Since 1989, the losing team in the Superbowl is 5-17 in Week 1 (0-12 the last 12 yrs).
Photo: Getty Images | #49 Florida LB Darrin Kitchens and #28 Louisville RB Jeremy Wright
If you're a Gator, it sure didn't feel great to be one this morning.
Last night, the No. 3 Gators got dismantled in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the "home bowl" of the SEC, 33-23 by the Louisville Cardinals, ranked No. 21 in the BCS standings.
From the offense who abandoned the run and relied solely on the arm of QB Jeff Driskel, to special teams which failed to execute two onside kicks - when not one had even been attempted this season, to the defense who allowed Cardinal quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to pass for 266 yards and two touchdowns (one INT) while allowing Louisville to convert nine-of-14 third downs.
If you're a Florida Gator, it was tough to see the silver lining today.
Then a story began circulating, primarily based off of a photo taken by Whitney Holtzman, a Florida grad and current MLB social media coordinator, about Darrin Kitchens and his belief that despite the loss, which many are calling the biggest upset in BCS history, the linebacker would stand tall - even if he was alone - and sing the Alma Mater with the few Gator faithful that remained in attendance after the devastating defeat.
The gesture was undoubtedly heart felt as thousands of Gator fans flooded the junior's twitter account to thank him for the class move.
Kitchens responded to several tweets throughout the day, thanking the fans right back for their support throughout the season.