Posted: 10:49 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013
By Jason Lieser
There’s enough blame for everyone to share after the Gators’ 21-16 loss at Miami today, but UF receiver Trey Burton was particularly hard on himself.
“I played the worst game I’ve ever played,” he said. “Just fundamentally, mentally made a lot of mistakes that really hurt our offense. I know I can’t do that in the future.”
Statistically, Burton had a solid game for the second straight week. After leading the Gators with five catches for 69 yards against Toledo, he followed up with six for 64 at Miami.
What did he do wrong? He committed a false start on the opening drive. He lost four yards on a run at the Miami seven-yard line in the second quarter. Most importantly, in his mind, he was responsible for QB Jeff Driskel’s second interception.
The Gators were down 14-9 and had the ball at Miami’s 17-yard line for a third-and-three with 6:41 remaining. Driskel rolled to his right, looking for Burton cutting across the middle from left to right, and threw to where he expected Burton to go. Burton did not follow through on that route, though, and Driskel fired the ball into the hands of Miami CB Tracy Howard.
“I ran the wrong route so that was one of the reasons, but I don’t know about the throwing part,” Burton said. “I think I might’ve clogged it up, because I ran the wrong route. I’m not too sure. It’s my fault I ran the wrong route.”
Regardless of who was at fault, mistakes like those buried the Gators. They turned the ball over five times and failed on a fourth-and-inches in the red zone. If they cut even half of those miscues, the outcome might have flipped in their favor.
“I feel like honestly we should have won this game,” Burton said.