After a first half that had been exactly what Randy Shannon and Miami had to be dreaming of when they were preparing for this matchup, it was the punt game which put a little energy back into The Swamp. First, Chas Henry hit a perfect coffin corner punt that rolled out of bounds at the Miami one. Then, after the Hurricanes were forced to punt from their 10, freshman Jeff Demps blocked the punt by Miami's Matt Bosher. While the Gators weren't able to take full advantage by recovering for a touchdown, the resulting safety was an important momentum shift before the break.
TEBOW'S GOING STREAKING
The records continue to pile up for Tim Tebow. In the fourth quarter the junior passed Danny Wuerffel's record for consecutive passes thrown without an interception. The mark stood at 121 - Tebow's total is 130 and counting.
GET WELL SOON, JIM
Miami clogged things up inside throughout the first half. With Jim Tartt still out due to a shoulder injury, Marcus Gilbert started at left guard and had a rough night. He committed a false start that helped sabotage a Florida drive, was beaten for a sack on Tebow and consistently struggled to block the Hurricane linemen. It had been thought that Tartt might return for the Miami game, and he now has two weeks to heal before Tennessee. UF could certainly use him.
MULLEN NOT THINKING RBS
A week after Florida distributed the ball to a wide array of tailbacks, the Gators almost ignored the position throughout the first half. There were just two carries by the position prior to the break. Much hyped USC transfer Emmanuel Moody did not play at all, presumably due to the ankle issue he had last week. Percy Harvin did get two carries, one on an end around and the other coming when he took a direct snap and ran a play very similar to what Arkansas did the last two seasons with Darren McFadden.
READY TO PLAY
One week after not getting to play against Hawaii, tight end Aaron Hernandez made a big impact against the Hurricanes. He caught a career high five passes for 58 yards, including a beautiful leaping grab for the game opening 14-yard touchdown pass from Tim Tebow.
Some Gator fans were likely overjoyed with Urban Meyer's decision to kick a field goal with 25 seconds to go in the game and the Gators up 23-3. Jonathan Phillips got a chance to attempt a field goal during a real game, which may help him down the line. Meanwhile, with the point spread in Las Vegas having been between 21 and 23 all week, Meyer also likely helped some Gator fans make a little money.
BIG NAMES AT THE BIG GAME
A year after being inducted into the Ring of Honor at UF, legendary linebacker Wilber Marshall was back in The Swamp for another honor Saturday. Marshall has been selected as a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and was recognized on the field early in the second quarter. Other well known alums in attendance included two time basketball champion Corey Brewer and ESPN sideline sensation Erin Andrews.
IT SOUNDED GOOD ANYWAY
Anyone who's watched college football on TV knows there's usually a trivia question and the answer generally relates to that day's game. ESPN tried a little too hard to find an angle this time, claiming Miami offensive coordinator Patrick Nix was the first quarterback to beat Steve Spurrier in The Swamp. While Nix did quarterback Auburn to a gut wrenching victory over UF in 1994, FSU's Charlie Ward is the actual answer to the question.
PAY THE MONEY AND COME
It was announced during the game that the Steve Miller Band will be the musical act for this year's Gator Growl. Lynyrd Skynyrd was well received as the headliners last year.
RIX STILL SHARP AS A BOWLING BALL
Saturday afternoon former FSU quarterback Chris Rix appeared on Fox Sports Radio, billed as their "college football expert". When asked how Florida would attack the Canes, Rix said he expected the Gators to get the ball to Cornelius Ingram because he's "such a weapon". Keep up the good work, Chris.
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