In what was a battle of the defenses, the Miami Hurricanes knocked off No. 12 Florida, 21-16.
The Hurricanes’ defense forced 5 turnovers, including 2 crucial interceptions in the red zone. Sophomore DB Tracy Howard picked off Gators’ QB Jeff Driskel late in the fourth quarter and DB Rayshawn Jenkins recorded an interception as the Gators threatened in the first quarter.
RB Duke Johnson scored after the Hurricanes recovered a fumble and QB Stephen Morris connected with WR Phillip Dorsett on a 52-yard touchdown strike early in the game.
The victory over Florida is certainly a signature win for head coach Al Golden and becomes Miami’s first win against a ranked opponent with Golden at the helm. The Hurricanes had not won against a ranked team since 2009.
Driskel, who went 22-of-33 against Miami, threw for a career-high 291 yards and one touchdown. However, his two costly interceptions would prove to much for the Gators to overcome.
The play of the game came when Hurricanes’ Tyriq McCord sacked Driskel, forcing a fumble in which Miami would recover at the Gators’ 4-yard line. Johnson gave Miami a 21-9 lead.
The Gators would score quick and attempt an onside kick to no avail. Miami punted the ball back to Florida with just 28 seconds remaining on the clock. Hurricanes’ DE Anthony Chickillo sacked Driskel as time expired.
Following a big game against FAU, RB Duke Johnson was held to 59 rushing yards on 21 carries. Morris struggled against a quick Florida defense and went 12-of-25 for 162 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Although the Gators dominated Miami in time of possession, as well as in total yards, turnovers proved to be detrimental.
Miami will enter a bye-week and will return to Sun Life Stadium on Sept. 21 to face Savannah State.