Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rematch Concerns Spurrier

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rematch Concerns Spurrier

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University of Florida head coach Steve Spurrier was reminded yesterday that his Gators played their best game of the season against Auburn in mid-October. And than Spurrier reminded everyone that doesn't matter one bit to him as he readies his team to play the Tigers again Saturday in Atlanta for the Southeastern Conference championship.

It may actually bother Spurrier a bit. The Gators have not exactly torn things up in same-season rematch games. Only once in three tries -- UF's national title-clinching win over Florida State -- have the Gators won a rematch game under Spurrier.

"Score-wise it looked like we beat them handily," Spurrier said of the 38-7 whipping at The Swamp on Oct. 14. "Auburn had a whole bunch of drives that only culminated in one touchdown. They had the ball a little bit more than us, and fortunately we had the opportunity to score a little bit more than they did. We're trying to get back to playing to that level.

"We've played a few rematches -- won some, lost some. It's just another ballgame. What it really shows is what can happen in any game. We lost in Tallahassee by three points and won the Sugar Bowl by 32. Anything can happen. You just have to prepare the best you can and you don't go much by what happened the game before."

That's good news for Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville, who watched UF score touchdowns on its first five possessions and lead 35-7 at halftime. Redshirt freshman quarterback Rex Grossman, making just his second start, threw for 232 yards and five touchdowns.

The Tigers did gain 322 yards and running back Rudi Johnson rushed for 133 yards, but Auburn turned the ball over three times, lost it on downs twice, and failed to convert a fake punt from its own 21-yard line.

"We were embarrassed the first time we played them," Tuberville said. …

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