NCAA Game Summary - Florida at Miami-Florida|
(Saturday, September 7th)
Final Score: Miami-Florida 21, (12) Florida 16
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Duke Johnson ran for a two-yard touchdown late in
the fourth quarter following one of Florida's five turnovers, and the Miami-
Florida Hurricanes held on to beat the mistake-prone 12th-ranked Gators,
21-16, at Sun Life Stadium.
Johnson reached the end zone after Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel lost a
fumble on a sack by Tyriq McCord, who recovered the ball at the Florida 4-yard
The score gave Miami a 21-9 lead with 3:29 remaining, but Driskel quickly
answered with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Solomon Patton.
Miami then punted after recovering an onside kick, giving the ball back to
Florida with 28 seconds left. Driskel, though, was sacked on first down to
seal the win for the Hurricanes (2-0).
"I'm real proud of the way the guys fought," said Hurricanes head coach Al
Golden. "There was nothing easy on that field for either team."
Stephen Morris had 162 yards on 12-of-25 passing and threw a pair of first-
quarter touchdowns for Miami, which registered only 10 first downs and was 1-
for-11 on third down.
Driskel completed 22-of-33 passes for 291 yards and two interceptions, the
second coming five plays after an overthrown pass by Morris in the fourth
quarter was picked off.
The Gators (1-1) committed three first-half turnovers, but trailed only 14-6
at the break.
Running back Matt Jones, who missed the opener while recovering from a viral
infection, fumbled on the game's first possession, and Morris capitalized on
the turnover by hitting Herb Waters for a 7-yard touchdown.
The Hurricanes went three-and-out on their second drive, and Loucheiz Purifoy,
one of five Florida players suspended for the opener, blocked the punt to set
up Driskel's 9-yard touchdown run. The 2-point conversion failed, however.
Morris then connected with Phillip Dorsett for a 52-yard TD on the sixth play
of the ensuing drive, extending Miami's lead with 1:47 left in the first
Florida reached the red zone on three consecutive series in the second quarter
and each time came away without points. Rayshawn Jenkins picked off Driskel at
the 4-yard line, the Gators turned the ball over on downs after Driskel was
stopped on a QB keeper at the 16 and Trey Burton fumbled after a short grab to
derail a nice-looking drive late in the half.
"I thought we did some good things at times, but bottom line is that you
cannot continue to shoot yourself in the foot and give someone else the
opportunity - especially on the road - and we certainly did that," said
Florida head coach Will Muschamp.
Austin Hardin kicked a 33-yard field goal to trim Florida's deficit to 14-9 in
the third quarter.
Florida held a 38:20-21:40 advantage in time of possession ... The Gators had
started 2-0 in each of their previous eight seasons ... Miami has won seven of
the last eight meetings ... These teams met in Miami for the first time since
09/07 18:25:56 ET