The Florida football team fell 21-16 to the Miami Hurricanes Saturday afternoon in Sun Life Stadium. Miami has won seven of their last eight against Florida and lead the all-time series 29 to 26.
The Gators were able to move the ball against the Hurricanes, tallying 413 yards of total offense and 22 first downs but struggled in the red zone. The Gators finished the day 1 of 6 inside the 20 yard line. Miami also forced five turnovers including three fumbles. Florida head coach Will Muschamp says you cant turn the ball over that many times and expect to win.
Gator quarterback Jeff Driskel finished the day 22-33 with 291 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions. UF also saw receivers Solomon Patton and Quinton Dunbar put together productive games. Patton had six receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown and Dunbar had seven catches for 98 yards. Muschamp says the Gators took some shots down the field but have to make fewer mistakes.
Florida’s defense was able to limit the Miami offense and kept the team in the game. The Gators held Canes standout halfback Duke Johnson to 47 yards on 18 carries. Miami was out gained 413 yards to 212 and lost time of possession as well. However, the Canes were able to take advantage of Gator turnovers. Each of Florida’s two first quarter turnovers came in Miami territory. Entering Saturday, the Gators had lost seven of eight games with multiple turnovers on their opponents side of the field.
The Gators will have an open week before they open up their SEC schedule against Tennessee. Muschamp says he expects his team to identify the mistakes and address them this week.
Florida will kickoff conference play when they host the Tennessee Volunteers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 21st.