Dan Mullen responds to questions about play call on Florida's 2-point try
No. 11 Florida had a chance to tie No. 1 Alabama late in the fourth quarter and potentially force overtime in The Swamp with another defensive stop.
The Gators could not achieve the first part, though. The 2-point try, an apparent zone read play, did not come close to scoring. UF head coach Dan Mullen is known for his play-calling expertise. Many fans and media members were expecting a more creative play call from Mullen considering the importance of the 2-point try.
After the game, Mullen chalked up the failed conversion to multiple miscues. He declined to go into further detail with media members.
#Florida head coach Dan Mullen on the failed two-point conversion: “I’m not going to get into the specifics. We had a guy line up wrong and a guy go the wrong way.”
— Emily Van Buskirk (@Emilnem) September 18, 2021
“These guys didn’t flinch. Just kept battling and battling and battling.” — Mullen. Mullen says two missed assignments on 2-point play. One guy lined up wrong, another ran wrong way. Not going to draw it up for us.
— Scott Carter (@GatorsScott) September 18, 2021
While Mullen pointed to the poor execution on the play, the two miscues might not be fully to blame. Nick Saban told reporters after the game that Alabama recognized the call based on how UF had lined up earlier in the game.
Nick Saban on stopping #Gators 2-point conversion, said “our guys just did a really good job up front”. Said ‘Bama knew the play call because of way UF lined up earlier.
— Graham Hall (@GrahamHall_) September 18, 2021