KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Most people enjoyed the trash talk between Florida and Tennessee players leading up to this year’s rivalry game.
It reached a new level this week with the “ducks don’t pull trucks” comment from Gators cornerback Quincy Wilson. The Oregon Ducks got involved in the fun with a video response to Wilson, and Tennessee fans even embraced the diss.
Have you ever seen a duck pull a truck? pic.twitter.com/BNUROOF8ql
— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) September 24, 2016
The Vols, however, got the last laugh Saturday as they ended their 11-game losing streak to UF with a 38-28 victory on Rocky Top. Wilson didn’t give up any receptions and made an end zone interception in the first half.
But the Gators failed to deliver on Wilson’s guarantee that they would win, though it was no fault of his own. Wilson doesn’t regret his trash talk.
“No,” he said bluntly after the game. “That’s just what we do.”
Wilson did admit he’s taking the loss harder in light of those comments.
“Oh yeah, it hurts. It always hurts to lose,” Wilson said.
UF linebacker Alex Anzalone had no problem with Wilson’s guarantee and doesn’t believe it had an impact on the game.
“You know our guys — especially our DBs — they’re confident guys and I don’t think they’ll lose any confidence just from this one game,” Anzalone said. “I don’t know if it helped us or hurt us or anything like that. A lot of the chirping stuff is not necessary, but if that’s what gets you going, that’s what gets you going.”
Florida’s defense surrendered 498 yards and Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs accounted for 399 of those (319 passing, 80 rushing). Last year, Dobbs hurt the Gators as a runner, but on Saturday he exposed “DBU” and made big plays with his arm.
“Communication,” Wilson said when asked what the issues were in the secondary. “We’ve just got to work on talking things out before the play and knowing what’s coming before it happens.”