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Marco Wilson’s Foolish Shoe Toss Ends Playoff Chances for Gators

When Elijah Moore got flagged for infamously dog-peeing in the Egg Bowl last season, no one could believe it. Imagine costing your team a win over your biggest rival due to a stupid, unnecessary penalty.

Now imagine that penalty costing your team a chance at the College Football Playoff.

That is exactly what happened to Marco Wilson and Florida on Saturday night. With the game tied up at 34 against LSU, the Gators had forced the Tigers to punt with only minutes left.

But Wilson decided an immature shoe toss was exactly the way he wanted to celebrate the big third-down stop. Yes, it was foggy, but it wasn’t that foggy.

One of the refs saw Wilson and decided to toss something of his own. Unfortunately for Dan Mullen and company, what that ref had to toss gave LSU a first down with a chance to keep driving.

And driving is exactly what the Tigers did. They extended the drive five more plays and went 28 yards further downfield to give kicker Cade York a chance at a 57-yard field goal.

By this point, you can probably tell where this is heading. York booted the attempt through the fog and the uprights to give LSU a 37-34 lead.

Yes, Kyle Trask made a few plays to put the Gators back in a position to tie the game. Yes, it would’ve sent it to overtime and saved Wilson. But Evan McPherson missed his 51-yard attempt, ending any chance at Florida making the College Football Playoff.

It’s a tough way to go out, but this is on Florida — and Wilson. He’s young, and I’m sure he will learn from this experience. But your entire season is on the line, and you elect to throw a cleat after a big stop? Come on, man.

Ohio State fans have to be celebrating this outcome as well. It’s extremely doubtful Florida will gets in, even if they get a win in the SEC championship next week.

Now, the Buckeyes just need to convince the Playoff committee to take the team with less games and a conference championship over Texas A&M.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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