It’s really hard to say if there was one play that really lost Miami this game. Notice I said Miami lost the game. The Gators surely did not beat Miami (Oh.) today in the Swamp. They were given the game as Miami came close on many drives, but so far away, only being able to score on 4 field goals, despite having the ball for 34:44, keeping the Florida offense on the field.
After the 1st quarter, Miami was up 3-0 on a Trevor Cook field goal. Florida responded quickly though, getting a gift from Miami quarterback Zac Dysert after Janoris Jenkins takes the interception back 70 yards. After the pick six, Miami went 3 and out. Florida had the momentum after the interception and the failed fake punt by Miami that gave the Gators the football at the Miami 21.
The Gators looked to be taking charge after they get (yet another) interception and score on a 2 play, 2 yard drive. 21-6 is what the halftime score was. But anybody who watched the game can’t deny that it looked like a tie. Dysert had 3 interceptions in the first half, which is absurd. But those interceptions were just part of the first half miscues. A Miami defensive player got ejected as well, and the Miami offense put up nice drives, but could never score a touchdown. I mean, Florida had 12 yards of offense, but 21 points on the board.
The 2nd half wasn’t really that great for Florida, as their offense still had many problems and couldn’t handle the (sarcasm) tough Miami of Ohio defense. They started off with a turnover on downs, missed a field goal, and punted. It took them going through that before Jeffrey Demps rushed 70 yards untouched into the end zone making the game 27-12. Miami looked to come back after recovery a fumble, but got stalled after Dysert made his 4th interception throw of the game. Florida feeling good, went to try and score again. 4th and 21 comes about and Brantley gets chased out of the pocket, throws up a prayer, only to get tipped by 3 guys and land in Chris Rainey’s hands. Talk about luck.
Halfway through the game, I had to mute and watch in silence because 90% of the Florida talk was about Tim Tebow. The announcers just need to let it go. He’s gone. There’s no more Tebow. It’s the Brantley era now.
Going back to the topic at hand, Florida played a very, very sloppy game. Mike Pouncey must have made 13 or 14 bad snaps, and it’s because he shouldn’t be playing center. He’s a guard. Like the announcers said, you can’t expect the guy to be able to pull on most plays and get a perfect shotgun snap off.
So a total of four interceptions, and ejection, numerous penalties, and an inability to score in the red zone is what kept Florida in this game. The biggest disappointment is the fact that Florida lost 1 game last year. That number happens to be the same amount of wins Miami had in 2009. Urban Meyer should be disgusted. This team, while young, looks unprepared, and went in cocky thinking they would just run all over Miami. Had Miami been a team that had any discipline (not getting stupid penalties, not throwing off our back foot or across the body, learning how to tackle), they would have won this football game.
Luckily for Florida, they just are not very good, and Florida got away with one. The score of this game is extremely generous as to how the game played out. Miami was in this game from beginning to about the last 1:33. Urban, you need to teach your offensive line how to block, teach Brantley how to throw, and have your running backs figure out how to hold onto the ball before you want to talk SEC Championship.