GAINESVILLE — Florida limped into Baton Rouge two years ago, coming off a 38-10 loss at Alabama after starting the year 4-0 and playing without its starting quarterback.
When it left town, the season was pretty much over — a 41-11 humiliation that was followed by two more losses to drop UF to 4-4.
A lot of those players are gone. But those still around haven’t forgotten.
“It was definitely a low point in most of our careers here,’’ Florida senior S and leading tackler Jaylen Watkins said. “It was definitely a bad taste in our mouth but that’s the game of football. We get a chance to go back and try to redeem ourselves and we’re looking forward to it.’’
The Gators are 4-1 overall and 3-0 in SEC play. A win against LSU would be a huge lift.
“It’s probably one of the better matchups we’ve faced this year. It’s a rivalry game, so it’s a lot of emotions going into the game,’’ Watkins said. “It’s a very tough place to play, like I said we have a bad taste in there from the loss and just how rowdy their fans are.’’
Gators coach Will Muschamp, a former LSU defensive coordinator, is looking at the game as a motivation although he realizes not everybody is the same.
“I think everybody is motivated differently, but if it motivates (the UF players) then certainly it should if you’re a competitor it should,’’ he said. “And I know we have a bunch of competitive guys in the locker room. Sometimes, some people don’t get motivated by negatives. They dont want to think abut negatives, they want to think about positive things. So I think everybody is motivated differently, but most of the guys I’ve been around certainly will use that (loss to fire them up). I will.’’
PURIFOY HONORED: Loucheiz Purifoy, who had his first career interception — which he returned for the go-ahead touchdown against Arkansas — a sack, three pass breakups and a forced fumble, was named the SEC defensive player of the week.
CUMMINGS STOCK UP: Muschamp has been pleased with the play of defensive tackle Darious Cummings, who said he felt it was his job to step in and do more after Dominique Easley was lost for the season with a knee injury.
“He played very well, he really did,’’ Muschamp said of the Arkansas game, a 30-10 win. “He probably played the best game of our inside guys.’’
“I took it upon myself (to step up),” Cummings said. “That’s why I was brought here.’’
GAME SET: Florida’s Oct. 19 game at Missouri has been set for 12:21 p.m. and will be televised on the SEC Network.
The Tigers cracked the AP top 25 this week.