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A thousand-percent official: Gators upset by FCS team

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This past week, athletic director Jeremy Foley attempted to cool what many perceived as Will Muschamp‘s hot seat by saying he was “a thousand-percent convinced” the Florida head coach is the man to lead the Gators.

Saturday afternoon in The Swamp, the Gators drove a tanker truck full of fuel straight into Muschamp’s coaching seat.

The final score said it all: FCS Georgia Southern 26, Florida 20.  Again, in Gainesville.  Adding insult to the humiliation, it was the way the Gators went down in flames that’s most disturbing.

Georgia Southern totaled 429 of offense… and none of it came through the air.  The triple-option Eagles attempted three passes on the day and completed none, meaning an FCS team ran for 429 yards — on 54 carries, a 7.9 average — against what’s supposedly an FBS-level defense.

After the Gators had fought back to tie the game at 20 with just under six minutes remaining, it took the Eagles just five plays and three minutes to go 75 yards for what would prove to be the game-winning score.  Thanks to a second missed extra point in the game, the Gators still had the opportunity for a last-minute win but, in large part because of butchered clock management, the final drive stalled at the Georgia Southern 17-yard line as the last-gasp pass fell incomplete.

You can trot out injury excuses when you’re playing the South Carolinas and Missouris of the SEC, and do so with somewhat of a straight face.  Trotting out that tired line against a lower-level program is as lame and laughable as the Gators’ performance was Saturday.

Even worse for Florida?  They close out what will be its worst season since 1979 against No. 2 Florida State.  The Seminoles may well hang a hundred on the woeful Gators.

It remains to be seen whether Foley’s “thousand-percent” backing of Muschamp will remain in effect coming off arguably the most embarrassing loss in the storied program’s history.  At the very least, it should give one of the successful and respected ADs in the country pause.  And, perhaps, reason to rethink his very public and vociferous commitment to a coach who is quickly surpassing Ron Zook as the one who has done the least with the most.

And, hell, even Zook never lost to a Georgia Southern, either.  Chew on that, Gator Nation.

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57 Responses to “A thousand-percent official: Gators upset by FCS team”
  1. blacknole08 says: Nov 23, 2013 5:42 PM

    And Gator fans STILL think they will beat us next week!

    BAHAHAHA!

  2. normtide says: Nov 23, 2013 5:43 PM

    Will has lost this team. I think he gets fired after the FSU game. Going to be tough to accept this one.

  3. jhagman99 says: Nov 23, 2013 5:44 PM

    Where are the smack talking Gator wannabes now?

    Spent a whole week trashing Bama, FSU, praying for people to have their lives ruined in a criminal investigation, and acting all high and mighty. TALK NOW, clowns.

  4. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 23, 2013 5:46 PM

    And Jeremy Foley just pulled Muschamp off the perverbial bus for a home game and told him to bring his play book…

  5. noleitup says: Nov 23, 2013 5:47 PM

    All this Jameis Winston stuff going on sucks but this puts a smile on my face. Go Noles!

  6. cometkazie says: Nov 23, 2013 5:49 PM

    Is Curley still alive?

    He might be an improvement. Even Gerry . . .

  7. thefiesty1 says: Nov 23, 2013 5:51 PM

    Just swap ‘em. Mack Brown for Coach Boom.

  8. overratedgators says: Nov 23, 2013 5:55 PM

    Damn. Losing to an FCS cupcake? Who didn’t even complete a single pass? In the “mighty SEC”? This Gator team has even fallen beneath MY expectations. Bravo, Gators. “Chomp.”

  9. youcantmakemepickausername says: Nov 23, 2013 5:57 PM

    A few years ago one of the college preseason magazines ranked the most desirable college coaching jobs (based on the obvious: recruiting base, tradition, facilities, money, etc) from 1 to 118 or however many D-1 teams there were at the time.

    The top thre were (I forget the exact order) Texas, Florida, and USC. And now it’s not out of the question that all three could be making a hire in the same offseason.

  10. modhairken says: Nov 23, 2013 5:59 PM

    1st losing season since 1979. 1st missed bowl in 22 years. 1st loss to Vandy at home since Truman was president, and 1st loss to FCS team ever.

    We’re No. 1!!!!!!

    Gatorfan1, where are you on this? Should Muschamp be fired?

  11. derekgorgonstar says: Nov 23, 2013 6:03 PM

    SEC!SEC!SEC!

  12. ttalarico says: Nov 23, 2013 6:03 PM

    The mighty SEC!!!!!!

  13. jhagman99 says: Nov 23, 2013 6:21 PM

    “Gatorfan1, where are you on this?”

