Florida’s Faculty Soccer Playoff hopes simply disappeared into the fog caking The Swamp on Saturday night time in a gorgeous 37-34 loss to LSU. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Gators cornerback Marco Wilson with lower than two minutes remaining saved a Tigers drive alive, permitting for kicker Cade York to nail a go-forward 57-yard field goal with 23 seconds remaining.
However this wasn’t simply any unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. On third-and-10 with 1:51 remaining, LSU quarterback Max Johnson hit Kole Taylor for a 4-yard acquire, organising a fourth-and-6. That will have put LSU’s offense in a recreation-deciding scenario, besides Wilson, in a weird transfer, threw Taylor’s shoe down the field. Officers instantly threw the flag and LSU was awarded a first down which allowed the drive to proceed.
Late-recreation penalties like that may have dire penalties. On this case, it did not take lengthy for the opposite shoe to drop.
5 performs later, LSU had made its means to the Florida 39-yard line. After a Florida timeout, York got here on the field and nailed the 57-yarder within the fog with lower than 30 seconds remaining.
Florida nonetheless had another drive alternative to tie the sport and even retake the lead. The Gators offense was ready to get into field goal vary in simply three performs, however Evan McPherson’s attempt was no good.
The Gators will nonetheless go to the SEC Championship Recreation to face high-ranked Alabama subsequent week, however even when they win — and to be clear, they are going to be an underdog — their playoff possibilities simply took a large hit. Such is the agony of de-ft.