GAINESVILLE -- Quinton Dunbar had career highs in receptions (seven) and yards (98) against Miami, but it was not a happy homecoming for Florida’s redshirt junior wide receiver.
The former Miami Booker T. Washington star had more than 20 family members and friends in attendance to watch Florida fumble away chance after chance in the red zone, losing 21-16 to the rival Hurricanes.
“Very, very, very frustrating,” Dunbar said. “I mean, we just [needed to] hold on to the ball.”
Earlier last week, Dunbar spoke of how badly he wanted to beat Miami with Saturday’s meeting being the final scheduled game in the series. His tune didn’t change after the defeat.
“This game goes down in history,” Dunbar said. “I wanted to be the one to come out on top. Our team to come out on top.”
Loucheiz Purifoy returned from his one-game suspension Saturday and blocked his third career kick. The junior cornerback returned to the starting lineup against UM and set up UF’s first touchdown of the game with his block. He credited linebackers Michael Taylor and Antonio Morrison for opening a small window, allowing Purifoy to get through and block Pat O’Donnell’s first punt.