Saturday January 1, 2005Gators Fall in Bowl Game to Miami
University of Miamiís Devin Hester returned a blocked field goal 78 yards for a touchdown and intercepted a pass to set up another score, helping the 14th-ranked Hurricanes beat 19th-ranked Florida, 27-10, in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Miami finished 9-3 in Larry Cokerís fourth season, while UF interim coach Charlie Strong closed the chapter on Floridaís 7-5 campaign.
Miamiís win came despite Florida putting up 406 yards in total offense and limiting the Hurricanes to 277 yards. In addition, Florida tallied 22 first downs to Miamiís 16 and the Gators outrushed UM, 144 to 106.
Hesterís blocked field goal opened up the scoring and Roscoe Parrish ran a punt back 72 yards to give the Hurricanes a 17-3 halftime lead. The Gators later trimmed the margin to 24-10 on a 45-yard scoring strike from Chris Leak to Jemalle Cornelius late in the third quarter.
Ciatrick Fason finished the evening with a game-high 94 yards rushing on 17 carries, including a 24-yard second quarter run. Leak was 19-of-39 for 262 yards. Eight of Leaksí passes were to O.J. Small, who had 92 yards receiving, while seven other Gators had at least one reception.
UM quarterback Brock Berlin finished 13-of-23 for 171 yards and Frank Gore gained 80 yards on 25 carries.