Aside from other, more obvious statistics -- such as six total turnovers -- in Florida's 17-9 loss to Georgia last week, the one that Gators head coach WIll Mushcamp and his team spoke about this week was winning the fourth quarter and second half. Saturday's loss, Florida's first of the year, was also the first time the Gators were outscored in the second half (10-3 UGA) and only the second time all year they've given up a touchdown in the fourth quarter (the first was on the road at Vanderbilt):
"We have total confidence in ourselves that no one can score on us in the second half, and that's what our goal was," UF junior cornerback Jaylen Watkins said. "They got a touchdown on us, but I think we did a good job getting the offense the ball back."
Although in terms of the Cocktail Party, both stats would be dramatically different (as would the Gators' formerly undefeated record) had junior tight end Jordan Reed not fumbled into the end zone to effectively end the game with just over two minutes remaining. A touchdown either by Reed or potentially later in the drive would've put the Gators in a position to tie the game with a two-point conversion.