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Early TD silences Florida's faithful


© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 9, 2001

GAINESVILLE -- One of Louisiana-Monroe's biggest tests coming into Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday was the crowd noise.

The Indians passed that test -- initially.

UL-Monroe quickly silenced the Swamp after it recovered a fumble by quarterback Rex Grossman on the game's first play.

The turnover led to an Indians score and a 6-0 lead with 13 minutes, 27 seconds left in the first quarter.

"I think it will be good for us because it will be loud and you won't be able to think so hopefully you'll react better," Indians defensive end John Thompson said before the game. The Gators got the crowd into the game after Grossman led a 63-yard drive, which ended a 12-yard touchdown run by tailback Earnest Graham for a 7-6 lead.

HONORING HOOPS: The 2000-01 men's basketball team was honored during halftime for winning the SEC regular-season championship last season.

The honoring came the day after the dismissal of senior guard Teddy Dupay. Dupay was on the field with the team and received a large cheer from the crowd when his name was announced.

CARROLL CITED: Linebacker Travis Carroll, who transferred from Alabama to Florida, is one of the athletes cited in the NCAA's letter of inquiry for Alabama released Friday.

The letter alleges Neil Callaway, the offensive coordinator at Georgia, arranged for a 1994 Jeep Cherokee to be given to Carroll. The NCAA claims Carroll did not pay for the vehicle.

JEFF'S BACK: After missing last week's game, place kicker and Florida's all-time leading scorer Jeff Chandler made his first five extra points and a 29-yard field-goal attempt in the first half.

Chandler sat out as part of a deal with the NCAA to regain a year of eligibility after he kicked one extra point during the Central Michigan game his freshman season.

With his fifth extra point, Chandler moved into 10th place on the SEC's career scoring list for kickers with 270.

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