It's hard to win a football game committing five turnovers.
It's impossible when three of those turnovers occur inside the red zone.
The Florida Gators found that out in Sun Life Stadium Saturday. The Gators five turnovers cost them in a 21 to 16 loss to Miami.
The numbers say Florida should have dominated this game.
Florida's offense put up 413 yards of total offense almost doubling Miami's total output of 212
Miami was just 1-11 on third down conversions
Giving the ball up killed the Gators.
Gator quarterback Jeff Driskel threw for a career best 291 yards but his two interceptions were very costly.
"I thought he hit some balls down the field." Florida head coach Will Muschamp said. "I thought he did some nice things in the run game. But you can’t have the turn overs, especially in the red zone. You can’t do that. You can’t make those decisions. We can’t afford to take points off the board in those situations and that’s such an emotional lift for the other team. So that just can’t happen.”
When Miami needed to make plays on defense, the 'Canes got it done coming up with a key fumble or an interception.
Miami head coach Al Golden sprinted off the field with his first signature win as the Hurricane's head coach.
We’ve been through so much." Golden said. "It was almost cathartic, to be honest with you. It was 26 months just unleashed there in the last four or five seconds. I’m proud of these guys. You guys watched us grow – we couldn’t handle this setting a year ago."
It's an important win for the ACC in their "rivalry" with the SEC. If you are keeping score of such things it's SEC 3, ACC 2
Wait until the rivalry games are played on Thanksgiving weekend to see if the ACC can get the best of the SEC with three head to head match-ups.