Florida Gators vs. Florida State Seminoles

By Adam Silverstein
November 26, 2011

Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 88,548]
Weather Forecast: 69°F, mostly cloudy, winds ESE at 5 mph
Time: 7:00 p.m. (ET)

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Head Coach: Will Muschamp Head Coach: Jimbo Fisher
Record: 6-5 (3-5) Record: 7-4 (5-3)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Atlantic Coast
Roster | Schedule Roster | Schedule

Odds: Florida +3; O/U 45.5


Need to catch up on the Gators before week this week’s game? No problem. OGGOA has been here all week compiling a ton of information so you can do your homework on the team before its next exam Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m.

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Muschamp’s presser | Weis comments on offense | Mid-week update

» Florida leads the all-time series against Florida State 33-20-2 and boasts a 20-8-1 record in games played in The Swamp. FSU ended UF’s six-game winning streak (the longest since 1981-96) with a 31-7 victory in 2010.
» The Gators have not lost at home to the Seminoles since 2003 and have not dropped consecutive games to their in-state rival since 2002-03.
» All five Florida’s losses this season have come to ranked opponents.
» Muschamp and Fisher were both coaches at LSU under Nick Saban from 2001-04. A number of assistants on each team have coaching relationships with one another from stints as players or coaches at Georgia, Auburn and LSU.
» UF is 5-0 when outrushing their opponent but 1-5 when being outrushed.
» The Gators are 6-1 this year when leading at the half but 0-4 when tied or trailing at the midway point in a ballgame.
» Florida became bowl eligible for the 21st season in a row with their victory over Furman last week. It is the longest streak in the SEC and second-longest in the nation.
» The Gators and Seminoles are tied for 118th (out of 120 teams) nationally in penalties, each committing 89 in 11 games. Florida has lost up 674 yards due to those miscues, while Florida State has given up 746 yards.
» UF’s offense has struggled as of late, and the Gators have had major problems putting the ball in the end zone. Florida has scored points in 32 of 44 quarters this season and touchdowns in only 24 of those quarters.
» The Gators have half as many upperclassmen (13 seniors, 12 juniors) as they do underclassmen (27 sophomores, 24 freshmen) seeing action this season. The roster is equally split with 19 seniors, 14 juniors, 33 sophomores and 33 freshmen.
» Florida is only converting 48 percent (16-of-33) of their red zone opportunities into touchdowns but has scored at least a field goal when the offense has a possession inside the 20-yard-line 88 percent of the time.
» The Gators’ defense is fourth in the nation in preventing third-down conversions, allowing just 29.1 percent of those attempted to be successful. However, UF is 66th nationally in preventing fourth-down conversions, allowing a 52.2 percent success rate.
» Florida is No. 11 nationally and fifth in the SEC in total defense (318.2 yards per game). The Gators are also No. 25 nationally and fifth in the SEC in scoring defense (20.5 points per game).
» UF’s pass defense is allowing just 176.5 yards per game, good for fourth in the SEC and 11th nationally.
» Florida State is No. 7 nationally in total defense (282.8 yards per game) and scoring defense (15.9 points per game). The Seminoles are No. 30 nationally in pass defense, allowing 198.5 yards per game.
» The Gators’ defense has forced the most turnovers in the SEC (315) since 2000. UF also has the most interceptions in the nation (76) since 2008.
» Florida State leads Florida nationally in two of the three major offensive statistical categories this season. The Seminoles score more points 32.6-27.3 (31st-62nd) than the Gators and acquire more passing yards per game 275.2-195.6 (25th-87th), but UF outrushes FSU 152.2-126.1 (65th-86th) on average. The teams have not played a common opponent this season.


The Gators’ 2011 senior class consists of 19 players who have either spent four or five seasons wearing the Orange and Blue. The true senior class heads into the game with a four-year record of 40-12 (22-5 in The Swamp) including four victories against Tennessee, three over Georgia and a 2-1 record against Florida State. It is 3-0 in bowl games including wins in the 2011 Outback Bowl (vs. Penn State), 2010 Sugar Bowl (vs. Cincinnati) and 2009 BCS National Championship (vs. Oklahoma).

