Discussion in 'Game Summaries' started by The Parrothead, Dec 12, 2012.
Figured I'd fire it up here since we don't have one yet...
#1 Florida at #4 Miami These two top rated Florida schools met in a rematch of last season's national title game. Gone are some of the stars that helped the teams get there, and arrived is some new talent ready to show what they're worth. Did Florida lose too much to win? Or did Miami make up the ground to pull off the revenge victory?
Turns out that UF had just enough left to pull it out, winning this one 34-28, but not before a major scare.
Miami would win the toss and get the ball first. Holding the Hurricanes to one first down, UF would get the ball and drive down the field. The drive would stall and the Gators would attempt a 48 yard FG which cleared the crossbar with very little room to spare. Miami would get the ball back and drove the field with some big plays, but then got bogged down and would have to punt again. Florida drove down the field and was on the Miami 2 when the first quarter ended, holding a 3-0 lead.
The first play of the second quarter saw HB Mack Brown punch it in from 2 yards out to give the Gators a 10-0 lead. After giving up a couple of first downs, UF looked poised to force a third Miami punt. However, the Hurricanes would run a sweep play out of the shotgun formation, catching the Gator defense asleep. HB Duke Johnson would take it 60 yards to the house. With 5:32 left in the half, it was now 10-7 Florida. The Gators would continue to move the ball well on offense, and with 3:55 left in the half, QB Jeff Driskel would find TE Jordan Reed open for a 21 yard TD. 17-7 Florida. The Gators would force another Miami punt on the next drive and move the ball down the field, scoring on their fourth consecutive possession. This time Mack Brown ran it in from 5 yards out to put the lead at 24-7. Miami would be unable to convert on a 4th down on a desperation heave, and the half ended with UF leading 24-7 and about to get the ball back.
The first UF possession of the second half would end up with Driskel throwing an interception in Florida territory. The defense stepped up and forced a long FG attempt which came up short. Seizing the momentum, Florida goes up top to TE Jordan Reed who breaks a tackle and eludes another on a 68 yard catch and run to put Florida up 31-7. Miami would answer on a decent drive and TD catch of their own by their TE to make it 31-14. The 3rd quarter would then come to an end.
The 4th quarter started all the fun. Miami got the ball back and was mixing up the play-calling well, ending it with a 5 yard run by HB Duke Johnson. It's now 31-21. Florida would punt on their next possession and Miami would seem to be taking advantage. Caught on a 4th and long outside of FG range, the Canes went for it and missed. UF would chew up some clock and settle for a 35 yard FG to make the score 34-21 with 1:09 left. UF started to run defenses with 6 DB's, but somehow WR Malcolm Lewis slipped by everyone playing the deep zone and caught a 37 yard TD with 33 seconds left. With the score 34-28 and Miami out of timeouts, the onside kick was their only hope...and it WORKED! The Canes got a couple of big plays and were around the UF 20 yard line with just 12 seconds left. Coach Parrothead stepped outside the conservative game plan and blitzed, and the D came through with a huge sack. As the Miami offense sprinted back to the line, the clock expired saving the undefeated season (at least for now). Final score, 34-28 Florida. Player of the game for UF was HB Mack Brown who totaled 158 yards and 2 TDs on 26 carries.
GG it was crazy in that 4th quarter for sure!
