In a game that meant very little in an afterthought of a bowl game, the Florida Gators played with a passion they’d not showed since the Georgia game.
The result was a resounding 28-20 win over East Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl that was fueled by a great defense that has dominated much of the season, even in a frustrating 7-5 campaign.
With the game on the line and the Pirates driving for a chance to tie the game, Vernon Hargreaves III stepped in front of a Shane Carden pass and intercepted a ball in the end zone to preserve the win. Though the Gators’ D was on the field for 101 plays, they kept rising to the occasion.
UF forced three turnovers, returning an interception for a touchdown and turning away the ECU touchdown. They carried a sputtering offense that did very little once Treon Harris got hurt and turned the ball over three times in the second half.
Bring on the Jim McElwain era.