UF CB Jalen Tabor throws shade LSU’s way A heated game that began with a pregame scuffle ended with plenty of post game shade. The Gators outspoken cornerback was in the middle of it. Jalen Tabor was not going to let the LSU Tigers off easy.
A heated rivalry game that began with a pregame scuffle ended with a big dose of postgame shade. The Florida Gators ‘ cocky, quick-lipped cornerback was front and center.
LSU came up a yard short during UF’s dramatic 16-10 upset win. It was more than enough to give Tabor and the Gators bragging rights following a game marked by bad blood.
A few of Tabor’s jabs were aimed at LSU’s assertion the injury-riddled Gators dodged the Oct. 8 matchup postponed by Hurricane Matthew and were scared to come to Baton Rouge.
"We were like, you’re talking to the Gators?" Tabor asked. "Florida? Scared? The Gators? That’s who they were talking … whoa."
Tabor then offered a history lesson to LSU athletics director Joe Alleva, who would not accept any rescheduling solution that did not involve UF visiting Tiger Stadium. PICTURE GALLERY: Check out pictures from the NCAA football game between the Florida Gators and LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. "We’re the big dog on the block," Tabor said. "The Gators, they’re been the big dog on the block since [former coach Steve] Spurrier. C’mon man."
Winners of five of the past six meetings, the Tigers lately had held to upper hand on the Gators.
But to win at LSU for the first time since 2009, clinch the SEC East title and stun an announced crowd of 102,043, UF made two of the most memorable plays in program history on offense and on defense.
The Gators never trailed after Tyrie Cleveland’s 98-yard touchdown catch gave UF a 10-7 lead in the second half. Tabor said the play also ended the debate about who holds the title of D.B.U. — "Defensive Backs University."
"DBU? 99-yard bomb?" Tabor said. "Oh. … Wow."
The Gators held on for the win behind their strong play at the line of scrimmage.
LSU entered the day with the nation’s top tailback tandems in Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice, but the Tigers could not score on two cracks from the UF 1-yard line.
First, Florida sophomore end CeCe Jefferson stuffed LSU’s J.D. Moore for no gain on a fullback dive. Moore had gained 15 yards and picked up three first downs during three previous third-and-one situations.But Jefferson, who sat out a week earlier with a foot injury, sniffed out the play and gave no quarter to the 6-foot-4, 241-pound Moore."Savage mode," Jefferson said. "It’s straight savage mode, man. It’s do or die."The Tigers, though, had one more chance.UF coach Jim McElwain called a timeout to make sure officials had a proper spot of the ball. Eventually it was moved back a little less than a foot."I mean, it’s huge in that game," McElwain said of the six- to eight-inch difference.During those tense minutes, Tabor talked, pleaded, with his front seven."I almost came […]