    That clown? Probably hunched over somewhere sobbing for people being mean to him. “HE WUZ TEASIN MEEEE!”

  14. realfootballfan says: Nov 23, 2013 6:29 PM

    I naturally love to see Miami and Florida losing as any FSU fan, but this is sad. Like I said after the Vandy loss, no way that should ever happen regardless of injuries and thus Muschamp has to go (and will be going, trust me)

  15. dkhhuey says: Nov 23, 2013 6:41 PM

    It’s Urban’s fault!!!

  16. jrs45 says: Nov 23, 2013 6:47 PM

    Urban did it!!!

  17. imaduffer says: Nov 23, 2013 7:07 PM

    And Florida was ranked where in the preseason?

  18. John Taylor says: Nov 23, 2013 7:14 PM

    I will acknowledge I had UF at No. 12 in my preseason Top 25 (AP had ‘em at No. 10, same as coaches). I will also freely admit yet again that I absolutely suck at compiling preseason rankings and prognosticating and the like.

  19. irishdodger says: Nov 23, 2013 7:15 PM

    Hey SEC fans, if you’re going to collectively take credit for the wins, then you have to collectively take abuse for the losses. Ha Ha! SEC! SEC! SEC!

  20. modhairken says: Nov 23, 2013 7:15 PM

    FSU fans, revel in it. Bring it to Gainesville and try and hang as much on us as you hung on Idaho. You’re still ACC. You’re still behind on BCS rings. You still play in the Erector Set. You’re still second best. And you cannot beat Alabama.

  21. jagtiger says: Nov 23, 2013 7:34 PM

    Back to pre-Spurrier days! 80 years of mediocre football. Things in Gainesville are back to their normal state!

  22. realfootballfan says: Nov 23, 2013 7:52 PM

    I know Alabama is glad they didn’t have Florida on the schedule this year. Bad for the strength of schedule, lol.

  23. irishdodger says: Nov 23, 2013 7:53 PM

    Here’s the thing mod, I agree Bama is the likely champ BUT, if FSU beats em, u won’t hear Wake, Duke, GT, NCST, & other fans claim THEY won the NC. I presume they’ll leave their inferiority complex at the door unlike the Kentucky, Miss St, Ark, Ole Miss, Florida, Georgia, Vandy fans who have nothing else to live for but another team in their conference winning an NC. It’s like a college kid celebrating b/c his roommate banged the homecoming queen.

  24. dcroz says: Nov 23, 2013 8:02 PM

    Saban-to-Gainesville rumors to begin in three…two…one….

  25. timh1955 says: Nov 23, 2013 8:32 PM

    Muschamp needs to take the CHAMP out of his name!

  26. normtide says: Nov 23, 2013 8:35 PM

    Irish- I can see how you may see it that way. But, I root for SEC teams vs OOC. I preferred Auburn beating Oregon for the title. Pulled for Florida, LSU, Tennessee in national title games. I don’t need to live through their success. Southern people just stick together. Its hard to see it from the outside looking in. Then again, I guess its like catholics pulling for ND, even if they pull for another institution.

  27. gobuxfla says: Nov 23, 2013 8:36 PM

    To add to the misery for Muschump; Georgia Southern only fielded 47 scholarship kids due to 19 injuries on their team. Florida lost to FCS SECOND STRINGERS!!! Eat that you punk Gators!

  28. jimbo75025 says: Nov 23, 2013 8:50 PM

    Even as a UT fan, I feel sorry for the Gators. Could kind of see it coming though-seemed like even last seasons BCS bowl team was winning with smoke and mirrors.

    Just do not keep an erroneous hire around too long as we did by not firing Dooley a year earlier. Once the slide starts, you have to address it then or you will dig a hole that it is hard to get out of.

  29. ddmcd1974 says: Nov 23, 2013 8:52 PM

    You realize Florida is playing its 3rd string qb,rb,DL, and cb. 2nd sitting LB, WR, and OL. They should without a doubt win but my point is to knock the preseason polls is ridiculous.

  30. gatorfan1 says: Nov 23, 2013 9:13 PM

    modhairken:

    Not sure to be honest. I do support Foley and his decision making, but there are going to be a lot of powerful Bull Gators looking for blood.

    I stated a couple of weeks ago, that if he does make a change he needs to hire a known coach. Zook and Muschamp were first time coaches and I think it’s to much for any new coach at any major school. But I have never been one who lives his life through how well football is going. I support the University. All my previous posts over the years proves that. I’ve taken Florida to task when I feel there is a need to.

    jhagman99:

    Bite me! Look at above comments. I do have a life outside this blog. Hopefully you can say the same!!

  31. modhairken says: Nov 23, 2013 9:17 PM

    The poster who said UF is reverting to its pre-Spurrier mediocrity is 100% right. But it has been a solid 15 years of a strong program. We lost it overnight. The poster who said last year was smoke and mirrors was also on the mark. This is the reality. No one has ever feared UF under Muschamp. Hiring him was a mistake.

    Now, will Foley admit it and fix it by firing him? Enough about the injuries.

  32. BrownsTown says: Nov 23, 2013 9:29 PM

    SoCon>SEC

  33. fsu01 says: Nov 23, 2013 9:29 PM

    Gators, just want to let you know that this is one Seminoles fan who is taking no joy in what is going on in Gainesville. I feel your pain. In the lost decade we have seen near losses to FCS teams and it is no fun. Just like FSU has up to this point had a turn around this year, Florida will have their turn-around. Here is looking forward to the day when the talk moves away from conference dominance like it has through the past decade and moves back to the dominance of the State of Florida like it was in the 90’s. Feeling nostalgic. Keep your chin up Gators… your day is coming again.

  34. fsu01 says: Nov 23, 2013 9:31 PM

    But just to be clear while I want your day to come again I do not want it to come next Saturday…lol

  35. irishdodger says: Nov 23, 2013 9:35 PM

    @Norm, u may be surprised that I live in SEC country & acknowledge their dominance…at least the teams Saban & Meyer coaches. I’m also not Catholic but I can tell you just b/c a fan is Catholic they don’t necessarily root for ND….in fact it’s usually the opposite….just ask Lee Corso. I’ve always looked at CFB from a macro level vs focusing on the BCS era only. If you’re a Bama fan & I can see rooting for you conference…at least your team has done more than their fair share. But Ole Miss? Vandy? Kentucky? South Carolina? Georgia? Arkansas? Tenn? Sure some of them had their day in the spotlight…but no more than teams from other conferences. My point is, if your team has been there before fine, root for your conference. But when you’re a fan of 95% of the SEC, it comes off as desperate.

  36. fsu01 says: Nov 23, 2013 9:40 PM

    Irish… It seems like the talk has changed. As I state in my post throughout the mid-80s-90s the talk was on State dominance…Once the SEC run on national championships began the talk moved from State dominance to conference dominance…Now the talk is moving to regional dominance (i.e. football in the south). The truth is the whole thing is cyclical. Pac-12 is starting to play some good football and Big 12 is not looking too bad either. But as a college football fan, whether I like the team or not I like to see the big programs maintaining relevance it is good for the game.

  37. gogatorsjohn says: Nov 23, 2013 10:22 PM

    I respect the FSU fan above, the 90s were special when UF, FSU and Miami would beat everyone outside the state. I’ll trust Foley to make the right decision regardless of what it may be. Foley gave his vote of confidence based on recruiting purposes and to make them feel at ease. Obviously, things have changed in a week but I’ll go with Foley 1000%

  38. timh1955 says: Nov 23, 2013 10:29 PM

    Might want to edit that comment as Alabama was National Champions in 1992 after totally owning/embarrassing Miami.

  39. sssjim7 says: Nov 23, 2013 11:05 PM

    Florida is still better than Kentucky, though…. right????

  40. onlyoneleft says: Nov 23, 2013 11:21 PM

    The SEC East–what a joke. For that matter, the
    whole conference is off.

  41. frank booth says: Nov 23, 2013 11:59 PM

    Oh, how Florida longs for the days of Lyin’ Urban Meyer bringing his talented and criminally inclined “student athletes” into his program. The championships! The arrests! The moral bankruptcy that permeated the program was a top-down endeavor- Meyer’s sliminess was reflected in the athletes he recruited- and a program like that can only survive by an administration and fan base that supports and will sell out and accept any behavior, no matter how disagreeable, for a winning program.

    I feel bad for Muschamp having to come into a program that won with human garbage trying to come in and seemingly trying to do things the right way. The UF fans would easily sell their souls again for a coach like Meyer and players like Aaron Hernandez.

    But for the rest of this year, they can revert to the time-honored tradition of doing what SEC fans do when their team isn’t competitive- cheer for the SEC and no longer claim their team, but rather, a winning conference.

  42. gatorfan1 says: Nov 24, 2013 12:10 AM

    frank booth:

    YAWN!!!

  43. frank booth says: Nov 24, 2013 12:12 AM

    Absolutely. The truth can be terribly boring at times.

  44. timh1955 says: Nov 24, 2013 12:24 AM

    You’ve obviously forgotten who the #1 team in college football is.