* John Brantley – #12 – QB – Ocala, Fla. (redshirt)
* Jeff Demps – #28 – RB – Winter Garden, Fla.
* William Green – #96 – DE – Hoover, Ala.
* Jaye Howard – #6 – DT – Apopka, Fla. (redshirt)
* Moses Jenkins – #36 – CB – Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (redshirt)
* David Lerner – #40 – P – Gainesville, Fla.
* Chris Rainey – #1 – RB – Lakeland, Fla. (redshirt)
* Deonte Thompson – #6 – WR – Belle Glade, Fla. (redshirt)
* Dan Wenger – #56 – G – Coral Springs, Fla. (redshirt)
* James Wilson – #66 – G – St. Augustine, Fla. (redshirt)
* Phillip Bellino – #38 – RB – Boca Raton, Fla.
* Brian Biada – #31 – CB – Naples, Fla.
* Zack Brust – #98 – K – Jacksonville, Fla.
* Cody Hampton – #50 – LS – St. Petersburg, Fla.
* Newton Lizima – #45 – DB – Plantation, Fla.
* Minch Minchin – #33 – LB – Gainesville, Fla.
* Solomon Schoonover – #29 – WR – Aventura, Fla.
* William Steinmann – #87 – TE – Daytona Beach, Fla.
* Jason Traylor – #34 – FB – Melbourne, Fla.

[EXPAND Click to expand and view the injury report and who to keep an eye on.]» Probable/Questionable: Redshirt senior running back Chris Rainey (ankle), redshirt senior guard/center Dan Wenger (ankle), redshirt sophomore tight end Jordan Reed (ankle), redshirt junior Sam linebacker Lerentee McCray (shoulder), senior defensive end William Green (undisclosed)
» Inactive: Redshirt junior cornerback Jeremy Brown (knee), freshman CB Marcus Roberson (neck)


Florida State ended its six-year losing streak to Florida by drubbing the Gators 31-7 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, FL. UF held an early 7-3 lead on FSU but was outscored 28-0 the rest of the way, allowing the No. 22 Seminoles to cap their regular season on a high note. Florida State wound up earning a spot in the ACC Championship game with the victory because Maryland defeated North Carolina the same day. Florida’s sole touchdown came on a 20-yard pass from John Brantley to Robert Clark early in the first quarter. Christian Ponder torched the Gators for 221 yards and three touchdowns through the air, though UF did hold FSU to just 2.7 yards per carry on the ground.


