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September 7, 2013
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Miami gets the last laugh. The Hurricanes (2-0) defeated the No. 12 Gators (1-1) in what is the last regular season game between the two teams for the foreseeable future. Instant Analysis takes a look at the crippling early-season defeat for Florida.
IT WAS OVER WHEN: Jeff Driskel was destroyed from his blind side on third and long. He fumbled, and Miami recovered the ball inside Florida's 10-yard line to seal an ugly victory.
HE STOLE THE SHOW: Saturday's game was a battle of two quarterbacks in many ways, and that's why the Gators didn't win. Hurricanes senior Stephen Morris wasn't particularly sharp after the first quarter, but he didn't have to be thanks to Driskel's lackluster day. Driskel accounted for three turnovers, including two interceptions which were both inside the Miami 20, and the Gators could never take advantage of their defense's prowess.
THE STAT DOESN'T LIE: Don't blame Florida's defense for Saturday's loss. Don't even look its way. After a rough first quarter, the Gators rebounded and did everything they should have had to do to win the game. After a 143-yard first quarter, the Hurricanes only amassed 61 yards in the next three quarters to barely break 200 yards (204) for the entire game. At one point, Florida held Miami to four consecutive three-and-out series. Star sophomore running back Duke Johnson had 57 yards rushing on 21 carries (2.7 avg).
WHAT A PLAY: It's not often Florida's secondary gets burned deep, but that's exactly what happened with 1:47 left in the first quarter. Miami wide receiver Phillip Dorsett put the moves on Florida's corners and zoomed past safety Marcus Maye for a 52-yard touchdown catch that was laid out perfectly by Morris.
THIS MATCHUP PROVED KEY: Florida vs. itself. Miami won the game. The scoreboard will tell you that much. But it's hard to mouth out the words "Miami beat Florida" and feel good about what you just said. The Gators were their own worst enemy. Between five turnovers, 10 penalties for 64 yards, one-for-six in the red zone and a strange botched two-point conversion attempt, Florida couldn't get out of its own way Saturday and the result was a bad loss.