Miami, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Stephen Morris tossed two touchdown heaves while Duke Johnson ran for another as Miami (FL) shocked No. 12 Florida, 21-16, Saturday in front of 76,869 fans – the largest home crowd for a Hurricanes contest– at Sun Life Stadium.
Morris completed 12 of 25 passes for 162 yards with an interception while Johnson finished with 59 yards on 21 carries to lead the Hurricanes to their second straight win at home.
Before Morris, the last quarterback to throw two first-quarter touchdown passes against Florida was JaMarcus Russell in 2005. Morris became the 11th all-time leading passer in UM history with 5,190 yards, surpassing Brock Berlin
With the victory, Miami now leads series against Florida, 29-26. The Hurricanes have won four of their last five games against opponents from Florida. Florida’s win was also the first over a top 10 team since 2010, when the Hurricanes beat No. 8 Oklahoma.
Junior quarterback Jeff Driskel was 22-of-33 for a career-high 291 yards, with two interceptions, one scoring toss and a fumble as the Gators dropped to 1-1.
Senior wide receiver Solomon Patton had career highs in receptions (6) and receiving yards (118) and scored his first career receiving TD with a 21-yard grab from Driskel in the fourth quarter. He entered the season with eight career catches for 79 yards.
Patton became the first Gator receiver to surpass 100 yards receiving in a game since Andre Debose had three catches for 151 yards against Furman on Nov. 19, 2011.
Morris opened the game with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Herb Waters after a nine-play, 50-yard drive. Driskel responded with a nine-yard run but the Gators failed to tie the score after missing the extra point.
Morris then engineered a six-play, 84-yard drive that he capped with a 52-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Dorsett for a 14-6 lead.
In the third, Austin Hardin buried a 33-yard field goal to bring the Gators within 14-9 but Johnson scored on a two-yard run to make it 21-9 with 3:29 left in the fourth. Driskel then capped scoring with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Patton.