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Gators vow to bounce back from Alabama loss



In the moments following Saturday night's crushing 31-6 loss to No. 1 Alabama, the Florida players and coaches lamented a lost opportunity, but vowed to come back strong this week.

"We've got to stick together,'' QB John Brantley said. "That's what we did the second half. We stuck together as a team. We kept fighting. I think our team knows that and I think
that we're going to put that one behind us, starting now, and move on starting (Sunday).

The Gators will host LSU Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Even with the loss to Alabama, their goal of reaching the SEC Championship game in Atlanta remains, but Florida can't afford a letdown this week - at home.

But to get to Atlanta - and another possible rematch with Alabama - the Gators have to play much better than they did Saturday night.

And nobody knows that better than they do.

"I just feel like you want to get back to work and get ready to play against LSU,''Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio said. "I don't put it in any other way than that. We've got to get a little bit better. We've got to improve. We've got a young team. We've got to rally back. We've got to do the things we didn't do well, we've got to do them better. We've got to go back and work on some fundamentals, clean some things up, and get ready to play another football game. Every year's a different year and every scenario is a different scenario and here we are, we lost a tough football game to a good football team. We've got to rally back and we've got to play another good football team. We've got to play better. Simple. Period. That's what it has to be.''

The Gators will look to their veterans to lead the way.

“I told the guys just to believe,’’ senior C Mike Pouncey said. “We go through this every year, we lose a game and it’s all about how you respond. So we have to go out and have a great week of practice and go out there and have a great game against LSU.''

[Last modified: Sunday, October 3, 2010 1:25pm]


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