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To say that Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain was perturbed with the storylines perpetuated by LSU Tigers‘ administration, players and fans about the Florida-LSU game and its postponement is an understatement. He was down right angry.
McElwain spent that October week, following the postponement forced by Hurricane Matthew, and this game week staying relatively calm about the entire situation, but he did not hold back after Florida shut down LSU on the one-yard line in a 16-10 win at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) November 19, 2016
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 19, 2016
“How about that?! … Played team on the road for a home game and won the SEC East, didn’t we?!” he said live on SEC Network. “They got some pride. They were called out. We came on the road and won a game. That’s the way it should be.”
He continued: “The incident that happened back then, there were lives involved. This was a game. And we won.”
McElwain went on and on during his press conference after the game.
“This was actually supposed to be a home game so the way we looked at it is stay undefeated at home. We’re 6-0 in The Swamp,” he said. “… It just shocks me that someone would question the Gators. The way I look at it, they got what they deserved. It should have been worse.”
McElwain even took a thinly-veiled shot at some non-believers that root for Florida.
“The future is bright for the Gators. I’m happy for the Gator fans who don’t think we’re very good, but all we do is end up back in Atlanta,” he said.
The reaction was equally great from the players on Twitter.
— Nick de la Torre (@NickdelaTorreGC) November 19, 2016
“It don’t matter where we play lol!” wrote sophomore wide receiver Antonio Callaway. “When you talk about real make sure you mention my team!”
“Twitter can’t save you on the field !” wrote redshirt junior defensive tackle Caleb Brantley.
“LS-WHO? Next stop…..Atlanta! #GoGators” wrote redshirt junior punter Johnny Townsend.
“#BDN,” wrote senior linebacker Jarrad Davis.
“Yea we was running,” wrote junior cornerback Jalen Tabor.
“Great team win. Love this team. Love this family. #ATL,” wrote redshirt junior defensive end Jordan Sherit. “Also, I have recovered fully from my broken ankles I suffered early in the second half. Thank you for your well wishes.”
“How about them gators,” wrote junior defensive back Nick Washington.
“Eye Of The **Gator,” wrote junior offensive tackle David Sharpe.
“MAN ALL RECRUITS WHO DONT WANT TO BE APART OF A LEGACY #BacktoAtlanta … We Don’t Run From NOBODY AT ALL ….. Twitter Fingers Will Get U Exposed. … Don’t touch our coach at All MAN IM HYPED WOOOAAAHHHH … One last thing who the real DBU. FLORIDA” wrote freshman DB Chauncey Gardner.
” We were scared tho…” wrote redshirt sophomore quarterback Luke Del Rio.
“Good work today main man,” wrote sophomore running back Jordan Cronkrite.
— Grace Remington CBS4 (@Grace_Remi) November 19, 2016
LETS GOO!!!!!!! #GatorNation
— Trey Burton (@TreyBurton8) November 19, 2016
— Jeff Driskel (@jeffdriskel) November 19, 2016
— Max Starks IV (@maxstarks78) November 19, 2016
Where lolo at y'all? 😂🐊
— Darious Cummings (@5BearCummings5) November 19, 2016
— Kevin Carter (@kevincarterESPN) November 19, 2016
Great win today #gatorboys sec champs
— Marreese Speights (@Mospeights16) November 19, 2016
Them boys found a way! 🐊🐊🐊
— Taurean Green (@TaureanJGreen) November 19, 2016
Got the Win and my @GatorsFB got the win too!!!
— Will Yeguete (@Will15Yeguete) November 19, 2016
— Judd Davis (@JuddDavis) November 19, 2016
— Louis Murphy Jr (@murph918) November 19, 2016
Lsu tried to be slick and make it a home game for them like we can't run up in there and whoop them and make Tennessee an alternate for atl🐊
— ahmad black (@ahmadblack35) November 19, 2016
— Keanu Neal (@Keanu_Neal) November 19, 2016
Go Gators!!! 🐊🐊🐊
— Carlos Dunlap (@Carlos_Dunlap) November 19, 2016
How bout them Gotdam 🐊's #WeScaredTho
— Trent Brown (@_tbrown77) November 19, 2016