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Did Miami make a statement in win against Florida? Maybe

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It may be too early to suggest the Miami Hurricanes are back, but a 21-9 victory at home against Florida is certainly a positive sign for The U. Despite putting together just 212 yards of offense and having the defense on the field nearly twice as long than the offense, Miami took advantage of Florida’s miscues in a huge early season victory to improve to 2-0.

Miami quarterback Stephen Morris was far from accurate, completing 12 of 25 pass attempts, but he tossed a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter to give Miami an early 14-6 lead. The defense entered bend-but-don’t-break mode for the rest of the afternoon to ensure the Hurricanes never trailed. Florida showed an ability to move the football but always seemed to stall on their own account as often as Miami’s defense came through with a play. Running back Duke Johnson scored the eventual game-winning touchdown following a Florida turnover deep in their own territory, but Johnson was limited to just 58 yards on 21 attempts.

Miami forced five turnovers in the game, with Florida losing the football three times inside the red zone. Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel struggled on third down all day long as well, with two interceptions and a fumble.

Miami now gets a week off on the schedule before returning to host FCS Savannah State on September 21. How Al Golden handles the off week could be critical for the Hurricanes, who could easily fall in to a trap of self-confidence. It will be important to not get too carried away with one win and to keep the Canes focused on the bigger picture moving forward. The ACC schedule begins October 5 for Miami with a home game against Georgia Tech, who represented the division in the ACC Championship Game last year because Miami instituted a self-appointed postseason ban.

As for Florida, the Gators also enter an early bye week before opening their SEC schedule at home against Tennessee. The Gators will take a fall in the polls, but the goal of playing for an SEC Championship is still a fate worth getting up for. If the Gators are going to make a run in the sEC, the offense absolutely has to tighten up and find ways to make plays. The defense has proven to be in OK shape in the first two weeks, but without an offense it may not matter too much later on this fall.

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36 Responses to “Did Miami make a statement in win against Florida? Maybe”
  1. dlr4skins says: Sep 7, 2013 3:38 PM

    Oh, oh…..

    That mighty SEC, the product of media BIAS and ESPN. No other league accomplishes less and is paid more lip service.

    I’m sure the hype machines will have Florida in the top 10 by week four. Miami’s not back, Florida is horrible.

    Joke. Joke. Joke.

  2. overratedgators says: Sep 7, 2013 3:41 PM

    Overrated. As usual.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Sep 7, 2013 3:41 PM

    Yes, they definitely made a statement. They are NOT very good. 5 turnovers and only win by 5 points. Should have been a blowout, but the Gaters gave it away.

  4. classyjacklambert says: Sep 7, 2013 3:46 PM

    Clemson beat Georgia, Miami has beaten Florida… ACC is taking care of business this year.

  5. jimmy53 says: Sep 7, 2013 3:48 PM

    Both of these teams looked horrendous today. UF’s offense is laughable, and Coley is a horrible playcaller for Miami. The fact that UF’s offense made Miami’s undersized defensive line look competent was an amazing feat of ineptitude.

  6. supremekingz says: Sep 7, 2013 3:48 PM

    The statement made is that Miami’s offense is as awful as awful can get. They have to be gift wrapped the ball very close to the goal line to score.

    Yes Florida is overrated, but Miami’s offense will be their undoing before long.

    They should have blown out Florida with how good Miami’s defense played

  7. jburns9999 says: Sep 7, 2013 3:51 PM

    21-9? I think you changed channels to quickly.

  8. harkafella says: Sep 7, 2013 3:59 PM

    21-9? Curb your biased enthusiasm and check your facts.

  9. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 7, 2013 4:19 PM

    Congrats to the Canes, they definitely deserved to win today. My Gator Defense did everything they could but 5 turnovers leads to losses. Even if we had scored, we didn’t deserve to win. Hats off to ya.

    Roll Turd!!

  10. gatorprof says: Sep 7, 2013 4:19 PM

    Florida’s offense is as bad as it gets. You won’t win many football games playing the way that they did today.

    As for Miami, as long as the defense produces 5 TOs per game, they should be fine.

