There’s not one Florida Gators fan that doesn’t recall what went down at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans the evening of Wednesday, January 2, 2013. It was far from one of Florida’s finest moments and was a rather discouraging way to wrap up the 2012 season. You guessed it: the Allstate Sugar Bowl game.
The Sugar Bowl was a tough one to watch from start to finish. From the beginning, the Gators struggled. There was very little room for error and, regrettably, the Gators made plenty. As a whole the team had three turnovers, piled up nine penalties, and quarterback Jeff Driskel threw two costly interceptions; one of which was a gut-wrenching pick six.
If fans were disheartened by Florida’s 33-23 loss to the Louisville Cardinals, just imagine how the players felt. The Gator athletes were taunted, teased, and scolded by those on social networking sites such as Twitter and Instagram about their less than perfect performance. At SEC Media Days, Driskel expressed how he felt about the results of the Sugar Bowl game. “It was embarrassing, they tore us up both on offense and defense,” Driskel said “Louisville played a great game. It’s not like we weren’t prepared. We were very prepared for the game; we didn’t take them lightly, they just beat us. That’s the end of the story there. In the offseason, it’s a huge motivation for us. We’re ready to go and we’ll have a huge chip on our shoulder.”
To put it plainly, the Gators are using their crushing Sugar Bowl loss as their motivation to be better in 2013. Rightfully so.