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By Compiled by JOANNE KORTH

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 3, 2000


Not-so-fancy footwork

After missing his first two kicks, an extra point and 37-yard field goal, UF's Jeff Chandler drew cheers from fans in the south end zone when his second point-after attempt split the uprights. Chandler, showing he was a good sport, raised his hands to signal the kick was good and encouraged the applause.

Look at all those seats

When Ball State players arrived at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for Friday's walk-through, many toted video cameras. The Swamp is four times larger than the Cardinals' home stadium, which holds 21,600. Saturday's crowd of 85,095 was the largest to see Ball State play.

Sad sack

Florida defensive end Alex Brown's first sack was nullified because he pulled down Brian Conn by the facemask. What should have been a 10-yard loss turned into a 15-yard penalty and automatic first down.

Turning the tables

Brown redeemed himself with the game's most vicious hit. Corner Lito Sheppard intercepted the final pass of the first half, turning Florida's tacklers into blockers. Brown leveled BSU tailback Marcus Merriweather, eliciting ooohs from the crowd.

Quotable

"It's a great feeling to let them know that, "Hey, I'm from a small town in Indiana, but I can compete just as hard as you can.' " -- Ball State tight end Jason Teeters, who blocked a punt.

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