Updated: Saturday, September 13, 2003 10:36 AM EDT
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Florida A&M (1-1) at No. 20 Florida (1-1)
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GAINESVILLE, Florida (Ticker) -- No. 20 Florida goes back to work after last week's crushing loss to Miami when it hosts Division I-AA Florida A&M on Saturday.

The Gators (1-1) squandered a 23-point late in the third quarter before suffering a 38-33 setback to the Hurricanes. Former Florida quarterback Brock Berlin directed four touchdown drives in the final 21 minutes as Miami rallied from a 33-10 deficit.

"Sure, it's disappointing," Florida coach Ron Zook said, "but we can learn a lot more from this game than if we had won it. It's frustrating because we were in a position to win it, but we just didn't get it done."

Zook again used all three quarterbacks - Ingle Martin, Chris Leak and Gavin Dickey - against Miami. Martin is expect to make his third straight start despite suffering a concussion against Miami.

DeShawn Wynn rushed for 100 yards on eight carries against the Hurricanes, including a 65-yard touchdown on the first play of the second half.

This week, the Gators are facing an in-state team other than Miami or Florida State for just the second time since 1953. They played Central Florida in 1999.

Florida has won 57 straight games at home against unranked opponents since 1990. The Gators' last game against a Division I-AA opponent was a 62-14 victory over Georgia Southern on September 7, 1996 in Gainesville.

Florida A&M, which will make the jump to Division I-A next season, is 1-7 against Division I-A opponents, with its lone win a 16-13 victory over Miami in 1979.

Florida A&M coach Billy Joe has a career mark of 229-95-4, which ranks fourth among active coaches behind Joe Paterno, Bobby Bowden and Lou Holtz.

In his 10th year at Florida A&M, Joe has led the Rattlers to a 78-33 record and eight appearances in the Division I-AA playoffs.

Florida A&M rebounded from a season-opening 38-22 loss to Alabama State to defeat Morgan State, 26-7, last week. Quarterback Ben Dougherty accounted for more than 400 yards in total offense, passing for 317 yards and rushing for 94.


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