The Gators finally got a W in the Swamp after 3 consecutive losses. Of course it came against an Appalachian State team that plays in a lesser division, but that’s beside the point. It was an emotionally charged game in Gainesville for the senior class that was playing in its final home game. Future NFLer Mike Pouncey was brought to tears during the opening ceremony, much like Tim Tebow in 09, and was consolled by his Coach at midfield before being swarmed by the other seniors in a giant group hug. Of course not alot of people witnessed this, outside of the 90 thousand strong at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, because the game wasn’t carried by any of the major networks but was availble on pay per view. I suppose that is to be expected when a 4 loss Gator team plays a team from the subdivision, but thanks to the wonders of internet and streaming technologies I didnt miss a beat.
The Gators looked good in their 48-10 trouncing of the Mountaineers. The offense had its best showing of the season with over 500 yards of total offense. John Brantley was relatively accurate early in the game and even caught a touchdown pass from Jordan Reed. Jordan Reed continues to impress as the Spread Offense quarterback, he accounted for 4 Gator touchdowns. His performance further accentuates the mind boggling decision to not use him in the biggest game of the year last week against S.C. with the SEC East on the line. In all, it was a nice “feel good” game as the Gators finally overwhelmed an opponent at home. The victory however, does not shakeoff any of the negativity that has permeated the team since the home opener. If this coaching staff wants to get the fans back on their side, then they will need to come up big against reF.S.U. next week in the season finale.
Meyer can “save the season” by beating reF.S.U. because it will give them some momentum heading into the recruiting home stretch and it will further sink F.S.U, who is looking to make a move with a lot of the instate talent. It will also make the Gators perfect against their traditional rival (UT, UGA, reFSU) for the year and any Gator fan is always hard pressed to deem a season a complete failure when beating the “big three”.
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