NCAA Game Summary - Miami-Ohio at Florida|
(Saturday, September 4th)
Final Score: (4) Florida 34, Miami-Ohio 12
Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) - Janoris Jenkins returned an interception 67
yards for a touchdown in the first half and Jeffery Demps rumbled 72 yards for
a score in the fourth quarter, as fourth-ranked Florida began life without Tim
Tebow and struggled to a 34-12 victory over Miami-Ohio at the Swamp.
John Brantley started at quarterback following in the footsteps of Tebow, who
helped the Gators to a pair of national championships in his standout career.
Brantley completed 17-of-25 passes for just 113 yards with two touchdowns.
Florida (1-0) put the game away with 13 points in the fourth quarter to earn
its 21st straight season-opening win.
"I had a sense (we'd struggle) when you see so many new guys playing," Florida
coach Urban Meyer said. "I didn't imagine the offensive incompetence that we
experienced today. We made some plays on defense, but that wasn't a Florida
defense yet. I looked out there one time and had to check the roster a few
times to see who was out there. We have a lot of talented guys, but we just
have to get a lot better."
Zac Dysert threw for 191 yards and was intercepted four times in defeat, as
Miami-Ohio (0-1) kept it interesting into the fourth.
After Trevor Cook's fourth field goal of the game, a 33-yarder with 13:24 to
play, pulled Miami within 21-12, Demps took a handoff on the second play after
the ensuing kickoff and raced 72 yards for a touchdown to give the Gators
some much-needed breathing room.
The Gators got the ball back and appeared set to deliver the knockout blow,
but Mike Gillislee fumbled inside the Miami 15-yard line. Jeremy Brown,
however, got the ball back for the Gator offense when he picked off Dysert a
few minutes later.
Gillislee then broke off a 41-yard gain on the first play after the turnover
and Brantley finally put the nail in the coffin with a 25-yard scoring pass to
Chris Rainey with 1:21 remaining.
The Gators fumbled eight times, twice on bad snaps, and lost three in a sloppy
game. Florida managed only 212 yards of total offense, the same amount for
"Overall, my opinion is that we played dangerous and relentless," Miami-Ohio
coach Michael Haywood said. "I think turnovers and a lack of discipline cost
us the football game. We have to make great strides from this point to next
week and have a lot more discipline. We can't make mistakes on offense and we
have to keep pressing forward and eliminating the mental errors."
Florida turned the ball over on each of its first two possessions, leading to
just three points for the RedHawks. A poor shotgun snap on the Gators' first
series resulted in a fumble and set up a first down for Miami at the Florida
30, but the RedHawks managed only a 33-yard field goal from Cook. The second
Gator series ended with a fumble by Rainey near midfield, but Dysert was
picked off by Jonathan Bostic to end the minor threat.
The Gators followed by turning it over on downs near midfield when Emmanuel
Moody failed to handle a pitch on 4th-and-1, then watched the RedHawks convert
4th-and-10 with backup quarterback Ryan Kennedy's 17-yard pass. However, the
Florida defense came up big two plays later when Jenkins picked off Dysert and
went 67 yards untouched for a touchdown and a 7-3 lead 1:46 into the second
Miami tried again on 4th-and-10, but did so this time deep in its own
territory and Kennedy's pass fell incomplete to leave the Florida offense with
a first down at the RedHawks' 21. After three carries and a catch by Demps,
Brantley capped the quick series with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Omarius
Hines for a 14-3 edge.
Dysert was picked off again on Miami's next series and RedHawks running back
Thomas Merriweather was ejected following a personal foul penalty on the play
that left Florida with a first down at the two-yard line. Trey Burton, a true
freshman quarterback, scored two plays later on a direct snap to make it 21-3.
The RedHawks finally sustained a possession and drove to the Florida 14-yard
line before Cook booted a 31-yard field goal with 21 seconds left in the half.
Cook drilled another 31-yard kick with just over 6 1/2 minutes left in the
third quarter for a 21-9 game. Florida's Caleb Sturgis missed a 44-yard field
goal try late in the third.
Demps' 72-yard run was a career-long. He ran eight times for 98 yards...The
Gators finished with 99 yards on the ground, while Miami mustered just four
net rushing yards...The RedHawks held the ball for more than 34 minutes, while
Florida had for just over 25.
09/04 18:14:39 ET