Tag:Andre Debose
Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:06 pm

QUICK HITS: Florida 24, Ohio State 17

Posted by Adam Jacobi

FLORIDA WON. The Florida Gators used two special teams touchdowns to break the Gator Bowl open, and Ohio State's late rally wasn't enough to bring the Buckeyes back in a 24-17 Florida victory. Andre Debose, seen at right, was named Gator Bowl MVP after he took a kickoff 99 yards to the house, and fellow Florida speedster Chris Hainey later blocked a punt that was returned 15 yards for a touchdown.

HOW FLORIDA WON: As mentioned before, Florida made big plays on special teams that turned the tide of this game, but it should also be noted that the reason OSU only scored 17 points was that Florida effectively bottled up Braxton Miller on the ground. Miller led the Buckeyes with 15 rushes, but he was only able to get 20 yards total on the ground, and Florida's six sacks on defense were a huge part of that. Ohio State depends heavily on its run game, so when Florida held that ground game to under four yards a pop, half the Gators' work toward getting the W was done.

WHEN FLORIDA WON: The Gators had held a healthy lead for most of the game, but Braxton Miller found Jordan Hall on a swing pass late in the 4th quarter, and about five jukes later, Hall was in the end zone and OSU was within seven points with under a minute left. Alas, Drew Basil's onside kick found its way into the arms of Florida WR Stephen Alli, and that would be all.

WHAT FLORIDA WON: If nothing else, it was enjoyable to see an SEC team win the way SEC teams win: SPEEEEEEEEEED. What Florida did not do, however, is move the ball reliably and turn first downs into scoring drives with any regularity. Florida avoids its first losing season in over 30 years with the win, and Will Muschamp has a bowl win over the Big Ten's historical powerhouse on his resume already, so although six-loss seasons aren't going to be tolerated in Gainesville for very long, this is at least a high note for the Gators to end on and to keep the mood at Florida congenial -- for now.

WHAT OHIO STATE LOST: This isn't goodbye for interim head coach Luke Fickell, who's going to be the co-defensive coordinator for Urban Meyer next year, but this was his swan song as Ohio State's head coach, and if anybody deserved to be carried off the field on the team's shoulders this year, it was Fickell. This wasn't a good Ohio State team. Urban Meyer wouldn't have been able to get more than seven or eight wins out of it. So for Fickell to just go out as a sub-.500 head coach at the end of the year would unfairly obscure the work he did. 

THAT WAS CRAZY: In the first quarter, Ohio State knocked the ball out of Florida QB John Brantley's hands as he was passing it. The ball bounced and hit OSU LB Ryan Shazier, who tried to recover it, but his effort was unsuccessful and shortly thereafter the officials blew the play dead as an incomplete pass before anybody else recovered the ball. The play was sent to further review... at which point the replay official awarded the ball to Ohio State for recovering the ball. The fumble was a good call; the recovery was not. Fortunately for Florida, OSU did not convert the turnover into points.

FINAL GRADE: D. This wasn't much like the Ohio State team we'll see next year, thanks to the impending arrival of Urban Meyer. So a game featuring three total offensive touchdowns, two limited offensive performances, one play's worth of end-game drama (a failed onside kick, at that), and zero lead changes isn't exactly going to be exciting. Bah.

Posted on: October 1, 2011 10:11 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2011 10:26 pm

Brantley out of game with apparent knee injury

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

As also reported by CBSSports.com RapidReporter Lyle Fitzsimmons, Florida starting senior quarterback Jeff Brantley left his team's game against Alabama late in the first half with an apparent knee injury. And according to offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, he will not return, having departed on a golf cart.

On 3rd-and-20 deep inside Crimson Tide territory, Brantley was sacked by Alabama's Courtney Upshaw and had his right knee buckle awkwardly underneath him. Brantley immediately clutched the knee and was unable to get up under his own power. He was helped directly to the locker room, without a visit to the sideline, with less than 30 seconds remaining in the half. Head coach Will Muschamp said as he left the field he had no immediate knowledge of Brantley's potential status.

Save for one ill-advised short throw that Upshaw intercepted and returned 45 yards for a touchdown, Brantley had been impressive, completing 11 of his 16 passes against one of the nation's best secondaries. The first of those completions was a 65-yard touchdown to Andre Debose on the Gators' first play from scrimmage.

Brantley will be replaced by true freshman backup Jeff Driskel. Driskel has thrown 10 passes in his young career, completing 5 of them with 2 interceptions.

At halftime, Florida trailed the Tide 24-10.
Posted on: November 13, 2010 8:57 pm

Gamecocks in control in Gainesville

Posted by Tom Fornelli

When looking at the score at halftime in Gainesville. you'd see South Carolina is up 15-7 on Florida and think that it's a tight, evenly-contested game.  You'd be wrong.  It may be one of the most misleading scores of the season, as South Carolina has just about dominated this one from the 14:46 mark of the first quarter on.

Things started out as well as Florida can hope, with Andre DeBose taking the opening kick back 99 yards for a touchdown.  The problem is, Florida's offense has only been able to manage 51 yards of its own since.  Three-and-out after three-and-out has been the offensive gameplan for Florida, and it's drawn some boos from the home crowd already.

The good news for Florida is that, although South Carolina has put up 209 yards of offense, it's only managed to score one touchdown and three field goals.  Still, the Gamecocks have dominated time of possession, holding on to the ball for nearly 22 of the game's first 30 minutes.  Marcus Lattimore has already carried the ball 21 times for 89 yards and a touchdown.

Which means that Florida better figure out a way to stop him, or just hope he dies of exhaustion at some point in the fourth quarter.
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