Scores

Final

Miami (OH) 12

(0-1, 0-1 away)

(4) Florida 34

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: ESPN

12:00 PM ET, September 4, 2010

BEN HILL GRIFFIN STADIUM, GAINESVILLE, FL

1 2 3 4 T
M-OH 3 3 3 312
#4FLA 0 21 0 1334

Top Performers

Passing: J. Brantley (FLA) - 113 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Demps (FLA) - 8 CAR, 98 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Robinson (M-OH) - 11 REC, 111 YDS

Florida needs two late TDs, 4 picks to hold off Miami (Ohio)

Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Just minutes after Florida's season opener ended, even before players and coaches walked off the field, the scoreboards went blank.

Even with a victory, the Gators were more than ready to erase the memory of this one.

No. 4 Florida opened the post-Tim Tebow era with a resounding thud, maybe the sound of high expectations crashing to the ground. Yes, the Gators got four interceptions, several red-zone stops and two late touchdowns to beat heavy underdog Miami (Ohio) 34-12 Saturday.

But the real story was coach Urban Meyer's anemic offense, the one quarterback John Brantley had hoped to "keep rolling" after waiting three years behind Tebow.

Instead, Brantley and the Gators spent most of the game in reverse.

"I didn't imagine the offense's incompetence that we experienced today," Meyer said.

There were a bunch of fumbles, several bad snaps, some poor throws, six penalties and a whole lot of frustration in The Swamp.

Brantley completed 17 of 25 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns. He had a 10-yarder to Omarius Hines that was the offense's longest play of the day until Jeff Demps' got loose for a 72-yarder in the fourth quarter. Brantley also threw a 25-yard TD pass to Chris Rainey with 1:21 remaining. That fourth-and-21 pass bounced off a teammate before Rainey hauled it in.

The offense had few other highlights.

"I'm not embarrassed at all," Brantley said. "It was one those days, I guess you could say."

Florida finished with eight fumbles (three lost) and 212 yards, 187 of them in the final 13 minutes. There was plenty of blame to go around, too.

Deonte Thompson, who was miffed by the perception that he had bad hands last year, dropped a perfectly thrown deep ball in the end zone. Mike Pouncey, who moved from guard to center this year, airmailed one snap over Brantley's head and chunked two others into the ground.

The offensive line looked every bit like a patchwork unit. Starting left tackle Xavier Nixon (knee) and backup Matt Patchan (wrist) missed the game, and left guard Carl Johnson didn't play for an unspecified reason.

Demps and Emmanuel Moody were mostly bottled up at the line of scrimmage, Brantley seemed to check down early and often, and every deep pass fell to the ground.

"It'd be tough to win with those turnovers against an SEC school," Brantley said.

The Gators managed a measly 25 yards, including minus-16 rushing, through three quarters. Nonetheless, they led 21-12 thanks to interceptions by Jon Bostic, Janoris Jenkins and Ahmad Black. Jenkins returned his 67 yards for a touchdown that put Florida ahead 7-3 in the second quarter.

Black's pick set up backup quarterback Trey Burton's 2-yard run, which put Florida ahead 21-3. Many figured that would spark the offense in the second half. Instead, the Gators stalled on three consecutive drives in the third quarter, failing to convert on fourth down, fumbling two more snaps and punting, then missing a field goal.

"Frustration? I know I'm beyond that," Meyer said. "Frustration? You've just got to get a little better. We'll fix those things. If you keep seeing them over and over again, then you've got to make changes. We're certainly not going to hit that mode yet. We need to get a lot better."

Zac Dysert completed 25 of 44 passes for 191 yards for Miami, which got a career-high four field goals from Trevor Cook. He was Miami's best weapon.

The RedHawks had opportunities to make it even closer. Not only did they settle for three short field goals, they turned the ball over four times and made two other costly errors. Linebacker Ryan Kennedy missed an open receiver on a fake punt deep in Florida territory and running back Thomas Merriweather was called for a personal foul penalty that gave the Gators a first-and-goal at the 2.

"I think turnovers and a lack of discipline cost us the football game," said Miami coach Michael Haywood, whose team finished 1-11 last year and came to Gainesville as five-touchdown underdogs. "We can't make mistakes on offense and we have to keep pressing forward and eliminating the mental errors."

Merriweather was ejected for apparently punching defensive tackle Dominique Easley in the helmet. Merriweather was booed as he walked to the locker room.

But the 90,178 on hand saved the loudest boos for Florida's offense.

"Once the other team has momentum, and you've got all negative momentum, it just goes downhill from there," Pouncey said. "When we did get stuff going I [messed] up the snap, and then when we did get stuff going again ... we just kept fumbling. It won't happen again."

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Team Stat Comparison

 
M-OH
FLA
1st Downs1612
Total Yards212212
Passing208113
Rushing499
Penalties9-516-51
3rd Down Conversions4-153-12
4th Down Conversions1-23-5
Turnovers43
Possession34:4425:16

Passing Leaders

Miami (OH)C/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dysert25/441914.304
FloridaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Brantley17/251134.520

Rushing Leaders

Miami (OH)CARYDSAVGTDLG
Woods5193.809
Lawson133.003
FloridaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Demps89812.3172
Gillislee6559.2041

Receiving Leaders

Miami (OH)RECYDSAVGTDLG
Robinson1111110.1019
Givens22512.5016
FloridaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hines34916.3121
Rainey6345.7125

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERM-OHFLA
FG07:01Trevor Cook 33 Yd 30
SECOND QUARTERM-OHFLA
TD13:14Janoris Jenkins 67 Yd Interception Return (Caleb Sturgis Kick) 37
TD09:27Omarius Hines 10 Yd Pass From John Brantley (Caleb Sturgis Kick) 314
TD08:03Trey Burton 2 Yd Run (Caleb Sturgis Kick) 321
FG00:21Trevor Cook 31 Yd 621
THIRD QUARTERM-OHFLA
FG06:33Trevor Cook 31 Yd 921
FOURTH QUARTERM-OHFLA
FG13:24Trevor Cook 33 Yd 1221
TD12:31Jeffery Demps 72 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 1227
TD01:21Chris Rainey 25 Yd Pass From John Brantley (Caleb Sturgis Kick) 1234