Solid defense; once they got the "feel" of the Bearcats they went to work and put the pressure on Tony Pike. One could see that he was frustrated all night.
A friend of mine tells me that he zoomed in on Pike's face several times and saw fear sometimes utter panic when Dunlap or Spikes got in his face. I haven't watched the video yet, so I'll take his word.
Seems there was a lot of trash-talking during the game as well, in addition to those rowdy fans Escambia was talking about.
Maybe I was a little harsh in judgement by basing all Cincinnati fans on this one event, but I have sat on the hostile side of other football, baseball, and hockey games and have never seen it this bad. I'm trying very hard to not judge Cincinnati fans. Maybe I'll amend my New Year's resolutions.
If there was one negative about the game, it was those idiot FOX announcers calling it - MAN, they were annoying with some of the stupid things they were saying and trying to keep the pot stirred!
Agreed. They spent more time talking about the "soap opera" aspect of the game than the game itself--I did not hear them mention one single statistic the entire time until Timmy broke the record for yardage. By the way, Texas Tech won in convincing fashion without its head coach. Why does Cincinnati get to use the "I didn't win because my head coach left me" excuse? Whether the coach leaves or is fired, the coach is gone and there is a game to play. Cincinnati is out of excuses. They are a good team, but Florida was better on this day, no excuses. I use the same rationale for the Florida-Alabama game--Florida was good, but Alabama was better, no excuses.
At the end, I'm glad we won, and you can tell these kids really love and respect Coach Meyer. It looked as though Shelley was crying when she was up there with Coach during the trophy presentation; I'm sure she was just as sentimental as we all were knowing that this was Timmy's last game in a Gator uniform.
It was a worthy last game for this senior class, and a great gift for Coach.
And for those who still think this was a "consolation game" after having lost the SECCG - please get a life.
Agreed. Win or lose, Florida has a rich history with Sugar Bowl games. Also, I'm a little selfish--I would not have been able to treat my family to this game if it were the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. The Sugar Bowl is a much closer drive.
Anyway, it was nice to end this crazy season on a positive note - get well soon Urban Meyer, and hope to see you back sometime later this year!
GO GATORS!!!!!!: :gator::gator::gator: