Game same time next year


Published: Sunday, December 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, December 1, 2002 at 2:29 a.m.
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Florida receiver Kelvin Kight drops a kickoff in the second quarter.

MICHAEL C. WEIMAR/The Gainesville Sun
TALLAHASSEE - If you liked the Florida-Florida State game being part of a Thanksgiving weekend, you'll like it again next season.
Although it is not official yet, the game will almost certainly be played Nov. 29, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
As part of the new CBS-TV contract, the game has to be played on the holiday weekend once every four seasons. Florida would prefer it to be in 2003 rather than 2005 because of the 12th game being played again next season. That would allow the Gators to have a second open date in a long season.
The game was usually played on Thanksgiving weekend but was moved in 1997 to a week earlier to allow Florida an open week before the SEC title game.
  • TAYLOR TIME: Florida senior receiver Taylor Jacobs saw action for the first time since injuring his knee against Georgia on Nov. 2.
    He was incorporated back into the offense quickly, catching a 4-yard pass from Rex Grossman on the game's opening play.
    Jacobs, who was also a captain on Saturday, had four receptions for 53 yards in the first half. Both numbers were team highs.
  • OUCH: Primarily due to injuries, Florida State had to re-arrange much of its offensive starting lineup for Saturday night's game.
    The usual crew on the offensive line features Brett Williams at split tackle, Todd Williams at split guard, Antoine Mirambeau at center, Montrae Holland at tight guard and Ray Willis at tight tackle. This week, the line opened with (in the same order) Alex Barron, Todd Williams, David Castillo, Bobby Meeks and Brett Williams.
    In addition, B.J. Dean replaced Torrance Washington at fullback, and Leon Washington started in place of injured Nick Maddox.
    Washington actually was the Seminoles' fourth-string tailback a month ago, but injuries to Maddox, Greg Jones and Willie Reid moved Florida's 2001 Mr. Football into the lineup. Washington, who rushed for 75 yards and his first career rushing touchdown in the opening half, was backed up by another true freshman, Thomas Clayton.
  • X GAMES: Early arrivals for Saturday night's game were entertained by a game on the big screen at Doak Campbell Stadium.
    But not a real game. Instead, it was a battle between the Gators and Seminoles in a computer-generated X-Box game.
    When Florida's players took their traditional walk on the field before dressing, most of them stopped near the North end zone and watched the fake game for about five minutes.
  • GAG ORDER: Internet fans were asked on the popular "Gator Country" Web site if they agreed with Ron Zook's decision to keep his players from talking to the media this past week.
    The answer was clear - 94 percent agreed with the decision.
  • EXTRA POINTS: Freshman offensive lineman Randy Hand made his third start of the season on Saturday. ... Junior tight end Ben Troupe, who has been nursing a high ankle sprain, did not dress for the game. ... This was the last contest for offensive lineman David Jorgensen, free safety Lester Norwood and defensive end Chris Reynolds (who is from Tallahassee) before they graduate on Dec. 21. Each will then conclude their college careers in UF's bowl game. ... Florida State sophomore safety Jerome Carter, The Sun's 2000 high school player of the year as a senior at Columbia, injured his left shoulder on the game's third play while trying to tackle Gator tailback Earnest Graham. Carter was helped to the locker room and later returned to the contest. ... Gov. Jeb Bush was in attendance. ... The 17 points Florida surrendered in the first half was the most since facing a 20-10 deficit at halftime against Miami. ... Former Gator players James Bates and Eric Kresser watched the game from the press box. ... Redshirt freshman Vernell Brown, a Gainesville High alum, replaced Keiwan Ratliff on punt returns in the third quarter. ... The temperature at the start of the game was 62 degrees with a cool but mild wind. ... Jack Watford and Robert Hernberger of the Florida High School Activities Association were in the press box for the game. Doak Campbell Stadium will host the state high school football championships in mid-December.
    You can reach John Patton by calling 374-5074 or by e-mail at pattonj@gvillesun.com.
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