Seminoles improve to 10-0 on the season with a 35-16 win over rival Clemson "The rushing attack was working early so we stuck with it". Devonta Freeman finished with 136 yards off of 26 carries including one TD. The story of the game was the ball control and 3rd down conversions. FSU possessed the ball 11 more minutes than Clemson and converted on 7 of 10 3rd downs compared to Clemson going 1 of 7 on 3rd down. The Seminoles will try to remain efficient offensively next week as they finish conference play with a trip to College Park before heading to the Swamp in what could be the game of the year. Anticipation is mounting The Parrothead
35 17 Braxton Miller leads the way with 5 total touchdowns as Buckeyes go 9-2 The Buckeye defense who is among the best group in the country didn't play their best game but Braxton Miller carried the load on this day. Purdue did a good job slowing the OSU run game by crowding the line of scrimmage and getting off blocks. As Hyde and Hall struggled out of the backfield, Braxton Miller found gold threw the air. Miller's favorite target this season, freshman of the year candidate Matt McCoy hauled in 5 receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown. Corey Brown also had a nice 5 catch day, tallying 108 yards and 2 touchdowns. Defensively they played a solid game but wasn't as sharp and disciplined as we're used to seeing. Purdue went 6/11 on 3rd down which isn't Buckeye like while missing some key tackles. With an off week before the Michigan game, the defense should be ready as ever. With a win over their arch rivals from the north, Ohio State should be set for a return to Indy for a showdown with what looks like Northwestern. Braxton Miller: 18/29 296 4 TD 1 Rushing TDCorey Brown: 5 Rec 108 Yds 2 TDMatt McCoy: 5 rec 101 Yds 1 TDDevin Smith: 2 Rec 21 Yds 1 TD
#3 Tennessee at #2 Florida The SEC East Division title up for grabs in this one, as the winner would claim the title and move on to the SEC Championship game. This one would not disappoint.
Tennessee would get the ball first and march down the field. After initially being stopped on 3rd down, the Volunteers went for it on 4th and 1 on their own 34. After picking it up, they continued to drive the field but had to settle for a 50 yard FG attempt. The kick JUST cleared the crossbar, giving Tennessee a 3-0 lead. Florida would take their turn moving the ball down the field, converting on some key 3rd down attempts. After getting the ball to the 5, however, the Gators could do no more and settled for a FG of their own to tie the game at 3 with 45 seconds left in the first quarter.
The second quarter was a high scoring affair. Tennessee would continue the drive they started in the first, and a big play for a TD would give them a 10-3 lead, as Tyler Bray hit Jason Croom for a 55 yard score. Florida decided they could follow suit and Jeff Driskel found Andre Debose (playing with a torn pec muscle) for a 68 yard score for the Gators. The game was 10-10 with 4:36 left in the half.
Tennessee's next drive was well played, mixing the run with the pass (as they would do well for the majority of the first half). With 2:27 left in the half, HB Marlin Lane ran it in from 2 yards out to put the lead back at 7, at 17-10. Not to be outdone, Florida's drive was nearly identical to Tennessee's. Theirs also ended with a 2 yard TD run from their HB, Mack Brown. 17-17 with 1:24 left. The big play would strike again, as Bray hits Cordarelle Patterson for a 59 yard score. With 44 seconds left in the half, Tennessee took the lead 24-17. Driskel came onto the field and threw a couple of incomplete passes before hitting a screen pass to Brown for a decent gain. Driskel then looked deep and found Dunbar streaking down the left hand side of the field. While Dunbar would come up with a huge gain, he was stopped short of the goal line. With two timeouts still left and only 3 yards out, the Gators still had a chance. They decided to run the ball up the middle in an effort to surprise the Vols, but it was stuffed for only 2 yards. After calling a second timeout, Driskel took it to the air and hit WR Solomon Patton with 11 seconds left to tie it up at 24. At the break, it was 24-24 with UF getting the ball back.
The third quarter would see a nice, sustained drive from the Gators, only to have Driskel ruin it by throwing a pick in the end zone. The third quarter would then take a defensive tone with a couple of turnovers, lots of sacks, and timely pass defense. Nobody scored in the quarter, leaving it 24-24 going into the 4th.
