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Florida's Harvin crams big game into one quarter

GAINESVILLE — Percy Harvin proved, yet again, why the Gators consider him invaluable.

Harvin, who practiced sparingly last week because of a sprained ankle sustained in the previous game against Arkansas, had a career night against LSU.

Actually, a career first quarter.

His two touchdowns were a career high and brought his season total to five. He had four all of last season.

Harvin had 102 receiving yards in the quarter, which gave him his second straight game with more than 100 and six for his career.

He also has scored a touchdown in each of the Gators' past eight games.

Harvin reinjured his ankle with 8:17 remaining in the first half but returned after having it retaped.

Defensive firsts: Junior LB Brandon Spikes had the first interception of his career when he picked off Jarrett Lee with 25 seconds left in the first quarter.

And Tampa's A.J. Jones recovered his first fumble with 9:46 left in the first half.

SAD ANNIVERSARY: Amid the national television exposure and revelry of Saturday night's game, two families were preparing to mark a solemn anniversary.

It was one year ago today that former walk-on Michael Guilford and Florida student Ashley E. Slonina were killed in a motorcycle accident.

Slonina, the 20-year-old girlfriend of Gator CB Joe Haden, was riding with Guilford, 19, on a 1988 silver Kawasaki when they hit a median at SW 23rd Terrace and Old Archer Road in Gainesville. The two were ejected and died at the scene.

Later, former Gator S Jamar Hornsby was arrested for allegedly using Slonina's gas credit card for about $3,000. Although Hornsby said Slonina gave him the card and permission to use it, he was dismissed from the team.

Hornsby's case has been continued until Nov. 3.

He is currently playing football at East Mississippi Junior College. He was named the junior college national defensive player of the week last week. Before Saturday, he had 42 solo tackles and 26 assists.

HOW OLD? If you're wondering why LSU QB Andrew Hatch is a 22-year-old sophomore, it has nothing to do with struggles in the classroom. Hatch's road to LSU has taken a few turns.

In 2005, he played his freshman year at Harvard as the QB of the junior varsity squad. He went on a two-year Mormon mission to Chile but returned after five months after injuring his knee playing soccer.

He walked-on at LSU in 2007, played one game then received a medical redshirt due to a shoulder injury. Hatch got his first start Sept. 20 at Auburn and spent Saturday alternating with redshirt freshman Jarrett Lee.

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