» Redshirt senior quarterback John Brantley (#12)…who has completed 58.9 percent of his passes (123-of-209) this season for 1,808 yards and 10 touchdowns but also threw three interceptions including one returned for a score. Brantley had missed 10 quarters of action after injuring his ankle against Alabama but returned with limited health and mobility against Georgia. He had a career-best game last week, throwing for 329 yards and four touchdowns against Furman. Brantley has thrown 114 passes without tossing an interception, the seventh-longest streak in school history (he also has the second-longest streak in UF history at 157 attempts without a pick).
» Redshirt senior running back Chris Rainey (#1)…who has 1,093 yards of total offense this season with five touchdowns (including a punt block return). Rainey is averaging 5.3 yards per carry and 14.4 yards per reception and leads Florida in rushing this season. He became the first player in school history to have a rushing, receiving and return touchdown in the same game, achieved the school and SEC record for career punt blocks (five), and is the active leader in that category nationally. He also rushed for 100 yards or more in three-straight games, the first UF player to do so since Fred Taylor last accomplished that feat 14 years ago.
» Senior RB Jeff Demps (#2)…who is second on the Gators in carries (87) and rushing yards (547) this season but leads Florida in touchdowns scored (six). Injuries and poor run blocking have limited Demps’s effectiveness in 2011, but he continues to do whatever he can to help the team each week.
» Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Andre Debose (#4)…who jumped to first on the Gators’ receiving list with a career-high 151 yards and two touchdowns last week against Furman. Debose had mirror image 65-yard touchdowns against Alabama and LSU earlier in the season. Fans have been waiting for Debose to emerge for some time, but his 423 receiving yards now lead the team. Additionally, his 28.2 yards per catch is the highest average in the SEC and second nationally.
» Redshirt sophomore tight end Jordan Reed (#11)…who has vaulted up UF’s production chats with at least three receptions in four-straight weeks. Reed has also gone for 56 or more yards in three of the last four weeks and scored touchdowns against Georgia and Furman.
» Sophomore safety Matt Elam (#22)…who is the most valuable member of Florida’s secondary. He is second on the team in tackles (64) and at one point created turnovers in three-straight games (fumble-INT-INT). His 12 tackles against LSU a month ago marked a career high, and his 8.5 tackles for loss this season are a team-high.
» Defensive tackles sophomore Dominique Easley (#2) and redshirt senior Jaye Howard (#6)…who have solidified the interior of the Gators’ strongest unit. Howard is the team’s most experienced player on defense (28 starts), while Easley may be its most dynamic off the snap, with a first-step raved about by teammates and coaches alike. Howard and Easley have combined for 13.5 tackles for loss and four sacks.
» Linebackers junior Jon Bostic (#52) and redshirt sophomore will linebacker Jelani Jenkins (#3)…who are 1-3 on the team in tackles. Bostic (81) and Jenkins (60) have each excelled in different areas for Florida. The former has six tackles for a loss and three sacks while the latter has one sack, six pass breakups and a pick-six on the year.
» Redshirt junior kicker Caleb Sturigs (#19)…who has returned for Florida after missing eight games one year ago with an injured back. He is 21-for-25 in field goal attempts on the season (long: 55) and is perfect with 27 extra points, leading the Gators with 90 points scored this season. Sturgis is second in the nation with 21 field goals made but tied for 14th in kicking points.

» QB E.J. Manuel (#3)…who has passed for 2,352 passing yards with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. He has not thrown a pick since Oct. 29 and is completing 66.3 percent of his passes. Manuel can also make an impact on the ground and has rushed for 20 or more yards five times this season.
» RB Devonta Freeman (#8)…who is FSU’s leading rusher with 487 yards and six touchdowns on the year. He rushed for 100+ yards in consecutive games this year and at one point scored five touchdowns in four contests.
» WR Rashad Greene (#80)…who has more receptions (33) and yards (497) than any Florida player despite missing four games this season. He is complimented by WR Rodney Smith (#84), who has 511 receiving yards and four touchdowns of his own.
» LB Nigel Bradham (#13)…who leads the Seminoles defensively with 75 tackles (nine for loss), two sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
» CB Greg Reid (#5)…who is also Florida State’s dynamic returner and can change a game on a dime.[/EXPAND]


  1. SWFlaJoe says:

    When was the last time both teams went into the game not ranked in the top 25?

    It has to be sometime in the ’70’s

  2. gator says:

    Go Gators!!! ps Urban is a Tool

  3. ballengator says:

    Ok…two throws across the field. Two scoring setups for FSU. Feel bad for Brantley, especially on Senior’s day. But please end the Brantley era now.

  4. Gatorman says:

    Ineffective. That is the word I would use to describe Brantley. What a loser. No ability to lead whatsoever. I want you all to seriously think of a single game in which he has performed in a way to be a Florida quarterback.

  5. Gatorman says:

    What a loser.

  6. Ken (CA) says:

    Ok, i have been one of the most steadfast Brantley supporters over the last 2 years, but I am over it now. I still think he is very talented, but we really need to go in a different direction starting at the half at worst. Senior day or not, time to sit Brantley

  7. miguel says:

    i can tell you one thing about being a gator fan and that is that the gators need a new first string qb. i have been a gator fan all my life and this is the worst that i have seen the offense

  8. Mr2Bits says:

    Brantley did the right thing. It looked like he got a bit razzled, seemed like he made the “fencing motion” with that hit, could be a slight concussion. I appreciate that he saw his out and took it for the team. I had classes with JB for the last two years, hes a really cool guy, he takes this hard.

