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UF sideliners

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 8, 2000


Big-screen bonus

About 20,000 fans stayed after the game to watch the final minutes of the Florida State-Miami game on the Daktronics screen at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Their roar told UF coach Steve Spurrier, conducting his post-game interview, the outcome.

Rise and shine

The game was a sellout, but there were plenty of empty seats for the 12:30 p.m. kickoff, especially among the block of seats reserved for fraternities. The upper deck in the North end zone never filled in completely.

First interceptions

Linebacker Mike Nattiel's career first interception came during the third quarter. It broke Rohan Davey's streak of 70 passes without an interception. Nattiel's second interception came minutes later. Robert Cromartie added his first interception during the fourth quarter.

Tales from the Swamp jinx

Move over Sports Illustrated. Apparently, there's nothing worse than being pictured on the cover of UF's program. Two weeks ago, defensive end Alex Brown appeared, but was benched for the first quarter. Saturday, quarterback Jesse Palmer was featured, but did not start (sprained right ankle) and lost the job to Rex Grossman. Watch out, Gerard Warren. You're next.

Quotable

"We don't like rooting for Miami, but I guess we have to occasionally.'' - UF coach Steve Spurrier

Up next

Auburn at Florida, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. TV: Ch. 10

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