Lincoln Riley reacts to Dan Mullen's postgame comments following Cotton Bowl
Dan Mullen received immediate push back following the Cotton Bowl loss to Oklahoma when the Florida coach commented that, “The last game the 2020 team played was 11 days ago.”
Without the Gators’ top four receiving threats, and some 16 players overall, Mullen mentioned that Florida elected to use the game as some sort of scrimmage, and added, “We didn’t have to play. I thought our scout team guys played well.”
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley got wind of those comments, and told reporters on Friday that he didn’t want to share his true feelings.
“To each his own,” Riley said, per Jason Kersey of The Athletic. “I think that’s pretty easy to say after the fact and after what happened. I do have feelings on it, but I just don’t know what I have to gain, really, with sharing those, honestly.”
It was a forgettable performance for the Gators who were without Kyle Pitts, Kadarius Toney, Trevon Grimes and Jacob Copeland. QB Kyle Trask had a rough game as the Heisman Trophy finalist threw 3 first-quarter interceptions and didn’t throw a touchdown for the first time in his career when starting a game.
There was plenty of blame to go around, and many fans and media referred to the defense and coordinator Todd Grantham. That unit gave up 684 yards of offense, including a whopping 435 on the ground.