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VIDEO: Al Golden calls Saturday's win over Gators "almost cathartic.. 26 months unleashed."

TRANSCRIPT

Overall thoughts on the victory...
“It’s a good win. We’ve been through so much. It was almost cathartic, to be honest with you. It was 26 months just unleashed there in the last four or five seconds. I’m proud of these guys. You guys watched us grow – we couldn’t handle this setting a year ago. We started to catch on a little bit by the time we got to Florida State, then we played better against Virginia Tech, and obviously because of the intensity, this one is a level higher early in the year. I’m real proud of the way the guys fought. There was nothing easy on that field for either team. It was a good hardnosed football game, physical, and I’m just real proud of our guys’ mental toughness, conditioning and resiliency.”

On the performance of the defense...
“I’ve been saying it since the spring - I think they’ve grown up. We played so many young guys a year ago at places you can’t play young guys. We’re so much stronger, bigger up front. Our linebackers are all 20 pounds heavier. The secondary doesn’t miss rotations anymore like last year, so there are no blown gaps. Florida is good. Their running backs are good. Their line is good. Of course they make a good run in there. They settled down in the red zone, made a short yardage stop, took the ball away a couple of times. It says a lot about Coach D’Onofrio, the game plan that he put together, and really the whole defense. The whole defense got a game ball.”

On postgame emotions and reaction...
“I was excited. You guys know me – I don’t really hide my emotions. I just wanted our guys to celebrate. It really had nothing to do with other than running over there, being classy and courteous. I did want the kids in that endzone because I wanted them to thank all those people that stood by us, all the guys that - no matter what - they’re there. They stood with us. It was a good moment for our guys.”

On Florida’s failed two-point conversion attempt...
“We had a call that we practiced. You got the right guys out there - Jimmy Gaines and Denzel Perryman got us lined up. It didn’t matter because we matched it well, they threw it out there, and we were prepared. We worked on that last year before North Carolina too, but we didn’t get lined up. It’s just a sign of our maturity. Last year at North Carolina, they go in and it ended up being a big play in the game. Today, guys line up and put it to bed. That ended up being a big stop.”

On the performance of Denzel Perryman...
“He is in great condition. He’s 240 [pounds] and he’s in great condition. Our team is in great condition. We’re mentally tough. Was it all perfect down the stretch? No, but there was no one laying around, especially the defense. They did a great job of trying to wear us down. Our defense was in great shape - they played hard and they finished. You can ask Denzel, but the one thing that’s different about Denzel Perryman right now are the habits that he’s forming every day - by how he’s finishing and how he’s practicing, and it’s carrying over to the game. I hope he’s a believer now, I hope he understands that it is important.”

On what went through his mind during the final seconds...
“It’s been such a hard road. We’ve just been battling this thing, and obviously they’re one of the teams we’ve been battling during this thing. I think you guys can figure that out. It was a very cathartic moment, it was a great moment for our guys – all those guys that not only chose the University of Miami during this, but stood there and fought. We have such a long way to go, I can’t say that enough, to be that kind of program. Big win? Yes. Program yet? No. We have to get back to work, get better, be mature, and go about our business every day. I guess that’s what was running through my mind, how proud I was of all the guys that bought in to what we’ve been doing. They deserved to win this one. They deserved victory.”

On Tyriq McCord’s sack-fumble and Tracy Howard’s interception...
“They’re big. They’re all big plays. What did we have today, four turnovers? Five? That’s big. Guys are where they’re supposed to be. Tracy is where he’s supposed to be. Tyriq comes around and he’s free. Then you trust them to go ahead to make the play and finish the play, they’re good enough to do it. A year ago, maybe that would have been a sack, but it wouldn’t have been a sack fumble. Same thing with Tracy - maybe he would have gotten a pass break-up. But he was in great position, he’s mature, and he has been studying the patterns they’ve been getting. He got a good break on it. I’m happy for those guys.”

On performance of the team’s offense...
“It was a war. I’m not going to make any excuses. Our play count was so low at halftime because we didn’t convert on third down. Give them credit – they’re good. That’s a good defense. They didn’t give us anything. Our guys fought, scratched and clawed, and sometimes you have to win like that. They had the guts to win like that, which was important.”

On passing game rhythm and sync...
“We’re going to work on it. I just want them to enjoy this. We did what we had to do to win. We’ll worry about the stats and completions tomorrow. We’ll make a commitment to get that fixed in the bye week. I just want them to enjoy this tonight. That was a tough game. Give [Florida] credit - they were deep on defense, they rotated a lot of guys, they came off the ball and played low, they disrupted a lot of routes. We did have patience, except for the one third-and-long where we could have made a better decision. Other than that, we really displayed patience as an offensive staff and really believed in the defense for the first time in a while. We really were patient with the run.”

On looking like a more mature team in Week Two...
“I knew that. I’ve been saying it all along. We are different - we’re physically different, not just mentally different. We’re more mature. We’re not a finished product. We have to go back to work. There are a lot of things we have to fix. We certainly can’t let them have a quick score here, we can’t do that. We’ll get back to work tomorrow. I’m proud of the guys, and happy that we came out with a hard-fought win.”

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Great win !!! Been off this blog for a while , I see some have not changed ... Stats are for losers ... winners just point to the scoreboard ... SCOREBOARD!!!!!! Finally

Yea that USED to be the case(people not wanting to come here), but then it was because of the Pig, but now its because of the day one dudes who have PTSD from the curse days. Y'all are on auto-pilot now attacking anyone who says more than Go golden! Thats weak and the Curse is laughing. He doesn't have to post hate because y'all do. he loves the infighting and yall can't even learn to have fun or celebrate this win--STAINED AND SELF-CHECKED!!! LMAO!

PTSD, ITS TIME TO CELEBRATE, THE CANES CLEARED THIS BLOG FOR YALL BUT YALL CAN'T ACCEPT IT! SOME ONE HAS TO PAAAAAAYYYY!!! THERAPY IS NEEDED...ITS TIME TO HEAL

Hola Arty! You got any meth this one hurts, bring the Vaseline

Not only is Gallo done here, but any Gator is cooked. Florida lost to a Miami team that has been recruiting with handcuffs. These guys came on here talking up Muschamp as a Nick Saban type of coach. Don't bring up ysrdage and 3rd down efficiency when you lost. Collect your 3rd down efficiency medal and move on.

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