Tennessee Vols: 'It just looked like we took their soul'
Considering all the back-and-forth barbs between Florida and Tennessee all offseason, the Volunteers weren't shy about basking in Saturday's 38-28 comeback win over the Gators.
"It just looked like we took their soul, really," safety Todd Kelly Jr. said.
I'm not sure I'd go that far, but the defeat was certainly big for UF. A confident - and a little cocky - Gators team had to be humbled.
"It's hard, especially losing to a rival like Tennessee," linebacker Alex Anzalone said. "It's been 11 years since we've lost to them, and to be the team that lost this game really hurts."
UF coach Jim McElwain said the real test will be how the Gators respond. A common talking point for players after the game was that no UF team has won a national title without losing a game. I'm not going that far unless some big improvements are made, but the overall point stands: One game, even a collapse like this one, does not define a season.
"I think what it does is really test who you are as a person, really test who you are as a man," McElwain said. "In loss, in failure, some of the greatest lessons you can ever learn about who you are and what you're all about are taught."
We'll find out if the Gators are open to learning them.