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No. 8 Gators fight through penalties, turnovers to beat Canes | NCAA Football | CBS Sports HQ

No. 8 Gators fight through penalties, turnovers to beat Canes | NCAA Football | CBS Sports HQ

ORLANDO, Fla. — The 2019 season has kicked off on Saturday night, and the first game of the 150th year of college football between No. 8 Florida and Miami was as messy as one might expect for a Week 0 matchup. Ultimately, despite a turnover-filled game and penalty-heavy second half, the Gators managed to top the Canes 24-20 by outscoring their in-state rivals 17-7 in the second half. It was just the second time UF defeated its in-state rival since 1986.

Florida led 7-3 at the end of the first quarter in large part because it went 3-for-3 on fourth downs to open the game. (It would finish 4-of-4 on the down in the game.) However, the Gators fumbled twice in the first half, once inside the Canes’ 10, and both were recovered by Miami. While the Canes started with a pair of field goals, redshirt freshman quarterback Jarren Williams carved up UF for chunk yardage on a 12-play, 90-yard touchdown drive to take a 13-7 advantage with less than a minute to go until the half. That gave Miami the chance to debut an updated turnover chain and new touchdown rings.

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