Some may call for the ban of ultra baggy pants, but a teen in St. Petersburg Florida owes his life — or at least his legs — to the pair he was wearing last Monday.

Seventeen-year-old Kendrick Williams was walking home after work and opted to take a shortcut along the pond. While strolling along, he heard a rustle in the grass, looked down and saw a 7 to 10 foot alligator staring back at him.

Williams immediately sprinted away from the alligator’s toothy jaw, but it caught up with him and took a huge bite. Fortunately for the teen, his pants were baggy enough that the gator only got a mouthful of fabric and no flesh.