1. Traditions are the very fabric of college football, and the Gators should knit Saturday's tribute to native son Tom Petty right into their normal game-day routine. After the band's normal rendition of We Are the Boys at the end of the third quarter, Petty's I Won't Back Down blared over the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium P.A. as the crowd sang along. May have set a stadium record for goosebumps.
2. Clock management issues have become downright chronic for the Gators, whose offense revealed no hurry-up gene (despite only one timeout) when their final possession began at their 4 with 4:01 remaining. Their first two plays — a 1-yard Malik Davis run and a Feleipe Franks screen pass to Davis — took 49 seconds. "Sense of urgency, it's very obvious we didn't have it there," coach Jim McElwain said.
3. Defeat was especially agonizing Saturday. No fewer than a half-dozen Gators were dinged up, including LG Brett Heggie, who underwent concussion protocol at halftime; and special-teams force Garrett Stephens, who exited on a cart with a knee injury. Additionally, S Nick Washington appeared to have re-aggravated his nagging shoulder injury, and wildcat QB Kadarius Toney hurt his shoulder and shin down the stretch, McElwain said.