Patton a bright spot for UF

Florida Gators wide receiver Solomon Patton (83) catches a pass in front of Miami Hurricanes defensive back Antonio Crawford (21) during the first half on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 in Miami, Fla. (Matt Stamey/Staff photographer)

The Gainesville Sun
Published: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 8:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 8:17 p.m.

MIAMI GARDENS — Florida receiver Solomon Patton wanted nothing more than to atone for his drop last week against Toledo.

Patton made the most of his second chance Saturday against Miami. The senior was one of the few bright spots for the Gators, finishing with a career-high 118 yards receiving on six catches and a touchdown during UF’s 21-16 loss to Miami.

Patton is the first Gator to surpass 100 yards receiving since Andre Debose had three catches for 151 yards against Furman on Nov. 19, 2011.

“Solomon has had a really good camp and played well,” Florida coach Will Muschamp said. “He has played well and is a guy that we need to get the ball to. He’s done all the things we’ve asked him to do.”

Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel showed his faith in Patton early. Driskel connected with Patton on a 46-yard pass late in the first quarter for UF’s longest play of the season. It also was the longest catch of Patton’s career.

“It was just a call he gave me and I did my best to make a play,” Patton said.

With Florida down 21-9 late, Driskel found Patton wide open for a 21-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

“He had a great game,” Driskel said. “After last week, that drop there, he really wanted to make up for that. He’s a guy that’s going to have to play well for us and he’s come out and showed that so far.”

It was a good day all-around for Florida’s much-maligned receiving corps. Florida junior Quinton Dunbar had seven catches for 91 yards in his return to his native Miami. Dunbar has now caught at least one pass in 18 straight games.

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