TALLAHASSEE, Fla. This one meant a lot. And after it was over, no one was calling the Gators soft.
Certainly not head coach Will Muschamp.
The Gators (fourth in the BCS) closed out an 11-1 regular season that no one predicted three months ago by coming from behind for a 37-26 win over No. 10 Florida State on Saturday.
A season after needing a Gator Bowl victory over Ohio State to avoid the program's first losing record in more than 30 years, the Gators finished the regular season in the national championship conversation.
"We had a losing season last year in our eyes,'' junior defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd said. "Coach came to us and asked, 'is this how you want to be remembered? Do you want to go through this again?'
"We decided we were going to be physical."
Florida's physical style knocked FSU quarterback EJ Manuel from the game momentarily Saturday and forced a fumble that changed the game.
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