Burton takes the blame

The blame could've gone multiple ways after Florida's 21-16 loss to Miami -- but wide receiver Trey Burton didn't want that to happen. He wanted all of it. The senior had 64 receiving yards on the day, but he had a key red zone fumble along with multiple mistakes that don't show up in the box score. One of the most trusted players on the team didn't look like it on Saturday.

The mistakes weren't limited to the fumble.

Burton ran the wrong route on Jeff Driskel's second interception. The Gators called a timeout before the play and threw a pass in the flats for the conversion. However, the throw went behind Burton and was intercepted by Miami sophomore Tracy Howard. Burton's route allowed Howard to be close to the ball and "clogging it up."

He also caught the two-point conversion attempt after Florida scored its first touchdown. Burton thought the Gators had good numbers on that side of the field and confirmed that backup quarterback Tyler Murphy should run the play. It didn't work.

"That's probably the worst I've played since I came to Florida," Trey Burton said. "I'm just extremely disappointed in my play. I'm putting it on myself. I made way too many mistakes."

Burton cited even more mental errors that he believes slowed the team's performance on offense.

The blame from multiple angles seemed to settle on the shoulders of quarterback Jeff Driskel. The junior threw the ball 33 times, the most of his entire career, and threw two interceptions while adding a fumble. Despite the mistakes made on Saturday at Miami, Burton said the mentality was still the same in the locker room.

The team has Driskel's back and continues to support him.

"It's a lot more than Jeff. Jeff plays really good and makes a lot of plays, really good throws, really good checks. No doubt -- this is far from Jeff's fault."

Even more frustrating for the Florida offense was the defensive effort that went to waste. The Gators held Miami to just 69 yards in the final three quarters, with 36 of those coming on a reception by Allen Hurns, stemming from a missed tackle by Loucheiz Purifoy.

The defense did its part, and the offense noticed.

"Championship effort," Burton said. "I couldn't imagine being on the defensive side of the ball and not have the offense produce and score points. You've got to give it up to them because they're playing so hard and at a high level."

The offense heard all week about its vanilla performance against Toledo in the season opener. Offensive coordinator Brent Pease even mentioned hearing opinions on the outside about the unit. The Gators tried to open it up on Saturday, hitting some throws down the field and big plays.

They outgained Miami by 201 yards, but the turnovers were the difference. Burton said the game plan wasn't changed because of the outside opinions.

"We don't really care what people say," Burton said. "We know who we are and that we're capable of putting 400 yards on the board. We just need to get more points.

"We had 400-something yards on offense. We've just got to capitalize."

The challenge now becomes staying focused and moving past the loss. That falls on the seniors, like Burton. Florida head coach Will Muschamp said he was disappointed the Gators will have to sit out a week and avoid getting back on the field to clear their minds from the Miami loss.

Burton sees it as a good thing. It will give the Gators two weeks of practice to correct mistakes but also provide time for a banged up offensive line to get healthy.

"Hopefully we can get right," Burton said. "We had 400 yards on offense, so other than the turnovers and penalties that we need to correct, I feel like we did a pretty good job of getting the ball down the field. We had explosive plays."


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