As Miami began to celebrate its biggest win in years, Hurricanes coach Al Golden threw his right arm skyward and sprinted over to the Florida sideline for the traditional postgame handshake.
He offered congratulations.
He probably could have offered thanks.
Stephen Morris threw two first-quarter touchdown passes to put host Miami ahead, and Florida gave the ball away on four red-zone trips to make sure the Hurricanes stayed there. Miami knocked off the 12th-ranked Gators, 21-16, on Saturday, almost certainly ensuring that the Hurricanes — dogged for the last 26 months by a still-unresolved NCAA probe — will return to the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2010. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.