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Miami Impresses in Opener vs. Florida

Posted By Michael Solomon On Sep 5 2010 @ 11:15 am In MAC | 1 Comment

There was a moment on Saturday when it looked like Miami could win, yeah that’s right I said WIN against Florida. No one predicted the outcome of what happened in the Miami-Florida game on Saturday. Sure, some people might have said that it would be close until the end, but no one predicted that the mighty, no anemic, Florida offense would have a dismal 26 total yards entering the fourth quarter. If you predicted that Florida would have 10 snaps flung behind John Brantley’s head, props to you. I know I didn’t, and most of the nation didn’t either.

The final score looks a little lopsided at 34-12, but that really does not tell the story of the game. Florida had an interception return for a touchdown in the first half that really put a hole in Miami’s sails. Florida’s defense played pretty well, as they shut down Miami’s running game, but the game would have different if Dysert’s pass into the end zone at the end of the first half was caught by wide out Chris Givens. Givens tried a one-hand catch, but couldn’t hang on as the Gators took an unearned 21-6 lead at the half. Miami played great all game long, and although they were not clicking on offense, they had the score down to 21-12 in the fourth quarter.

Not many people are giving Miami the credit they deserve. Sure they let the game get away from them at the end when Florida pulled away, but too many people are criticizing what Florida did wrong instead of looking at what Miami did. Bad snaps will of course bring your total yardage down, but until the Jeff Demps run that put that game out of reach, Miami surrendered very little on the defensive end. One ESPN commentator calling the game said that Miami looked like a SEC team with that defensive speed that they have. Yes it was the first game of the season and Florida will get better, but I think Miami played a heck of a game. They will come back to Oxford confident and ready to take on their next opponent Eastern Michigan.

The game was put away when NCAA sprint champion Jeff Demps unleashed a 72-yard run early in the fourth quarter to give the Gators a 27-12 lead. Miami’s offense didn’t have a running game against Florida and it really hurt them. Miami’s quarterback, Zac Dysert was 25-44 for 196 yards. Not bad against a Florida defense, but he also had four interceptions, one that was returned for a touchdown in the first half. The breakout surprise for Miami was wide out Armand Robinson, who caught 11 passes for 111 yards. Miami’s defense kept them in the game, and impact players Jordan Gafford and Jerrell Wedge had big games for the RedHawks.

As of now the post-Tim Tebow era in Gainesville is not looking too good. But for the RedHawks, the post 1-11 record from 2009 is looking bright….real bright.

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