SEC Digital Network
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – No. 12 Florida hit the road on Saturday afternoon for the 55th renewal of its rivalry with Miami, but the Hurricanes managed the trip up the Gators in a 21-16 loss for UF. The Gators (1-1) held the ’Canes to just over 200 yards of total offense, but five turnovers ultimately doomed Will Muschamp’s squad inside Sun Life Stadium.
Miami’s Stephen Morris opened the scoring with a 7-yard touchdown connection with Herb Waters, which Florida’s Jeff Driskel answered several minutes later with a 9-yard scoring run. The Gators would miss the two-point conversion attempt, however, and faced a 7-6 deficit.
Morris hit Phillip Dorsett for a 52-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, and Miami (2-0) went into the half with a 14-6 lead. The Gators trailed 14-9 for much of the second half, but Miami took advantage of a Driskel fumble inside the 10-yard line in the fourth quarter and a Duke Johnson touchdown run several plays later put the game out of reach for UF.
Driskel threw for 291 yards on 33 attempts, throwing a late touchdown but also being picked off twice. Solomon Patton’s 118 yards paced all receivers on the afternoon.
The Florida defense turned in a solid performance, limiting Miami’s explosive Duke Johnson to under 60 yards on the ground, but it was not enough to overcome the turnovers on the offensive end. Morris ended the game with 163 yards and a pair of scores to go along with one interception, UM’s only turnover of the day.
The Gators finished with 38:20 of possession and 413 yards of offense compared to 212 from Miami.
Passing – Jeff Driskel, 22-for-33, 291 yards, TD, 2 INT
Rushing – Matt Jones, 18 car, 47 yards
Receiving – Solomon Patton, 6 rec, 118 yards, TD
Passing – Stephen Morris, 12-for-25, 162 yards, 2 TD, INT
Rushing – Duke Jonhson, 21 car, 59 yards, TD
Receiving – Allen Hurns, 4 rec, 60 yards
• Saturday’s game was the 55th renewal of the Florida/Miami rivalry. The Hurricanes now hold a 29-26 lead in the all-time series, and this was the last scheduled meeting between the two teams for the foreseeable future.
• This was the first time that Florida has faced the Hurricanes in Miami since 2003, and the first meeting between the two teams since a 26-3 win for the Gators in Gainesville in 2008.
• The Hurricanes have now won seven of the last eight games in the series.
• With the loss, the Gators will not start the season 2-0 for the first time in 10 years.