Turnovers do in UF


Florida Gators running back Matt Jones (24) fumbles the football against Miami during the first half at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Saturday, September 7, 2013. (Doug Finger/Staff photographer)

The Gainesville Sun
Published: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 4:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 6:22 p.m.

First quarter

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Florida Gators running back Matt Jones (24) fumbles the football against Miami during the first half at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Saturday, September 7, 2013. (Doug Finger/Staff photographer)

The Gainesville Sun

Play of the quarter: Quarterback Stephen Morris had a big quarter despite some misfires and the biggest was his perfectly thrown pass to Phillip Dorsett for a 52-yard touchdown to give Miami a 14-6 lead. Both of Morris' touchdowns came when his wide receivers beat Florida safeties one-on-one.

Stat of the quarter: Everyone wondered how Florida's salty defense would do against Miami's potent offense. The Hurricanes not only scored 14 points in the quarter, but managed 143 yards. Toledo had only 205 in four quarters last week.

Trending: The penalties they just keep a comin' for the Gators. In the first quarter, Florida had four called for 45 yards. The worst was Clay Burton's when Florida had its opening drive going.

Scoring: Morris hit receiver Herb Waters for seven yards out for the first score after Matt Jones set the 'Canes up at the 50 with a fumble. Florida countered with a 9-yard run by Jeff Driskel, but inexplicably went for two and it failed. Morris' pass to Dorsett made it 14-6 at the end of the half.

Second quarter

Play of the quarter: One play after Driskel missed an open Quinton Dunbar in the back of the end zone, the Florida quarterback threw a terrible interception into triple coverage at the goal line. It was just part of the red-zone implosion for the Gators in the first half.

Stat of the quarter: After struggling in the first quarter, Florida's defense seemed to find itself in the second. Miami only ran six plays (other than the kneel down at the end of the half) and managed only two yards.

Trending: Florida used its ball-control offense to wear down the Hurricanes, the Gators ran 25 plays in the quarter. There were a lot of hands on hips for the Miami defenders, but Florida's mistakes in the red zone kept the Gators out of the end zone.

Scoring: There was no scoring despite Florida moving the ball to the 7, 17 and 12 of Miami.

Third quarter

Play of the quarter: On the next-to-last play of the quarter, Morris threw a short pass to Allen Hurns. What should have been an 8-yard gain turned into a 36-yard one when Florida cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy whiffed on the tackle.

Stat of the quarter: Florida put the chomps on Miami running back Duke Johnson and left him with a stat you may never see again in his career. Johnson had six carries in the third quarter and lost nine yards. His only two carries where he gained ground were each for one yard.

Trending: Florida's defense continued to keep the Gators in the game, allowing only two first downs in the quarter. Miami's first two possessions went nowhere, giving Florida a streak of four straight three-and-outs against Miami.

Scoring: Austin Hardin made a 33-yard field goal with 8:40 to play to cut Miami's lead to 14-9.

Fourth quarter

Play of the quarter: Down five points, Florida seemed to have the momentum when Vernon Hargreaves III picked off a pass and returned it to the Miami 47. But on third-and-3 from the Miami 17, Driskel threw a pass directly to Miami's Tracy Howard, who returned the pick for 36 yards.

Stat of the quarter: In part because of sack yardage, Florida rushed for only two yards in the quarter. Of course, the Gators threw for 98 yards.

Trending: Florida struggled on third down in the quarter. After going 5-for-11 in the first three quarters, Florida was only 1-of-4 in the fourth quarter.

Scoring: Duke Johnson's 2-yard run after a Driskel fumble gave Miami a 21-9 lead. The Gators marched right down the field for the final score of the game on a 21-yard pass from Driskel to Solomon Patton.

Final score: Miami 21, No. 12 Florida 16. Miami leads all-time series, 29-26, with the series tied in Miami, 14-14.

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