Number 4 LSU (5-1,1-1), came into Saturday’s game with tenth ranked Florida (5-0, 4-0) with one of the best rushing attacks in the country averaging 229 yards per game on the ground. The Gator defense was able to successfully take that aspect of the game away from LSU, allowing only 42 rushing yards in the contest, forcing LSU to pass the ball to beat them which they were unable to do as the Gators upset LSU 14-6.
LSU quarterback Zach Mettenber was able to lead LSU down the field for a field goal on its opening possession, but the offense was unable to put any other drives together for the rest of the game. LSU took the opening kickoff and drove the football 64 yards to the Gator 14 yard line before having to settle for a 31 yard field goal by Drew Alleman. LSU was able to manage only 146 yards the rest of the game. LSU’s only other points in the game came on another field goal by Alleman after defensive tackle Bennie Logan forced a fumble on Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel deep in Gator territory.
Florida’s pass rush was able to successfully generate a heavy rush all game on Mettenberger and was able to hold LSU to just 1 for 13 on 3rd down conversions in the game.
However, Mettenberger was able to hit wide receiver Odell Beckham down the sideline for a 56 yard pass play in what appeared to be a game changing play. Beckham, when being taken to the ground by Florida safety Matt Elam, fumbled the ball, however. Ending any kind of threat the LSU offense would pose in the second half.
With the inability of the LSU offense to sustain any type of offensive attack, the LSU defense was forced to be on the field for 37 minutes of the game.
Florida running back, Mike Gillislee, ran for a career high 146 yards with two touchdowns and was able to wear down the LSU defense in the second half. Both of Gillislee’s touchdowns run would come in the second half when it was evident the LSU defense was exhausted from being on the field for as long as it was.
LSU was hampered by the penalty and turnover bug that has plagued them the past two games. LSU committed 8 penalties and turned the ball over three times Saturday. LSU has now committed 27 penalties and turned the ball over 8 times in its last three games.
LSU will look to bounce back against South Carolina next weekend in Tiger Stadium. The Gamecocks are coming off a dominating effort against Georgia Saturday and will look to remain undefeated when it rolls into Baton Rouge next weekend.