Dunbar's career day at home wasted

He waited four years to come back home and play in front of family and friends. He planned on having a big day and for his team to walk away with a victory against the home town Hurricanes. Quinton Dunbar got half his wish on Saturday, not the half he wanted. The redshirt junior receiver finished with career highs in receptions (7) and receiving yards (98) but his team went home without the win.

Florida was coming off a game with Toledo and the offense was called to task for not throwing the ball deep and getting the ball to the receivers. That changed on Saturday and was one of very few highlights on the day for the Gators.

Florida junior receiver Quinton Dunbar tried to do his part in extending the Gator offense and pulling out the victory. Along with his highs in catches and yards, Dunbar hauled in the two longest pass plays of his career with a 22 and a 32 yard pass completion. He was one of very few skill guys on offense that didn't make the mistakes that cost the Gators the game.

"I just wanted to come out and make plays and make the best of my opportunity," Dunbar said shortly after the game.

After attending Miami's Booker T. Washington High School Dunbar enrolled at Florida in the summer of 2010. This is the first time the Gators have ventured farther south than Tampa since he arrived in Gainesville for schools. That the game was against the local team made the game that much more important for Dunbar.

"I wanted it really bad," he said. "This game goes down in history and I wanted our team to come out on top."

Florida was dismantled Saturday because of five turnovers, most in the red zone just as they were about to score. Losing 21-16, one or two less turnovers could have made a huge difference in a game that Florida carved up the Miami defense for 413 yards, 201 more yards than their opponent.

"Obviously we were driving the ball," Dunbar said. "We just have to get better in the red zone and get better with the turnovers. It is very frustrating. We just have to take care of the ball better. We will have to come back and watch the film and get better."

The Gators head into conference play in two weeks. The Tennessee Volunteers come to Gainesville and they are looking to turn around an eight game losing streak to the Gators. They will be ready to fight. Florida has to get back on track and forget about Saturday. The leader of the receiver unit will help his boys prepare.

"(We just need to) regroup, watch the film, and get ready for Tennessee," Dunbar said.


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