The Florida Gators welcomed in an usual opponent for homecoming — Auburn Tigers. The Tigers haven’t visited the Swamp in over a decade.
On Saturday, the Tigers wanted to make a mark but struggled to get the job done. Within two minutes of the first quarter, Kyle Trask and the Gators struck the board first with a 64-yard touchdown.
The Gators limited the Auburn Tigers to two field goals in the first quarter.
For Auburn, the first touchdown didn’t come until the earlier part of the second quarter. After the touchdown, the execution was at it lowest but that didn’t phase Auburn’s defense especially senior Derrick Brown.
“Ah man, we had a lot of turnovers which was really good. We played good and Derrick Brown played a really good game,” Jeremiah Dinson said.
The game went south for the Auburn Tigers when Bo Nix threw an interception during a drive of momentum with 30 seconds left in the third quarter. The next possession for Florida Lamichal Perine ran a 88-yard touchdown to seal the game.
Coach Gus Malzahn says the crowd played a huge factor in the game.
“I was very disappointed they’re a good team. The crowd did get to us, it surprised me that we had a lot of penalties.
“We had trouble hearing the clap for the cadence and sometimes slow on communication. Stuff like that happens to every team that walks into the swamp they’re gonna have communication issues. We just didn’t execute enough to make up for it,” Bo Nix said.
The Tigers will continue their road trip against the Arkansas Razorbacks Oct. 19.