Florida lost last year to Auburn, but was able to rebound their way into a National Championship. That makes this year's loss all too familiar, but a match-up with No. 2–ranked LSU can provide immediate consolation for a Gator team that was as low as a team can be after losing on a last second field goal.
"I've never experienced anything like that," freshman cornerback Joe Haden said. "It hurts so bad. You look in the stands and it looked like people's lives were over. It just hurts everybody."
"The mood of the team is not very good right now," senior safety Tony Joiner said. "We are extremely disappointed in our team and how we performed."
"I'm sick to my stomach," head coach Urban Meyer said. "I'm not sick to my stomach about the effort, but when you lose, it sucks."
It's back to the drawing boards for the Gators as they prepare to go on the road for just the second time this season in a hostile environment.
"It's going to make us even more ready to come out and play LSU," Haden said. "We want to get ready to go out and play and somebody and redeem ourselves."
"It's going to be hard especially when you lose the game the way we did," Joiner said. "We know how to bounce back. We learned that last year. We're going to just take this game as a learning curve for us."
"It's pretty similar to last year," sophomore quarterback Tim Tebow said. "We just have to have great leaders who can lead this team and help us bounce back."
And the locker room leaders can grab onto the events of last season, where after a tough loss to the same Auburn team, the Gators battled their way back to the SEC Championship and national title.
"Look at what happened to us last year," Joiner said. "We have an opportunity to go out there next week and play a very good team in LSU. We have to practice well this week and come out focused."
"You have to grab onto something," Tebow said. "That's what we're doing, grabbing onto that. There's a lot of good still out there that we can grab. We're looking at that and trying to stay positive. We're going to get better, knowing that there is a lot of stuff out there that we can get better at."
"I have a lot of confidence and I love our players," Meyer said. "I love who they are. Our family took a frontal blow, and we'll see how they come through it."
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