Driskel Takes Blame

Florida junior quarterback Jeff Driskel had a career high 291 yards passing in the 21-16 loss to Miami on Saturday. But it was the plays that went wrong that mattered in this game and Driskel was a big part of most of those. The offensive leader didn't hide from that fact after the game when he talked to the media.

Going 22 for 33 and tossing a touchdown pass usually is a good day for a quarterback. Toss in a couple of interceptions and a fumble that was recovered by the opponent and things can turn quickly.

"I made a couple mistakes," Jeff Driskel said. "Other than that, I played well. The mistakes were costly. Where we were with the ball is what made them so costly. I've got to be smarter with the ball in my mind."

Many watching the game felt it was very similar to the Georgia game in 2012. A Gator defense held the vaunted Bulldog offense in check all day, but turnovers and mental mistakes happened way more than is possible to win.

"We couldn't hold onto the ball," Driskel said. "I think we had five or six turnovers. Starting with me, I was careless with the ball. A couple of interceptions, I put the ball on the ground a couple times with fumbles, and they were costly. It was still early. We're going to have to respond from this and not hang our heads. We still have a lot of football to play this year."

The Gators were a top ten team in terms of turnover margin a year ago. They finished +15 in that category. The Gators are -4 just two games into the season in 2013.

"We do stress it," Driskel said about turnovers. "We work on it all the time. Miami did a good job of finding the ball. We've got to clean it up."

Both of Driskel's interceptions came in the red-zone, that area of the field designated as such because the end zone is near. Florida has had their struggles in the red zone and today turnovers were a huge part of that.

On his second interception, Driskel dropped back, had time to throw, but everyone was covered. He then started to move around and decided to throw the ball. He threw into coverage and the ball was picked off.

"I should've just taken what the defense gave me instead of trying to make a bigger play," he said. "It was just a bad call on my part. He was covered, throw it away or try to pick up the first down with your feet. That was a bad call on my part.

"At this level, those openings close up fast. It was a dumb play. You can't throw across your body in the red zone. The windows are tighter. It was a bad play."

All of the red zone issues have become quite frustrating for the offense.

"We go in every time thinking we're going to have points," he said. "We've done a good job in practice down there and have been crisp. We know we have to be crisp down there. It just didn't work out for us."

One of the bright spots on offense was the play of receiver Solomon Patton. The speedy senior from Alabama had a career high six receptions for 118 yards. He also scored his first touchdown. After dropping a wide open long pass last week, Patton caught everything thrown at him this week and made some plays on offense.

"He had a great game. Last week, he had that drop and really wanted to make up for that. He's a guy that has to play well for us and he has done that so far."

Florida finished with 413 yards on the day and moved the ball well between the 20's. Patton had a strong day as did junior receiver Quinton Dunbar who also had career highs with seven receptions and 98 yards.

"We've shown we can move the ball," Driskel said. "We've got to eliminate turnovers."

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