Marco Wilson thought about turning pro after the 2019 season, but decided to come back to Florida because, in part, “I really wanted to beat Georgia because I didn’t want to go 0-3 against those guys.”
Well, he got that. But he also got this:
On third-and-10, Johnson threw a pass in the flat to Kole Taylor, and Wilson and Tre’Vez Johnson closed in fast. Taylor tried to hurdle them, but Johnson grabbed him high, and Wilson, who was on his knees, took hold of Taylor’s legs. They stopped him 6 yards short of the first down, and for a heartbeat, Wilson had helped save the game. But as he finished the tackle, Taylor’s size 14 Nike popped into Wilson’s hand.
Wilson was elated yet surprised. In 15 years of football, he’d never had someone’s shoe come off and into his hand.
“In that type of energy, what did people expect?” Wilson said. “Like I was going to hand it back nicely to him? I was super excited and I threw it. I didn’t purposely do it; it was just a reaction. It went pretty far. I mean, I didn’t think it would go that far. But it did.”
It might’ve gone unnoticed had it been a simple fling. But the shoe went at least 20 yards, and almost hit an official.
Referee James Carter announced the penalty.
“After the play, unsportsmanlike conduct … throwing an LSU player’s shoe 20 yards down the field. That’s his first unsportsmanlike conduct foul of the game. Automatic first down.”