Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Florida Keeps Turning Georgia into Gator Bait

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Florida Keeps Turning Georgia into Gator Bait

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Georgia became the first team all season to keep No. 1 Florida from scoring on its first possession. Small consolation.

Danny Wuerffel broke the Florida career passing record and had four touchdown passes by halftime, and the Gators continued to make this once-storied rivalry look awfully routine Saturday in a 47-7 victory in Jacksonville, Fla.

Despite missing six starters on defense because of injuries, the Gators (8-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) never gave Georgia a chance to establish anything on offense. The Bulldogs (3-5, 2-4) avoided their first shutout loss to Florida in 12 years when Patrick Pass scored on a 9-yard run with 8 minutes 45 seconds left. The TD finished off a 13-play, 80-yard drive against Florida's dwindling group of reserves. Three of four starters on the defensive line were among those out with injuries. And backup defensive end Keith Council and second-leading receiver Ike Hilliard were suspended for missing class. Then, senior center Jeff Mitchell broke his left ankle on the second play from scrimmage and will not be able to play until a bowl game at the earliest. That may eventually hurt the Gators, but it hardly mattered against Georgia. Florida has won the last seven against Georgia, tying for the most consecutive victories in this series. The Gators have won the last three games over Georgia by a combined 151-38. Wuerffel now has 9,539 passing yards, topping the mark of 9,260 held by Shane Matthews. He was 16 of 23 for 279 yards, despite playing only one p ossession of the second half. * Arizona State 29, Oregon State 14: Terry Battle returned the second-half kickoff 100 yards for the go-ahead touchdown and set up another score with a 50-yard run as fourth-ranked Arizona State beat surprisingly tough Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore. The Beavers, winners of just two of their last 18 games and 23-point underdogs, led 14-9 at halftime behind the play of fleet option quarterback Tim Alexander. He rushed for 153 yards in 21 carries. The Sun Devils are 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the Pacific 10 Conference. Oregon State fell to 1-7, 1-5. * Tennessee 31, South Carolina 14: Peyton Manning threw for 362 yards and two touchdowns, including a 48-yarder to Andy McCullough in the second quarter, as No. 6 Tennessee used big plays to win at South Carolina. Manning, the Southeastern Conference's leading passer at 311 yards per game, completed 20 of 36, helping the Volunteers (6-1, 4-1 SEC) stay in second place behind top-ranked Florida in the SEC East. South Carolina is 5-4, 4-3. * North Carolina 52, North Carolina State 20: Leon Johnson scored four times, and Chris Keldorf broke a school record for scoring passes as No. 8 North Carolina rolled past the visiting Wolfpack in an Atlantic Coast Conference game. It was the Tar Heels' biggest output ever against the rival Wolfpack. …

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