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Antonya English

Gators' homecoming win streak in peril

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October

In case you were wondering (and we know you are at this perilous point), Florida hasn't lost a homecoming game since 1988, when Emmitt Smith was a sophomore.

And yes, Smith's eligibility has been exhausted. Otherwise, even a fleet 41-year-old might be a welcome sign in the Gators' backfield.

At halftime, Florida has 17 rushing yards, John Brantley has been sacked twice (and flushed countless others) by Mississippi State's blitz-from-everywhere scheme, the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium boos have grown more resounding, and the Gators trail 10-0.

Some stats to this point: Florida has 138 net yards, with Brantley (12-for-21) accounting for 121 yards of them. His one pick wasn't necessarily his fault; a crossing pass went right through Deonte Thompson's outstretched hands and was picked by Johnthan Banks. MSU has 126 yards -- 88 on the ground.

Even the anticipated return of speedster Jeff Demps has failed to produce a spark. On his first touch, Demps caught a Brantley swing pass for a 5-yard gain to give UF a first down at the MSU 21, but he was whistled for a false start on a handoff on the very next play. That drive ended with Chas Henry's missed 38-yard field goal late in the second period.

-- JOEY KNIGHT

[Last modified: Saturday, October 16, 2010 8:36pm]

    

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