Florida misses opportunity against Alabama

by Gary Shelton on September 19, 2021

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Mullen has struggled against Alabama./STEVEN MUNCIE

Sunday, 3 a.m.

Maybe the Florida Gators would like to read that again.

The Gators, with a shot to shock the University of Alabama, failed on a run-read attempt with 3:10 left to play Saturday, leaving the team two points shy in a 31-29 loss to the No. 1 ranked Tide.

Florida had surged from behind to have a chance, scoring on Dameon Pierce's 17-yard run around left end. The Gators were 14 1/2 point underdogs

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despite being ranked 11th in the nation. Running back Malik Davis as stopped short on the conversion after lining up on the wrong side of quarterback Emory Jones.

"One thing a lot of teams do when they play Alabama is, they sometimes don't think they're going to win the game maybe," Mullen said. "Our guys certainly expected to win the game and played that way. We did last year. We did this year. I think that's maybe a big part of it."

Florida hosts Tennessee next Saturday night. The Gators have won 15 of the last 16 in the series/

Wake Forest 35, FSU 14: How much worse can things get for the FSU Seminoles?

FSU fell to 0-3 on the season Saturday, the worst they've been since 1976, Bobby Bowden's first season. FSU had three fumbles and threw three interceptions.

FSU coach Mike Norvell is now 3-9 in his FSU career.

"It’s a disappointing outcome," Norvell said. "I thought we had our opportunities today to be able to get it flipped. We’d have another negative that would cost us in critical situations. It’s top down. 100% of it all falls on my shoulders. I’ve got to have these guys better prepared to play, better prepared for them to go out there and execute.”

Michigan State 38, Miami 17: The Hurricanes fell to 1-2 on the season after an embarrassing loss to the Spartans.

"Disappointed in the outcome," Miami coach Manny Diaz aid. "We have to give credit to Michigan State. Turnovers and red zone told the story of the day. We keep missing opportunities. They won basically all the critical moments of the game. It's tough on our guys in the locker room. It’s our job as coaches to find a way to get it right.”

The Hurricanes have given up 105 points in their three games. Miami plays Central Connecticut next week.

USF 38, FAMU 17 -- Bulls' coach Jeff Scott won for only the second time since coming to USF a year ago.

Freshman running back Brian Battie rain for 110 yards against the FCS-level Rattlers. For the Bulls -- who opened the season with losses to North Carolina State and Florida -- a lesser opponent was welcome.

"(Quarterback Timmy) (McClain) did a good job this week,” Scott said. “There’s times tonight he made some really nice plays and there’s times where he looked like a freshman. That’s part of it. I’ve coached freshman quarterbacks before and this is the first time he’s ever started a game and I think he definitely does some things that can help us offensively. He’s still got a lot of things to clean up. I think that’s the exciting part about him is he’s got a lot of room to grow.”

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