Murphy Hoping for Another Big Game

Two years ago, Louis Murphy caught his first career touchdown against LSU in The Swamp. He's had a pair of good games against the Tigers, pulling in five catches for 68 yards, and he's looking for the Gator offense to stay on track this Saturday night at The Swamp.

The Gators' loss to LSU last year was tough. Florida controlled for most of the game, leading 24-14 heading into the fourth quarter, but allowed 14 fourth quarter points to the Tigers. Murphy still remembers the feeling he had after that game.

"It makes me frustrated," Murphy said. "It's like how we lost to Georgia. We had that bad feeling in our stomach, but we're just going to come out and play hard. We're going to continue to practice hard and play hard."

Murphy buys into the team notion that a good week of practice correlates to a good game on Saturday, and he likes the way the team is preparing.

"I feel we could have won that game, but that's the way the cards feel," he said. "But we're practicing well."

The Gator offense had three drives in the fourth quarter against Arkansas last week and scored touchdowns on all three possessions going for 236 total yards. The offense found their stride and Murphy hopes they can carry that over to The Swamp on Saturday.

"We started moving the ball a lot this game," Murphy said. "When we spread it around good things happen and we move the chains."

Where the offense had turned into a two-man show in recent weeks, they got more people involved against the Hogs. Six different receivers had two or more receptions, and Jeff Demps, Chris Rainey and Percy Harvin all carried at least six times each.

"I believe we can do that every game," Murphy said. "Sometimes though it's how the plays are called and how the other team is playing us."

As for Florida's inconsistent offense, Murphy doesn't view it that way.

"I think there are times that you just stall," he said. "You're not going to have perfect drives all the time. There are going to be mistakes every game. We're getting better, we're starting to gel and I think we'll be okay."

After the road team won for two straight years, the home team has now won the last two games in the Florida/LSU series. A night game in The Swamp provides a little extra boost for the Gators.

"The atmosphere is different, especially from a 12:30 game," Murphy said. "It's LSU, it's the defending national champions. We won the year before, so it's going to be a great atmosphere. Everyone is going to be hyped from the fans down to the trainers."

Percy Harvin has been limited at practice so far this week, but the expectation is that he'll play this weekend, especially with a bye week coming up. Murphy is starting to see glimpses of how dangerous of a player Harvin is.

"He's getting back," Murphy said. "He had a great game against Ole Miss. This game he still had a touchdown. He's getting back to himself. He's quick off the line. He can separate of defenders. He plays strong."

Against the Tigers on Saturday night, the Gators will be looking for a lot of Harvin and a lot of Tim Tebow. In 2006, Tebow established himself with his fourth down run against Tennessee, but became legendary with the now famous jump pass he completed at the end of the first half, giving the Gators a 14-7 halftime lead.

"The first time I saw it, I thought it was pretty funny," Murphy said. "It was to Tate Casey, but now that play really works. It works on our defense in practice, too. He's so threatening with his running ability, you have to respect it. When he gets out there and the tight end slips away, he jumps up and it's hard to cover."

Whatever the Gator offense comes up with Saturday night, the key is they'll have to play a clean game to come out with a win unlike their 12 penalties they had against Arkansas.

"We can't have that against LSU. We have to eliminate all of our mistakes and penalties."

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