  11. js20011041 says: Sep 7, 2013 4:34 PM

    The win not withstanding, I think most FSU fans can agree that Miami thankfully has taken on James Coley. Overmatched doesn’t begin to describe him as a play caller. What an abortion.

    I think Florida is starting to learn a lesson that maybe LSU is beginning to learn. That weak shit ball control stuff only works against overmatched teams. Bama pulls it off because they actually have skill position talent. They actually have the talent to make explosive plays. Florida isn’t Alabama and Muschamp sure as hell isn’t Saban.

  12. reddolfan66 says: Sep 7, 2013 4:44 PM

    Damn right Miami will rise again!!! Go CANES

  13. imaduffer says: Sep 7, 2013 4:45 PM

    Florida will still be ranked higher than Miami. You gotta love those polls.

  14. be4bama says: Sep 7, 2013 4:47 PM

    UF’s biggest problem is their coach. IMO

  15. bucrightoff says: Sep 7, 2013 5:07 PM

    You gotta feel bad for Florida’s defense. Its one of the 2 or 3 best in the country. Too bad the offense is in the 110-120 range. They’d be national title contenders with a competent offense, instead the service academies offense would run laps around theirs.

  16. downhillrider says: Sep 7, 2013 5:19 PM

    this article has alot of Miami won but…

  17. Deb says: Sep 7, 2013 5:35 PM

    tlmoon2112–you’re a Gator fan? It’s a shame to know an unsportsmanlike spammer is an SEC fan. Most of my Gator friends are decent people and I’m sorry for their loss. Just wish you’d stop leeching off CFT to boost your Facebook audience. Try doing your own marketing work.

  18. harkafella says: Sep 7, 2013 5:46 PM

    Yes, Miami is back…until NCAA lays down sanctions and they lose fair weather fans and players for another 10 years…

  19. dcroz says: Sep 7, 2013 5:48 PM

    I had though tlmoon2112 was a Barner, so I’m surprised to see he claims allegiance to the Gators. Or maybe Sybil is just trying out another personality. At least this one says more than “Roll Turd.”

    As for statements being made, the loudest was by Florida, which was, “Our offensive truly offensive.” The Gator’s offense seemed to peak in 2008 but has steadily gone downhill since the departure of–no, not Tim Tebow, but Percy Harvin. Muschamp cannot hope to defeat South Carolina, Georgia, LSU, Vanderbilt, Florida State, and perhaps even Tennessee no matter how good their defense is unless they are able to raise their offense to at least respectable levels. If he can’t figure it out, his seat may start getting warm at the end of the season.

  20. dcroz says: Sep 7, 2013 5:50 PM

    That should say, “Our offense is truly offensive.” My statement is, “We need an edit function.”

  21. jzone954 says: Sep 7, 2013 5:58 PM

    Miamis d played there hearts out….
    Miamis offense has ALOT of work to
    Do…..first quarter Miamis offense was doing whatever it wanted then just became inept….and bad play call after bad play call……

  22. dkhhuey says: Sep 7, 2013 6:30 PM

    Queue Muschump’s comment about how it’s Urban’s fault in 3…. 2…… 1………….

  23. miamatt says: Sep 7, 2013 6:31 PM

    How about the statement is that Miami’s defense is MUCH improved from last season, and that Florida’s defense is suffocating in that SEC kinda way?

    Miami’s offense flashed their big play capability on offense, which Florida clearly lacks, but overall it appears Morris and his receivers are not seeing the field the same way. Execution needs to improve or the U will not be ALL the way back just yet.


  24. jaydm84 says: Sep 7, 2013 7:17 PM

    Florida defense is just ok? What were you watching. Dominique Easley was the best player on the field today. Florida’s offense needs to hold onto the ball. Miami played great, but this is their worst offensive output in terms of yards since 1995 or something. Miami had great inside D today. Did you even watch the game?

  25. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Sep 7, 2013 7:20 PM

    The best player on the field today was Pat O’Donnell.

    Absolutely buried UF nearly the entire game.

