"We're actually pulling together during this adversity," Halapio, a team captain Saturday, said. "We're not pointing fingers at each other."
But one play doesn't win a football game and one player doesn't lose a football game.
Though Reed was broadcast on the sidelines with tears on the brim of his eyes, Halapio said his teammate wasn't alone to feel the pain of defeat. Everybody had tears in their eyes, he said.
Teammate and nose tackle Omar Hunter was quick to defend Reed, too.
"Even if he had held onto the ball, you can't predict what would have happened," Hunter said. "We're all behind him."
"That's tough to overcome," Muschamp said. While Saturday is said and done, the four regular-season contests looming ahead are the next feats on the field's stage Florida is posed to overcome.
The Gators have proven how they handle wins, how they handle victorie after entering Saturday 7-0 and 3-0 against ranked teams all while sitting a-top a No. 3 national ranking itself.
But it's now, Muschamp said, that UF will be tested. He confronted his players with this in the locker room following the loss.
"You've won well together," he said in the locker room. "Now, we'll figure out how we handle adversity as a football team."