Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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Miami's Golden would like to see Florida more

CORAL GABLES — If given the chance, Miami coach Al Golden says he would like to continue playing Florida on a more regular basis.

"Oh yeah," Golden said over the weekend. "I don't think there's any question. We're going to continue to play those types of games with Nebraska coming up (at Lincoln in 2014) and Notre Dame coming up (at South Bend, Ind., in 2016).

"It has great significance in the state, so I would be for it for sure."

The Hurricanes meet No. 12 UF on Saturday at Sun Life Stadium in the last game scheduled between the teams. Except for 1943, they met yearly from 1938-87. Since then, they have met twice in Gainesville, once in Miami and twice in bowls, all since 2000.

Times wires

UF: Pease says no 'vanilla'

GAINESVILLE — With just 22 pass attempts Saturday against Toledo — the longest for 26 yards — Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease sensed criticism about the "vanilla" offense was coming. Has the offense improved from last season? Does Florida have a vertical passing game? The answer is "yes," Pease said.

"I've heard the word vanilla, I don't know what vanilla (is)," Pease said. "I've never made a game plan with vanilla. It's never what I would go into with a game plan."

The Gators controlled the ball for 40 minutes, rushed for 262 yards, were 77 percent in passing, and were 6-of-12 on third downs.

"We can stretch the field if we want to stretch the field," he said. "Did we have to stretch the field at a certain point in time? No. Did we have it in the game plan? Yes. I'm not sure what everybody wants… Are we going to throw the ball 75 times a game and throw vertical? No."

Antonya English, Times staff writer

USF: QB Eveld praised

TAMPA — USF senior QB Bobby Eveld earned praise Tuesday from offensive coordinator Walt Wells for the way he handled himself in Saturday's 53-21 loss to McNeese State.

When starter Matt Floyd was pulled in the third quarter after two interceptions, including one returned 76 yards for a touchdown, Eveld entered with USF down 40-7. He led the offense with two passing touchdowns — a 59-yarder to Stephen Bravo-Brown and a 7-yarder to Andre Davis.

Eveld, a Jesuit High graduate, finished 10-of-20 for 137 yards and added 21 yards on the ground.

"He got down there and he was just competing," Walls said. "His effort was unbelievable, and we were really proud of him for coming in and responding the way he did. A lot of guys wouldn't respond the way Bobby responded in a situation like that. That speaks highly of his character and what type of person he is."

Coach Willie Taggart said he will decide who starts against Michigan State later in the week.

SPENCER DONE: Redshirt freshman DB Jalen Spencer will have season-ending surgery, because of a separated right shoulder, Taggart announced. Spencer, a Pensacola native, made 1½ tackles in Saturday's game but left with his arm in a sling.

Jeff Odom, Times correspondent

FSU: Cool rookies

PITTSBURGH — The talk surrounding Florida State's 41-13 win Monday against Pittsburgh revolved around redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston. But another freshman starter made a key play that flipped momentum in FSU's favor.

With Pitt up 7-0 in the first quarter, CB Jalen Ramsey intercepted Tom Savage and returned it 31 yards to Pitt's 24. The Seminoles scored on their next seven drives.

"It did (turn things around), it was huge," coach Jimbo Fisher said. "Then we were able to capitalize."

Honor: Winston, who set a school mark for completion percentage (92.6), was named ACC rookie of the week.

Orlando Sentinel

UCF: Keep it local

ORLANDO — UCF coach George O'Leary said he would like to see the Knights keep playing a nonconference series with Florida International or another in-state opponent. On Friday, the Knights play the final away game of a four-year agreement with the Golden Panthers.

"I'm trying to get games in-state, but it (has to be) a one-for-one trade-out," O'Leary said.

Orlando Sentinel

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