Florida would get a decent drive going in the fourth quarter. Then from the 41 yard line, Driskel spotted Dunbar wide open across the middle. Dunbar did the rest and gave the Gators their first lead of the day at 31-24 with 3:29 remaining. The Vols next play would ice the game, as Bray underthrew his receiver and Safety Louchiez Purifoy would return the interception 29 yards for the score. With 3:20 remaining, the Gators were up 38-24 and went into prevent mode. With time running out, Tennessee was forced to go to the air and the Gators shut it down. Final score was Florida 38, Tennessee 24, giving Florida the division crown with an as of yet unknown opponent.
Next up for the Gators is a visit from in-state rival FSU in a game that will more than likely knock the loser from national title contention.
Stats of note for the Gators:
Jeff Driskel 24/39 for 477 yards, 3 TD and 2 INT
Quinton Dunbar 7 receptions for 222 yards and 1 TD
Andre Debose 5 receptions for 101 yards and 1 TD
DE Powell with 3 sacks
DE Easley with 2 sacks
Tyler Bray 15/34 for 312 yards, 2 TD and 2 INT
Marlin Lane 21 carries for 103 yards and 1 TD
Downs 6 receptions for 110 yards
Croom 3 receptions for 100 yards and 1 TD
#3 Florida State at #1 Florida Having just reclaimed the #1 spot from Texas after beating Tennessee, Florida played host to in-state rival Florida State in their annual rivalry. A lot was on the line, as the loser would most likely be eliminated from BCS Championship contention. FSU was looking to avenge last season's heartbreaker in Tallahassee, while Florida was looking to prove their claim as the best college team in the state.
Florida State would win the toss and elect to defer. UF got the ball and ran a couple of plays for decent yardarge when HB Mack Brown took the ball around the right end for 69 yards (video on dynasty wire). The call on the field was that he was down just shy of the goal line, but it appeared to many of the biased fans in attendance that he had made it in. No matter, as Brown would plunge in from a yard out on the next play to make it 7-0 Florida. FSU would take over and begin a nice drive down the field. Just as things were looking good for FSU's scoring chances, CB Roberson comes up with an interception to stop the drive. Florida marches down the field quickly, but sees Brown hurt his ribs and have to sit out the remainder of the game. Backup HB Matt Jones comes in and manages to score from 7 yards out, making it 14-0 UF with 27 seconds left in the first quarter.
FSU would carry their next drive into the second quarter, picking up with another methodical drive. They'd chew a lot of clock, but end up being stopped at the 15 yard line and settling for the 32 yard FG to make it 14-3. Florida would go three and out on the next possession, and FSU would take advantage. Moving the ball with timely passing and picking up decent chunks on the ground, FSU would cap off the drive with a 7 yard TD run by HB Devonta Freeman and 10 seconds left in the half. Florida would have a desperation pass intercepted as time expired. At the break, it was 14-10 UF.
FSU would receive the ball in the second half and use the same clock chewing drive to get into scoring position. After getting the ball to the 1 yard line, the Gator defense rose up and stuffed the Seminoles forcing an 18 yard FG. FSU had now cut the lead to 14-13 with 3:53 left in the third. UF was able to move the ball on their next drive, but stalled near midfield and were forced to punt. The Noles would take over with a third great drive. which they carried into the 4th quarter. On a great read on an option play, QB Clint Trickett would fake the handoff and run it in from 4 yards out to give the Noles their first lead of the game. The Seminoles decided to go for two, and converted (video on dynasty wire). It's now 21-14 FSU with 6:56 left. QB Jeff Driskel came off the UF sideline determined to tie this thing up. With the look of a seasoned leader, Driskel led the Gator offense down the field with well timed passes until finally hitting WR Quinton Dunbar from 10 yards out. The extra point was good and the game was tied at 21 with 5:32 left. FSU would be forced to punt the ball on their next possession, and UF would do the same. UF's punt pinned the Noles at the 1 yard line. FSU was able to get some breathing room, but were forced to punt themselves. Getting the ball back with decent field position, Driskel dropped back and hit WR Andre Debose on a hitch route. The CB was juked, missing the tackle and Debose outran everyone down the sideline for a 59 yard TD to make it 28-21 Florida with 3:33 left in the game (video on dynasty wire). FSU got the ball back and drove down the field well until CB Riggs jumped a pass play to make the interception (video on dynasty wire). With three timeouts left and just under 2:00 to go, FSU needed to stop the Gators. Florida, however, was able to pound the ball, picking up 10 yards on first down, then converting on 3rd and short for a second first down. At that point, Driskel took a knee to seal the Gator victory.