  45. roseann894 says: Nov 24, 2013 1:36 AM

    How about speaking English? If Georgia southern is in a lower tier then how about saying so instead of using bullshit initials that no one understands? Is there some law that precludes saying Division I-AA or whatever they actually are? What if the authorities decided to rename a division YSS for You Stupid Sportswriters? Would you then blindly follow along?

  46. John Taylor says: Nov 24, 2013 1:39 AM

    “How about speaking English? If Georgia southern is in a lower tier then how about saying so instead of using bullshit initials that no one understands? Is there some law that precludes saying Division I-AA or whatever they actually are? What if the authorities decided to rename a division YSS for You Stupid Sportswriters? Would you then blindly follow along?”

    This made my night, bless your heart. Thank you.

  47. frank booth says: Nov 24, 2013 2:34 AM

    roseann894 says: Nov 24, 2013 1:36 AM

    How about speaking English? If Georgia southern is in a lower tier then how about saying so instead of using bullshit initials that no one understands? Is there some law that precludes saying Division I-AA or whatever they actually are? What if the authorities decided to rename a division YSS for You Stupid Sportswriters? Would you then blindly follow along?
    ==================================
    @roseann 894

    The I-AA designation ended in 2005. I-AA schools are now called FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) teams. This change took place 8 years ago, so it’s not necessarily new (except for you).

    Also, the Whig Party no longer exists, the Big Ten has 12 teams, and many years ago, the refrigerator replaced the icebox. John Belushi died in 1982, yet Rip Taylor still somehow lives.

    A Dutch Oven, however, remains a Dutch Oven.

  48. joseph7689 says: Nov 24, 2013 7:38 AM

    It’s funny how FSU fans talk so much smack when their team winning season. I didn’t hear anything from you guys last year or the year before or even the year before that. You guys should focus on your own team and stop talking trash about everyone else’s team. Just enjoy the fact that your team is number two. You don’t have to make other teams look bad verbally to make you guys look good. But I guess that’s what you guys are used to!

  49. fsu01 says: Nov 24, 2013 7:53 AM

    Joe, I was the last FSU fan to post and I thought my comments were very respectful. But you should have only gone back one year with your argument because the two years prior were FSU victories. Anyway as stated I am routing for a UF comeback (again just not this week). I miss the days when UF, FSU, and UM would all knock each other out of the title hunt (no Bama fan, I did not forget that beatdown of UM in 1992 I was talking about the late 80’s and 90’s as a whole not just one year).

  50. fsu01 says: Nov 24, 2013 7:55 AM

    And before Nebraska fans get bent out of shape I did not forget about the success your team had in the 90’s either. RaRa Go Huskers and Tide!!

  51. joseph7689 says: Nov 24, 2013 8:02 AM

    FSU 01 I wasn’t talking about you. You are respectful and you are enjoying FSU’s successful season with poise. My last message was pointed at the people that can’t be happy with a win they have to rub it in. All I’m saying is FSU fans enjoy your success don’t rub it in. It’s rude and disrespectful

  52. dhardy8207 says: Nov 24, 2013 10:42 AM

    Wow… Wonder how much his stock went down after that embarrassing loss to Georgia Southern.

    I came in on the later part of the game and Muschamp looked like he was about to drop on the sideline….

    Maybe next year gators…

  53. 11russell says: Nov 24, 2013 12:01 PM

    Well Michigan doesn’t wear that label as the worst loss to a FCS school anymore, but I know I enjoyed seeing both schools losing to them…….

  54. dhardy8207 says: Nov 24, 2013 3:49 PM

    gogatorjohn says;

    “the 90s were special when UF, FSU and Miami would beat everyone outside the state. ”

    ————————————————–

    With the exception of BAMA owning Miami and their Heisman winning QB in 1993 for the National Championship…..

  55. onlyoneleft says: Nov 24, 2013 11:49 PM

    John Taylor says:
    Nov 23, 2013 7:14 PM
    I will acknowledge I had UF at No. 12 in my preseason Top 25 (AP had ‘em at No. 10, same as coaches). I will also freely admit yet again that I absolutely suck at compiling preseason rankings and prognosticating and the like.

    Sure you did. I bet you had Kentucky, Tennesse, Arkansas and Miss. State there, also.

  56. floridacock says: Nov 26, 2013 8:39 AM

    Most of you people really need to get a life.

  57. cometkazie says: Nov 26, 2013 1:14 PM

    floridacock says:
    Nov 26, 2013 8:39 AM
    Most of you people really need to get a life.
    +-+-+

    But their real lives are so miserable . . .

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