Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Special-Teams Mistakes Add to Gators' Woes

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Special-Teams Mistakes Add to Gators' Woes

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Byline: IAN FISHER, Times-Union correspondent

ATLANTA -- Florida has played all season without a special teams coordinator, and it showed Friday night in the Gators' 27-10 loss to Miami in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Former Florida coach Ron Zook oversaw the special teams with a committee approach, but with no Zook, how would the Gators' special teams play?

Not so well.

The game's first score came on a Florida field-goal attempt. Miami's Thomas Carroll got a hand on the kick and speedy Devin Hester recovered and ran it back 78 yards.

It was only the second non-offensive touchdown UF has given up all season, the other coming on a Mississippi State punt return. A third wasn't too far away, though.

In the second quarter, UF's Eric Wilbur punted to UM'sF's 28. Roscoe Parrish caught it, broke a tackle, and a huge hole opened.

Parrish exploded through the hole, shook off Wilbur and was gone for Miami's second return touchdown. …

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