Players of the game:
Florida - WR Andre Debose 4 receptions for 129 yards and a TD
Florida State - QB Clint Trickett 21 of 32 for 326 yards 2 INT, 5 carries for 7 yards and 1 TD
Florida moves on to play the winner of the SEC West. A victory there would send the Gators into the BCS Championship. The opponent is yet unknown, but looks to be currently #21 Arkansas.
GG Will Atkinson
Arkansas Coach, whoever he is
Let's be sure to get our game summaries in. I realize we've hit a dry spell in terms of getting stuff logged here, but there's really no reason to solely play your games and not post anything. It doesn't have to be a huge writeup (if you're playing another user, a decent writeup is expected), but let's get stuff out here to make the league more fun and more active.
0 20 Freshman CB Jimmy Lee with the INT as Buckeye Defense stifles Michigan With bragging rights and much more importantly a second consecutive trip to Indianapolis was on the line as Coach Burr's squad hit their rivals right in the mouth in this one. Michigan knew scoring points on Coach Burr's defense would be a tough task but the Wolverine defense held up their end of the bargain as long as they could. Michigan did a good job of constantly pressuring the Ohio State offensive line and made life tough in the early going. The running game was bottled up all day while the secondary gave Braxton Miller small windows to throw the ball with little time. The offense did a good job making second half adjustments to get the ball out quicker and let the defense play with a decent lead.Coach Burr's Buckeyes finished 10-2 and will head to the Big10 Championship for the second consecutive year and will await there opponent. If Northwestern defeats Illinois they will make their first trip to Indy. With a Northwestern loss and a Michigan State victory over Minnesota, the Spartans will make their way to Indy.
Scary start at USF began the game with a TD and then picked me off for a TD to go up 14-0. Newly promoted (because of injury for the second straight year) QB Ryan Williams and co. didn't panic however. Mixing the running of Duke Johnson and the pinpoint accuracy of the Junior QB, the Canes put together multiple drives ending in touchdowns. The Miami defense also stepped up their play, only allowing one more score in the game. HB Dallas Crawford came in late in the game to close it out for Miami, continuing his solid Sophomore season.
SEC CHAMPIONSHIP - #18 ARKANSAS VS. #1 FLORIDA It's always tough to beat a team twice in the same season. Florida traveled to Arkansas in week 2 of the season and came out with a 49-37 win in an offensive showcase. Arkansas was looking to avenge that early loss and claim the SEC crown as their own. This game, however, would not be the scoring bonanza the first was.
Arkansas won the toss and elected to kick. Florida got the ball and drove to just past midfield when the drive stalled. The Gators were forced to punt the ball away. At that point, the Arkansas offense took chunks of yards on each play moving the ball up the field. The Razorbacks would get inside the 10 yard line of Florida, before being pushed back and settling for a 29 yard FG. After each team had the ball once, Arkansas led 3-0 with 1:31 left in the quarter. Florida began a march of their own. The quarter ended with UF driving and Arkansas leading, 3-0.
Florida would cap their drive with a 16 yard strike from QB Jeff Driskel to WR Quinton Dunbar to take the lead 7-0 with 5:52 left in the half (video on dynasty wire). Arkansas would get the ball back and begin a solid drive, only to stall and have to punt it away. Florida moved the ball down the field well on their next possession, eating up yards and clock. The Hogs were able to stop the Gators and Florida kicked a 34 yard FG to go up 10-3 with 1:16 left in the half. Arkansas went into pass mode, and for some reason Gator defenders left folks wide open. Picking up big gains on a couple of pass plays, Arkansas had the ball at the 4 yard line with one timeout left and just under 20 seconds left on the clock. The Razorbacks called an read option play and read it perfectly, with HB Knile Davis taking the ball 4 yards around the left end to tie the game up at 10. The half would end with the score tied 10-10.
