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FINAL: LSU 17, Florida 6

By: LUKE JOHNSON Tiger Rag Associate Editor


    The Gators won the toss and deferred to the second half, meaning LSU will start with the ball. We'll get to see how that offense works against the defense right away. 

    Things got off to a promising start for LSU, with a 16-yard run by Jeremy Hill on the first play of the game. LSU kept moving the sticks, but stalled when a Kenny Hilliard run was snuffed out for a three-yard loss. After an incomplete screen pass, Zach Mettenberger sailed a pass over a wide-open Kadron Boone on 3rd and 13 to end the drive.

    Florida 3, LSU 0
    14 plays, 60 yards, 7:27 
    44-yard field goal by Francisco Velez

    Florida ran the ball right down LSU's throat for the majority of the drive. The Gators ran the ball nine times for 37 yards, many of the runs coming from the sort of power formations that LSU has loved to use in recent seasons. It helped the Gators' effort that LSU showed some poor tackling again.


    LSU 7, Florida 3
    Nine plays, 70 yards, 4:26
    One-yard touchdown run by J.C. Copeland

    The Tigers scored on the first play of the second quarter on a fullback dive, but it was the way they marched down field to close the first quarter that impressed. Odell Beckham had a big 25-yard catch and run to put LSU deep in Florida territory, then drew a pass interference call on third and goal to set up the touchdown.

    LSU 14, Florida 3
    Eight plays, 62 yards, 4:14
    One-yard touchdown run by Anthony Jennings

    It's unfair how frequently this LSU team converts on third and long. Mettenberger found Beckham for 22 yards on third and 17 to keep the drive going. A 10-yard J.C. Copeland run brought it down to the one-yard line, and Jennings came in to finish it off. 
  3. Here's a little bit of statistical analysis at the break -- LSU ran 33 offensive plays in the first half, and only nine of them were passes. It appears the Tigers aren't going to take their chances going after Florida's talented secondary, and so far that strategy has worked pretty well. Jeremy Hill has carried the ball 11 times for 56 yards, and Kenny Hilliard has five carries for 24. This hasn't been Zach Mettenberger's best game, but he's still playing pretty well. He's 6-of-9 for 105 yards.

    LSU has dominiated this contest so far. Florida's defense is for the most part eliminating the big plays, but it can't get off the field. The Tigers are 4-of-5 on third down. 

  4. This play was a lot of fun. Mettenberger saw Hill sneaking out of the backfield and he hit him in the flat. Hill turned on the jets and took advantage of a nice Jarvis Landry block to spring a big play. LSU's first offensive drive of the second half would stall though, as Mettenberger missed Kadron Boone on third down.

    Florida took over at its own 11-yard line and started finding a lot of success against LSU on the ground -- because it appears obvious that the Gators are not willing to test the Tigers downfield. But then things bogged down as they neared midfield, largely because the Tigers started bursting through the Gators' offensive line. 

    LSU leads this thing by 11 points as the clock switches over to the 4th quarter, but you wouldn't know that by watching the fans. Tiger Stadium might be fondly known as Death Valley, but it's nothing like that today. 
  6. LSU 14, Florida 6
    11 plays, 41 yards, 5:03
    27-yard field goal by Velez

    Again, the Gators moved the ball well against LSU but stalled when getting close to the redzone. Jermauria Rasco played a big part in that, as he's pressured Murphy all day. The latest came as he knocked him to the ground on third and goal. It was Rasco's third quarterback hurry today.

  7. Jarvis Landry dropped his second pass of the game. Twitter told you about it. 
  8. LSU 17, Florida 6
    Nine plays, 61 yards, 4:13
    31-yard Colby Delahoussaye field goal
    A big 26-yard run from Jeremy Hill put LSU deep in Florida territory (and also put Jeremy Hill over 100 yards today) but LSU wasn't able cash in, as Mettenberger's third-down attempt to Landry in the endzone was complete but out of bounds.

    Pressure! True freshman Kendell Beckwith shed his block on a fourth down to sack Murphy and force a fumble. It was LSU's second sack in a row. 
  9. That'll do it. LSU takes care of business, defeating Florida 17-6.
  11. We're all set from the Tiger Stadium press box for LSU's clash against Florida. Most of the talk this week was about the matchup between LSU's dynamic offense and Florida's aggressive defense, and it should be fun watching the two units go head-to-head today. 
  12. Of course, LSU's job is a lot easier if Jarvis Landry is ready to go, and that appears to be the case.