MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. -- The Miami Hurricanes spent most of Saturday afternoon leading a football game they seemed destined to lose.
The Hurricanes were ahead of Florida 14-6 at halftime despite trailing in the time-of-possession battle 21:36 to 8:24.
For the game, the Gators had more first downs (22-10), more rushing yards (122-50) and more total yards (413-212).
But when it was over, the Hurricanes prevailed 21-16 in the last scheduled meeting between the intrastate rivals. Bragging rights never felt better.
Is Miami back? Well, yes and no.
The win easily was the biggest under third-year cache Al Golden. It's a victory that indicated the Hurricanes are headed in the right direction. They're certain to be ranked next week and, looking at the schedule, could move upward until a Nov. 2 date at Florida State.
Major improvements in various areas remain, however, to get where Golden, the UM program and all Hurricanes fans want to be -- back in the hunt for national titles.