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The Gators were flagged just four times for 25 yards, so that showed excellent discipline in a game packed full of emotion. You don't see that very often in a team as young as Florida's.
Something that could be considered a negative in intangibles is the fact that two players who probably should have been Gators contributed a great deal for Florida State.
Three years ago, Greg Reid was a UF commitment who seemed very gun-ho about donning orange and blue.
However, late in the recruiting process while watching a Florida basketball game in the O'Connell Center, Reid was photographed multiple times appearing to look unhappy and disinterested. Soon after, he announced he was no longer committed to the Gators.
A few weeks later, he signed a national letter of intent with FSU.
On Saturday night against UF, Reid picked off two passes and returned a punt 39 yards while, ummm...verbalizing his feelings for much of the contest.
And Seminoles true freshman defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan may not have had a big game statistically, but he spent a great deal of time in the Florida backfield disrupting Florida's offense.
I covered Jernigan when he was a standout for Lake City (Fla.) Columbia High School, playing for Tim Tebow's prep coach, Craig Howard.
Jernigan told me on National Signing Day of his junior year that he was a lifelong Gator fan, and if he had to ink with someone right then, it would have been UF.
"Easily," he noted before saying he liked the idea of playing with 2010 Gator defensive line signees Dominique Easley, Sharrif Floyd and Ronald Powell.
Seven or eight months later, while not feeling as much love as he once did from UF (which offered him a scholarship when he was a high school freshman), Jernigan saw that schools like Alabama and Florida State were giving him a lot of attention.
Always wanting to look around but expecting to sign with Florida, Jernigan saw himself swayed by the Seminoles, who courted him harder than Urban Meyer did in his final year in Gainesville.
By the time Will Muschamp arrived on campus in December, UF had a lot of catching up to do in a short period of time, and they weren't able to reel Jernigan back in.
Stories like those happen all the time in recruiting, so I won't come down too hard on the Gators for that. Still, it can't be ignored.