Second Half Stunner

Ingle Martin suffers a concussion as Gators give up 23-point lead against Miami...

Because of the game's late conclusion, no player or coach reaction was available….

On the verge of the biggest upset in more than a decade, No. 21 Florida floundered to a 38-33 loss against No. 3 Miami after leading by as many as 23 points at the Orange Bowl on Saturday.

So unlike Florida's fall-apart loss to Florida State in 1994, known as the Choke at Doak, this time around cost Ron Zook had come so close to garnering national respect.

In the third quarter, Florida transfer Brock Berlin was booed by the quarterback's hometown fans after pulling Miami into a deficit. From then on, he was nearly flawless, driving his team to the game-winning drive.

Following the score, the Gators had their chance to answer.

With 1:32 remaining in the game, true freshman Chris Leak had the opportunity to regain the lead but threw an interception on Miami's 13-yard line with six seconds remaining.

Leak, who struggled early in the game, substituted in for an injured Ingle Martin. Martin suffered a concussion in the third quarter and could not finish the game.

Martin finished 7-for-10 for 114 yards, while Leak completed 9-of-15 for 93 yards.

After a first half dominated by the Gators defense, the offense failed to produce the big plays necessary to maintain the lead.

So even though Florida managed to hold Miami to 117 yards by halftime, the Hurricanes adjusted and finished with 454 yards.

Just when it seemed the Gators had overcome last season's 41-16 loss – in which Miami gained 508 yards of offense – Berlin turned the game around.

Berlin, who left the Gators two years ago, finished 27-for-41 for 340 yards. Despite an ugly first half, the Hurricanes' sophomore overcame late cramps to lead his team to the winning drive.

Coach Ron Zook will hold a teleconference Sunday at 2 p.m. Be sure to check back for reactions to Saturday's game….


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