After last quarter heroics in Lexington, many Gators were truly nervous about the Tennessee Volunteers coming to Gainesville. Riding a 10 year winning streak, we did not want this young team to be the team that broke the streak. They maintained the Kentucky streak, but Tennessee was going to be much more difficult.
As Lee McGriff said, “I just saw Magic…” after a 4th and 14 play with an amazing completion to Antonio Callaway.” The came the Vols field goal attempt, which missed but UF has called a time out, giving them another attempt. The second attempt, even with help pf an incorrect spot that very favorably moved the ball towards the center of the field instead of being on the right hash, also failed.
Videos of all our games to date are now up on the website for your viewing pleasure. That was a great win, but Coach Mac is correct, now is the time to have put this behind us, learn from it, and get ready for a great team to come in Saturday. Hopefully, the student section will fill up, the student section blocks attend, be rowdy, loud and show we all support a truly gritty, committed team that plays their hearts out for the Orange and Blue.
While not offered as an excuse, the Gators are a very young team, lacking experience. What they have shown so far this season is a willingness to learn. While the first game must not have offered any defensive challenge, the second game against a very good ECU showed the Gators they were not at the elite level. I believe the team had gotten a little overconfident and lost focus and the understand every practice session, as well as every play on Saturday deserves, no make that requires full effort and attention.
This team showed grit and determination in the Kentucky game. All of the so-called experts on the four letter sports network pregame show picked Kentucky to win, as did most everyone else. This was the year for Kentucky, improving significantly under coach Stoops, to break the 28 year streak. It was broken, but not the way they thought – it is now 29 straight years of Gator victories. Our young, RS Freshman quarterback, Will Grier has made amazing strides in leading this team. Although obviously hurting, he showed determination to stay in the game and finish what had started. Encouraging !
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Our Gators proudly opened the season before 90,227 energized fans, demolishing Nex Mexico State 61-13 in the Swamp. Our two quarterbacks, Treon Harris and Will Grier, totaled 379 passing yards and five touchdowns. The Gator offense put together a total of 606 yards of total offense.
While this was far from a perfect game, Gator execution was amazing, capped with excellent play calling, strong attention to detail and only one penalty. The last time the Gators had only 1 penalty was in 1977. Gator fans can be described as “giddy” after this offensive performance, something not seen in over 4 years.
Here are some highlights, courtesy of Florida Football All Access.
Coach McElwain held a press conference on Monday after the NMSU game. here is the video of that conference.