Good morning everybody! I'm Rich Thomaselli, Deputy College Football Editor for Bleacher Report, and I'll be live blogging today's game between No. 4 Florida and Miami (Ohio). It's the Gators' first game in the post-Tim Tebow era, so join me for the next three hours or so as we break down new UF quarterback John Brantley and have a little fun.
3:19 p.m. EDT: Tebow's first game ever? 300 yards, 3 TDs. Brantley? 113 yards. FINAL SCORE: Florida 34, Miami 12. Thanks everybody !!
3:16 p.m. EDT: Lucky play -- 4th-and-21 and Brantley throws it into the endzone, tip drill, UF comes down with it for a TD. 34-12 Florida.
3:14.m. EDT: Another brutal snap for UF. Great replay showing Pouncey moving to the right to pull just as he snaps.
3:04 p.m. EDT: What's the odds on Urban having another health meltdown after this one????
2:54 p.m. EDT: No matter how you slice it, this is an ugly performance by Florida. Sure, you can make an exception for it being the first game of the year, first game without Tebow, loss of several other skill position players, but this is Florida. FLORIDA. 100 total yards of offense with 8 minutes left in the game? Inexcuseable. If I'm a poll voter, there's no way I'm keeping the Gators my No. 4 team in the country.
2:45 p.m. EDT: WOW, that's quick on quick right there. Jeffrey Demps 71 yard run, Florida now up 27-12 (missed PAT)
2:40 p.m. EDT: I take back what I said about Bob Griese. He just made a great point -- UF is asking Pouncey to play center and snap the ball, but also to pull on some plays. Not easy. Not easy at all.
2:35 p.m. EDT: Miami at the goal line, but personal foul pushes the Redhawks back to the 16. Dumb. That's the game right there as Miami settles for another FG. 21-12 UF with 11 and change left in the game.
2:27 p.m. EDT: END of 3Q, UF up 21-9 but Miami driving, on the Florida 5 yard line.
2:25 p.m. EDT: ESPN broke into the game to say the Arizona Cardinals are expected to release Matt Leinart later today.
2:20 p.m. EDT: UF wastes nice return on the kickoff, misses short FG. Still 21-9.
2:12 p.m. EDT: Miami still hanging around. Short FG makes it 21-9, UF, midway through the third quarter.
2:09 p.m. EDT: This is what I absolutely love about fall Saturdays -- here in NY we have the Florida game, Michigan State-Western Michigan, Illinois-Mizzou, Louisiana-Lafayette at Georgia, Florida State-Samford, and Yankees and Mets games. Love. It.
2:01 p.m. EDT: OK, I think Urban's experiment of moving Pouncey to center is over. Another bad snap.
2:00 p.m. EDT: You know, change is good. But I'll never get used to calling college teams FBS and FCS and all that crap. Its division I and I-AA as far as I'm concerned.
1:52 p.m. EDT: First half impressions? I'm with Urban -- bad ball. As bad a first quarter as UF has played under Meyer. 14 net yards of offense !?!?
1:51 p.m. EDT: Second half kickoff. Back just in time from a Burger King run :) .... Whopper with cheese, fries, Diet Coke. Or, as John Travolta would say, Royale with cheese.
1:27 p.m. EDT: Florida takes a knee, and that's the half. UF up 21-6. Time for a halftime break. Catch you back here shortly. No, I don't need to see the Florida band -- everybody knows the Michigan band is the best in the land.
1:25 p.m. EDT: Miami can't punch it in, settles for a FG. 21-6 Florida with 21 seconds left before halftime.
1:23 p.m. EDT: Seriously though, the turnovers have been the key. Florida has 14 yard of offense but three TDs thanks to Miami turnovers.
1:15 p.m. EDT: I think Bob Griese is losing it a little bit. "You can't help the other team with turnovers." Really?
1:09 P.M. EDT: Trey Burton with a little option ! TD Florida, 21-3.
1:03 p.m. EDT: Gotta really wonder about that fake punt call from your own 20. ESPN announcers speculating that it might not have been a coach's call but done by a player a one field. If that's true, here's what I'm thinking -- that kid's running the stairs of the stadium for the rest of the season.
1:01 p.m. EDT: Brantley, first TD pass of the season, short little route across the middle. 14-3 UF
12:58 p.m. EDT: A fake punt from your OWN 20? Are 'ya kiddin' Miami?!? Hello? It's a 7-3 game.
12;55 P.M. EDT: Hey, did you see next week's schedule? Ohio State-Miami (Fla.), Penn State-Alabama, Florida State-Oklahoma, Michigan-Notre Dame .... yup, another Saturday in the Barca-Lounger !
12:48 p.m. EDT: INT taken to the HOUSE by Jenkins ! Florida takes a 7-3 lead, the world has now returned to its regularly scheduled axis :)
12:44 p.m. EDT: Wow, dangerous throw on the pseudo-fake punt and a GREAT catch for a first down for Miam at the UF 37. I think if you took the Redhawks and the 35 1/2 points, you're feeling good.
12:36 p.m. EDT: ANOTHER Florida turnover. Miami has to happy and UF fans are probably freaking, but I have a sense it's just a matter of time before the Gators flip the switch. END OF 1Q: 3-0, Miami
12:33 p.m. EDT: OK, um, change the UF center, please. Another bad snap.
12:29 p.m. EDT: Anybody looking forward to seeing Wall Street 2 ?!? Gotta see this when it opens in a couple of weeks. Greed, for lack of a better term, is good :)
12:25 p.m. EDT: Another UF turnover. Breathe, Gator fans, breathe.
12:23 p.m. EDT: Wow, nice long ball by Brantley. I mean, real nice throw. Broken up, but nice throw.
12:16 p.m. EDT: I imagine this will be the first and only time we say this: Miami takes the lead, 3-0.
12:09 p.m. EDT: And.... Florida returns the favor. Early snap in the shotgun and Brantley can't pick it up, Miami recovers at the UF 25.
12:07 p.m. EDT: First time snapper, first time punter for Miami and it shows. Botched punt, UF recovers deep in Miami territory.
12:04 p.m. EDT: And we're off !
11:55 a.m. EDT: I shouldn't be writing this because, as a 24-year sportswriter, I have respect for her as and certainly sympathy for her plight with the Peeping Tom thing but .... wow is Erin Andrews stunning. Anybody see this? http://bleacherreport.com/articles/450842-erin-andrews-15-reasons-were-giddy-to-see-her-on-espn-college-gameday
11:35 a.m. EDT: Uh-oh. Herbstreit just picked UConn to beat Michigan in the Big House.
11:32 a.m. EDT: Next up is a story on Michigan and embattled coach Rich Rodriguez. I covered Michigan for four years in the late 1990s, early 2000s. It's amazing how one program can sustain consistency through three coaches -- from Bo to Gary Moeller to Lloyd Carr -- and go to 34 consecutive bowl games, and then have one guy come in and post consecutive losing seasons.
11:30 a.m. EDT: GameDay guys talking about Notre Dame. Geez, the Irish have seven home games, three road, two neutral. Can they make it any easier to succeed this year?!?
11:25 a.m. EDT: Just saw a piece on Florida coach Urban Meyer's health problems on ESPN's GameDay. Sorry, still not buying that he's a changed man. I think he had his health scare, but I think he'll still be the intense coach he always was.
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