Florida vs. Alabama: Former Gators react on Twitter as The Swamp rocks despite close loss

By Adam Silverstein
September 18, 2021
Florida vs. Alabama: Former Gators react on Twitter as The Swamp rocks despite close loss

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A 21-3 first quarter deficit became a nail-biter Saturday in The Swamp as the No. 11 Florida Gators took the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide to the limit for the second time in as many seasons. Ultimately, some early miscues (including a missed extra point) doomed Florida, which fell 31-29 to drop its eighth straight game to Alabama dating back to the 2009 SEC Championship Game.

The Gators actually dominated the Crimson Tide on the ground, outrushing the nation’s top team 258-91. It was the first loss for Florida under head coach Dan Mullen when it outrushes an opponent. The Gators also outgained the Tide 439-323 overall, held the ball longer (31:55-28:05) and created more first downs (26-19). However, an early interception by redshirt junior quarterback Emory Jones, the aforementioned missed extra point, some untimely penalties (some of them questionable) and some clutch scoring late by Alabama were too much to overcome.

Florida falls to 2-1 on the season, though it proved its mettle inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium as Gator Nation itself put on a tremendous performance in creating audio-related obstacles for Bama. With Tennessee, Kentucky and Vanderbilt coming in order, UF has an opportunity to quickly put this game behind it as long as Jones plays the way he did through most of the last three quarters and not the first quarter.

Plus, it appears redshirt freshman QB Anthony Richardson is on his way to returning to the field after a strained hamstring kept him out for Saturday’s game despite trainers clearing the playmaking signal caller prior to kickoff.

Former Gators across the world were following Florida-Alabama live and sharing their comments on Twitter. Here’s a selection of what they had to say as UF fell short against Bama in a huge top 25 showdown.

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