UF coach Jim McElwain said on UF’s last possession Saturday, just before the final, winning play against the Vols, he did not call a timeout because he thought quarterback Feleipe Franks had made a first down on the previous play, which would have stopped the clock. But the officials marked the ball short of the first-down line and the clock ran down to nine seconds before the Gators called one of two remaining timeouts.
“It looked like it was going to be a first down and we wanted to save two (timeouts) to get to Eddy (Pineiro’s) kick line” McElwain said. “Alert down, bang one. Alert down, bang one. That was on me, obviously our guy on our sideline pulled up the first-down marker, so I thought it was dead at that point. We were going to go ahead.
“We knew where we needed to get to. That was the reason for trying to save the two thinking it was a dead clock. Obviously, looking at it, I think we lost nine seconds in transition. It was their spot, and I’m not saying anything about that, where the ball was and then they moved it back. Should have gone ahead and banged one.”
There are reports/speculation on social media that McElwain had taken the play-calling duties away from offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and called the plays in the fourth quarter.
McElwain denied it.
“No,” he said, when asked if he called the plays.
Nussmeier moved from the sideline to the press box for last week’s game.