Harrison frustrated by costly mistakes

The frustration built for the Gators as the turnovers continued. The Florida offensive players tried to encourage each other on the sideline, keeping them focused and optimistic. As the fumbles and interceptions continued throughout the game, the Gators wasted multiple opportunities. Florida center Jonotthan Harrison didn't credit Miami, saying Florida cost itself the game.

It was just one person not communicating as well as we should be. I just can't give it to Miami -- it was on us," Jonotthan Harrison said.

Harrison made his claim because of what the Gators did on offense outside of the red zone. The Gators tallied 413 yards of offense with 291 coming through the air and 122 on the ground. The ground game was a big part of the problem, averaging just 2.8 yards per carry.

Things changed in the red zone. Driskel became less accurate and the ball was on the ground more, costing Florida points.

"We were driving the ball up and down the field," Harrison said. "We just couldn't capitalize in the red zone. It is something we have been working on and obviously it is something we need to put more work in to fix this issue.

"I am very surprised we just couldn't capitalize in the end zone. That is what was hurting us and what we need to work on. We definitely would have expected a win, but the red zone is everything. Red zone offense, red zone defense, and we basically didn't capitalize in the red zone."

The frustration from the Florida players was evident after the game. The issues were ones the Gators work on in practice. The coaching staff is constantly harping on ball security for the offense and takeaways for the defense. The penalties were bad, too. The Gators had untimely penalties, coming after positive plays or tacking yardage on to Miami gains.

For a team that doesn't have the offense to make up for mistakes with turnovers and penalties, the coaches are harping on playing smart. The emotional rivalry got the best of Florida, causing undisciplined penalties.

"It's just discipline, self-inflicted wounds," Harrison said. "Whatever penalties that may have hurt ourselves, especially in crucial periods. We just need to work on them."

Sitting in the tunnel outside the locker room on Saturday, the players echoed their disappointment in the game, especially with it likely being the last regular season meeting between the two teams for a long time. It was the first time playing against Miami for the fifth-year senior Harrison, and after waiting for his shot at the Hurricanes, it ended in disappointing fashion.

"I have been here five years and this is my first and last time playing Miami," Harrison said. "That does make it more frustrating. It's the battle of the state between Miami, Florida, and Florida State. That makes the loss a lot more hurtful, but there is nothing we can do about it."

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