Senior Day – Gameday: Florida Gators vs. No. 2 Florida State Seminoles

By Adam Silverstein
November 30, 2013

Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 88,548]
Weather: 66°F (feels like 66°F), partly cloudy, winds NE at 14 mph
Time: 12:00 p.m. EST

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FLORIDA GATORS No. 2 FSU SEMINOLES
Head Coach: Will Muschamp Head Coach: Jimbo Fisher
Record: 4-7 Record: 11-0
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Atlantic Coast
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Odds: Florida +29 | O/U 52.5
and you can also bet on Super Bowl game in Feb 2014.

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Story: Changes ahead for offensive staff | Notebook: Will Muschamp talks coaching changes, fixing the Gators and more injuries | Q&A: Brent Pease asked 17 questions about job status, future at Florida | Notebook: Muschamp provides updates on injuries, thoughts about Pease | Friday Final: Bittersweet finale for Florida seniors

HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS

» Florida leads the all-time series against Florida State 35-21-2 and holds a 20-9-1 record in Gainesville.
» The Gators will finish below .500 on the season for the first time since 1979 and below .500 in SEC play for the second time since that year (2010).
» UF lost to three unranked opponents this season and is now 18-4 against such teams under Muschamp. Last week, it dropped its first game to a Division I-AA/FCS team in school history.
» The Gators lost their second-straight game under Muschamp when rushing for more than 150 yards and are now 15-2 in such circumstances. Florida also lost for the second consecutive time under Muschamp (third overall) when leading at the half and are now 18-3 in that situation. UF is 18-5 when holding opponents to 21 points or less, 13-3 when an opponent rushes for fewer than 100 yards and 14-5 when scoring first in a game.

Read about the injuries and absences and much more…after the break!

LAST TIME OUT

Florida scored 24-straight points in the fourth quarter to overcome a 20-13 deficit and take down Florida State 37-26 in Tallahassee. The Gators actually led by 17 points late in the fourth quarter before allowing Seminoles quarterback E.J. Manuel to run into the end zone basically untouched for a 22-yard score with the clock ticking down to zero.

UF’s running game beasted that Saturday with Mike Gillislee registering 140 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. Matt Jones supplemented him with 81 yards and another score on eight touches.

Leading 13-3 at the half, the Gators allowed the Seminoles to score 17 unanswered points in the third quarter before turning things around in the fourth quarter. Jeff Driskel also played well for Florida, completing 15-of-23 passes for 147 yards and finding Quinton Dunbar in the end zone for a touchdown.

INJURIES AND ABSENCES*

» Active (2): Junior cornerback Marcus Roberson (ankle), sophomore defensive end Jonathan Bullard (knee)
» Suspended (1): Freshman wide receiver Demarcus Robinson
» Injured (17): Redshirt junior quarterback Tyler Murphy (shoulder), freshman defensive lineman Joey Ivie (undisclosed), redshirt junior linebacker Michael Taylor (MCL), freshman LB Alex Anzalone (shoulder), sophomore offensive tackle D.J. Humphries (MCL), sophomore LB Antonio Morrison (knee – season), redshirt sophomore OT Tyler Moore (elbow – season), sophomore running back Matt Jones (knee – season), junior QB Jeff Driskel (leg – season), senior defensive tackle Dominique Easley (ACL – season), redshirt senior WR Andre Debose (ACL – season), redshirt junior OT Chaz Green (labrum – season), redshirt senior LB Jeremi Powell (ACL – season), freshman CB Nick Washington (shoulder – season), freshman LB Matt Rolin (ACL – season), freshman safety Marcell Harris (knee), freshman defensive lineman Jordan Sherit (ACL)

* As of Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

SENIOR DAY

The Gators’ 2013 senior class consists of 15 players who have either spent four, five or six seasons wearing the Orange Blue. The true senior class heads into the game with a four-year record of 30-20 (19-7 in The Swamp) including four victories against Tennessee, one over Georgia and one against Florida State. It is 2-1 in bowl games including wins in 2011 Outback Bowl (vs. Penn State) and 2012 Gator Bowl (vs. Ohio State) but a loss in the 2013 Sugar Bowl (vs. Louisville).

Sixth-year senior (1)
Jeremy Brown – #8 – CB – Orlando, FL

Fifth-year seniors (6)
Jon Halapio – #67 – RG – St. Petersburg, FL
Jonotthan Harrison – #72 – C – Groveland, FL
Kyle Koehne – #64 – OL – Indianapolis, IN
David Campbell – #36 – LB – Live Oak, FL (walk-on)
Tim Clark – #30 – DB – Wellborn, FL (walk-on)

True seniors (7)
Trey Burton – #8 – WR – Venice, FL
Dominique Easley – #2 – DT – Staten Island, NY
Damien Jacobs – #3 – DT – Gibson, LA (transfer)
Darrin Kitchens – #49 – LB – Homestead, FL
Solomon Patton – #83 – WR – Mobile, AL
Jaylen Watkins – #14 – DB – Cape Coral, FL
Brad Phillips – #97 – K – Gainesville, FL (walk-on)

Other (2)
Christian Provancha – #13 – QB – Cocoa, FL (redshirt junior walk-on)
Cody Adams – #53 – LB – Ocala, FL (redshirt sophomore walk-on)

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Florida
The Gators are looking to snap a six-game losing streak – the program’s longest since Florida went winless in 1979 – while simultaneously knocking off the No. 2 team in the country. A victory over the Seminoles would be a sweet – albeit unlikely – one and a great way for the Gators to close the season. Other than taking its in-state rival out of the national title picture, Florida has nothing left to play for as it will not be competing in a bowl game for the first time in 23 seasons.

Florida State
Nearly 30-point favorites against an in-state rival that won convincingly last season – and with national title hopes on the line – FSU has everything on the line Saturday in Gainesville. A loss would be absolutely disastrous for a Florida State team that many expect to be a legitimate contender to win the last-ever BCS Championship. While the Gators have barely anything at stake, everything is on the line for the Seminoles on Saturday including national title hopes and the chance to bet on Super Bowl props.

3 Comments

  1. Sharon M. says:

    Gators doing great. Go Gators.

  2. SW FL Joe says:

    I cant wait to see this offense gone. I am sick of negative yardage on pass plays, jet sweeps to the short side of the field and third down passes 3 yards short of the sticks. The talent gap between us and FSU is nof the players, its the coaches

    • Ziggy says:

      No it’s not. It’s the players. They just can’t execute to convert down field passes. That’s all it is.

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