Florida nearly pulled off an upset of Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, but the Gators fell a little short, losing to the Crimson Tide, 52-46.
The game was a thrilling one, with Dan Mullen’s offense nearly going drive-for-drive with the Mac Jones-led attack from Alabama.
In the end, though, the Gators were unable to fully match the Crimson Tide. Florida had a chance late, but some costly time management mistakes and a failed onside kick buried the Gators.
Mullen admitted postgame that he made a mistake.
“That was bad clock management on my part,” Mullen said when asked about his timeout before a two-point conversion attempt. “We should have had it ready to go for two. Our thought, though, is we’re going for two right there, we’re going to try the on-side kick. We’re here to win. Would have given us two two-point conversions. If we didn’t get the first one, we’d have to get the second one to tie. If we got the first one, all we needed there was an extra point to win the game at the end. That was the thought process to go for two.
“That was a bad job by me, we had to use that timeout there. Would have loved to have that timeout and given us an extra 40 seconds of the ball to try to get the and-one touchdown.”
Florida could have used that timeout, as the Gators got the ball with less than 30 seconds to play. Florida could have had a minute-plus to work with otherwise.
Alas, Alabama won the SEC Championship Game and is off to the College Football Playoff.