Oct 27, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) misses the hand off to running back Mike Gillislee (23) during the first quarter at EverBank Field. Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE
By Travis Duncan
Gator Envy Writer
"In that situation, just got to have better ball security," a resigned Will Muschamp said after his football team lost to Georgia and very likely its hope for an SEC Championship game appearance.
"Again, don't fault the effort."
No, do not fault the effort of the 2012 Florida Gator football team. They have given it everything, against lesser opponents and the great. It led them to a No. 2 BCS ranking and possibly could result in Bowl Championship Series appearance, but likely they will not play in the SEC Title game.
"I think we’ll be fine in the long run," Muschamp continued.
"We just need to push through this. There’s no question – there’s a lot of football to play. I’m very disappointed with the outcome of the game, not disappointed with the effort."
Jeff Driskel showed his youth Saturday; throwing two interceptions and giving up two fumbles. But the Gator offensive line also showed tremendous weakness in pass protection and run blocking. Driskel was sacked five times.
"We played hard," said Driskel.
"We made too many mistakes and that’s what it comes down to. Like I said, we are just going to have to keep playing and finish out the season strong."
Up next for the Gators is a home date against Missouri on Saturday, followed by games against Louisiana-Lafayette and Jacksonville State, ending the regular season on the road against Florida State on Nov. 24th.
In a season which has been almost defined by the uneasiness of over-achievement and the snare of looking ahead, it's hard not to look ahead to the Florida State game as yet another make or break game. A game which could determine the post season fate of the Gators and most importantly the legacy of the 2012 season.
As it stands now the 2012 Gators will be known for their effort.
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