The Florida Gators have made use of good luck in this 2017 football season. No Gator has arguably made more of his good fortune than Freddie Swain did on Saturday against Vanderbilt, though.
As Feleipe Franks — only playing because of an injury to Luke Del Rio — uncorked a rocketed throw, it seemed off target. But then it glanced off a Vanderbilt defender, and Swain made one of the best plays ever made in The Swamp.
go gata pic.twitter.com/Vf6m57FdiM— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) September 30, 2017
Thanks be to @Freddie_iball2 pic.twitter.com/MLAb7KBpbU— Tim McRaw (@Gator_Alum) September 30, 2017
It must be the catch cause it ain’t your face, Swain made a tip drill. #Gators pic.twitter.com/UJqFm9ODYI— Only Gators .com (@onlygators) September 30, 2017
Swain’s catch covered 33 yards, and set up Florida with first and goal for the second time in the second half. Three plays later, Malik Davis had punched in the Gators’ fourth rushing touchdown of the day — and Florida had its first two-touchdown lead of the fall.
And Franks, who was closer to a headset than the field at kickoff, had led Florida to three scores — more than the two Del Rio mustered in his injury-abbreviated start.
Sometimes, being lucky is good.