After loss to Georgia, Gators playing for "pride" now
The comeback bid against Georgia had fallen short, and early Saturday night the realization was setting in that all those preseason goals of winning the SEC East and playing in the SEC Championship in Atlanta are gone for the Florida Gators.
And with games against Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Florida State still looming, the Gators' bowl hopes are hanging in the balance as well.
But despite the despair over having lost three straight to Georgia - and its current three-game losing streak overall - the Gators vowed not to throw in the towel.
"We're going to just keep fighting each and every week," Florida QB Tyler Murphy said. "We'll try to knock everybody off. We have Vanderbilt at home (on Saturday). They're a good team, no one's going to feel sorry for us. We're going to come this week and be ready to play."
Florida fell behind by 20 against the Bulldogs, before scoring 17 unanswered second half points, but it wasn't enough.
Senior WR Solomon Patton knows now is the time for the seniors to help keep the Gators together.
"Everybody's got to stick together, all we have is us," Patton said. "We're just all talking about finishing strong."
Added LB Neiron Ball: "We've got to send these seniors out the right way and we've also go to play for pride."
Listen to some of Florida coach Will Muschamp's Georgia postgame comments here: