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Gators getting healthy

By Times wires and staff report
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 25, 2002

GAINESVILLE -- When Florida plays at Florida State on Saturday, the Gators may have several injured players ready to return to the field.

Senior receiver Taylor Jacobs, a native of Tallahassee, is expected to play after missing two games with a sprained ankle.

"I'm very optimistic about the way he has worked," coach Ron Zook said Sunday. "Watching him run yesterday, he ran routes and I was very, very impressed. In fact, had I not known, I would have thought there was nothing wrong with him. Obviously we're going to be careful with him this week and work him in slowly and so forth. But I'm very, very optimistic that he'll be playing."

Defensive lineman Ian Scott (knee) and tight end Ben Troupe (ankle) also could see action. Zook said Troupe isn't 100 percent, but there is a "very good possibility" he'll play. Scott, who had surgery on Nov. 12, worked out Saturday and is probable.

Although the Gators and Seminoles enter the game with seven losses between them, Zook said that doesn't diminish the significance of the rivalry.

"It's Florida-Florida State," he said. "It's still a big rivalry. It's still a big, big game and it's one of those games where I think you can throw the records out. It'll be all that it's ever been, I'm sure."

-- ANTONYA ENGLISH

'Canes remain on top

Miami is still No. 1, but it's no longer unanimous. No. 2 Ohio State picked up two first-place votes in the Associated Press Top 25. Miami beat Pittsburgh 28-21 on Thursday night and received 71 first-place votes from the AP panel.

Washington State, which lost 29-26 to Washington in triple overtime, dropped six spots to No. 9, and Oklahoma moved up one to No. 3 after its 60-15 win over Texas Tech. Iowa, co-Big Ten champion, moved up one place to No. 4, followed by Georgia.

In the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, the Top 5 were Miami, Ohio State, Iowa, Oklahoma and Georgia.

The latest BCS standings will be released today, with Miami and Ohio State expected to be the top teams, although the order is too close to call. The Buckeyes already have accepted an invitation to play in the BCS national title game in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3.

CLEMSON: Anderson County Sheriff Gene Taylor says he will not allow his officers to provide security at games until the school changes its policy on tearing down goal posts. Several fans were recovering from injuries Sunday night, including Anderson County reserve deputy Homer Booth, who suffered a broken collarbone and ribs when fans stormed the field after the Tigers' 27-20 win over South Carolina.

HOUSTON: Coach Dana Dimel was fired after leading the Cougars to seven wins in three seasons. He will finish out the season Saturday against Louisville. Dimel has a 4-7 record this season and is 7-26 overall, including 0-11 last season.

OHIO STATE: Some 45 people were arrested when crowds celebrating the Buckeyes' 14-9 victory over Michigan set fires and damaged cars early Sunday. Police spokeswoman Sherry Mercurio said the arrests were for carrying open containers of alcohol, rioting, resisting arrest or setting the fires. A little after midnight, police used tear gas and pellets to disperse a crowd of several hundred east of Ohio State's campus. At one point, nine cars were piled together and burning, Mercurio said.

WASHINGTON STATE: Quarterback Jason Gesser was to begin rehab work Sunday after spraining his right ankle against Washington. Coaches weren't sure if Gesser will be available for the game at UCLA on Dec. 7. The Cougars need to win to clinch a Rose Bowl berth.

LIBERTY BOWL: No. 16 Colorado State accepted a bid to play Dec. 31 in Memphis. The Rams, the Mountain West champions, will play a Conference USA team to be determined.

I-AA PLAYOFFS: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion Bethune-Cookman (11-1) plays at Georgia Southern (9-2) in a first-round game at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Late Saturday

HAWAII 20, CINCINNATI 19: Punches and foul language replaced postgame handshakes for players from Cincinnati and host Hawaii.

Players from both teams charged onto the field and had to be separated by police after scuffling for about five minutes after Hawaii's come-from-behind victory.

Tensions built throughout the game, and the Bearcats had several personal-foul penalties, including a late hit that knocked Hawaii's Timmy Chang out of the game with three minutes left.

Chang had thrown a 33-yard touchdown to Jeremiah Cockheran with just over five minutes left to rally the Warriors.

-- Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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