As he’s done so many times spanning across three decades, Florida radio announcer Mick Hubert delivered another fantastic call on Saturday for the Gators’ goal line stand against LSU.
“He didn’t get there! He did not get there! The Gators have stopped him, and the Gators have won the game! The Gators have won the game! Derrius Guice tried to hurdle into the end zone, and the Gators stopped him. He didn’t make it! And the Gators have won the game! And we’re going to fly home! Oh my! Champions of the Eastern division! Oh my!”
The goal line stand propelled the Gators to a 16-10 win and clinched the SEC East for the second year in a row.
But it was so much more than one victory and a division title.
It was a statement to LSU and the rest of the nation’s naysayers, who called Florida “scared” to play the game when it was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew.
It was a statement to many Gator fans, who sharpied this one in as a loss and were already preparing their message board posts pointing out that Jim McElwain isn’t the right guy to lead the program.
It was a statement to recruits that the Gators are heading in the right direction, and they’ll soon stand with the big boys.
It was a statement that Florida will play “Anyone. Anytime. Anywhere.” – a message the Gators sent when agreeing to travel to Baton Rouge and then again the day before the game.