Miami pulled off a big home win on Saturday afternoon, defeating the visiting Florida Gators 21-16 at Sun Life Stadium. The Gators were ranked No. 12 at the time while the Hurricanes were unranked -- the win was big enough, though, that Miami is now ranked three spots higher than Florida in the new AP Poll.
Neither offense looked particularly good in the game. Florida turned the ball over five times (with two interceptions and a fumble lost from Jeff Driskel) and Miami just barely made it over 200 yards of total offense on the day. Still, it was enough for a win over a hapless Gator squad.
Even with the big win, Juan Toribio of State of the U was worried about the Hurricanes' offensive performance:
As great as this win is for the program and for the season, the offense just simply didn't show up for most of the game. At one point the offense went out and achieved nothing. Literally nothing. Duke Johnson had negative yardage for most of the second half and Stephen Morris couldn't hit a receiver even if he wanted to. The offensive line got dominated by the defensive front of the Gators. The Canes need to go back to the drawing board during their bye week and try some new things out next week against Savannah State, because this performance just isn't going to cut it if the team wants to be a great team.
Florida's defense played well, and their offense controlled the game, but it was the consistent turnovers in key situations that did the Gators in. Brandon Larrabee of Team Speed Kills said Florida beat themselves in the game.
How do you outgain an opponent by 201 yards, limit your opponent to four yards a play and hold a 17-minute edge in the time of possession and still lose? Turning the ball over five times and making almost too many mental mistakes to count will go a long way toward doing that.
And that's what Florida did on Saturday against Miami in a game that shows just how far their team has to go if they want to continue to contend in the SEC East. If this is really going to be Jeff Driskel's football team, then he's going to have do better than the error-riddled performance he turned in: 22-of-33, 291 yards, one touchdown (looks okay so far) and two interceptions. Driskel also chipped in a fumble and got sacked on Florida's last-gasp drive with 28 seconds starting on the 20.
Alligator Army took an intense look at Florida's offense, and did a video analysis of some of their errors.
Both teams will have a week off before their next game. Miami's next game is against FCS Savannah State while Florida opens up conference play with a home game against Tennessee.