  9. Joe says:

    Brantley’s legacy: 3 picks, gets the offense on track then gets hurt. Hey Jeremy, this is what happens when you let boosters make your personnel decicions instead of the coaches.

  10. Gator John says:

    That’s two helmet to helmet hits that knocked two UF players out of thr game, neither one was flagged. Two horse-collar trackles earlier were not called. If the refs are not going to protect the players get the hell off the field and let’s call it UFC.

  11. Gatorman says:

    Gator John is 100% right. The officials haven’t changed the outcome but they have been really spotty.

    • Mr2Bits says:

      Haven’t changed the game? How about the EJ fumble in the end zone that we recovered, hand to the refs and then all of a sudden get a personal foul on with no explanation or replay that led to an automatic first down at out 1 foot line?

      • Gator John says:

        The non-calls would have kept a couple of our drives going, but no telling what would have came from them. I agree that the fumble and late flag on Powell was questionable, especiallu since they never showed the replay of it. It’s the turnovers that did us in once again, and those aren;t the refs fault. I just wish they would work a little harder to protect the players. Oh, and Greg Reid? he needs his ass kicked, and I would have loved to see elam drop him, ejection or no.

  12. nugent1021 says:

    Thank God for Elam. How many big plays does this guy have to coime up with all by himself?
    What a badass.

  13. Ken (CA) says:

    Putrid, again. Outcoached, again…I think we have more negative yards on offense than they have total yards on offense so far!

  14. Gator John says:

    Chris Rainey now leads the gators in tackles for loss. too bad he is the one being tackled.

  15. erng 'n blu says:

    guys, it doesn’t matter. bad calls or no bad calls. we #%&’ing suck. Our offense is the worst in college football right now. Between the penalties and being completely blown of the ball all season, we are an embarrassment. Been like that for two season’s now. I am tired of seeing teams throwing in a frosh or inexperienced Q mid-season and being able to compete. Muschamp is in way over his head and sad to say next year is going to be much of the same. We are in bad shape. For Christ sake, we can’t even get first downs or convert on 3rd.

  16. Ken (CA) says:

    I can’t even remember the last time we got shut out out at home, I don’t think it has happened in my lifetime, not even in our 0-9-1 season in 1979. Granted the game isn’t over yet, but it sure looks bad. Not sure why Brissett is so much better than Driskel, considering Driskel had all the practice in spring ball, but even though he finds FSU players to throw to more often than UF players, Weis plays him. If so, I hope he turns out to be awfully good because I would hate to see Driskel get frustrated and transfer out.

    I am sure all the recruits that are at the game today are overwhelmingly impressed!

  17. Joe says:

    That sound you hear is laughter coming from Austin Tx

  18. ziggy says:

    Well, everybody else (minus the o-line) did there job except Brantley. It really was a poor performance on his part. Still, it’s obvious that the o-line play was horrendous

  19. Ken (CA) says:

    And mercifully, the season comes to a quiet end…there were lot’s of injuries th is year, but this team shouldn’t have been worse than last year, full year more experience on D, (supposedly) experienced O-line, senior QB… Never should have been 6-6, should have been 8 or 9 wins at worst.

    At least hoops is exciting this year, with all the talent there if we can hold up with our big men, should be a great year, I saw a couple of experts at the beginning of season pick us to be in their initial final 4

  20. John S says:

    When you blow up an offense and start over this happens. The good news is that the new players have produced. We need every offensive line player available to start immediately. We are not competitive. I’m sorry to John but this performance really seals it. I don’t think either of the freshman would have helped. Too much change. Next year hopefully we’ll see improvement. Muschamp no felling sorry for yourself get to work finding the players for all of your systems.

  21. G8trpls says:

    I would like to quote the immortal Lee Corso to sum up our season:
    Aw F*ck it!!!

  22. gator says:

    I made a comment after the Bama game,don’t waste half of next year breaking in (DRISKEL).Time wasted charlie

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