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Florida had 28 yards when Jeff Demps took a handoff and sprinted untouched for a 72-yard score early in the fourth, about the time the RedHawks looked exhausted from the sweltering heat and humidity. Brantley tacked on his longest pass of the day with a little more than a minute remaining.
On fourth-and-21 from the Miami 25, Brantley rolled right under pressure and threw a ball up for grabs in the end zone. Hines jumped between two defenders and tipped the ball, which landed in Rainey’s arms for a score.
“I was just throwing it up to see if anything good could happen, and it did,” Brantley said. “It wasn’t our day, but we did a lot of great things out there. We’ll learn from our mistakes, just like any other team would.”
There were some bright spots.
Defensive tackle Jaye Howard dominated inside (two sacks), Black finished with 12 tackles and the interception, and several youngsters showed promise.
But the focus was on the offensive woes. The Gators managed 12 first downs and finished with 212 yards _ the second-worst total in Meyer’s six seasons.
“It was not that shocking that we didn’t play well,” Meyer said. “It was shocking the ball’s on the ground. … There’s a sense of urgency. I felt it in the locker room. There should be. We’ll come back and work hard. That’s what we do around here: Work hard and try to get better.”
By Tammy Bruce
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