey knew he had to step up and make plays at the most important times Saturday.

UF finally opens with good drive
Florida's offense has not exactly been a machine on its opening drives this season, but the Gators looked pretty good on Saturday.

The key play
The situation: Georgia's ball, trailing 14-10, about nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. First down and 10 on the Florida 33.

'Dogs' idea runs out of steam
If the University of Georgia was going to rally in the second half and beat Florida Saturday at Alltel Stadium, it was going to be according to the formula that enabled the Bulldogs to dominate this rivalry in the 1980s

Two misses cost Georgia, but Richt's confidence remains high in Coutu.
Two misses cost Georgia, but Richt's confidence remains high in Coutu.

Munson: Tereshinski TD would have been great call
Georgia's only touchdown Saturday against Florida would have been a play for the ages -- had the Bulldogs gone on to beat the Gators.

Gators Upset Bulldogs, Stay In SEC Title Hunt
Soaked and smiling, University of Florida football coach Urban Meyer reached for daughter Gigi's hand Saturday as they ran toward the school band.

Mincey Gives 'Dawgs A Show
Jeremy Mincey always dreamed of starring at the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party -- just wearing different colors.

Florida-Georgia Game Notes
No one on Florida's sideline seemed shocked Saturday when Georgia won the toss and elected to give the Gators the ball on the opening kickoff of Florida's 14-10 win.

Passion Fuels Gator Road Trips
Barbara Bunting spent her first 17 years in New York City. The Swamp stole her heart in a day.

Alive and well at Alltel
Gators quarterback Chris Leak knelt with the final snap, then flipped the ball away and leaped into offensive guard Drew Miller's arms.

Meyer's late call pays off while Richt's decisions fail
Faced with late-game coaching quandaries for the first time at Florida, Urban Meyer favored the conservative route Saturday night.

Loss is deflating to the Georgia seniors
When it ended, it wasn't a quarterback or a head coach who created Saturday's indelible image for the Georgia football team. Instead, it came from a 340-pound offensive lineman.

UF offense finds new option
The Florida Gators aren't shouting Auburn's rallying cry just yet. But they will.

Meyer's legacy teeters between Zook, Spurrier
The Georgia Bulldogs' national championship dream got utterly crushed here Saturday because the Florida Gators' Southeastern Conference title hope got unlikely life. The outcome was no larger for either college football team, though, than it was for one man.

Not cracking under pressure
Jeremy Mincey, who wanted to play for Georgia as a child, made critical plays to halt the Dawgs' final drive.

Safety problem solved
After spending seven games trying to find productivity from the free safety position, it took just one half for Florida coach Urban Meyer to realize he found his man.

Early touchdowns give Gators a victory
The Georgia Bulldogs played the odds, and in the process tossed yet another Southeastern Conference insult at coach Urban Meyer and his offense.

Casey, Manson take advantage of chances
Tate Casey hadn't caught a pass in four weeks, but with an offense in desperate need of targets for Chris Leak, the sophomore tight end finally had the ball thrown his way.

Meyer has got the hang of this SEC thing now
The SEC is Urban Meyer's league now. He doesn't own it, or even half of it, but he finally is a genuine participant, winning ugly whenever possible, losing awful when it's not, wading hip deep into rivalries that can bring a proud coach to the brink of tears or send him limping out of the stadium with a goofy grin of wonderment and relief.

Urban Meyer has been the coach at Florida for 10 months now, but it wasn't until Saturday that he truly became an authentic, archaic Southeastern Conference football coach.

DE Mincey takes revenge on his native Georgia

Florida defense spoils fairy tale for Tereshinski
Joe Tereshinski III is so steeped in Georgia history that he could have sworn he was about to write a new chapter.

When SEC teams are playing, the offense rests
wo questions: Is the Southeastern Conference a great defensive league? Or is it a great defensive conference because its teams have lost directions to the end zone?

Snubbed Georgia native sparks Florida's defense
As a high school player in Statesboro, Ga., Jeremy Mincey dreamed of playing for his home state Bulldogs.

Tensions to lessen at Meyer household
It has been a stressful time at the home of Urban Meyer after the Gators lost two of their past three, but Friday night, Shelley Meyer sensed something was different.

UF defense hangs tough vs. Georgi
Just over three minutes were left to play and Florida faced a fourth down at the Georgia28 when Urban Meyer pulled the mouthpiece down on his headphones with the decision.

Gators' Mincey thankful to wear orange and blue
Before Jeremy Mincey accepts his award for savior of the game, there's a few people he'd like to thank.

Once bitten
Injuries cost Georgia any margin for error. Nine horrible minutes Saturday afternoon cost the No. 4 Bulldogs their perfect season.

Game ranks among worst in Richt era
As the temperatures dropped, the chances dwindled and hope evaporated, one thing likely went up.

Coutu takes blame for loss
In a game with enough blame to go around, Georgia place-kicker Brandon Coutu took it all on himself Saturday night.

They have this swagger, Florida linebacker Brandon Siler said of the members of the Gators defense, this belief in themselves that they don't need much to win games, just a lead, just a few points.

Not quite enough
Injuries cost Georgia any margin for error. Nine horrible minutes Saturday afternoon cost the No. 4 Bulldogs their perfect season.

Tereshinski's dream better than reality
Joe Tereshinski's dream didn't come true. The third-generation Georgia Bulldog grew up with a picture on his bedroom wall of a small boy daydreaming about playing Florida. In the picture, Georgia is moving the ball on the Gators. In reality, it wasn't as pretty.

Meyer chooses winning
He's not quite walking on Lake Alice again, and maybe he never will, but with a 14-10 victory over the hated Georgia Bulldogs, Urban Meyer is at least back on the shoreline.

Wynn, Manson lead potent ground game
For stretches of Saturday's game, the Gators resembled a power offense. DeShawn Wynn gained 109 yards on 19 carries, with 86 of his yards coming before halftime. His total was a career high. Coach Urban Meyer seemed even more impressed with the performance of redshirt freshman Markus Manson, who gained 49 yards on nine carries.

Quick start stands up for Gators
Georgia won the opening toss and chose to defend. "Everybody was thinking, here we go again," said Florida coach Urban Meyer, whose offense had struggled against strong opponents.

The sweetness of redemption
Under a stone-gray sky on the Ides of Halloween, down on a field where gremlins have had their way with the breakage of dreams over decades, 99 ticks and four points were all that stood between the Florida Gators and sweet redemption.

Offensive line sets tempo
With a bead of sweat rolling down the side of his head, an exhausted Florida center Mike Degory wore a satisfying look on his face as he walked through the tunnel at Alltel Stadium early Saturday evening.

Gators find winning formula
Sometimes, the only way to win is to admit defeat. This is why the hotshot quarterback left his pride behind, and confessed to coaches how awkward he felt in the option offense.

Game balls
DeSHAWN WYNN, RB, FLORIDA: The junior led Florida's rejuvenated running game with 19 carries for 109 yards.

Florida Gator Roundup

UF roundup
cross country team finished third behind Arkansas and Alabama, while the women were fifth at the Southeastern Conference Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Fort Jackson. Gator sophomore Henok Lechebo earned All-SEC honors for his ninth-place finish.

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