Upset win part of building process

Florida running back Jordan Scarlett carries past LSU defensive tackles Davon Godchaux and Greg Gilmore (99) in the second half Saturday in Baton Rouge, La. Scarlett finished with 108 yards on 22 carries. (Gerald Herbert/The Associated Press) Last Modified: Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 6:10 p.m.

What transpires in the future will determine whether Florida’s big upset win over LSU on Saturday is a defining moment in the Jim McElwain era. But one thing is clear, McElwain is pumped up and optimistic about moving forward with the Gators, starting with FSU on Saturday, the SEC Championship Game a week later, and then beyond.

Who: No. 13 Florida (8-2) vs. No. 15 Florida State (8-3)

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee

TV: ABC

Radio: 103.7-FM, AM-850

“I’m excited about the future,” McElwain said after the 16-10 upset of 14-point favorite LSU in Tiger Stadium. “It’s a great time to be a Gator.

“Look, we came in here to build a program and an organization that people can be proud of and doing it the right way. That’s what we’re doing.

“Things aren’t always pretty, but this time of year is pretty in Atlanta. This is the second year we will go see it.”

UF’s victory, which was sealed on the game’s final play with a fourth-down stop from the 1-yard line, clinched the SEC East title for the second year in a row for the Gators. It makes McElwain the first coach in conference history to reach the title game in his first two seasons.

McElwain’s team has been criticized often over the past two seasons for its offensive struggles and often-time ugly style of play. But 8-2 and SEC East champs certainly looks good. And it bodes well for the future, McElwain said, especially with so many young players playing significant roles due to the rash of injuries.

“I can’t wait,” he said. “You know what, I’m ready for spring practice. Can we go? I don’t think anybody here gives us much credit for having some good players and guys that care. Guys that do it the right way, and guys that have committed to something a lot bigger than themselves.Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged. Unfortunately, this article is either no longer in our system or is in a different location.To find additional or related content, you can check out latest articles or use our site search function above.Thank you.