    Averaged 50 yards a punt on 8 punts. Dude was the X factor in a game where points were at a premium.

  26. mcjon22 says: Sep 7, 2013 7:34 PM

    Not to take anything away from Miami, but it was more UF beating themselves rather than The U beating UF.

    Florida has some big questions to answere IMO and 8 wins seems like the ceiling right now for this team.

    Miami’s offense did absolutely nothing for 39 minutes of the game. Very poor/bland game plan by the OC and it should have cost them the game.

    I wouldn’t drink the Kool Aid for either of these teams. They are both a year or 2 away

  27. mcjon22 says: Sep 7, 2013 7:38 PM

    jzone954 says:
    Sep 7, 2013 5:58 PM
    Miamis d played there hearts out….
    Miamis offense has ALOT of work to
    Do…..first quarter Miamis offense was doing whatever it wanted then just became inept….and bad play call after bad play call……

    …There was a reason FSU didn’t make an effort to keep Cooley. Great recruiter, mediocre with the X’s and O’s. He should be giving the ‘recruiting coordinator and special assistant’ tag like Saban gave Kevin Steele in Alabama

  28. necr0philia says: Sep 7, 2013 7:44 PM

    Proud of the Canes!!

    And no we are NOT BACK yet!! But only a matter of time. =======U========

  29. chicagocane says: Sep 7, 2013 8:07 PM

    agree on Coley. I turned to my son and said “I miss Jedd Fisch”. Coley was hired to recruit…how do they get those playcalling duties away from him!

  30. sillec28 says: Sep 7, 2013 8:29 PM

    The only statement made today by Miami was by Morris and Johnson – they showed us they’re vastly overrated. Miami was good at only one thing – letting Florida shoot themselves in the foot time after time.

  31. realfootballfan says: Sep 7, 2013 11:45 PM

    Miami on the premature “we’re back” kick again just like when Shannon was there and they beat an FSU team with no defense. Well, they just did the reverse today. Let’s see if they can avoid losing games to Virginia, UNC, and many of the other weaker sisters of the ACC who regularly seem to inexplicably bitch slap them every year before we start the “we’re back” talk.”

    Florida dominated this game, in nearly every way but Miami’s defense got timely turnovers. Getting dominated by a team (at home by the way) who has a horrible offense isn’t anything to be pumping your chest out about. Get a grip.

  32. miamatt says: Sep 8, 2013 12:06 AM

    realfootballfan says:
    Sep 7, 2013 11:45 PM

    Getting dominated by a team (at home by the way) who has a horrible offense isn’t anything to be pumping your chest out about. Get a grip.
    Florida never led in this game. Not for one minute. That’s not getting dominated. Miami’s offense couldn’t stay on the field but they staked out a lead early by doing something Florida couldn’t do even once all day- hit a 50+ yard touchdown pass. Miami’s D was bend but don’t break defined. Everbody is talking about how dominant the Gator D was but Miami’s was just as good. Until there were 2 minutes left in the game, Florida couldn’t get any big plays on offense, and the only TD they scored for most of the game came when they were given the ball on the 10 after a blocked punt. That’s not getting dominated. When Miami’s offense got in the redzone, they executed and got touchdowns. When Miami’s defense got backed up, they responded with turnovers and 4th down stops. The Cane passing game has a long way to go. But dominated? Please…

  33. realfootballfan says: Sep 8, 2013 3:01 AM


    News flash, their offense sucks and has for awhile now. Have you not been watching the Gators the last 4 seasons, especially with that terrible starting QB who inexplicably they keep trotting out every week despite his suckage.

    Miami “dominated” them but Florida had like 4 red zone turnovers.

  34. nofunleague says: Sep 8, 2013 9:30 AM

    It was a beautiful thing. Noles fan here but also a #gatorhater. Thank you Miami.

  35. prinoftide says: Sep 11, 2013 8:26 AM

    Florida gave the ball up inside the red zone 6 times, what kind of a statement is that?

  36. prinoftide says: Sep 11, 2013 8:27 AM

    FSU will hand Miami their Azzzzzzzzzz!

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