Arkansas would get the ball back to start the second half and continue where they left off. The Hogs would use a good bit of the clock and cap their drive off with a 2 yard run by WR Demetrius Wilson. It was now 17-10 Arkansas with 2:31 left in the 3rd. UF would run the same type of offense, chewing up clock on their drive and the quarter would come to an end with the score still 17-10 Arkansas.
Four seconds into the 4th quarter, Florida would settle for another 34 yard FG to make the score 17-13 Arkansas. The Florida D knew they had to step up to help out the offense, and they did. Forcing a three and out, Florida would get the ball back on the 20 yard line after the punt (thanks to a penalty). This drive would look like the last, but would end much differently with Driskel finding TE Jordan Reed for a 13 yard TD catch with 3:56 remaining in the game. This pass was JUST able to squeak by the outstretched hands of the defender (video on dynasty wire). Florida now led 20-17. Arkansas would move the ball down the field well and were inside the 20 yard line of Florida with under 2 minutes remaining. Not wanting to give Florida any time, Arkansas was winding the clock down. Arkansas even used a timeout to save some time. On a key 3rd down, All-American Jelani Jenkins would jump high in the zone and pick the pass off with about 50 seconds remaining. With only two timeouts, Arkansas did what they could to force a punt. However, the UF playcalling allowed for a few seconds to run off each time by running some stretch plays. The down mark did eventually get move to 4th down, but UF didn't have to snap the ball at that point. Florida comes away with their second straight SEC Championship, 20-17.
Next up for the Gators is a shot at a back to back national title. Who will they play? Currently, Oklahoma is #2 in the BCS rankings but idle this week. Ohio State came up with a big win in the Big Ten championship. Would that be enough? Could Florida State or Miami jump back into the mix? We'll see after the final rankings are revealed.
Player of the game: QB Jeff Driskel - 12/23 for 218 yards, 2 TDs and 21 yards rushing
ACC Championship: Miami vs Florida State
In this highly anticipated rematch between 2 bitter rivals, a shot at a National Championship birth was on the line. Sometimes games don't live up to the hype, but this one surely did.
Miami started with the ball and HB Duke Johnson wasted no time and scored on the first play from scrimmage on a 72 yard TD run. The Seminoles connected on a long play of their own to get into field goal range and were held to 3 by the Miami D. 7-3 Canes after 1.
Miami put 2 more TD drives together in the second quarter and grabbed control of the 21-3 with 0:49 left in the first half. The 'Noles opened it up with 5 WRs in the 2 minute drill and scored while time expired in an all or nothing play from the Miami 5 to make the score 21-10 Miami. FSU was receiving the ball in the second half and with momentum on their side could get right back in the game.
And that they did scoring a TD to pull within 4. Now is when the FSU defense stepped up in a BIG way. Miami could do next to nothing in the coming drives and allowed FSU to take the lead in the 4th quarter with only 2:34 left. FSU 24-21.
The Canes didn't surrender however and opened up the offense a bit more. QB Ryan Williams, who struggled at times in the ball game stepped up and made a huge throw to HB Duke Johnson who was streaking down the field. Johnson caught the pass in stride and scampered 80 yards for the go ahead TD. Canes up 28-24. The Noles got the ball with plenty of time left and put together another solid 2nd half drive. Time was running out in Miami territory when the the FSU qb Trickett fired a ball into the end zone trying to win the game. The pass was picked off however and the Hurricanes could kneel their way to victory. 28-24.
