There were a lot of reasons why Florida lost 21-16 to in-state rival Miami, but the biggest may have been quarterback Jeff Driskel. He did throw for 291 yards and completed 66.7 percent of his passes, but he also threw two interceptions and fumbled in the most critical points of the game.
While his performance is sure to keep Florida fans up at night, it also awoke the Twitter world, as many seemed to have an opinion on the lousy showing, including Edward Aschoff of ESPN:
Seriously what does Jeff Driskel say to his team after that and what does the offense say to the defense? #UFvsMIA— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) September 7, 2013
This is actually a great question. Florida's defense held a potent Miami offense to 212 yards and 1-of-11 on third-down attempts. It consistently came up with stops and gave the ball back to Florida's offense, only for Driskel and the rest of the gang to come up small. It would be amazing to be a fly on the wall in the Gators' locker room.
Driskel's performance was so bad that it reminded many of another Florida quarterback who actually had a successful college career:
Tim Tebow in the NFL > Jeff Driskel at UF— Alfie Crow (@AlfieBCC) September 7, 2013
Jeff "Tebow" Driskel— Sen Sogah (@eastcoastdog) September 7, 2013
Does Jeff Driskel train with Tim Tebow? That would explain a lot.— LostLettermen.com (@LostLettermen) September 7, 2013
Who would have thought the two would ever be linked?
But wait, if you think that's bad, there was another comparison that hit below the belt:
2011 Tommy Rees would be an improvement over 2013 Jeff Driskel— jmnpb (@jmnpb) September 7, 2013
Defensive lineman Dominique Easley played his tail off all game. As revenge for Driskel not showing up offensively, Bryan Holt of Rivals brought up an interesting idea:
Monday practice: Jeff Driskel vs. Dominique Easley, Oklahoma drill ... over and over and over.— Bryan Holt (@Bryan_Holt) September 7, 2013
However, there's a good chance Driskel would also struggle to win that battle.
The showing was so bad that a downfield pass came as a surprise. No, seriously:
When there weren't turnovers, Driskel was busy throwing two-yard dump passes, holding onto the ball too long or looking like a deer caught in the headlights.
The interception jokes continued:
Driskel with yet another interception in the red zone #UrbansFault?— Josh Lowe (@JoshMLowe) September 7, 2013
Broadcaster: "Driskel didn't make a lot of mistakes last year, only 5 interceptions" Next Play: Interception Coincidence?— Cory Elonich (@REALCoryElonich) September 7, 2013
Did you hear that? That was the sound of Jeff Driskel throwing the ball clean into a corners' hands again.— Nick Dunn (@Young_Boxcutter) September 7, 2013
Even with the sloppy play, Florida still had a chance to win with just under six minutes left to play. Down by five, Driskel was then sacked by Tyriq McCord and fumbled the football:
Jeff Driskel with a walk off fumble.— Michael Langston (@MichaelWarchant) September 7, 2013
At least he was consistent, right?
The most devastating news of this whole game takes us back to Florida recruiting:
RT @smartfootball: Reminder that Muschamp and then Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis recruited Jeff Driskel over Teddy Bridgewater— jmnpb (@jmnpb) September 7, 2013
In a loss that provided multiple chances to win, this game is sure to haunt Florida and its fans for the rest of the year.