Swamp atmosphere was electric


Fans cheer for their team during the second half of the University of Florida game against LSU at Florida Field in Gainesville.

Dominique Saavedra/The Gainesvil
Published: Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 6:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 6:50 p.m.

Florida's 14-6 upset over LSU was a signature win for UF coach Will Muschamp, but he isn't taking credit for it.

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Fans cheer for their team during the second half of the University of Florida game against LSU at Florida Field in Gainesville.

Dominique Saavedra/The Gainesvil

In his post-game news conference, Muschamp praised his players, his staff and strength coach Jeff Dillman for the job they've done this season and how their efforts enabled the Gators to beat a team as talented as the Tigers.

Muschamp also credited the Florida faithful for packing the stadium and bringing The Swamp back to life.

“It was alive in there tonight,” Muschamp said. “I've been in a bunch of arenas, college and pro. I've played in them, coached in them, and that was as fine as I've ever been in.”

The attendance for Saturday's game was 90,824 (sixth-largest all-time) and Muschamp said the loud crowd had a hand in delivering LSU its first road loss to an SEC East opponent in four years.

“There was no question that our fans made a difference in that football game,” Muschamp said. “They energized our football team. We got the greatest fans in the world, and I mean that.”

Muschamp said Gator fans deserved that victory after all they've been through in recent years. Saturday's win was the first against a ranked team at home since beating South Carolina 56-6 in 2008.

“I think it's important for our fans that we need to come in The Swamp and play well, and we need to win at our place,” Muschamp said. “They haven't really gotten any exciting wins based on their perception of who is good.

“So I'm very happy for our fans. Credit to them for their support and hanging in there and being patient. They deserve to have that win, our kids do as well. I don't really care about me.”

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