GG Will Atkinson
National Championship: Miami vs Florida
Miami leapfrogged a couple teams and found themselves once again in the Championship game against an undefeated Florida Gators squad. Miami lost to Florida earlier in the season and also lost to them in the title game last year. If the Canes had learned anything from the first 2 meetings, it was time to put that knowledge to use in an attempt to knock off the defending champs.
The Canes came out with a balanced, ball control attack even though starting QB Stephen Morris was back in the lineup from injury. The plan was apparently to not force throws down the field against the great Florida D, something that had burned the Hurricanes in the past. The game started with a solid drive from Miami, but they were forced to punt eventually. The Gators struggled throughout in the running game, something that surely attributed to their slow start offensively. Miami finally started the scoring in the second quarter on a 2 yard run from Senior HB Eduardo Clements to go up 7-0 in the second quarter. Florida QB Jeff Driscoll had plenty of pressure on his arm with the lack of run support throughout the day. Driscoll missed on a few long streak routes to open receivers which could have completely changed the complexion of the ballgame. Miami's D held tough throughout the first half and offense added a FG before the 2nd quarter ended making the score 10-0 Miami at the half.
It's tough holding down a defending champ.... Florida came out gangbusters in the 3rd quarter and shut down the Miami offense and added two scores of their own taking the lead 14-10 after Quinton Dunbar's TD catch. (I hate those Florida WRs!!! So quick!) Miami struggled to move the ball enough, although had a FG try that was left short at one point. But, overall Florida was holding them down all 2nd half long. The Canes had the ball in the 4th in seemingly their last try and cam up short on a 4th down to give the ball back to the Gators with around 3 Minutes left. The Gators completed a 3rd down pass that all but ended the game, but Miami still had time-outs. 3 time-outs and 3 plays later Florida was forced to punt. Ok, a sliver of hope with 35 some-odd seconds left and no time-outs deep in our own territory. On the first play, Morris tossed a beautiful long ball to Johnson who somehow got behind the safety. It was then a foot race, something that Duke never loses. This one however was different. Leave it to the Gators to have a guy who can run down Duke Johnson Johnson was tackled around the Florida 30 yard line and Morris rushed his guys up to the line to try and win it. One incompletion led to a 7 yard completion, but the receiver was tackled in bounds and didn't half the first down! tick tick tick CALL A PLAY tick tick shit shit go on a streak to get into the end zone or something! (ball at the 22 yard line) tick tick HIKE! Morris hiked the ball with just 1 or 2 secs to spare, this was all-or-nothing as Miami was down by 4 and needed 6. Morris looked left, then right and threw a prayer to WR Malcolm Lewis who was on a go route. The throw led him a bit to the corner and forced him to leap up while surrounded by 2 defenders and!!!!!...........HE CAUGHT IT!!!!! Just ask my neighbors in my apartment complex as I'm sure they heard my yell of YES!!!!! UN-REAL.... I CANT BELIEVE THAT JUST HAPPENED... it was ridiculously epic, I wish you all could have watched the replay but Live got screwed up somehow and I wasn't able to upload the video. But anyways, unreal game against a great player. Just happy that it all came together somehow for me. GG The Parrothead you rock my friend.
Player of the Game:
Stephen Morris 16/22 290 1/0
Malcolm Lewis 3 catches 103 yds 1 huge TD
Great game. Still ticked that my guys decided to let the ball just sit up in the air for your WR. Just laughed. Haha. Title sticks in the state, at least.
Until next season!
Says the guy who gets the easy road every year. Just kidding.
What I did find funny about the last poll of the season was me dropping to #4. Lose one game all year, and it's in the national championship. By 3 points. Oh, and it was on the last freaking play of the game. Even get passed up by a team that I beat by 14 during the regular season (their only loss). Don't get it. smh
Ya I didn't get to play a user game this past season so that softens it up even though I played a difficult schedule in terms of quality of opponents. The polls are strange sometimes, I think SOS plays into it big time in the game.
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