Gators 26, Canes 3

The Hurricanes went into The Swamp on Saturday night and played a competitive game for three quarters against the fifth-ranked Gators. Unfortunately, Florida pulled away in the fourth quarter and won by the score of 26-3.

The Canes went three-and-out on the first series of the game, which included two dropped passes. it was the start of a long night for Miami's offense, playing a freshman quarterback for the first time in his college career.

Florida jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead when Tim Tebow found tight end Aaron Hernandez in the endzone on the next drive. The short drive was set up by a bad Miami punt.

The Canes came back and found some rhythem on offense and put together a long drive that ended in a field goal, making the game 7-3 a few minutes into the second quarter.

After a personal foul penalty pushed the Miami offense deep into its own territory on fourth down with under a minute left in the first half, Florida's Jeff Demps blocked Matt Bosher's punt that resulted in a Florida safety.

The Canes went into halftime down just 9-3 after playing a competitive first half against the heavily favored Gators.

Miami's defense came out strong again in the third quarter, holding the Gators scoreless for the next 16+ minutes. However, the Canes, playing without running back Javarris James after he left the game with an ankle/foot injury early in the first quarter, struggled to move the ball in the third quarter as well.

The Gators drove deep into Miami territory early in the fourth quarter and a pass interference call against Randy Phillips on third down helped keep the Gators drive alive and it resulted in a touchdown on another third down. The Gators had a 16-3 lead with about 13 minutes left in the game.

The Canes continued to struggle moving the ball or developing any offensive rhythem in the fourth quarter. The defense wore down and made a few mistakes that led to 10 more Gator points late in the game.

The game marked the first time Florida beat Miami since 1985. The Canes are now 1-1 and will play at Texas A&M in two weeks following a week off.


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